GUWAHATI, March 15: Assam’s playback singer Nahid Afrin has found herself entangled in a war of words after accepting the Best Background Singer award for a song she did not sing. Nevertheless, Nahid Afrin in a video released on social media, clarified that she was not aware of the mix-up and she dint have any idea which song the award was for.
She informed that she received a call from one of the members of the jury board notifying her that she had won the award, and thereafter received numerous congratulatory calls and messages. When she went to accept the award, she was unaware of the name of the song for which the award was being proffered to.
The controversy exploded on social media after it was disclosed that Nahid Afrin was conferred the Best Background Singer recognition at the 8th State Film Awards ceremony for the song she was not a part of. Nahid Afrin received the Pratima Pandey Barua Award for Best Background Singer (Woman) at the awards ceremony. The song, ‘Neelate Luka Bhaku’ from the movie ‘Nijanor Gaan’, was sung by Rupjyoti Devi and Zubeen Garg.
The criticism circulated widespread in the state’s cultural department, but the singer clarified that she was not accountable for the mix-up and would be happy to return the award to the deserving winner if it was not meant for her. She concluded the video by stating that an award does not determine her talent or knowledge, but her own work and action do, and she will continue to strive with it.