The noted music director and violinist Uttam Singh (68) has been named for 2016 Lata Mangeshkar Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Maharashtra government.
He has been selected for the prestigious award for his contributions in the field of music. He will be presented this award later this year.
About Uttam Singh
- He had stared his music at tender age. He had acquired his basic training from his father who was a sitar player.
- He later learnt to play violin and table. At the age of 15 he played violin for Mohammad Safi, assistant of legendary Bollywood music composer Naushad.
- Since then he had played for top music directors of the era, including Naushad, C. Ramchandra, Roshan, S.D. Burman and later became the chief violinist for R.D. Burman.
- Later he had joined hands with Jagdish Khanna. The ‘Uttam-Jagdish’ duo became one of the top music team and had worked for over 65 Bollywood films.
- He also worked for various Tamil films with Ilaiyaraja as music arranger and in 1999 he had composed music for the Malayalam film Prem Poojari.
- Awards and Honours: International Indian Film Academy Award, Filmfare Award and Screen Award for best music director, Filmfare Award, Screen Award and Zee Cine Award.
About Lata Mangeshkar Award
- The coveted award was instituted by the Maharashtra government in honour of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar in 1992.
- It is awarded annually to a doyen of music. It carries a citation, a trophy and Rs 500,000 in cash.