We had to slog more in our days, says Usha Uthup

Updated: Jul 01, 2013, 16:04 PM IST

Kolkata: Recalling her days at city heritage pub Trincas in late 60s, when she swooned the crowd for decades, singing icon Usha Uthup says present day talents don’t have to work that hard to prove themselves.

Launching the first Nazrulgeeti album of Tamil playback singer Kolkata-girl Nikhita Gandhi, the versatile veteran said, "She has got skilled musical hands during her shows. She gets support from all quarters, and she is a precocious, talented girl. And I am happy with that."

"But in our days, when I got first break at the Park Street pub, a pulsating hub of vintage, western and contemporary rock-pop music, I found people turning their back during my struggle. I gamely carried on, I fought against odds. No cribbing, but with things having turned better, our youngsters are better off," Usha, the singer of ‘Darling’ number in ‘7 Khoon Maaf’ said.

Usha, who regaled the audience with some western numbers like Gloria Gaynor`s "I Will Survive", both solo and with Nikhita, said, "I must say If the youngsters are lucky in the present times, then the audiences are also lucky and the music industry is lucky."

Nikhita, having worked with musicians like A R Rahman and Matt Dunkley as part of the Classic Incantations last year, has made her singing debut in the Tamil movie Kalyana Samayal Sadham to be released this month.

"It is a rare feeling to share the stage with Usha aunty, who epitomises everything about music, more when you sing popular western classic numbers with her. It is amazing," the 21-year old said.

The Nazrul song album Katha, brought out by Asha Audio, has such soulful tracks like ‘Eloshyamolo Kishore’.