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Usha' new songs are for a noble cause

Usha Uthup?s new album, We Believe In Now is a dedication to tsunami victims.

india Updated: May 22, 2006 16:42 IST
Malvika Nanda (HT Style)
Malvika Nanda (HT Style)

She calls herself a compulsive optimist and proves herself to be just that with her latest album, We Believe In Now (Saregama-HMV).

Usha Uthup’s new album, dedicated to tsunami victims, was released by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently.

Top-rung singers of the industry like Hariharan, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam and Shaan along with Chitra, SP Balasubramanium in Tamil and Shreya Ghoshal and Nachiketa in Bengali have contributed songs for this album.

It features over 75 artists who have contributed songs in four languages.

Uthup started writing for the album on the very day that she first heard about the tsunami hitting Indian shores.

“The message is clear: we want to help them in every way to pick up the pieces and move on, bring out the feeling of positivity for the present and the future,” she says.

“It’s not an easy task to get so many industry biggies together for some thing like this and then take care of the costs, but everything worked out as it was a sincere purpose, we’re not here to make money out of it,” she adds.

Uthup has always been open to experiments and this time she has roped in four popular Bengali rock bands — Cactus, Chandrabindu, Bhumi and Fossil — for this album.

“There is tremendous scope for our rock bands, they make great music and will see their time on the top soon. The Indian music industry is progressing rapidly and whether it is electronica or remixes, I’m game for all,” she says.

“Remixes have been a part of the world’s music scene for a while and I don’t understand why there’s a big hue and cry about them here. I’ve always sung other people’s songs, by that measure I should be called the remix queen. It’s a simple way of paying a tribute, but one must remember to never lose the original soul of the song,” she adds.

Uthup is happy with whatever quality work she is doing.

“I have a voice of a different scale and considering that I’m very happy about much of the work coming to me. But today we also need to think of the new generation, they have so much talent and have so many avenues but they need to take things seriously. I came in as a nightclub singer and I’m very proud of that fact,” she signs off

First Published: May 22, 2006 16:42 IST