Uttam Singh

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May 25, 1948  in India

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One of the most popular musicians during the 90's, Uttam Singh is a multiple award-winning violinist, music director and music arranger who has worked in the Tamil and Bollywood film industries. Having started his career as an assistant to one of the musical maestro's of India, Ilaiyaraaja in numerous Tamil films, Uttam Singh eventually established himself as a popular figure in Bollywood as an independent music composer and music director.

Coming from a family that has a deep-rooted connection to music, Uttam Singh got interested in music from a very early age. He started learning Tabla and western violin when he was just 12 years old. As a matter of fact, Uttam Singh worked as a violinist for three years, until he got his big break in 1963 when he worked as a violinist for a documentary made by Mohammad Safi. After this, he got many offers and he played the violin for several renowned yesteryear composers like Rohan, Madan Mohan, S.D. Burman, and C. Ramachandra.

Uttam Singh's career in the film industry started with Yauwan (1973) where he worked as a music assistant to Master Sonik and Om Prakash Sonik. Following this he worked as a music assistant in films like Dharam Kanta (1982), Mandi (1983) and Khamosh (1985), before eventually establishing himself as a composer with films like Waaris (1988), Paanch Fauladi (1988), Jazbaat (1994), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), which won him several awards including a Filmfare Award and Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director and Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001).