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The Indian Music Diaries Awards 2021 – Nominate Yourself!

After a whopping response to our first TIMD music awards held last year, we are back with another edition- The Indian Music Diaries Awards 2021! We start the new year with the motto to ‘Diversify, Educate and Grow.’ TIMD intends to focus on and support artists, bands and musicians who have worked tirelessly last year and released original music. Even in 2021, we continue to remain genre-agnostic hence aim to recognise talent from across the spectrum. From hip-hop to electronic music, artists and bands can nominate themselves for the awards which will be judged by jury members comprising of industry veterans. For more information read below.

Here are the award categories –

  1. Best Album/EP Of The Year (Jury’s Choice)
  2. Best Album/EP Of The Year (Editor’s Choice)
  3. Best Song Of The Year (Public Choice)
  4. Best Singer-Songwriter Of The Year
  5. Best Music Video Of The Year
  6. Best Hip-Hop Release of The Year
  7. Best Hip-Hop Producer of The Year
  8. Best Album Artwork of The Year
  9. Best Debut Artist of The Year
  10. Best Electronic Artist of The Year

You can nominate yourself for from the above categories HERE. Last day to nominate yourself is 27th January 2021. Only artists/bands who fill nominations will be considered. Shortlisted acts will be announced after the nomination process is over.

Know our Jury –

Ritnika Nayan

With 20 years of experience in the music industry, Ritnika is a known name in India. She has recently taken over as the India Head of CD Baby, which is one of the world’s biggest independent music distributors. She started her musical career in 2001 in the concerts division of Hofstra University where she organised shows for various artists such as Maroon 5, Nickelback, Counting Crows and many more. In 2007, she set up Music Gets Me High (MGMH) a New Delhi based music consultancy firm. Nayan was also awarded Young Music Entrepreneur by the British Council in 2008. She authors two books namely, Indie 101 which is a thorough guide to the independent music industry in India and the Hub which is India’s first book on electronic music.
Moreover, she has also dabbled in Television (MTV, Star India, etc) and Film (Gandhi My Father) as an assistant director. In 2019, she set up India’s only certification in music business at Sri Aurobindo Centre Of Arts and Communication and won the contribution to creative industry award by University of Westminster, UK.

Some of the projects she has worked with include Guns & Roses India Tour, Manu Chao India tour, Tiny Fingers India Tour, Sula Festival, Moto spotlight series, The Grub Fest, Ziro Festival of Music, Nucleya -Horn Ok Please tour and many more.

Because of her immense contributions and work, she has been featured in renowned publications such as Femina, Elle, Time Out Delhi, Hindustan Times, Mid day, Sunday Guardian, TOI crest, Statesmen & Indian Express and was named one of the ‘Top Guns of India’ by India Today Aspire Magazine.

Amit Gurbaxani

Mumbai-based music journalist, Amit Gurbaxani is known for his acute observation of the business trends in the Indian music industry. He has covered the workings of the independent music scene for almost two decades now and has also recently co-founded the Indie Music Allies, which is an organization for resource and information sharing for the independent music scene. Gurbaxani’s work has been published in various national and international publications such as Billboard, Firstpost, India Today, Music Ally, The Guardian, Red Bull, Rolling Stone India, The Hindu, Mint Lounge, Scroll, The Wire, Vogue India and many more. He is also the co-founder of The Daily Pao, an online food and culture platform that publishes a daily gig guide for Mumbai.

Neel Adhikari

Neel Adhikari is a Kolkata/Mumbai-based singer-songwriter, composer and music director. Neel is known for his work as a composer for the recently acclaimed web series Little Things. His other projects as a composer consist of What The Folks, Laakhon Mein Ek, Bose, Why Cheat India, Thinkistan Season 2, Afsos, Hasmukh, Kia & Cosmos, Ludo, and many more. He was in several bands namely, Five Little Indians (FLI) , Gandu Circus and Neel and The Lightbulbs. Now he performs solo as a singer-songwriter.

You can nominate yourself for the award categories HERE. Last day to nominate yourself is 27th January 2020.

Our Sponsors –

CD Baby

CD Baby, one of the world’s largest independent music distributors, entered the Indian market in October 2019. Ritnika Nayan, who is also part of our jury was appointed to be the Indian representative of the US-based music distributing agency. Nayan also represents DashGo, which is CD Baby’s sister company. The company is said to have 19 representatives operating in 25 countries around the world. According to Tracy Maddux, CEO of AVL Digital, parent company of both CD Baby and DashGo, claims this expansion to be a great sense of commitment and belief in the future of indie music in India. Maddux also calls the company to be an “anti-label” with representing over 9 million tracks.


MULO is the brainchild of two former Flipkart managers Archisman Chatterjee and Aniket Ghosh Chaudhary who bonded over their love for music and decided to quit their job to come up with MULO. With a vision to create an audio ecosystem for the Indian audience, and to create affordable audio products – MULO has risen to be one of India’s fastest homegrown audio products brands. The brand derived its name from the words “Music Lovers” and this passion for music has really helped the brand reach where it is now.

You can nominate yourself for from the award categories HERE. Last day to nominate yourself is 27th January 2021.

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