Padma Shri Usha Uthup - Biography-Professional Career

Usha Uthup is a famous Indian Pop Singer,singing in more than 15 Indian languages and six foreign languages. Recently, usha Uthup honoured with Padma Shri Award. Here you can read the biography-personal life and professional career of Usha uthup.

Usha Uthup-Biography

Usha uthup

Usha Uthup or Deedi as she referred to, is a famous Indian Pop Singer. Usha Uthup is the first person to have brought pop culture in India. Recently, Usha Uthup honoured by the nation by giving Padma Shri which is the fourth highest civilian award from Government of India. She has sung in more than 15 Indian languages including Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Assamese, Oriya, Gujarati, Marathi, Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Tulu and Telugu. She is the only female person from India , singing in foreign languages like English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Sinhalese, Swahili, Russian, Nepalese, Arabic, Creole, Zulu, and Spanish.

Usha Uthup-Early Days

Usha Uthup was born on November 8, 1947 in Madras(Chennai). Her father Sami Iyer was the police commissioner of Mumbai. She has three sisters (Uma Pocha, Indira Moni and Maya Sami), all of whom are singers. She also has two brothers. Formerly, she was not learning music, but grew up in an atmosphere of music. She, along with her parents used to listen Carnatic and Hindustani classical music on radio. This helped her to reach in the heights of Indian Pop music. She started her professinal career in the 1970's.

Professional Career of Usha Uthup

Usha Uthup started her professional career at the age of 20 by singing in night clubs in Chennai and Calcutta. After that, she had got an offer to sing a song 'Dum Maro Dum' in the film Hare Rama Hare Krishna. She has sung many songs for R D Burman and Bappi Lahiri like 'Shaan se', 'Don't worry Kolkata', 'One Two Cha Cha Cha', 'Hari Om Hari', 'Ramba Ho Ho', all were major hits .From then on, she has sung and popularised in many languages with her sizzling voice. She enthralls listeners with her songs and charms audiences in concert venues even today. She is also a popular stage performer with a very good fans all ovber the world. She has got several awards over the years like Rajiv Gandhi Purashkar for National Integration for quality music, Mahila Shiromoni Purashkar for international peace, and Channel [V] award for outstanding achievement. She is also a social worker and sings for many charitable causes like The Red Cross, SPASTIC society of India, Mother Teresa related charities, cancer institutes, schools for the blind, old aged homes, government charity drives and various drought and flood relief funds. More over, she has also worked frequently and significantly for service organizations like the Rotary, Lions, Jaycees, Giants, and SPCA etc. in National and International levels. She has sung for Prime Ministers and Presidents alike. Dignitaries like Indira Gandhi, Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Arap Moi and Nelson Mandela have all been her admirers.

Here are some of the famous songs from her along with Movie Name and release year.
'Ek Do Cha Cha Cha' Shalimar 1978
'Shaan Se...' Shaan 1980
'Doston Se Pyar Kiya' Shaan 1980
'Tu Mujhe Jaan Se Bhi Pyara Hai' Wardaat 1981
'Hari Om Hari' Pyaara Dushman 1980
'Ramba Ho' Armaan 1981
'Koi Yahan Aha Nache Nache' Disco Dancer 1982
'Keechurallu' Keechurallu 1991
'Vegam Vegam Pogum Pogum' Anjali 1991
'Daud' Daud 1998
'Vande Mataram' Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham 2001
'Din Hai Na Ye Raat' Bhoot Salim-Sulaiman
'Kabhi Pa Liya Tho Kabhi Kho Diya' Jogger's Park 2003
'Teri Meri Merry Christmas' Bow barracks Forever 2007
'Wicket Bacha' (With Earl) Hattrick 2007
'Darling' (With Rekha Bhardwaj) 7 Khoon Maaf 2011

Usha Uthup-A Good Actress

With her good acting talent, she also proved to be a good actress. We saw her in many Indian films and musical albums with amazing performances. Her acting in Malayalam film Pothenvava is appreciated by everyone. In this film, she was acted as Kurisuveettil Mariamma, the mother of Megastar Mammootty. In 1972, she appeared as a cameo in the movie Bombay To Goa with Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha.S he appeared in many films as herself including Bow Barracks Forever and Musical album Hattrick. In 2010, she appeared in Manmadhan Ambu, as the mother of R Madhavan.

Apart from films, she also appeared in many television shows. In Indian Idol 1 and 2, she appeared in disguise. She was one of the co-judges of the Idea Star Singer reality show in Malayalam. The latest news is that she supposed to be acted in Vishal Bhardwaj's 7 Khoon Maaf as a maid. The film will also have a song from her.

Awards for Usha Uthup

Padma Shri Awards-2010
Filmfare Award Nomination as Best Female Playback Singer for the song "One Two Cha ChaCha" from Shalimar in 1978
Filmfare Nomination as Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Hari Om Hari" from Pyare Dushman in 1980
Filmfare Nomination as Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Rambha Ho" from Armaan in 1981

Personal Life of Usha Uthup

Usha Uthup was formerly married to late Ramu Iyer. They have two childrens. She is then married to Jani Chacko Uthup who is from Manganam, Kottayam, Kerala. Now she lives in Kolkata with her husband.

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