GUWAHATI, Aug 12 � Talented Assamese singer Angaraag Papon Mahanta has been nominated for the award of the best folk singer/album of India. This came to light when the Global Indian Music Academy (GIMA) announced their nominations for this year�s awards yesterday. Two of Angaraag�s albums � Gomseng (traditional Bihu) and Phagunar Gaan (Holi Geet) � have been nominated amongst the selected 7 best folk albums of the country. These nominations are across all languages of India.
Bhalobashi �by Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Bhili Ramayan by Somabhai Pawar, Desert Slide by Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Monfokira by Lopamudra Mitra �and� Shaan � E- Quam by Harjit Singh Harman are the other folk albums nominated in the category.
Among the other important nominations for this year�s awards, Asha Bhosle and Ustaad Shujaat Khan have been nominated for Best Semi-Classical Album for Naina Lagaike. Ustaad Rashid Khan and Hariharan are also nominated in the same category.
The awards also cover Hindi film music, but the non-film category has been the toast of music since the inception of the awards last year.
The nominations were decided on a voting system by a jury comprising 33 renowned members from the Indian music fraternity. The final winners will be decided through a voting by the Academy comprising 250 members who includes names like Javed Akhtar, Karan Johar, Kumar Taurani, Mukesh Bhatt, Prasoon Joshi, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Shankar Mahadevan, Shubha Mugdal, Dr. L Subramanian and others.
The awards function will take place in September this year at Gurgaon.