Usha Uthup Age, Family, Husband, Net Worth, Biography

Usha Uthup Iyer is a singer from India who sang pop, jazz, and playback songs in the late 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. She sang in 17 Indian languages like Bengali, Hindi, English, Punjabi, Assamese, Oriya, Gujarati, Marathi, Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu. She can also sing in many foreign languages like Dutch, French, German, Italian, Sinhalese, Swahili, Russian, Nepalese, Arabic, Creole, Zulu, and Spanish.


Usha Uthup Biography
Full NameUsha Uthup
Famous AsSinger
Nick NameDidi
Date of Birth7 November 1947 (Friday)
Age76 Years Old
BirthplaceMumbai, Maharastra, India
HometownChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Zodiac SignScorpio
Food HabitsVegetarian
Educational QualificationHigh School
School NameSt. Agnes High School, Byculla
DebutSinging Debut: Chattakkari (1974)

Early Life

Usha was born on 8th November 1947 into a Brahmin Iyer family in Mumbai. Her father, Sami Iyer, later became the police chief of Bombay. She has three sisters named Uma Pocha, Indira Srinivasan, and Maya Sami, all singers, and two brothers, one named Shyam. She was the fifth of six children.

As a child, she lived in the police housing at Lovelane in Byculla in Bombay and went to a nearby school. She got kicked out of music class during school because her voice didn’t match. But her music teacher noticed she had some sense of music and let her play clappers or triangles instead. Even though she didn’t have formal music training, she grew up surrounded by music. 

Usha’s parents listened to various types of music, from Western classical to Hindustani and Carnatic, including artists like Kishori Amonkar and Bade Ghulam Ali Khan on the radio, and she listened with them. She enjoyed tuning in to Radio Ceylon.

Her next-door neighbor was S.M.A. Pathan, who was the deputy police chief. His daughter, Jamila, inspired Usha to learn Hindi, wear traditional Indian clothing, and take up Indian classical music. This mix of influences helped her create her unique style of Indian pop music in the 1970s.


When Usha Uthup Iyer was nine years old, she sang in public for the first time. Her sisters, who were already into music, introduced her to a musician named Hamir Sayani. He let her sing on the Ovaltine Music Hour on Radio Ceylon. She sang a song called “Mockingbird Hill”. After that, she kept appearing on the radio and singing during her teenage years.

Singing Career 

Uthup began singing in a small nightclub called Nine Gem in Chennai when she was 20 years old. She wore a saree and leg braces at the time. People loved her singing so much that the owner of the nightclub asked her to stay for a week. After that, she started singing in nightclubs in Calcutta like “Talk of the Town” and “Trincas”. She met her future husband in Trincas.

Later, she went to Delhi and sang at Oberoi hotels. Once, a film crew from Navketan, which included Shashi Kapoor, heard her sing at the nightclub. They gave her a chance to sing in a movie. That’s how she started her Bollywood career with the movie “Hare Rama Hare Krishna”.

Originally, she was supposed to sing “Dum Maro Dum” with Lata Mangeshkar. But because of some problems with other singers, she couldn’t. Instead, she sang an English part. In 1968, she recorded two English pop songs, “Jambalaya” and “Greenback Dollar”, which became popular in India.

She spent some time in London and was interviewed on BBC Radio London. In the 1970s and 1980s, she sang many songs for music directors like R D Burman and Bappi Lahiri. She made songs like “Mehbooba Mehbooba” and “Dum Maro Dum” even more famous. She also sang for Bollywood movies like “Dhol” (2007), “June R” (2005), and others.

Uthup is famous for her lively stage performances all over the world. She has won many awards, including the Rajiv Gandhi Purashkar for National Integration, the Mahila Shiromoni Purashkar for International Peace, and a Channel award for outstanding achievement.

Greenback Dollar
1971Dum Maro DumHare Rama Hare Krishna
1975Mehbooba MehboobaSholay
1978One Two Cha Cha ChaShalimar
1981Rambha HoArmaan
1982Koi Yahaan Nache NacheDisco Dancer
1983Ae Zindagi Gale Laga LeSadma
1997Dhol Bajne LagaVirasat


Usha Uthup Iyer made her first music album with Luis Banks and got Rs. 3500 for it. After that, she made many albums. Usha’s Hindi version of Michael Jackson’s song “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough,” named ‘”Chhupke Kaon Aya'”, is on the album Tom Middleton – The Trip (2004). 

She also sang a version of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” on another album, Cosmosonica – Tom Middleton Presents Crazy Covers Vol. 1 (2005). Later, she sang a song called “Rhythm and Blues” with the Indian Rock Band Parikrama, which was shown on Channel V on April 23rd, 2007.

YearSong NameArtistAlbum

Don’t Stop Til You Get EnoughMichael Jackson
Tom Middleton – The Trip
Chhupke Kaon Aya’ (Hindi version)Usha
2005I Will SurviveGloria GaynorCosmosonica – Tom Middleton Presents Crazy Covers Vol. 1
2007Rhythm and BluesUsha and Parikrama

Acting Career

Uthup is not just a singer but also acts in movies. She sang and acted in some famous Indian musical movies. In 2006, she was in a Malayalam film called “Pothen Vava” where she played Kurisuveettil Mariyamma. She had a small part in the 1972 movie “Bombay To Goa” with Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha

In 2007, she appeared as herself in “Bow Barracks Forever” directed by Anjan Dutt. She also showed up as herself in a music video called “Hattrick” in 2007. On Indian Idol 1 and 2, she appeared in disguise. She was one of the judges in a Malayalam reality show called Idea Star Singer in 2007 and 2008.

