Two songs from Boston-based singer Anuradha Palakurthi’s album “Meri Jaan,” have been nominated for best song in the Non-Film/ Independent Category for the Radio Mirchi Awards. The awards will be presented in Mumbai on Feb. 19. The songs chosen are: “Ishq Ne” and “Woh Baarishein.”
The album has been composed by Ustad Nishat Khan, a scion of one of the oldest Gharanas of Hindustani music and one of the top sitar players in the world. Lyrics are written by Bollywood’s Manoj Yadav. “Meri Jaan” was officially released in March 2019 at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
“We are very excited that not one but two songs from “Jaan Meri” are among the top five nominations for a Radio Mirchi award,” Manisha Jain, CEO of Juju Productions, which produced the album, “We think Anuradha is the first Indian singer from outside India and definitely the first Indian American singer to be in the top five for this prestigious award,” she said.
“It is heartwarming to have two songs picked by a jury of great musicians and it is a tribute to the exceptional composition of the maestro Ustad Nishat Khan,” Palakurthi sid. “We made this album as a labor of love,,” she said, and added, “I am particularly gratified that our usage of the old-world method of recording a live band of 70+ musicians was recognized. I thank all those musicians and the recording team of Vijay Dayal and Kamlesh Bhadkamkar.”
Palakurthi has performed live with Bollywood singers like Kumar Sanu, Suresh Wadkar, Deepak Pandit and Bappi Lahiri across the U.S. She has recorded a duet with Hariharan for Ekal Vidyalaya – composed by guitarist Prasanna with drummer Sivamani and a group of 14 multiple-Grammy winning musicians from across the globe. Palakurthi sings in six Indian languages and has recorded playback for South Indian films