Uttam Singh is an Indian musician (Music director, violinist, and arranger) born on 25 May 1948. He is known for directing music for Yash Chopra’s Dil Toh Pagal Hai. He lived with his parents who moved to Mumbai when he was twelve years old. Father of Uttam Singh was a Sitar player. Since he was a child, he started learning Tabla and Western violin. To earn income for survival, his family used to conduct kirtans at different Gurudwaras. For three years he worked as a Violinist. In 1963, he broke through when he worked on a Mohammad Safi’s documentary as a violin player.
The director of the project learned under Naushad, Indian musician, as his assistant. After that, he went on to play the instrument for various artists such as Roshan, C. Ramchandra,
Madan Mohan, Naushad and Sachin Dev Burman. With the success of the career that he chose for himself, very soon, became the lead violinist for Rahul Dev Burman, son of S D Burman. Later, he became music arranger in collaboration with another musician named Jagdish. The duo arranged music for films. They composed music for as many as sixty-five Indian movies in various languages.
They worked for hit films from Rajshri Productions such as Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! and
Maine Pyar Kiya. He also arranged music for various Tamil movies in collaboration with Ilaiyaraaja, an Indian film composer. He started directing music along with Jagdish. They worked as "Uttam- Jagdish" for Painter Babu, a
Manoj Kumar film. Later, they went to work for his another film that goes by the name Clerk. In 1988, they worked on the movie called Wallis starring Smita Patil,
Amrish Puri and
Amrita Singh. In 1992, Jagdish died after which Singh started working independently.
His work began to become more recognised which landed him the contract of hit film of a hit director named Dil Toh Pagal Hai starring none other than
Shah Rukh Khan. He was also the music director for movies like Hum Tumpe Marte Hain, Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai, Farz, and Dushman. In 2001, he worked on Anil Sharma's Gadar: Ek Prem Katha and after some years on
Love Story of a Spy. In 2003, he collaborated with the
Wadali Brothers for Chandra Prakash Dwivedi's Pinjar, a partition drama. The scores and songs brought him critical acclaim and are considered to be the finest of his works as a composer.
In 2002, he worked for his daughter’s album Soor. In 1996, he composed his independent album named Om Sai Ram.