Vidya Balan glams up Mirchi Music award Bangla as Kolkata celebrates Bengali Music

Kolkata, February 25, 2014 (Washington Bangla Radio): “I have no intention to scare away the audience from theatre halls” said Bollywood diva Vidya Balan as she graced Kolkata for the ‘Mirchi Music Awards Bangla 2014’.

She made this statement in a light mood when Washington Bangla Radio asked if she, alike many of the actors in Bollywood would ever like to try her voice as a singer.

                                  Vidya Balan in Mirchi Music award

                                          Gargi and Payel

                                     Akriti Kakkar performing at the Mirchi Music award


The style icon always seems excited about visiting Kolkata, and this time it was no exception. Vidya also said “I love music and I love Kolkata. So attending a Music award in Kolkata is ‘Sone pe Suhaga’ for me.
“Its wonderful to have such an award like Mirchi Music award which celebrates music in the best way possible and recognizes the hard work of Singers, musicians, lyricists and other people related to Music.” She added.
 After its overwhelming success for the last three years, Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM is proud to be back with the 4th edition of Mirchi Music Awards Bangla, Royal Stag Mirchi Music Awards Bangla 2014 Powered By Idea (MMA Bangla) - the prestigious awards show in Bengal that recognizes and celebrates the best in Bengali music. With the greatest names in the industry on the Jury panel and scintillating live acts the leading radio station of the city literally dazzled its  fourth edition of its annual music awards.

                            Madhu Neotia felicitating Vidya Balan


“We are quite excited to present the much awaited fourth edition of MMA Bangla. For us every single song is a winner as it contributes to making Radio Mirchi your favourite music channel. At the same time, we are scaling up the platform to making it the biggest award ceremony in this region,” said Madhuri Bhosale, Senior Vice-President and Cluster Head East.

                                          Paoli Dam

More than 1500 songs released in 2014 were judged by a judges’ panel of thirty two luminaries of Bangla music in an effort to present awards to the most deserving and outstanding artistes of the year in various categories. The entire process of judging was held in secret ballot handled by the renowned audit firm Ernst & Young. The songs were adjudged for total 23 award categories. Besides the regular awards categories in Film and Non-Film Bangla music, there is also the Mirchi Listeners’ Choice Awards for the Best Film Song and the Best Film Album.

A host of stars walked the red carpet at the Mirchi Music Awards including the likes of Prosenjit Chatterji, Jeet Ganguly, Chiranjit, Babul Supriyo, Payel Sarkar, Gargi Roy Choudhury, Tanusree, Usha Utthup, Kabir Suman, Pandit Tanmoy Bose, Indraadip Das Gupta, Raghab Chatterjee Director Srijit Mukherjee, actors Indrashish Roy, Tota Roy Chaudhury, Locket Chatterji, singer Rupankar, Sidhu & his band Cactus, Haimanti Sukla, Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta, Surajit, directors Sudeshna Roy, Nandita Ray and Shiboprasad Mukhopadhyay, rockstar Rupam Islam, composer Joy Sarkar, among others.

                                     Nachiketa at the music Mirchi award

The show was hosted by the tremendous trio of Abir Chatterji, Kanchan Mullick and Radio Mirchi’s very own Mir. Studded with outstanding performances by the likes of Akriti Kakkar, Anupam Roy, Lagnajita, Prashmita Paul, Sayantika, Paoli Dam, Nachiketa Chakraborty and Soham the show was a grand success.
Anupam, Lagnajita and Prashmita act was a carnival of colour and music.
The acts Aakriti, Sayantika and Paoli were full of pace and grandeur.
Nachiketa took us back to the wonderful memories and nostalgia of nineties.
Soham with a grand entry and power packed performance rocked the stage.
Radio Mirchi was honored to confer Jatileshwar Mukherjee the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to Bengali music.
The noted violinist Dilip Roy won “Special Jury’s choice for outstanding contribution to Bangla music”.

Runa Laila, the international face of Bangla music was felicitated as “Chiranabin Surasree” for her outstanding contribution to music not just in Bengal, but beyond borders. She also mesmerized the audience with her popular Bangla folk and Sufi numbers.

                                               Babul Suprio

Jeet Ganguly was awarded “Royal Stag Make it Large award 2014”, for his outstanding contribution to both Hindi and Bengali music. He also made the audience sing to his tunes with his popular Hindi and Bangla numbers.

Probably the biggest attraction of the night was National Award winning actress Vidya Balan. She was clearly happy to be back in her favorite city. “I love coming back to Kolkata, that’s no secret but I am most excited about this opportunity to be amongst the who’s who of the Bengal Music Industry. I have been a huge fan of Hemanta, Manna Dey, Salil Choudhury, S. D. Burman and of course R. D. Burman!” said Vidya.

                                vidya Balan shakes a leg with Mir at Mirchi Music Awards Bangla 2015

Later she also graced the stage with her charm. Mr. Prosenjit Chatterji, probably the biggest name of Bangla film industry also joined her in on stage to make the occasion special.
Coming back to the awards - “Jaatishwar” was the film that swept all major awards this year bagging best album of the year, song of the year (“E Tumi Kemon Tumi”). Rupankar won the male vocalist of the year for “E Tumi Kemon Tumi” while Shreya Ghoshal won female vocalist of the year for “Bela Boye Jae” from ”Bunoh Haansh”. The veteran artist Kabir Suman won both the awards for best music composer (for “E Tumi Kemon Tumi”) and Lyricist of the year (for “Khudar Kasam Jaan” from “Jaatishwar”). “E Tumi Kemon Tumi” also won the Mirchi listeners’ choice award for best song while “Jaatishwar” was chosen by the listeners as the best album of the year.
Overall the Royal Stag Mirchi Music Awards Bangla 2014 powered by Idea has been a grand success.