Lifetime honour for Ramen Barua in Assam’s first music awards

Angarag, Tarali voted artist of the year; Joi, Pranami bag Best Debutant awards

The existence of the Assamese music industry has finally been acknowledged. In what can be termed as a huge boost to all the practitioners of the loosely structured music industry of the State, the first-ever State music awards, conceptualised to recognise and promote the best of Assamese music and its torchbearers, was recently organized in Guwahati. I am talking about the Mustraj Big Asomiya Music Awards 2010 which was instituted by BIG Live – the experiential marketing arm of Reliance Broadcasting Limited.

In a glittering evening held at Pragjyoti ITA Centre for the Arts in Machkhowa that saw the best of Assamese music and dance, Angarag Mahanta and Tarali Sharma walked away with the trophies in the best singer (male) and best singer (female) category, while Dikshu’s Aah oi aah from the album Deboadaru won the song of the year award. Tarali won the award for her song Sinaki Osinaki while Angarag’s Ujaiye Ja was the number which impressed the jury and public alike.
Joi with his hit single Aikon Baikon walked away with the Best Debutant (male) award, even as the award in the female category was bagged by Pranamika for her song Borokha. Ibson Lal Baruah, on the other hand, was declared the Best Lyricist for his song Aah oi Aah. While Zubeen Garg and Zinti Das won the awards for the Best Bihu Singer in the male and female categories respectively, Manash Robin was adjudged the Best Lyricist for his song Ebar Dubar.

The Assamese music industry, despite having produced some exceptional talents of national and even international fame, has neither been acknowledged nor recognised as such till date. The winners of the Mustraj Big Asomiya Music Awards 2010 were selected by a jury comprising some prominent musicians of the State in various music categories based on musical releases in 2009-2010. The public was also roped in to decide the winners as some of the categories, like best debutant, best singer – male and femalge, best Bihu song, etc were also thrown open to popular voting through sms, online and physical ballots.

The jury members included the likes of Bhupen Uzir, dhruba Jyoti Phukan, Syed Sadulla and Anuradha Sharma Pujari. A number of special awards were also constituted by BIG and which were selected by the jury formed. The most special among them all, however, was the Big Lifetime Achievement Award which was awarded to Ramen Baruah for his immense contributions to the music industy of Assam.

While Bhupen Uzir was selected by the jury as the Music Guru of Assam, Zubeen’s Anuradha was declared the most requested song of the year. Swapan Nath of Filmcraft studio received the award in the category of pioneering music studio of the State and Subhas Roy of Roy Cycle Mart received the award for the pioneering music production house.

Talking about the Mustraj Big Asomiya Music Awards 2010, Terence Mandle, Regional head – East, Big Live, said, “Assam has a very rich musical heritage though it has not received the recognition it deserves. The Mustraj Big Asomiya Music Awards 2010 is part of our endeavour to acknowledge the music contributions from some of the best musicians of the State. Conceptualised by our experiential marketing wing Big Live, this is an excellent offering to be amplified through our radio station 92.7 Big FM whose core content is music. We are very happy to have Mustraj Natural Mustard Oil partner us in our endeavour of recognising and thanking our music stalwarts for their contribution.”


About Aiyushman Dutta

Who am I? Yet to find the answer. For the time being, u can call me a writer, maybe a journalist and a music entrepreneur or an errand boy! Whatever suits your fancy!

Posted on April 7, 2011, in Day-to-Day, Musicians/ Bands and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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