Music maestros honoured at GiMA Awards
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The 3rd Chevrolet Star Global Indian Music Awards (GiMA) concluded recently. Held at the Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai, the ceremony was attended by well-known faces from the music and the film industry. Among the awards handed out was the Best Playback Singing award which went to Nandini Sarkar for Bhare naina in Ra.One. Mohit Chauhan bagged the same award (along with A.R. Rahman) for Nadaan Parinde in Rockstar in the male category. Shankar Ehsaan Loy took home the award for Best Music Arranger & Programmer for Senorita in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. There was a special tribute paid to Academy Award recipient, music maestro A.R. Rahman, on his completion of 20 glorious years in the industry. Rahman said, "They had given me a hint about the tribute, but I did not realise that this would evoke feelings of nostalgia. I have learnt a lot from all these singers who have touched my heart today. I still remember my first concert in 1996 when most of the singers who sang today had come to watch my performance. I really thank GiMA for this. I am truly touched." Hosted by actor Saif Ali Khan and actress Parineeti Chopra, the evening featured spectacular performances by musicians and Bollywood stars including Sonakshi Sinha, Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Niigaam, Mika, Sukhwinder Singh and many others.
Shahid Rafi refutes Lata Mangeshkar's claims
Shahid Rafi, son of late singing legend Mohammed Rafi, has refuted claims made by veteran playback singer Lata Mangeshkar that Rafi had written her a personal apology letter following their professional conflict years ago. "If she has the letter then she should produce it. And believe me, if the letter is genuine, then I will write an apology myself," Shahid told reporters at a press conference. Shahid also said that her comments have hurt him and a lot of other fans of the late singer. He further added that if Mangeshkar fails to produce the letter, he might consider a legal recourse. "I might take legal action. But, I will have to take legal opinion regarding the same," he said.