By- Correspondent | Date- August 12, 2011
Singer Angaraag Mahanta, also known as Papon, is in run for the award of the best folk singer/ album of India. The Global Indian Music Academy (GIMA) awards announced their nominations for this year’s awards yesterday and two of Angaraag Mahanta’s music albums Gomseng and Phagunar Gaan have been nominated amongst the selected 7 best folk albums of the country. These nominations are across all languages of India. The album Gomseng is a traditional Bihu song album while Phagunar Gaan is based on Holi songs (Holi geet) of Assam.
The other folk albums nominated in the category are Bhalobashi by Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramanian), Bhili Ramayan by Somabhai Pawar, Desert Slide by Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Monfokira by Lopamudra Mitra and Shaan – E- Quam by Harjit Singh Harman
Amongst important nominations for this year’s awards, Asha Bhosle and Ustaad Shujaat Khan have been nominated for Best Semi-Classical Album for her album Naina Lagaike. Ustaad Rashid Khan and Hariharan are also nominated in the same category.
Singer Sunidhi Chauhan has been nominated for the best Playback Singer – Female. Other singers nominated in this category are Usha Uthup, Rekha Bharadwaj and Mamta Sharma, who made ripples with the song Munni Badnaam.
Singer Mohit Chauhan has bagged nominations in Best Playback Singer – Male category along with KK, Shekhar Ravjiani, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shafqat Amanat Ali.
The nominations were decided on a peer-based voting system by a jury comprising 33 renowned members from the Indian music fraternity. The final winners will be decided through a voting by the GIMA Academy comprising 250 members who includes renowned singers, music directors, music producers, lyricists, sound technicians and film directors. Some of them are Hariharan, Javed Akhtar, Karan Johar, Kumar Taurani, Mukesh Bhatt, Prasoon Joshi, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Shankar Mahadevan, Shubha Mugdal, Dr. L. Subramanian and many others.
The awards function will take place in September this year at Gurgaon.