Hot Aunty Saree Navel Biography
Uthup started singing in a small nightclub in Chennai called as Nine Gems in the basement of the erstwhile Safire theater complex on Mount Road, when she was 20, wearing a saree and leg callipers. Her performance was so well received that the owner of the nightclub asked her to stay on for a week.After her first night club gig, she began singing in Calcutta at night clubs such as "Trincas". She met her future husband Uthup in Trincas. At about the same time, she also sang at "Talk of the Town", now known as "Not Just Jazz By The Bay" in Bombay (now Mumbai). After Trincas, her next engagement took her to Delhi where she sang at the Oberoi hotels. By happenstance, a film crew belonging to Navketan unit including Shashi Kapoor visited the nightclub and they offered her a chance to sing movie playback. As a result, she started her Bollywood career with Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Originally, she was supposed to sing Dum Maro Dum along with Asha Bhosle. However, as a result of internal politicking on the part of other singers, she lost that chance but ended up singing an English verse.
In 1968, she recorded covers of two pop songs in English, "Jambalaya" and The Kingston Trio's "Greenback Dollar", on an EP, Love Story, and "Scotch and Soda", another Kingston Trio song, which sold very well in the Indian market. She also spent some time in London during this early period. She was a frequent visitor to Vernon Corea's BBC office at the Langham in London and was interviewed on London Sounds Eastern on BBC Radio London. Usha visited Nairobi as part of an Indian festival. She was so popular that she was invited to stay on. Singing and quite often nationalistic songs in Swahili made her extremely popular and the then President Jomo Kenyatta made her an Honorary Citizen of Kenya. She sang the famous song "Malaika" (angel) with Fadhili Williams who was the original singer. She produced a record "live in Nairobi" with a local band Fellini Five.
Uthup sang several songs in the 1970s and 1980s for music directors R D Burman and Bappi Lahiri. She also reprised some of R.D. Burman songs that were sung by others such as Mehbooba Mehbooba and Dum Maro Dum and popularised them to a distinct end.
Uthup sang in Chris Perry's Konkani album Chris Perry Presents Usha – 'Meu Amor' .
She appeared as a judge on a singing reality show Bharat Ki Shaan: Singing Star – Season 2 (2012), aired on DD National channel, along with Ismail Darbar. She is the judge in the Season 3 of the show as well. She also appeared as a chief guest for Marathi singing reality show 'Gaurav Maharashtracha' on ETV Marathi. She entertained the audience with Marathi songs.Sapna was born on January 5, 1971 in Mumbai, India in a Sindhi family. She was raised in Bandra, Mumbai, from where she completed her high school. She used to get excellent grades in school & was a brilliant student and used to act like a wild tomboy, though by the time she reached 7th grade, her attention shifted from academics and she says she then "discovered" boys in the 7th grade. She used to ride to school on a motorcycle, and often used to do pranks and escapades. She told she used chloroform on her father to make him fall asleep, so that she could sneak out late with boys of her school. Her father, who owned a restaurant, died when she was 18. Sapna said she was very close to her father and commented, "I may look like a freak, but deep inside, I’m just daddy’s little girl."
After her father's demise, her family started facing a hard financial condition. So, Sapna decided to drop out of her college in Mumbai and move to the United States, with her Indian-American aunt helping her with the immigration to Chicago in 1989. In Chicago, Sapna initially did some odd jobs like waitressing at an Italian restaurant and enrolled herself as a student at a business school. She soon became a party girl and started doing drugs. She did a double majors in Marketing and Communication and a minor in Public Speaking from Chicago. Sapna additionally tried her hand in fashion designing. She developed an interest in hairdressing and took up this profession. She said in an interview with Tehelka magazine, "I decided that by the time I hit 30, I wanted to have a house in the hills, a Cadillac and an Elvis lookalike boyfriend." She was living the American Dream in Los Angeles, California and managed to get what she wanted.