Salman's Dabangg sweeps music awards

By Hindustan Times

Salman Khan's Dabangg continues its winning spree. The National Award-winning film which boasted of the chartbuster Munni badnaam hui walked away with six awards, including best film album, at the Global Indian Music Awards (GIMA).

The event was held at the Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon on Thursday night.

Mamta Sharma won the best music debut for Munni badnaam. The best music director award went to Sajid-Wajid and Lalit Pandit for their compositions in the movie.

Dabangg also won the technical awards for best background score by Sandeep Shirodkar, best engineer-film album by Eric Pillai and best engineer-theatre mix for Leslie Fernandes.

Giving neck-to-neck fight was Milan Luthria's Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, which received four awards, including best film song for Pee loon, for which Mohit Chauhan was awarded in the playback singer-male category, and Irshad Kamil took home the best lyricist trophy.

The best music arranger and programmer award was given away to Sandeep Shirodkar for the same song. Sunidhi Chauhan walked away with the trophy of best playback singer female for Sheila ki jawani from Tees Maar Khan.

Oscar winner AR Rahman, who has composed for international films like Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, was honoured with the title of Global Indian Musician.

Legendary composer Pyarelal of musical duo Lakshmikant-Pyarelal was conferred with outstanding contribution to pop music award, and the outstanding contribution to Indian classical music title was given to music maestro Balamurli Krishnan.

The show, hosted by actors Ranveer Singh and Neha Dhupia, saw a melange of high-octane performances by Sunidhi, Sonu Nigam, Kailash Kher, Shubha Mudgal, Usha Uthup, Midival Punditz, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy along with India's Got Talent winner Shillong Chamber Choir.

The ceremony brought the who's who of Bollywood to the capital suburb. Celebs like Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Rajeev Khandelwal, Nagesh Kukunoor and actor-VJ Rannvijay Singh added star power to the show.

In the non-film music category Indian Idol 5 winner Sreeram won best music debut for Rehnuma - the award was shared by Band Called Nine for Rewind. Best pop/rock single went to rock band Agnee for Aahatein.

Best popular music album went to Akriti Kakar for Akriti, best fusion album award was given to Ranjit Barot for Bada Boom, Ustad Rashid Khan won best devotional album for Nirgun and best semi-classical album for the same.

The trophy for the best folk album went to Desert Slide by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and folk musicians of Rajasthan.

Sadhana by Pandit Rajan-Sajan Mishra was awarded the best Hindustani classical album-vocal, while Aura by Niladri Kumar won the Hindustani classical album- instrumental. Chandiran Oliyil by Sanjay Subrahmanyan won the award for best Carnatic classical album vocal.

The highlight of the show was a performance by Priyanka, who paid tribute to women power of music industry. Shah Rukh, who is the brand ambassador of Kingdom of Dreams, left the audience in splits with his witty and humorous comments off and on.

The guest list also included Aadesh Shrivastav, Salim-Sulieman, Sophie Chowdhary, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Rekha Bhardwaj, Anu Malik and Prasoon Joshi, among others.

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