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Bindi-saree-bangle look not deliberate decision, says Uthup

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The trademark bindi-saree- look of her has never been a deliberate decision to create an image but something which happened naturally as she turned into a woman from a school girl, Indian pop icon Uthup has said.

The 70-year-old 'Didi', as Uthup is popularly known, said she sometimes thanks God that she is an Indian and able to sport saree, and

"My bindi-saree look was not a conscious marketing decision to position my image. The fact remains I just started wearing saree coming straight out of school," she said at the 'India Today Conclave East 2018' on Friday evening.

Uthup said she started crooning numbers at a time when people were of the view that it was the privilege of Anglo- Indian singers.

"When people had a different perception from a female voice of being soft and gentle, I changed that perception (too) with my strong bass voice. And I was accepted as the audiences have always been my friend," she said.

About the audience profile in night clubs, Uthup said "The nightclub used to be the men's only place. But after I came in, men started taking their wives, sisters, daughters, women friends to the place. It turned into a family place."

Uthup recalled that when she sang at night clubs in the '70s, she used to have personalities such as Jyoti Basu, Somnath Chatterjee, and among the audience.

To a question she said "If one can identify her weakness, one can turn that into her strength."

Uthup, who had started her film career in music with Ivory-Merchant's (1970) in which she sang an English number and then in 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna' in 1971, recalled, "I started at a hotel in when I got an offer from They offered a playback offer for 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna' to me."

She went on to do playback for some of Bollywood's pop hits in films such as 'Shaan', 'Shalimar', 'Disco Dancer', right up to recent releases such as 'Tashan' and 'Joggers' Park' and '7 Khoon Maaf'.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 15:20 IST