The awards ceremony of the ‘Murugappa Madras Song – Sing it to Win it’ cover contest was held today at Ciclo Café, Kotturpuram. The awards were presented by famed city-based pianist Anil Srinivasan. This contest, held as part of the Madras Week celebrations, invited participants to submit their own creative renditions (cover versions) of the popular ‘Murugappa Madras Song’.
Harish Iyer receiving the Most Sensational Cover (Video) Award on behalf of the band I Grooves from the Chief Guest, Mr. Anil Srinivasan
The winners in the various categories were judged by Filmfare awardee and singer of the original version of the Murugappa Madras Song Shakthisree Gopalan, filmmaker and director of the original music video Vijay Prabakaran, and city-based vocalist Shilpa Natarajan.
The Grand Prize of Rs. 1 lakh was shared by the band ‘Oxygen’ (best audio) and the band ‘I Grooves’ (best video). The ‘Voice Worth Insuring’ award (sponsored by Chola MS General Insurance) was presented to Nalini Vittobane, the ‘Most Refreshing Cover Version’ (from Parry Fresh Tea) was presented to Saisharan, the ‘ Voice with an Edge’ award (from CUMI) to Sudharshan and Srivathsan, the ‘Sweetest Voice’ award (from Parry Sugar) to Nambitha and Nisha Syed , the ‘Voice that will go places’ (from Parry Travels) award to Saisharan, the ‘Super Band’ award (from TI Cycles) to Oxygen, the ‘Most Magnetic Cover’ to Milind Dhantingan, ‘Uniquely Unplugged Cover’ to Krishnan; and ‘Young Forever Cover’ to the students of AMM School.
Members of the band Oxygen receiving the Most Sensational Cover (Audio) Award from the Chief Guest, Mr. Anil Srinivasan
Apart from the grand prize, the other winners took home Amazon gift vouchers as well as attractive prizes of air tickets and gift hampers from the Group companies – including cycles, sugar, power tools and tea – of over Rs. 70,000.
In 2014, the Murugappa Group had launched the Murugappa Madras Song, a tribute to the city to commemorate its 375th year celebrations. This video went viral with over 300,000 YouTube views. The contest was open to participation from across the country.