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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Sonu Nigam Steals The Night At The Royal Stag Mirchi Music Awards

MUMBAI: The A R Rahman composed musical Rockstar swept the fourth edition of the Royal Stag Mirchi Music Awards, picking up five awards for its mesmerising songs. The rumbustious score of The Dirty Picture, scored by Vishal-Shekhar, was at a close second with four awards, while Ra.One and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara picked up two awards each.

The event, held at the Bhavans College ground in Andheri on Wednesday, was attended by the creme de la creme of the music world. Singer Usha Uthup, who anchored the show along with Shaan, arrived disguised as Luscious Lopez with a frizzy wig and did such a phenomenal rendition of Senorita with him that the audience couldn't stop cheering. Mika had an equally colourful entry: he landed amid the audience from a rooftop harness, urged people Chal Ganpat, daru pila and then broke into Dhinka chika, the boisterous street song from Ready.

The evening saw some stellar performances. Saif Ali Khan, along with the band Parikrama, put up the main performance; Bappi Lahiri and Shreya Ghoshal reprised their Ooh la la! number; and music director Raju Singh brought together an ensemble that included Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Sajid-Wajid, Lalit Pandit, Ram Sampath, Salim-Suleiman and Leslie Lewis. Sonu Nigam was joined by a bunch of little children who were so talented they seemed perfect competition for his little son Nivaan 'Kolaveri' Nigam.

Sonu also paid a musical tribute to the leading lights of the film and music world who passed away in 2011: Bhimsen Joshi (Desh raag) Navin Nischol (Tum jo mil gaye ho), M F Husain (Yeh rishta kya kehlata hai), Bhupen Hazarika (Dil hoom hoom kare), Ustad Sultan Khan (Albela sajan aayo ri), Ravi (Ay meri zohra jabeen), Jagjit Singh (Tum itna jo muskura rahe ho), Dev Anand (Main zindagi ka saath) and Shammi Kapoor (Tumne mujhe dekha). It was a splendid performance which had the audience enraptured.

Pop favourite Kolaveri, of course, made its presence felt--kicked off by Usha Uthup, now dressed like a Tamil politician, it was later taken over by its original singer Dhanush, with composer Anirudh joining in. As if to silence those who'd criticised its facile lyrics and composition, Dhanush declared on stage that music was for all those who loved it and who did not need to understand its fine nuances.

The diametrically opposite view was expectedly presented by septuagenarian classical singer Pt Chhannulal Mishra, who was accorded 'special recognition' at the awards. The kirana gharana maestro, who sang Saans albeli from Aarakshan, declared that he sang only when the lyrics had meaning ("Jab shabd ka arth ho") and went on to make some forthright remarks about how reality shows were causing the young generation to take shortcuts to success.

There were sepia moments to treasure when the Best Album of the Golden Era award was won by Awara(1951). Legendary radio star Ameen Sayani and director Madhur Bhandarkar presented the award to Raj Kapoor's youngest son Rajiv Kapoor and composer Jaikishen's wife Pallavi and his daughter Bhairavi. Iconic composer Khayyam was given the Lifetime Achievement award by surprise guest Rekha. All the young composers who took the stage for a medley took turns to sing his songs, beginning with Kabhi kabhie, Aaja re and Dil cheez kya hai. It was interesting to see pretty young things in little black dresses groove to Dil cheez kya hai.

The main jury was headed by Javed Akhtar and included Ramesh Sippy, Sooraj Barjatya, Ashutosh Gowariker, Prasoon Joshi, Sameer, Shankar Mahadevan, Annu Malik, Aadesh Shrivastava, Lalit Pandit, Kailash Kher, Louis Banks, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam, Suresh Wadkar, Talat Aziz and Ila Arun. This initiative by Radio Mirchi was partnered by title sponsor Royal Stag, associate sponsors Airtel, Pan Parag and Centerfruit (Perfetti) while the event partners are LIC, Vicco, WS Developers, Colors TV, Percept and Cineyug.

(The 4th Edition of the Royal Stag Mirchi Music Awards will be telecast at 9pm on March 31 on Colors)


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