Singer Usha

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Usha
Born (1980 -05-29) 29 May 1980 (age 36)
Origin Nagarjuna Sagar, Andhra Pradesh, India
Genres playback singing
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1999 – present
Website singerusha.com

Usha (born 29 May 1980), known professionally as Singer Usha, is a Telugu playback singer. In a career spanning about 10 years, she has established herself as one of the leading playback singers in the Telugu film industry and has worked with many major music directors.

Career[edit]

Music competitions[edit]

Usha began her singing career with "Paadutha Teeyaga", a music based program on Eenadu Television hosted by singer Sri. SP Balasubramanyam. She stood first in the competition and later followed up by winning another music contest titled "Navaragam" on Gemini TV.

Usha participated in various music-related shows on TV between 1996 and 2000. Her performance in "Endaro Mahanubhavlu" on Gemini TV won her appreciation and applause from the audience. She later participated in "Meri Awaz Suno" on Star TV and was one of the finalists in the All-India finals. She also participated in various Hindi programs on channels like ELTV and Zee TV.

Movie career[edit]

Usha got her maiden opportunity from Sri. Vandemataram Srinivas, renowned music director. Her first song was from the movie Illalu. She got her major break in Telugu film industry in 2000. She sang various chart busters for Telugu movies like Indra, Chiruta, Athidhi, Pourudu, Varsham, Bhadra, Chitram, Nuvvu Nenu, Manasantha Nuvve, Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu, Jayam, Santhosham, Nee Sneham, Avunanna Kadanna and many more (for complete filmography, please see the section below).

Concerts[edit]

Usha has performed in close to 150 concerts worldwide. Apart from her own solo concerts, she has performed alongside legendary singers and musicians like Sri. SP Balasubramanyam, Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan, Mani Sharma, P. Suseela and Mano among many others. Her biggest achievement was performing with Sri. SP Balasubramanyam at the Afro-Asian Games opening ceremony in 2003 in Hyderabad.

TV programmes[edit]

maa TV super singer 7 2013.

Awards[edit]

Nandi Awards[edit]

  • Best Female Playback Singer (TV Category) in 2006 for TV film song "Bommarillu Podarillu"
  • Best Female Playback Singer in 2002 for "Chinuku Tadiki" song from Nee Sneham
  • Best Female Playback Singer in 2001 for "Kallu Teravani" song from Padma

Other awards and felicitations[edit]

  • American Telugu Association (ATA) Excellence Award in 2008.
  • "Ugadi Puraskar" award from Madras Telugu Academy in 2005.
  • "Guest of Honor" for felicitation of legendary singer Smt. Asha Bhosle.
  • Gold medal from Padma Mohana Arts in 2004.
  • "P. Suseela Award" for Outstanding Singer in 2003.
  • "Alapana" award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2003.
  • "Eenadu TV" award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2003.
  • Felicitated by TANA (Telugu Association of North America) in 2003.
  • "CineMAA" and "Sivaranjani" award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2002.
  • "Kalavedika Art" and "Yuva Kala Vahini" awards for Best Female Playback Singer in 2002.
  • " Vamsi Berkeley" award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2002.
  • European Telugu Association (ETA) award for Best Female Playback Singer (2001 and 2002).
  • Felicitated by ETA (European Telugu Association) in 2002.
  • Felicitated by Kala Sravanthi in 2002.
  • "AP Cinegoers" award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2001 and 2002.
  • "Vaartha Vaasavi" award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2001.
  • "Bharata-Muni" award for Best Female Playback Singer award in 2000.
  • Felicitated at Bharat Cultural Integration by renowned actor Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao in 2000.

Concerts[edit]

  • Performed at Afro-Asian Games held in India along with Sri. SP Balasubramanyam (2003).
  • Most recently performed for "Santosham Film Awards" function in Dubai (2007).
  • Music concerts for TANA (Telugu Association of North America) in 2007 and 2003.
  • Music concerts for ATA (American Telugu Association) in 2006.
  • Various music concerts and fund-raisers across India, US, Singapore, UK and UAE.
  • Performed at WTF (World Telugu Federation) in Singapore in December 2002.
  • Music Concert for ITA (Ireland Telugu Association) Ugadi celebrations with Mano in April 2016.

Filmography[edit]

Usha has recorded with music directors, such as Ilaiyaraaja, M. M. Keeravani, Koti, Mani Sharma, Vandemataram Srinivas, Devi Sri Prasad, Kamalakar, RP Patnaik, Chakri, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Ramana Gogula etc...

