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Indian American singer Anuradha Palakurthi bagged the Radio Mirchi award for the best Independent Music category on Thursday for the title track of her album Jaan Meri, released in March 2019 at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge.
Composed by noted sitarist hailing from the oldest gharana of Hindustani classical music, Ustad Nishat Khan with lyrics by noted lyricist Manoj Yadav, the song managed to win thousands of hearts in both India and US. The album was produced under the banner of the Juju Productions.
Receiving the award, Palakurthi said, “I am grateful to the jury for recognizing Ustand Nishat Khan’s music based on classical roots and Juju Production’s utilizing 70-plus musicians in a live setting. It is a surreal feeling to have the inaugural Juju Productions album win recognition. Thank you to so many people who helped in its creation.”
Two of the top five nominees for the best song of the year for the Radio Mirchi Music Awards in the Non-Film/ Independent category were from Jaan Meri Album, reported India New England News.
The annual Radio Mirchi awards are one of the highest recognition of music in India, and this was the first time that two songs from one album had found a place in the top 5 – and also one of the rare occasions of an American citizen’s work featuring amongst the best.
Palakurthi 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.
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