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The family note

Dad’s the way for Uthara. The 10-year-old daughter of singer Unnikrishnan talks about her debut film song and why music is special to her

It was a chance rendition of a couple of lines during a golu a few years ago that got 10-year-old Uthara Unnikrishnan her debut Tamil film song. Her mother, Priya Unnikrishnan, recalls, “She was very young then and wouldn’t come along for such social visits. We had to convince her that she’d get a lot of gifts at the places we go to. During one such visit to singer Saindhavi’s house, she sang a few lines.” Saindhavi remembered that voice a few months ago when her husband, music composer GV Prakash, was scouting for a child to deliver a song in Saivam . And that’s how the melodious ‘Azhagu’, which has already struck a chord with listeners, was born. The number will be featured in the Vijay-directed film that stars child artist Sara in the lead.



“I recorded for two days for the song — amma came with me on the first day and appa on the second. Appa (singer Unnikrishnan) helped me out with the difficult sangathis ,” says Uthara. Once the audio of the film was out, her rendition of ‘Azhagu’ was considered the highlight. But for Uthara, it is the recognition she’s got in school and among her friends that she’s quite kicked about. “Four of my friends came for the audio launch too,” she says proudly.



Being the daughter of a popular singer, she started off when she was quite young, learning the traditional geethams and varnams. “I love going to the music class. My teacher, Sudha Raja maam, is quite patient with me,” adds Uthara, who jams frequently with her brother, Krish, at the studio in her house.



Has her singer-dad given her any pieces of wisdom? “Oh yes, he keeps telling me, ‘Practise hundred times if you don’t get any sangathi’. That’s what I tried to do even with ‘Azhagu’,” she says happily.



This fourth standard student of Lady Andal is a big music buff and keeps humming the tunes she likes at home. “From MS amma’s songs to Skyfall , I like listening to a lot of music. Appa’s rendition of ‘Narumugaye’ and ‘Uyirum Neeye’ is special to me. I want to become like appa someday,” she signs off.

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