MUMBAI: Initiated by Wizcraft International to applaud the finest achievements in the music industry, the fourth Gionee Star Global Indian Music Academy (GiMA) Awards hosted by Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, was held on Monday evening. The Aditya Roy Kapur and debutante Shraddha Kapoor starrer Bollywood blockbuster movie was honoured with music awards including Best Film Song awarded to Tum Hi Ho, Best Film Album, Best Playback Singer (Male) that went to Arjit Singh and Best Playback Singer (Female) to Shreya Ghoshal.
Aashiqui 2 has 11 tracks composed by three music directors with lyrics by three wordsmiths. The opening track Tum Hi Ho, voiced by Arijit Singh, is clearly the winner of the album, with the upcoming singer featuring on as many as six tracks. Next up is Ankit Tiwati’s Sun Raha Hai, with a Shreya Ghoshal version which fans fell in love with.
Meri Aashiqui, featuring the voices of Arijit Singh and Palak Muchhal, is a Mithoon composition and one of the standouts. Chahun Main Ya Naa, with the same vocalists and composed by Jeet was also a nice romantic track, one that easily grows on you.
“It’s very special when you win an award, it reminds you that there is so much work to do, so much more music to enthrall audiences. I am very proud to be a part of this industry. Aashiqui 2 has definitely been the flavour of the year,” Ghosal said in a statement.
The Lifetime Achievement honour went to melody queen Asha Bhosle in the popular category for her outstanding contribution to the music industry. Music maestro Ram Narayan, considered the finest sarangi exponent in India and the man who made it a popular instrument, was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Honour Classical.
In the non-film category, various episodes of second season of Coke [email protected] emerged victorious. The ceremony featured some performances by stalwarts in the music industry and Bollywood. Asha Bhosle also paid tribute to music legend R D Burman with her performance on some of his most iconic songs Mera Naam Shabnam, Dum Maro Dum, Gulabi Chehra, and Aa Dekhe Zara among others.
Actor also Sonakshi Sinha gave a spellbinding performance, and singer Usha Uthup presented a special performance with a number of songs.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 22nd, 2014.