New Delhi: Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur congratulated Nanjiamma for receiving the National Award for Best Singer. Nanchiyamma received the award for the song in the film Ayyappanum Koshiyum composed by the late director Sachi. Anurag Singh Thakur has also shared the scene of Nanjiamma singing ‘Kalakatha Sandanamere Veguvoka Poothiriko’ at the award ceremony.
Nanjiamma received the award stage with full cheers. As soon as Nanjiamma’s name was read, there was applause in the audience. After that, everyone regardless of age stood and paid respect to Nanjiamma. The award was given by President Draupadi Murmu. Nanchiamma accepted the National Award with a smile. Nanchiamma said she was proud to receive the award from someone from the tribal community.
The Best Female Playback Singer Awarded is Smt Nanjiyamma, a folk singer who hails from a small tribal community in Kerala with no professional film background.
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) September 30, 2022
After receiving the National Award for Nanjiamma, musician Linu Lal entered the scene with criticism. Linu’s question was whether the song sung by Nanjiamma was the best song last year. Linu Lal had criticized that Nanjiamma could not sing a normal song even if she was given a month’s time and that she would not feel this recognition as an insult to those who have devoted their lives to music.
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But after Linu Lal’s criticism, many people came in support of Nanjiamma on social media. Nanchiamma’s response was that she doesn’t mind the controversy. ‘Criticism counts as children say. Nanjiamma’s answer was that there is no objection to anyone.