Uttam Singh to be honoured with Lata Mangeshkar Award for Lifetime Achievement
Veteran music director and violinist Uttam Singh on 27 September 2016 was named for the 2016 Lata Mangeshkar Award for Lifetime Achievement of the Maharashtra Government.
The award carries a citation, a trophy and 500000 rupees in cash.
About Uttam Singh
- Born on 25 May 1948, Uttam Singh has worked as a violinist, music arranger and music director for many Bollywood films.
- He worked as a music arranger for Ilaiyaraaja in numerous Tamil films before establishing himself as an independent composer.
- His big break came in 1963, when he worked as a violinist for a documentary being made by Mohammad Safi. After this, Uttam Singh played violin for major composers including Naushad, Roshan, Madan Mohan, C. Ramchandra, Sachin Dev Burman.
- Later, he became the main violinist for Rahul Dev Burman.
- His songs and score for the movie Pinjar won him much critical acclaim. It is considered to be his finest work as composer.
About Lata Mangeshkar Award
- The Lata Mangeshkar Award is a national-level award instituted to honour works in the field of music.
- Various state governments of India present awards with this name.
- The state Government of Madhya Pradesh started this award in 1984.
- The Lata Mangeshkar Award issued by the Maharashtra Government started from 1992. This is also officially known as Lata Mangeshkar Award for Lifetime Achievement.
- Krishna Kalle was the winner of the 2014 Lata Mangeshkar Award for Lifetime Achievement.