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J&K artist Pragnya Wakhlu wins 2 Dadasaheb Phalke Awards

JAMMU: At the 11th Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival and Awards that took place on 30th April 2021, Kashmiri music celebrated a big win. The Dadasaheb Phalke Film festival, India's highest film honour, received over 600 nominations worldwide and winners were selected by an International jury.

Pragnya Wakhlu, an independent Kashmiri musician based out of New Delhi, took home two prestigious awards for her music.

Her Kashmiri-themed song and music video for 'Kahwa Speaks' directed by Srinagar based Rumaan Hamdani and Zulkarnain Dev won the award for Best Cinematography.

The song is about how we can view a cup of Kashmiri tea as a metaphor for life - come together as a society just as the myriad elements of the tea come together to form a beautiful, fragrant brew.

She secured a second award for Best Music for an Animated Music Video for her song 'Katyuchuk My Love' which tells the love story of 16th century Kashmiri Poetess Habba Khatoon and King Yusuf Shah Chak through paper cut and illustrative animation.The video was animated and directed by Daksh Jain and his team in Dehradun.

Both the songs were part of Pragnya's Kashmiri-English album 'Kahwa Speaks' where each song introduces people to the nuances of Kashmiri culture.

"It's a great honour to have our work recognised by the esteemed International Jury and win two National awards" says Pragnya. "To win with our self-produced videos against competitors that included international production houses and big music labels with massive budgets, just goes to show that no dream is too big to achieve if you believe. If you have a strong vision, creative ideas and a great team anything is possible! We're so proud to take a little bit of Kashmir to the rest of the world with our work" .

Pragnya is currently working on her forthcoming album 'Lessons in Love; to be released in 2021. Her latest single from the album 'Whale Song', featuring Austrailian guitarist Marcos Villalta is a collaboration amongst artists in 3 continents (India, USA and Austrailia) and is India's first music video featuring humpback whale footage shot by Hawaii-based National Geographic contributor and whale diver Karim Iliya.

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