Indian pop singer Usha Uthup, who has wowed her crowd with her pop, filmi, jazz, and playback singing for quite a long time has now made another record – the will be the 50th year of her career.
Usha Uthup started her profession at a dance club in Chennai in 1969, moved to Kolkata soon thereafter and started singing at ‘Trincas’ bar and café in Park Street, which held live floor appears. It must be referenced here that Usha Uthup’s version of the melody ‘Delilah’ initially sung by the incredible Tom Jones had the group of spectators longing for additional.
Presently in the wake of having sung in excess of 13 Indian and eight unknown dialects and turning into a name to figure with, Usha Utthup said that she has no second thoughts about beginning her profession as a ‘dance club artist’.
On the off chance that her imposing voice is an exchange mark, so are the new blooms in her hair, her trademark enormous ‘bindi with the letter ‘K’ implanted in it and her rich Kanjivaram saris, which she wears to all her live projects even abroad. ‘K’ unexpectedly alludes to Kolkata.
‘I am happy to tell all of you that I did not start as a playback singer. I started as a night club singer and I got the opportunity to do playback because of that. In live singing there is no second take. If you have one take you had better be good, perfect,’ the 71-year-old singer of the blockbusters ‘Hari Om Hari’, ‘Dum Maro Dum’ and ‘One two cha cha’ said.
Usha asserted that she always finds more energy in live performances than in playback. ‘In playback you get many takes, till you get it perfect. So singing live is always much better for me than to be able to do playback singing,’ Usha said.
‘However, it is also true that one hit song in the Hindi film industry gives me 325 shows. But the magic of the stage is something totally different. You can interact with the live audience,’ added the 71-year old. In spite of such a long career, Usha has only one national award to show for it. She got the best female playback singer award for ‘7 Khoon Maaf’ in 2011. But she has no regrets.
Usha had various motivations to offer when asked what her USP in turning into a prevalent vocalist. ‘Right off the bat I owe my prosperity to the reality I am an Indian,’ affirmed Usha. ‘The second USP remains that I was naturally introduced to a family which was profound into music. I continue saying music has no boundary of standing, shading, statement of faith. Yet, the most significant thing is you sing in the language of individuals – I found that while singing,’ educated the artist.
Usha has sung in 16 Indian dialects, incorporating into Hindi, Bengali, Gujrati, Marathi, Konkani, Telugu, Dogri, Khasi, Sindhi and Odia. Among the unknown dialects, she sang in are Spanish, French, German, Zulu, Swahili, Sinhala, Ukranian, Russian and obviously English.
Normally she had numerous stories to share. Usha reviewed she had sung Rabindranath Tagore’s well-known melody ‘Purano Sei Diner Katha’ at ‘Trincas’ in 1969 to a crowd of people which included Leftist stalwarts Jyoti Basu, Somnath Chatterjee, and a few different illuminators.
‘As I went on singing everyone clapped, everyone was happy, everyone present then sang along with me. I busted the myth that Rabindra Sangeet cannot be sung at night clubs or cannot be sung with a guitar,’ Usha asserted with a smile lighting up her face.
Usha says that she had seen whiz Amitabh Bachchan, Bengali early showing singer Uttam Kumar, Bengali on-screen character Supriya Devi and film maestro Satyajit Ray at various occasions among her crowd at ‘Trincas’. Actually, when Usha began singing at the ‘Trincas’, Amitabh Bachchan was working in Kolkata.
‘Trincas changed the misconception among the people about a bar and they began expecting clean, wonderful entertainment. They found that a night club can also become a family place, a place for everybody,’ she said.
Usha Uthup is not ready to talk about the negatives in present-day night clubs and bars. ‘I am a compulsive optimist. I never think about the bad side at all – you may find a few bad people but that is not the situation. There must be one or two bad eggs in the basket, but that is not the whole of Kolkata. The culturally conscious Kolkata I know’ informed Usha.