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Thursday October 17, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Thursday October 17, 2013 MYT 1:35:50 PM
by gayathri nair
Street edge: Hip hop mavericks (from left) Kash Villanz, OG Dass and Maney Villanz, winners of the Best Hip Hop Rap Song and Best Song categories.
The inaugural Anugerah Industri Muzik: Malaysian Indian 2013 awards was a splash of vibrant talent.
GLITZ, glamour and energy. That’s how one would describe the Anugerah Industri Muzik: Malaysian Indian 2013 awards ceremony held at the Setia City Convention Center, Shah Alam in Selangor last Saturday. It was a timely show to recognise the achievements in the local Indian music scene.
You also had some eye-opening scenes at the awards when homegrown Tamil hip hop and Tamil rock showed that the local Indian scene was not limited to pop-centred sounds.
The show, featuring 16 contestable categories, was hosted by THR Raaga radio announcer Aanantha Rajaram and actress Sangeeta Krishnasamy. Starting the night off strong were performers from Asthana Arts, with a lively dance routine filled with vibrant colours and upbeat music.
Following that were the first award presenters of the night – comedians Indi Nadarajah and Allan Perera, who handed out the best new artiste category.
Taking home the coveted AIM “mic stand” statue for that award was Vinesh Kumar Palani.
The glittering night, with 1,900 attendees, also saw special appearances by celebrities in the Malaysian-Indian community to present the awards.
Heading the list was the popular Chennai, India-based singer, P. Unnikrishnan, who also performed the song Ennavale, from hit Tamil blockbuster of the 1990s Kadhalan.
Other presenters on the night were pop celebrities Datuk David Arumugam, Datuk DJ Dave and Datin Sri Manimala NT Rajah.
Fans of pop star Jaclyn Victor, were disappointed, as despite being listed as one of the presenters in the programme schedule, she did not make it that night.
Also on hand to present awards were A.K Nathan, DCP Datuk Paramasivam and Mydin Sultan.
“We are touched and amazed by the wonderful turnout for the show,” said Suseela Menon, AIM Malaysian-Indian 2013 organising committee joint chairman.
Also present were Recording Industry Association of Malaysia (RIM) chairman Norman Abdul Halim and joint chairman AIM Malaysian-Indian 2013 organising committee Datuk Freddie Fernandez. Outside the industry heavyweights, the awards night was also about the partying and putting on a show to remember.
Awards for best vocal performance in a song – for both male and female – went to Dhilip Varman and Hashmitha Selvam, respectively. Hashmitha also performed a lively number up on stage, which gave the evening an added spark. Not to forget the hip hop favourites OG Dass, Kash Villanz and Maney Villanz, who picked up the Best Hip Hop Song and Best Song awards.
Vikadakavi and Denes’ VMB 2.0 picked up the Best Rock Song accolade, while Jay’s Enggo Tulainthavan secured the Best Pop/Contemporary Song award.
The coveted Best Album award went to Subrah G’s Love Signature CD, which was produced by Subramaniam Mariappan.
But it wasn’t all beats, rocking attitudes and hollering hip hop. There was diversity on the cards too.
N. Mariappan, better known as “Isai Thendral,” was honoured with the Sri Wirama Lifetime achievement award in recognition of his contributions to the Malaysian-Indian music industry as an Indian classical music expert.
Rapper/producer/music-maker Yogi B (of Poetic Ammo fame) was also on hand to receive the Kembara award for championing local Indian music abroad.
The event kept up its lively tempo throughout the three-hour show with performers such as Jay, Thila Laxshman, Shruthi J, OG Dass, and Coco Nantha.
It closed with an explosive bhangra selection by brothers Manjit Singh Gill and Sukhjit Singh Gill of the group Goldkartz.
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