Distinguished Visitor Award to Neerja Pandit

Neerja Pandit honored with
Prestegious Distinguished Visitor Award
by Mayor Miami Dade county in the USA
July 15, 2023, Miami, Florida (USA)

Dr. Sanjay Razdan presenting award to Neerja Pandit in Miami, Florida (USA)

Neerja an acclaimed playback singer in the Hindi film & television music world was awarded prestigious ‘Distinguished visitor’ award by Miami Dade county Mayor on behalf of the Board of county commissioners and the residents of Miami-Dade county.

For her lifetime achievements and contributions to advancing Kashmiri Culture and Music in India and abroad
‘Excellence in Music’ award was also presented to her on the occasion by Kashmir Hindu Foundation, Inc, - KHF board of Directors.

Neerja has been a disciple to great names in the music world like Pt. Shambhunath Sopori and Padmshree Pt.Bhajan Sopori. She is the winner of coveted Indian RAPA Awards for her title songs in major Indian television soaps Sarhad and Tere Mere Sapne. She has also sung several title numbers for various soaps and sitcoms

Neerja’s name has always been synonymous to Kashmir and Kashmiri Folk. Her association with the Kashmiri folk music is an attempt to keep the beauty of the valley alive through her music. Coming from a spiritual background her alliance with devotional music is not surprising. Albums like the Durga Kavach with Gundecha Brothers, Sant Sarovar with Udit Narayan, Suresh Wadkar & Mohd. Aziz, Shabd (Guru Teg Bahadur Boliya) have been remarkable pious melodic endeavours of Neerja. Her recent devotional albums with T-series 'Jai Bolo Hanuman', ‘Jai Ram ji ki’ have garnered a lot of appreciation.

Her albums have always been chartbusters. She has the credit for successful albums like Ruhaniyat, Yaadvotur, Patram Pushpam, Kashmiri Club Mix. Other albums like Sangarmaal, were major hits during her USA & Canada tour.Her albums Kongvaer, Reshvaer, Vilzaar & a recent release Mokhthaar have got tremendous response from music lovers in the Kashmiri community. She released a first of its kind Kashmiri single, produced by her musician son, Raj Pandit. It is titled, ‘Kashmir’, also features Shri. Anupam Kher and has received the Artist Aloud award, 2016 for the Sufi & folk music category.

From the shores of Mumbai to the shores of Miami, Neerja has mesmerized her audience and the awards presented to her a small token of appreciation to this great musical performer from the valley of Kashmir.

Deepak Ganju
Editor, Shehjar

Congratulations to Swar Kokila Neerjaji. It is a proud movement for her and the community. Keep it up. Wish you many more recognitions to you
Added By Autar Krishan Sapru
Really a wonderful news. Congratulations to Neerjaji because she deserves it and more, Congratulations also to Deepakji for making it happen. Please convey my felicitations to Neerjaji. Regards, Vijay Sazawal
Added By Vijay Sazawal
Congratulations to Neerja ji, her talent and passion for promoting the best of Kashmiri music and literature is unparalleled!! Kudos to you and your team, Deepak ji, for the impeccable planning at a short notice; your devotion towards showcasing Kashmiri culture in any setting is outstanding and inspiring!
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