WKMA: International Platform for Promotion of Konkani Music Talent Launched

By on November 13, 2019
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Konkani music across the globe is set to receive an international impetus with the launch of the World Konkani Music Awards, a platform for emerging new talent. The event was announced with celebrity singer and social activist Hemaa Sardessai and jury member along with founder Allan Vaz and the promoters at a press conference held at the Panjim Convention Centre in the capital.

Through the yearly grand award function the organisers seek to unearth the stars hidden in the vast galaxy of Konkani music in the far corners of the world.  Using the power of the latest tech and digital platforms their mission is to reach every individual who is craving for Konkani music. Their vision is to 'enrich the rich Konkani culture via promoting it widely by means of music and songs.

The first edition of the talent hunt kicks off it's journey in the birth place of Konkani, Goa on February 7, 2020. It is designed and conceived on the lines of the international music awards.

 Musician and singer founder Allan Vaz says, "We want to offer a platform that celebrates and showcases genuine musicians across the globe and create an award that aims to put Konkani music on the global map," in addition to facilitating young talent to challenge themselves and find their dreams and find opportunities.

Allan Castelino, one of the promoters says, "We all have a liking for music, specially the ethos of Konkani. Since the language seems diminishing in this world, we thought of nurturing the rich Konkani culture by blending it with the might, dynamism and diversity of Konkani dialect across the globe."

Speaking at the press conference noted singer Sardessai expressed, "  "

The organisers invite participants to register their entries for the grand award function. They can log onto www.wkma.in to sign up and upload their audio and video files on the website.

All entries will be screened by a panel of eminent judges from the music field and the winners will be announced at the grand finale to be held at the Dr Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Stadium. The esteemed panelists include: celebrity singer and social activist Hemaa Sardessai, veteran in the music industry Atul Churamani and Nimrika Singh, Editor of Rollingstones Magazine, India.

The competition will have the following categories: Best Singer (Male and Female), Emerging talent (male/female), Best music director, Best music video, Best lyricist, Most sold albums, Most streamed song, Best rock band and Best film music.

Apart from the contestant categories, the awards also recognise the stalwarts from the industry through the Lifetime Achievement Award and other awards for contribution towards Konkani music.

 The largest concentrated effort in promoting Konkani music across the world, the World Konkani Music Awards hopes to carve a niche in the global music scene in years to come.

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