Uttam Singh (born 25 May 1948) is an Indian music director and a well-known violinist. He has also worked as a music arranger, programmer and recordist for many Bollywood films. He worked as a music assistant for Ilaiyaraaja in numerous Tamil films before establishing himself as an independent composer.

Uttam Singh
Born (1948-05-25) 25 May 1948 (age 74)
GenresBollywood music, semi classical, classical, Indian music, Punjabi regional folk
Occupation(s)Violinist, composer, musician

Music careerEdit


Uttam Singh's father was a sitar player.[1] His family moved to Mumbai, when Singh was 12. He learned tabla and Western violin. His family used to sing kirtans at various Gurudwaras and religious functions to supplement their income.[2]


Uttam Singh worked as violinist for three years. His big break came in 1963, when he worked as a violinist for a documentary being made by Mohammad Safi (an assistant to Naushad). 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 S D Burman's son, Rahul Dev Burman.

Music arrangerEdit

Singh later partnered with another musician, Jagdish, to arrange music for films. The duo became reputed arrangers, working for over 65 films in several Indian languages. These films included major Rajshri Productions hits, Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!. He also worked with Ilaiyaraaja as a music arranger in various Tamil films.[3][4]

Music directorEdit

Singh and Jagdish worked as music directors ("Uttam-Jagdish") for Manoj Kumar's Painter Babu. Later they worked for Manoj Kumar's other film, Clerk . Together, they also worked on the Smita Patil-Raj Babbar-Raj Kiran-Amrita Singh-Amrish Puri starrer, Waaris (1988). After Jagdish died in 1992, Singh started working independently. His most notable film as a music director was Yash Chopra's Dil To Pagal Hai. He also composed music for many other films including Hum Tumpe Marte Hain, Dushman, Farz and Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai. He also composed music for Anil Sharma's Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001) and later for The Hero: Love Story of a Spy.

His songs and score for the Chandra Prakash Dwivedi's 2003 partition drama Pinjar, in which he collaborated with the Wadali Brothers, won him much critical acclaim and is considered to be his finest work as composer.

Private albumsEdit

Singh recorded his first private album Om Sai Ram in 1996. Later, he also composed music for his daughter Preeti Singh's album Soor (2002).


Year Film Role Notes Album sales[5][6]
2014 Honour Killing Music Director
2013 Rajjo Composer & Background Score
2006 Kachchi Sadak Composer
2005 Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story Composer & Background Score
Ho Jatta Hai Pyar Composer
Hum Jo Keh Na Paaye Miscellaneous (Television)
2003 Baghban Background Score
The Hero: Love Story of a Spy Composer
Pinjar Composer & Background Score Nominated: Screen Weekly Award (Best Background Music)
Nominated: Zee Cine Award Best Background Music
Nominated: Apsara Award for Best Music Director
2002 Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai Composer
Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam Background Score
2001 Gadar: Ek Prem Katha Composer & Background Score Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated: IIFA Best Music Director Award
Nominated: Screen Weekly Award (Best Music Director)
Farz Composer
1999 Prem Poojari Composer Malayalam Film
Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain Composer
1998 Dushman Composer
1997 Dil To Pagal Hai Composer Won: Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Won: Zee Cine Award Best Music Director
1995 Guddu Music Assistant
1994 Karan Music Assistant
Prem Shakti Music Arranger
Jazbaat Composer
Andaz Apna Apna Music Assistant
Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! Music Arranger
1993 Pyaar Ka Tarana Music Assistant
Anmol Music Arranger
1992 Mehndi Shagna Di Composer (Punjabi movie) with Jagdish (Uttam-Jagdish)
1992 Farishtay background music
1991 Patthar Music Assistant
Benaam Badsha Music Arranger
Patthar Ke Phool Music Arranger
1990 Shiva Song Mixer
1989 Maine Pyar Kiya Music Arranger
Gawaahi Composer With Jagdish ("Uttam-Jagdish")
Clerk Composer With Jagdish ("Uttam-Jagdish")
1988 Paanch Fauladi Composer With Jagdish ("Uttam-Jagdish")
Kabrastan Composer With Jagdish ("Uttam-Jagdish")
Waaris Composer With Jagdish ("Uttam-Jagdish")
1986 Teesra Kinara Composer With Jagdish ("Uttam-Jagdish")
1985 Khamosh Music Assistant
1984 Purana Mandir Music Assistant
1983 Mandi Music Assistant
Painter Babu Composer With Jagdish ("Uttam-Jagdish")
1983 Dard-E-Dil Music Assistant
1982  Nek Parveen  Music Assistant
1982 Dharam Kanta Music Assistant
1981 36 Chowringhee Lane Music Assistant
1980 Chann Pardesi background music (punjabi movie)
1978 Udeekan Music Assistant,background music with Om Verma (punjabi movie)
1977 Lachhi as Music Assistant
1977 Aaina Music Assistant
1973 Yauwan Music Assistant
Total sales 15,000,000

Awards and nominationsEdit




  1. ^ "UttamSingh.com". Retrieved 19 November 2006.
  2. ^ "Uttam Singh at HindiLyrix.com". Archived from the original on 31 October 2006. Retrieved 19 November 2006.
  3. ^ Kannan, Uma (7 June 2010). "An evening with Ilayaraja". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Ilaiyaraaja is great: Uttam Singh". The Times of India. 11 June 2010. Archived from the original on 28 July 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Music Hits 2000-2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Music Hits 1990-1999 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.

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