WKMA is an award that is exclusively for the Konkani Music Fraternity across the globe & is backed by an advisory panel comprising of well-known singers, musicians, lyricists, music directors and prominent Konkani music enthusiasts.
Hemaa Sardesai (CelEbrity Judge)
Internationally acclaimed Goan Diva
Hemaa Sardesai has created history going successfully from Bollywood to Hollywood. She is the only Goan & Indian Singer to have the most International Achievements including her Hollywood Single recently launched in New York and to win the ‘Grand Prix’ in Germany as well as to be invited to perform live at the UNICEF Concert in Europe.
With more than 100 Bollywood songs to her credit, Hemaa is the only Goan & Indian Singer to sing duets in films with five superstars including Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan. MTV termed her the ‘Queen Of Songs’ and at MTV, V channel, B4U, events. She has been called ‘The singer with the most amazing stage presence.
She is also the only Goan & Indian Singer chosen to sing solo upstage at the International World Cultural Festival to a record-breaking audience of 15 lakh people. Having performed live in many countries across the globe, Hemaa is also known to be the only Goan & Indian singer who has contributed maximum to social and needy causes and has been congratulated by six Indian Prime Ministers for her live performances.
Editor of Rolling Stones Magazine
Nirmika Singh is a renowned Mumbai-based music writer and critic. She currently holds the position of Executive Editor, Rolling Stone India, the Indian edition of the world’s greatest music magazine. A dynamic media professional, Nirmika is one of the most respected voices in music journalism in India and is also the youngest person to have this prestigious leadership role at Rolling Stone.
Apart from being a journalist, Nirmika is also an accomplished singer-songwriter, lyricist and stage performer. Her repertoire of music includes pop, folk and alternative rock. She has an EP titled Jhoothe as well as several collaborations to her credit. Currently she is also the face of the current Amazon Coolpad TV and digital campaign. She recently also represented India at the Midsommar Weekender gathering in Sweden hosted by Absolut for global influencers.
Nirmika has a decade-long experience in music reporting. She started her career with Indian Express in New Delhi and moved to Mumbai in 2011 to work with Hindustan Times. She has also contributed to publications such as Mid-Day and 48hours. Nirmika has also worked extensively in the digital space and headed editorial teams at pop culture portal 101 India.
MD – Turnkey Music & Publishing
Atul Churamani joined the Indian music industry in 1987 and has worked with music labels like CBS Gramophone Records and Tapes (I) Ltd., Magnasound India Ltd, Virgin Records and Saregama India Ltd.
He has held several portfolios at these labels from International Music Manager to A&R and Marketing Director. He has been closely associated with the development of the Indian pop music scene and the establishing of the digital and music publishing businesses for the industry. He has been on the board of the Indian Performing Rights Society and the Phonographic Performance Ltd.
Atul was part of the team that launched the Indian Pop music business in 1992 and has had the privilege of working with artistes like Baba Sehgal, Alisha Chinai, The Colonial Cousins, Shweta Shetty, Shubha Mudgal, Shaan and a number of others on some of their biggest hits.
After a stint with VAS company On mobile Global Limited, Atul is now Managing Director of Turnkey Music & Publishing Pvt. Ltd., a company he founded, that helps independent artistes publish and self-release music. The company also curates the Paddy Fields folk fusion music festival and the Sounds From The Desert concerts.