Celebs at the Global Indian Music Awards
The ceremony, hosted by Saif Ali Khan and Parineeti Chopra featured stellar performances by celebrated musicians and Bollywood stars including Shankar Mahadevan and his sons – Shivam and Siddarth, Sonu Niigaam, Sonkashi Sinha with Mika, Sukhwinder among others. There was a special act dedicated to the musical maestro AR Rahman for completing 20 years in the industry, he was felicitated by none other than Yash Chopra. Renowned singers like Alka Yagnik, Hariharan, Udit Narayan, Naresh Iyer, Mohit Chauhan, Chitra, Sonu Niigaam came together to honor the young legend with a heart-warming performance to some of his chartbuster hits like ‘Dil Hai Chota Sa’, ‘Tu Hi Re’, ‘Chanda Re Chande Re’, ‘Mitwa’, ‘ Mehndi Hai Rachne Wali’, ‘Ru Ba Ru’, ‘Saathiya’, ‘Sadda Haq’ and ‘Jai Ho’.
Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha enthralled the audience with her high-energy act to her latest hit songs like ‘Go Go Govinda’, ‘Chinta Ta’ (along with Mika) and her upcoming movie ‘Son of Sardar’. The surprise in the act was co-star and Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn who joined her on-stage to groove on the title track of ‘Son of Sardar’.
A special award honoring ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ went to Smt. Girija Devi (Indian Classical singer) while the ‘Global Indian Musician Award’ was bestowed upon music legend Pt. Jasraj.
Rockstar walked away with 6 GiMA Awards leading in the Film category, there was a tie between Alka Yagnik & Babul Supriyo (Mone-Rob) and Sarvani Sen & Kaushiki Desikan (Yatra 2) for the Best Folk Album in the Non-film Category. Noted musician Dr. L Subramanium received the Best Carnatic Classical Album Instrumental in the Non Film Category.
GiMA 2012 saw a total number of 10 awards being given out in the Film Category while 12 awards in the Non-film category.
On the special tribute given at the 3rd Chevrolet Star GiMA Awards, AR Rahman said, “I was hinted out about the tribute but I did not realize that this will create such a big nostalgia. I have learnt a lot from all these singers who have touched my heart today. I still remember the day of my first concert in 1996 when most of the singers who sang today, came to watch me. I really thank GiMA for this. I am truly touched.”
Speaking on the occasion, Lowell Paddock, President & Managing Director, General Motors India said, “With a firm belief in innovation and the drive to pursue excellence, Chevrolet is proud to be associated with GiMA which is showcasing the best music talent in the country. Chevrolet has always believed in bringing together the finest elements in its creations for its valued customers and through GiMA we expect to set a benchmark for musical excellence in India. This is our third year of association with GiMA which is a platform to recognize the indigenous talent and lend global recognition to some of the best Indian music and musicians across genres.”
Commenting on occasion, “The very first season of Star GiMA will honor the extraordinary talent of the Indian music industry with celebrated film personalities. With the idea of providing differential content to our viewers, this star-studded event will be entertaining and will appeal to all age groups.” said Nachiket Pantvaidya, General Manager, Star Plus.
Dr. Arun Kumar Sharma, CMD, Lotus Refineries Pvt Ltd said, “Food to boost our body and music to roost our mind. In today's fast life with food, music is indispensable to live healthy life. Food gives strength to our body and Music relieves us from all the stress which goes around us and it has become lifeline for all human beings. We are proud to be associated with young and vibrate GIMA Awards 2012 and it connects with our new and emerging brand LR Active oil. LR Active is growing by leaps and bounds and it is striving hard to become number one in edible oil Industry. LR Active is driven by core philosophy of customer delightment and we aspire to reach out every household in India.
"Saavn is excited to partner with GiMA, a fellow pioneer in the Indian music space. We're passionate about making Indian music of all genres available to music fans everywhere, and we look forward to making beautiful music with GiMA this year." added Paramdeep Singh, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Saavn
The Global Indian Music Academy (GiMA) Awards, an initiative by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd was started in 2010 to acknowledge and give the music industry a unified platform to celebrate talent, promote and recognize Indian music genres. GiMA envisions to honour artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in Indian music. The Chevrolet GiMA Awards are partnered by IMI, T-Series, and MCAI and other key constituents of the music industry. For more information on the Chevrolet Global Indian Music Awards, please visit www.gima.co.in