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IRAA awards includes new categories; Nomination Deadline Extended to 30th April

The Indian Recording Arts Academy (IRAA) awards today announced that the 2017 entry deadline for submitting nominations has been extended to 30th April, 2017. With 31 awards over five categories, the IRAA Awards celebrates and recognizes technical excellence and expertise in the field of music recording and production. Entries for the 2017 awards will be accepted through Sunday, 30 April 2017, with the winners being announced at the IRAA Awards Ceremony which will take place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai on 3rd June, 2017, 16:00 hrs. onwards.

Under the guidance of Pramod Chandorkar as the Awards Director, the 2017 IRAA Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Audio Engineering
  • Audio Post Production
  • Music Production
  • Recording Facility
  • Education Awards

Chandorkar has been working as a Sound Engineer since 1995. He has worked on numerous mega hit albums and films as Chief Sound Engineer. He is one of the few audio engineers who has excelled in all branches of audio ranging from Music Recording, Live Sound, Film Sound Design and Studio Design. He is also a FOH Mix engineer and the Head Technical Engineer for Sonu Nigam Live in concert and has been traveling the world for his tour for last 13 years. He has mixed live for artists like Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle.

For 2017, the IRAA has introduced several new awards and award categories that are crucial to the recording and music production industry. With the objective of recognizing the regional music industry, this year the IRAA Awards has constituted “Regional awards” in all the award categories.

IRAA Awards also includes the coveted “Lifetime Contribution to Audio Engineering” award which aims to recognize an industry professional who during his lifetime has made contributions of outstanding artistic and technical significance in the field of Audio Engineering. This year the Jury awards also include two more prestigious awards which include the “The Mahaguru Award for Contribution in Music Education” and the award for Lifetime Contribution to Music”. The Mahaguru award will be presented, to an industry professional who during his lifetime, has made contributions of outstanding significance in the field of Music Education, while the Lifetime Contribution to Music will be presented, to an industry professional who during his lifetime, has made contributions of outstanding artistic and technical significance in Music.

Dhruv Ghanekar receiving the award for Music Producer of the Year – Non-Film for the album “Dhruv Voyage” from Rajkumar Barjatya. Also in the pic (l-r): Anil Chopra – Founder & Chairman, IRAA Awards, Achille Forler and Sound Engineer of the album – Ishan Naik .

IRAA Dhruv Ghanekar



Awards Process

The IRAA Awards 2017 nominations are open to Music producers and recording professionals and may be entered online; a full list of categories, award criteria and deadlines can be found at Entries for the IRAA Awards will close on Sunday, 30 April 2017. Submissions must be accompanied by Audio files which can be submitted to a dropbox link provided on the website.

Soundtracks released between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 are eligible for nomination. The awards will be judged by IRAA’s 11 member jury panel who are all involved creatively and/or technically in the recording and music production industry. The jury will listen to the audio files submitted by the nominees and will determine the winner. There is no voting. Final authority is with Jury and their decision is binding on the nominees.

For further information on the IRAA Awards 2017, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Smita Rai on [email protected] The IRAA awards will be held on 3rd June at BEC, Mumbai.

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