The best of talent to be feted at music awards ceremony

Staff Correspondent

The Global Konkani Music Awards will be presented on May 10

MANGALORE: The Konkani cultural organisations — Mandd Sobhann and Konkani Sanskriti Association — will hold their first Global Konkani Music Awards ceremony on May 10, at Kalaangann, Shakthinagar here. These awards identify the best male and female talents in Konkani music in the categories of singing, music composing and best album.

The Gurkaar (headman) of Mandd Sobhann, Eric Ozario, and its president and coordinator, Louis J. Pinto, told presspersons here on Thursday that three persons in each category have been shortlisted by a panel of judges and the names of the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony.

The three nominees for Best Singer Female are Nephie Rod, Akshada Talaulikar and Sangeetha Balachandar. The nominees for the Best Singer Male are Prashanth Raj, Lawry Travasso and Joel Maxwell Rebello. The nominees for the Best Music Composer are Dilip Kashinath Vaze, Ashwin Xavier Pinto and Sidhanath Buyao. Late Ulhas Buyao, Wilson Sequeira and Kevin Misquith are the nominees for the Best Lyricist. The nominees for the Best Album are Swadik Sobd, Akshada Geet and Buyanv With Love.

The winner in each category will receive a cash prize of Rs. 25,000 and a trophy from noted singer Usha Uthup. The Life Time Achievement Award will be conferred on ‘Konkan Kogul’ Wilfy Rebimbus. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh along with a gold medal and a trophy.

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