Two of the top five nominees for the best song of the year for the Radio Mirchi Music Awards, the Indian equivalent of the Grammys, in the Non-Film/ Independent category are from Anuradha Palakurthi’s Jaan Meri Album, Boston-based music and video production company Juju Productions announced today.
Ustad Nishat Khan, a scion of one of the oldest Gharanas of Hindustani music and one of the top sitar players in the world, composed the album Jaan Meri. Lyrics were written by Bollywood’s Manoj Yadav. The album was officially released in March 2019 at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, MA.
“We are very excited that not one but two songs from the Jaan Meri Album are among the top five nominations for a Radio Mirchi award,” said Manisha Jain, CEO of Juju Productions, which produced the Jaan Meri album. “We think Anuradha is the first Indian singer from outside India and definitely the first Indian-American singer to be in the top five for this prestigious award.”
The annual Radio Mirchi awards are the highest recognition of music in India, and this is the first time that two songs from one album have found a place in the top 5 – and also one of the rare occasions of an American citizen’s work featuring amongst the best.
“It is heartwarming to have two songs picked by a jury of great musicians and it is a tribute to the exceptional composition of the maestro Ustad Nishat Khan. We made this album as a labor of love,” said Indian-American singer Anuradha Palakurthi. “I am particularly gratified that our usage of the old-world method of recording a live band of 70+ musicians was recognized. I thank all those musicians and the recording team of Vijay Dayal and Kamlesh Bhadkamkar.”
Ms. Jain said that grand awards ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 19, 2020 in Mumbai, India.
“Be prepared to see and cheer some local faces in the audience of the grand awards ceremony planned for Feb 19 in Mumbai. This will be covered by live TV, details of which we will share soon,” said Ms. Jain. “I would like to thank Radio Mirchi for recognizing the work of Independent musicians who are creating content in non-film channels – and am so delighted that our first Album has been recognized amongst the best. Onward we march.”
Anuradha has been recognized as the top-rated singer of Indian origin by industry legends. She has performed live with Bollywood singers like Kumar Sanu, Suresh Wadkar, Deepak Pandit and Bappi Lahiri across the United States. Anuradha has recorded a duet with Hariharan for Ekal Vidyalaya – composed by guitarist Prasanna with drummer Sivamani and a group of 14 multiple-Grammy winning musicians from across the globe. She sings in six Indian languages and has recorded playback for South Indian films.
Juju Productions is a Boston-based music and video production company. It creates music that attracts global audiences, transcends national and cultural boundaries while rooted in evolving Indian traditions. For more information, visit: www.jujugaana.com
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