Avinash has been nominated for the award of the best music director for his work in Assamese film Raag: The Rhythm of Love.
The musical—released on February 7, 2014, in Assam and a month later across India under PVR Director’s Rare initiative—has been nominated in as many as 10 categories for the Assam State Film Awards 2015. The winners will be declared on October 18.
This is the second time Avinash has been nominated for the award of the best music director for the film. Raag was in the race for 12 awards in Prag Cine Awards 2014, organised by Prag Network. The awards were given away at a grand ceremony in Bangalore on March 22, 2014. Though trophy for best music direction eluded Avinash, the film saw its lead actor Adil Hussain walking away with the best actor award. The film won two other awards too: best art direction and best makeup.
Before Raag, Avinash has composed music for an independent film, Shuttlecock Boys. The movie was released across the country under PVR Director’s Rare initiative on August 3, 2012. Prior to this, Shuttlecock Boys was screened at Chicago South Asian Film Festival on October 2, 2011. The movie and its music earned rave reviews at film festivals across the world. Times of India gave it 3.5 stars.
It is though his work in Shuttlecock Boys that the makers of Raag learnt about Avinash. Impressed by what they heard, they sought him out and got him to make music for their musical.
Avinash has composed songs and background score for another yet-to-be-released movie, tentatively titled Perfect Narangi. His biggest project, though, is a Bollywood film titled Mrs Scooter. The movie is expected to be released in a few months.
Update: Raag did not win the award for best music director.