Media Coverage | 18-02-2021
Glittering ceremony organised in Mumbai
Mumbai, Feb 17: A talented and budding singer Hargun Kaur who is endowed with a melodious voice and Prathamesh Laghate, another promising singer with an impressive voice, were conferred upon the Lokmat Sur Jyotsna National Music Awards at a glittering ceremony at Shanmukhananda Hall in Mumbai on Tuesday in the presence of dignitaries and public representatives.
In the seventh year of the prestigious music awards, the talented singers were felicitated with ` 1 lakh and a scroll of honour each with the audience greeting them with thunderous applause and showering blessings on them.
The Sur Jyotsna National Music Awards are given away by the Lokmat Media Group in memory of Jyotsna Darda — the founder of Lokmat Sakhi Manch and a devotional singer.
The five-and-a-half hours awards ceremony was very colourful with the mesmerising performances by young artistes accompanied by melody, rhythm and beat sans speeches.
The ceremony started with the lighting of lamps by the dignitaries. The award ceremony started with Chairman of Editorial Board of Lokmat Media and former member of Rajya Sabha Vijay Darda delivering the introductory remarks and then the dignitaries were welcomed by Vijay Darda, Editor-in-Chief of Lokmat Media Rajendra Darda and director of Intrea Purva Kothari.
The digital premiere of this entire grand ceremony can be watched on Lokmat’s YouTube and Facebook page at 8.30 pm.
Special felicitation to the doyens of music
Anandji Virji Shah, Hariharan, Satish Vyas, Kailash Kher, Anuradha Paudwal, Udit Narayan, Pt. Ajay Pohankar, Roopkumar Rathod and Sonu Nigam were felicitated at the grand and colourful function.
No speeches, we want songs only
All the dignitaries present at the ceremony avoided giving any speech. Vijay Darda appealed to the dignitaries to sing a song instead of making a speech. The appeal was greeted by Udit Narayan with the song ‘Dharti Sunhari Amber Neela…’, while Kailash Kher and Hariharan also expressed their sentiments with songs. As soon as Hariharan took the mike, the audience recited ‘Chappa Chappa Charkha Chale…’ He then performed the same tune and sang two lines of the song.
Satish Vyas and Pt. Ajay Pohankar also greeted the audience.
Homage to music legends
Homage was paid to legendary personalities Bharat Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Padma Vibhushan Pt. Jasraj and Padma Vibhushan Ghulam Mustafa Khan for their invaluable contributions to Indian music. Pt. Bhimsen Joshi’s son Srinivas Joshi, Pt. Jasraj’s daughter Durga Jasraj, Ghulam Mustafa Khan’s sons Murtuza Mustafa, Qadir Mustafa, Rabbani Mustafa, Hasan Mustafa were also felicitated on the occasion.
A galaxy of celebrities
Prominent dignitaries among those present on the dais were leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Devendra Fadnavis, MP Praful Patel, PWD minister Ashok Chavan, revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat, health minister Rajesh Tope, food and civil supplies minister Chhagan Bhujbal, textiles minister Aslam Shaikh, MPCC chief Nana Patole, working president of Congress Shivajirao Moghe, Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar, DGP Hemant Nagrale, Consulate-General of Japan Michio Harada, ISKCON’s spiritual guru Gaur Gopal Das, BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal, joint police commissioner (traffic) Yashasvi Yadav, Congress leader Manikrao Thakre, BJP leader Ashish Shelar, Dr Pratit Samdani, nephrologist Dr Ruchi Samdani, Intrea’s director Purva Kothari, Jyotsna Darda’s brother entrepreneur Ramesh Jain, Madison World’s Sam Balsara, poet and actor Shailesh Lodha, Dr Swati Lodha, famous painter Suhas Bahulkar, sculptor Suryakant Lokhande, noted neurosurgeon Dr Keki Turel, ophthalmologist Dr Sundar Natarajan, Dr Ashok Kanchan Gupta, MD of Maharashtra Small Scale Industries Corporation Pravin Darade, joint secretary of home department Pallavi Darade among others.
The Sur Jyotsna National Music Awards has been instituted in memory of my wife Jyotsna Darda. Jyotsna was an ardent lover of music. She believed that if you want to live life well, you need to add music to your life. The Sur Jyotsna National Music Awards is a salute to the outstanding music talents. Veterans as well as emerging singers and musicians are honoured with this award.
— Vijay Darda,
Chairman of Editorial Board of Lokmat Media and former member of Rajya Sabha
A song by Amruta Fadnavis
Noted singer Amruta Fadnavis rendered ‘Damadam Mast Kalandar…’ Catching with the same thread, Vijay Darda also requested Devendra Fadnavis to sing the song. On that request, Fadnavis said, ‘Please organise a solo song programme for me then I will come again’. Fadnavis then paid homage to Jyotsna Darda by reminiscing about her.
The singers are being feted by Lokmat Media. This is a great service for the cause of music. It is a great motivation for the emerging artistes. Congratulations to Lokmat on its 50th anniversary.
— Satish Vyas,
veteran santoor player
I had received the 2019 Sur Jyotsna National Music Award. I consider it to be my great fortune to a sing in this event again today.
— Aarya Ambekar,
Thank you for bestowing on me the prestigious Sur Jyotsna National Music Award. I am thankful to the Lokmat Group for the respect and honour given to me. This is the most memorable day of my life.
— Hargun Kaur,
‘Lokmat’ honoured me. I can not express my joy in words. This award has put a great responsibility on my shoulders so my performance should commensurate with the stature of the award.
— Prathamesh Laghate,
The 7th Lokmat Sur Jyotsna National Music Awards were given away at a glittering ceremony at Shanmukhananda Hall, Sion in Mumbai on Tuesday to honour some of the greatest music personalities. The traditional lamp was lighted in a unique way by pressing a button. Dr Pratit Samdani, BMC commissioner I S Chahal, DGP Hemant Nagrale, health minister Rajesh Tope, food and civil supplies minister Chhagan Bhujbal, PWD minister Ashok Chavan, MPCC chief Nana Patole, revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat, leader of Opposition in Legislative Assembly Devendra Fadnavis, noted singer Amruta Fadnavis, chairman of Editorial Board of Lokmat Media and former member of Rajya Sabha Vijay Darda, Intrea’s director Purva Kothari, Editor-in-Chief of Lokmat Media Rajendra Darda, Congress leader Manikrao Thakre, joint managing director and editorial director of Lokmat Media Rishi Darda and director of Kothari group Sunit Kothari lit the lamp.
Prathamesh Laghate and Hargun Kaur who were honoured with Sur Jyotsna National Music Awards.