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North America votes Kaante at Bollywood Music Awards

By Viral Bhayani

A packed audience of Trump Taj Mahal arena went into raptures as the Bollywood Music Awards 2003 for outstanding achievements and performances reeled out top Bollywood Music stars of yesteryears by their presence and top stars of today with their performances at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City in New Jersey on November 1st 2003.

The extravaganza drew thousands of people from the tri-state area of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut to Atlantic City where the audience could see music stars in flesh and blood, as well as enjoy live performances of contemporary stars Sonu Nigam, Kumar Sanu, Hans Raj Hans, Sukhwinder, Sunidhi Chauhan, Bombay Vikings, Harry Anand, Anamika, Rdb, King of Caribbean music Arrow, Trinidadian heart throb Inder Kanhai and the middle eastern sensation Alabina.

Understandably, many of the stars, thanked Mr Kamal Dandona, the Chairman of Bollywood Group and the man behind the show, for having made this night happen. The set was appropriately musical with art pieces manifested into masterpieces adorned the sides of the stage. The Master of Ceremonies was the irresistible Tanaaz Currim, who kept the audience in cheers with her Bollywood jokes.

A very special award for the Most Outstanding Music Producer of the Year went to Pritish Nandy for the phenomenal success of the music in all four movies produced by Pritish Nandy Communications last year: Kaante, Sur, Jhankaar Beats and Mumbai Matinee. The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to famous ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas and the Artist of the Decade Award to Kumar Sanu. The other Goodwill Awards went to international choreographer Darren Henson who has choreographed for Britney Spears, N Sync, Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Lopez and Arrow, whose song Hot,Hot,Hot is a global anthem. Alabina, of Egyptian and Moroccan descent, enthralled the audience next with her lively numbers. Maria Conchita Alanso, Latin superstar who has worked with Robbin Williams, Nicholas Cage and Arnold Schweitneger won the International Bridge Builder Award.

The night ended with sterling performances, first by Kumar Sanu, who dazzled the audience with his dancing, and then by Sonu Nigam who conjured up a lively medley of some of her best hits put to superb dancing and rhythmic music. By close the audience left the arena, an evening well spent with the best of Bollywood music. The official sponsors were Sony, Air India and Trump Taj Mahal Casino. The Bollywood Group also announced the launch of the Bollywood theme restaurant in New York next year and the production of Bollywood related television content for global audiences.

The list of winners is as follows:

Best Music Director
Anand Raj Anand- Kaante

Best Song of the Year
Aa Bhi Ja- Sur

Best Singer- Male
Sonu Nigam- Saathiya

Best Singer- Female
Sunidhi Chauhan- Ishq Samundar- Kaante

Best New Musical Talent
Mahalaxmi Iyer- Sur

Best Pop Album
Adnan Sami- Tera Chehra

Best Pop Artist- Male
Bombay Viking- Woh Chali

Best Pop Artist- Female
Annamika- Pyar Hai

Best Bhangra Artist
Hans Raj Hans- Chorni

Best Remixed Album
Kaliyon Ka Chaman- UMI 10 Harry Anand

Best Dance Video
Kaanta Laga- DJ Doll Remix Harry Anand

The Music Company of the Year:
T Series- Chalte Chalte and Kaante

Outstanding Music Producer of the Year
Pritish Nandy Communications Ltd

Lifetime Achievement Award
Pankaj Udhas


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