Star TV to launch India music awards

Wizcraft International will co-produce October 2010 event

NEW DELHI -- India's film-centric awards calendar will see a new ceremony dedicated to the music industry, with the launch of the Star Global Indian Music Awards, produced by Star Television and events management company Wizcraft International Entertainment.

The inaugural STAR GIMAs will be held in October 2010 to honor talent from a wide variety of genres, with nominees in various categories determined by a panel comprised of industry members. The GIMA advisory board includes, among others, top artists such as classical musicians Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and Dr. L. Subramanium, leading Bollywood filmmakers Karan Johar, Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra and “Slumdog Millionaire” Oscar-winning sound engineer Resul Pookutty, in addition to executives from major labels.

STAR GIMA will also be supported by industry bodies Indian Music Industry and South India Music Companies Association along with leading labels T Series, YRF Music, SaReGaMa, Eros International, Tips, EMI, Sony Music, Venus, Universal Music Group and Aditya.

Wizcraft also organize the annual International Indian Film Academy Awards that are only held in different overseas locations.

There have been earlier attempts at establishing a major music award such as MTV India's IMMIES and the Channel V Music Awards in the 1990s, but these events were discontinued.
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