In the blogchatter’s A2Z campaign, I will be presenting blogposts on ‘EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED INDIAN ARTIST’ in the alphabetical order. Today, U– Usha Uthup – Pop. First few lines about the art form - then about the artist.
"“Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” – Leonard Bernstein
Indian Pop Music or Indi Pop is a pop music produced in India independent from film sound tracks. With the Ahmed Rushdi's song "KO KO KORINA, Pop music originated in the South Asian region and it has been adopted in India since then. From the early 80's Pop music began gaining popularity across India.
Usha Uthup is a prominent Indian pop singer and her first public performance happened at the age of nine. The fusion approach helped her to pioneer her unique brand of Indian pop in the 1970s. she received a lot of recognition for having a unique voice that ranges between contralto and alto.
Usha Uthup received world wide recognition. When she visited Nairobi as part of an Indian festival, She was so popular that she was invited to stay on. Singing the nationalistic songs in Swahili made her extremely popular and the then President Jomo Kenyatta made her an Honorary Citizen of Kenya. She sang the famous song "Malaika" ('Angel') with Fadhili Williams who was the original singer. She produced a record "Live in Nairobi" with a local band Fellini Five.
Usha Uthup recorded her first album with Luis Banks for which she was paid Rs. 3500. Since then, she has recorded numerous albums. Usha's Hindi version of Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough", titled "Chhupke Kaon Aya", can be found on the album Tom Middleton – The Trip . She made appearances as guest in Television shows apart from singing and acting. Usha Uthup was bestowed with many honours and prestigious awards from around the world.
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