YearMovie / Event
1972“Bombay To Goa” movie
2006“Pothen Vava” movie
2007 “Bow Barracks Forever” movie
“Hattrick” music video
Appearance on Indian Idol 1
Appearance on Indian Idol 2
Co-judge on Idea Star Singer
2008Co-judge on Idea Star Singer


2012“Ramba main Samba”Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal PadiJeet GangulyHindi
“Aami Shotti Bolchi”KahaaniVishal–ShekharHindi
“Yeh Raat Mona Lisa”Kaafiron Ki NamaazAdvait NemlekarHindi
“Jhoom Jhoom Zara”ParieVeer SamarthKannada
2014“Race gurram”Race GurramS. ThamanTelugu
2016“Hoi Kiw/Chalo Chalo”Rock On 2Shankar–Ehsaan–LoyHindi
“Dirty Picture”ThikkaS. ThamanTelugu
2019“Empuraane”LuciferDeepak DevMalayalam
2022“Phire Takao”Kolkatar HarryJeet GangulyBengali
“Chumbok Mon”Kacher ManushNilayan Chatterjee
“Drishyam 2 Title Track”Drishyam 2Devi Sri PrasadHindi


1973Bombay to GoaN/AHindi
1975Melnaattu MarumagalN/ATamil
2006Pothan VavaKurisuveettil MariammaMalayalam
2007Bow Barracks ForeverHerselfEnglish
2010Manmadan AmbuIndiraTamil
20117 Khoon MaafMaggie AuntyHindi
2015X: Past Is PresentMrs. BakerHindi
2016Rock On 2Herself (cameo)Hindi
2019If Not for YouHerselfEnglish
2022Achcham Madam Naanam PayirppuCharukesiTamil


YearAwardCategoryNominated SongFilmResult
1999Kalakar AwardsBest Audio Album (Bangla)“Darling”N/AWon
2002Kalakar AwardsBest Audio Album (Bangla)Chai Silpir SammanN/AWon
2004Kalakar AwardsBest Playback Singer for the film“Kabhi Pa Liya To Kabhi Kho Diya”Joggers ParkWon
2006Asianet Film AwardsBest Character actressN/APothan VavaNominated
2012IIFA AwardsBest Female Playback Singer“Darling”7 Khoon MaafNominated
Screen AwardsBest Female Playback Singer“Darling”7 Khoon MaafNominated
Mirchi Music AwardsFemale Vocalist of The Year“Darling”7 Khoon MaafNominated
2013Kalakar AwardsBest Playback Singer for the film“Ramba Mein Samba”Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal PadiWon
2017Mirchi Music AwardsLifetime Achievement AwardN/AN/AWon


Father NameVaidyanath Someshwar Sami (DC in Police)
Mother NameNot Known
Brother NameNot Known
Sister Namelndira and Uma (Both elder)

Physical Appearance

Usha Uthup is 163 centimeters tall, which is like 1.63 meters or 5 feet 4 inches. Her weight is around 82 kilograms or 181 lbs. Her body measures 35-30-38. Her eyes and hair are both of the same color, which is black.

Height (Approx.)in centimeters – 163 cm
in meters – 1.63 m
in feet inches – 5′ 4″
Weight (Approx.)in kilograms – 82 Kg
in pounds – 181 lbs
Body Measurements35-30-38
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack

Relationship Status

Marital StatusMarried
SpouseRamu Iyer (Died)
Jani Chacko Uthup
ChildrenDaughter– Anjali
Son– Sunny

Net Worth & Salary

The approximate net worth of the person is around $5 million, which is roughly equivalent to ₹40 crore in Indian Rupees. Their main source of income comes from singing.

Usha Uthup Net Worth
Net Worth in USD (Approx.)$5 Million
Net Worth in Indian Rupees (Approx.)₹40 Crore
Income SourceSinging

Social Media Handles

Instagram @singerushauthup
Facebook @singerushauthup
Twitter @singerushauthup
YouTube @UshaUthupOfficial

Favorite Things

FoodsBhel puri, pani puri, rasam, sambhar, kali dal
ActorShah Rukh Khan
ActressDeepika Padukone

Usha Uthup Songs Lyrics

13 Facts About Usha Uthup

  1. Usha had a tough time in music class at school because her voice wasn’t appreciated there.
  2. Usha Uthup began singing professionally in 1969 at a nightclub in Chennai called Nine Gems.
  3. Her big break came with the song “Shaan Se” from the 1980s movie “Shaan.”
  4. Usha Uthup in many languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Bangla, and more. 
  5. She also sings in French, German, Italian, and other languages.
  6. She got the Padma Shri Award in 2011 and the Padma Bhushan in 2024, two prestigious awards in India.
  7. Even though she sings Western-style songs in nightclubs, she always dresses traditionally in sarees and bangles.
  8. Her father was a police superintendent in Mumbai.
  9. She’s known as Usha Uthap after marriage.
  10. One of her songs, “Chupp Ke Kaun Aaya,” from the album “24 Carrats,” was remixed in an international album called “Bombay Gangstarr” by Bollywood Freaks. It’s a Hindi version of Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough.”
  11. Usha has a granddaughter, Ayesha, who’s an upcoming singer. Her daughter Anjali also sings and works as a radio jockey in Kochi.
  12. Usha is the fifth child among six siblings. All three of her sisters are singers: Uma Pocha, Maya Sami, and Indira Srinivasan.
  13. Together with Usha Uthup’s daughters, they form the family band “3G.”


Who was Usha Uthup’s first husband?

Usha Uthup is married to Jani Chacko Uthup, who comes from the Manarcaud Painumkal family of Kottayam. Her previous husband was the late Ramu.

What is Usha Uthup’s age?

Usha Uthup is 76 years old. (Born on 7th November 1947)

How many languages does Usha Uthup know?

Usha Uthup knows 17 Indian languages and eight foreign languages.

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