Veteran Music director Uttam Singh, 68, has been awarded the ‘Lata Mangeshkar Award for Lifetime Achievement’ instituted by the Maharashtra government. He has been selected for the prestigious award for his contributions in the field of music.
Uttam Singh is an Indian music composer. He has worked as a violinist, music arranger and music director for many Bollywood. Attracted to music from a tender age, when he was barely five years old, Singh acquired his basic training from his father who was himself a Sitar player and also sang bhajans and kirtans in gurudwaras with his family. 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, such as Naushad, C. Ramchandra, Roshan, S.D. Burman and later became the chief violinist for R.D. Burman. Till now, he has received numerous awards including International Indian Film Academy Award, Filmfare Award and Screen Award for best music director, Filmfare Award, Screen Award and Zee Cine Award.
The Maharashtra government instituted the coveted award in honour of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar in 1992, which is awarded to a doyen of music annually. The award carries a citation, a trophy and Rs 5 lakhs in cash. Presently, various other Indian state governments also present awards with this name. Infact, the state Government of Madhya Pradesh started this award in 1984.