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Equipped with a robust voice, bold style, dazzling charisma and a strong stage presence, Usha Uthup is indeed a prolific singer.
Born in Palakkad to a Tamil Brahmin family Usha was anything but conventional in her ways of life. At 20 she performed at night clubs in cities like Chennai and Calcutta! Interestingly she even met her partner in one of these clubs. From being cast aside from a music class for having a voice unsuitable for singing to not being formally trained in music, Usha Uthup has broken several shackles of conventionality to rise to fame. The background music that plays on opening her official webpage says everything – “I believe in music, I believe in love”.
Her singularity isn’t only established by her jazzy vermillion and her Kanjeevaram saris but by her accomplishments as well. She is one of India’s earliest female pop and jazz singers and she can sing beautifully in over thirteen Indian languages as well as eight foreign languages! People friendly attitudes always appeal to everyone and Usha Uthup rightly proclaims herself to be a complete people person. No wonder she has gained the loving epithet Didi from her fans.
She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2011 which she calls as an icing on the cake apart from bagging Filmfare and Kalakar awards. Besides giving us super duper hit songs like ‘Darling’ she has also become the darling of thousands of music fans all over the world!
Why we find her inspiring:
– For being a one of a kind person and musician who was also instrumental in putting India on a global music platform
– For her heartfelt music and unique style
– For her active social presence
*Photo credit: The Hindu.
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