  • Manorama (2009)
  • Ee Vayasulo (2009)
  • Junction (2008)
  • Mr. Gireesam (2008)
  • Sri Medaram Sammakka Sarakka Mahatyam (2008)
  • Gunde Jhallumandi (2008)
  • Pandurangadu (2008)
  • Erra Samudram (2008)
  • Pourudu (2008)
  • Bhadradri (2008)
  • Ontari (2008)
  • Athidhi (2007)
  • Bhayya (2007)
  • Chiruta (2007)
  • Aa Roje (2007)
  • Kalyanam (2007)
  • Manchukurise Velalo (2007)
  • Missing (2007)
  • Pulakintha (2006)
  • Amma Meeda Ottu (2005)
  • Avunanna Kaadanna (2005)
  • Ayodhya (2005)
  • Bhadra (2005)
  • Dhairyam (2005)
  • Evadi Gola Vaadidi (2005)
  • Friendship (2005)
  • Good Boy (2005)
  • Guru (2005)
  • Manchukurise Velalo (2005)
  • Meenakshi (2005)
  • Moguds Pellams (2005)
  • Pellam Pitchodu (2005)
  • Pourusham (2005)
  • Sada Mee Sevalo (2005)
  • Satti (2005)
  • Shravana Masam (2005)
  • Thakadimitha (2005)
  • Venkat Tho Alivelu (2005)
  • Aa Naluguru (2004)
  • Aadi C/O ABN College (2004)
  • Apuroopam (2004)
  • Avunu Nijame (2004)
  • Jai (2004)
  • Koduku (2004)
  • Maa Ilavelpu (2004)
  • Nayudamma (2004)
  • Preminchukunnam Pelliki Randi (2004)
  • Sreenu C/O Anu (2004)
  • Sreenu Vasanthi Laxmi (2004)
  • Swamy (2004)
  • Tapana (2004)
  • Thanks (2004)
  • Varsham (2004)
  • Aadanthe Ado Type (2003)
  • Aayudham (2003)
  • Appudappudu (2003)
  • Dil (2003)
  • Fools (2003)
  • Golmaal (2003)
  • Janaki Weds Sriram (2003)
  • Johnny (2003)
  • Kaartik (2003)
  • Kalyanam (2003)
  • Maa Bapubommaku Pellanta (2003)
  • Missamma (2003)
  • Neeku Nenu Naaku Nuvvu (2003)
  • Nijam (2003)
  • Sambhu (2003)
  • Aahuti (2002)
  • Allari Ramudu (2002)
  • Ammulu (2002)
  • Andam (2002)
  • Anveshna (2002)
  • Chance (2002)
  • Dhanush (2002)
  • Eeswar (2002)
  • Gemini (2002)
  • Girl Friend (2002)
  • Hai (2002)
  • Indra (2002)
  • Jayam (2002)
  • Jenda (2002)
  • Jodi No.1 (2002)
  • Kubusam (2002)
  • Manasundi...Ra! (2002)
  • Memu (2002)
  • Nee Premakai (2002)
  • Nee Sneham (2002)
  • Neethodu Kaavali (2002)
  • Nenu Ninnu Premistunnanu (2002)
  • Ninne Cherukunta (2002)
  • Nuvve Nenu Nene Nuvvu (2002)
  • Pellam Oorelithe (2002)
  • Premante (2002)
  • Prudhvi Narayana (2002)
  • Santhosham (2002)
  • Sreeram (2002)
  • Toli Parichayam (2002)
  • Vachinavaadu Suryudu (2002)
  • Ammo Bomma (2001)
  • Badrachalam (2001)
  • Manasantha Nuvve (2001)
  • Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu (2001)
  • Nuvvu Nenu (2001)
  • Premaku Swagatham (2001)
  • Shivudu (2001)
  • Takkari Donga (2001)
  • Vechi Vunta (2001)
  • Baachi (2000)
  • Chitram (2000)
  • Shubhavela (2000)
  • Chantigadu
  • Colours
  • Pavan Subbalakshmi Preminchukunnarata
  • Ramma ! Chilakamma
  • Rowdi

Trivia[edit]

  • Usha got married in June 2005 to US based software engineer and migrated to Virginia, US. She is shuttling between US and India to pursue her passion of singing.
  • Usha is a post graduate in Computer Applications from Osmania University.
  • Usha's private music albums "Toonega Toonega" and "Usharugaa" became very successful.
  • Usha rendered her voice to around 450 Telugu film songs and 600 private songs (including devotionals).

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