Archana Udupa

Devotional / Classical / Film Singer

Smt. Archana Udupa hails from a family of musicians and music lovers. She started learning music from the tender age of three. She started her training initially in carnatic music from Sri. Balakrishna and light music from her father Sri.Srinivasa Udupa. Later she switched over to Hindustani style of singing and started training under the able guidance of Smt.Dr.Shakuntala Narasimhan.

Education - BA, Journalism, Kannada Literature MA, Sociology.

After completion of Degree in journalism and Kannada literature Archana has taken music as her profession. She has adapted herself to singing light classical, light music and film music.

Archana has many musical albums to her credit. She has lent her voice to more than 1000 cassettes and CDs in various languages. Archana has sung in many Kannada films in the recent past. Archana has also given live performances all over the country and abroad.

She is graded artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan. She won Zee TV TVS Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest of singing in 1998. Archana Udupa is the first person of south Indian origin to win Hindi film song singing contest.

Musical background

  • Started learning music at the tender age of 3 under her father Srinivas Udupa who himself is a well known singer and an Academy award winner.
  • Has been performing from past 28 years.
  • Learnt Carnatic classical music from Sri Balakrishna.
  • Learnt Hindusthani classical music under Sri Radhakrishna,Pandit D.B.Harindra.
  • Has constantly been learning Hindustani Classical Music under the able guidance of Dr.Shakunthala Narasimhan.


  • "STATE AWARD", best female playback singer 2011-2012, (Movie-Bhageerati)
  • “ARYABHATA" award.
  • "Indian music research academy" award in association with NAVRAS records,London.
  • "Pride in my profession" award.
  • "UPASANA" award.
  • "SAHYADRI" award.
  • "SANGOLLI RAYANNA" award, 2016.


  • Is an 'A' grade artist of All India Radio and Door Darshan.
  • Gave a solo performance at the age of 5 in Delhi and Mumbai Kannada Sanghas.
  • Has traveled the length and width of India, as well as US, UK, AUSTRALIA, Qatar, Doha, Muscat, Singapore, etc..and has performed on the most prestigious stages.
  • Has performed repetitively in the world famous Utsavas like Hampi Utsav, Mysore Dasara Utsav, Alwa's Viraasat Utsav etc.
  • Has performed in the most sought after Sangeeth Utsav, "Spirit of Unity Concerts For Universal Integration", (2003).
  • Is the 1st south Indian to win the finals of the most coveted talent hunt show,"TVS SAREGAMA" (Zee TV- 1999).
  • Has performed in front of "THE TAJ MAHAL" with the King of Ghazals late Sri "Jagjith Singh" on the occasion of the millennium celebrations.
  • Has sung under the direction of the legendary music director, late Sri "Anil Biswas" for millennium episode of "Close-up Anthakshari" for Zee TV.
  • Has sung for a Punjabi film under the direction of late Sri "Jagjith Singh".
  • Has sung under the direction of the most happening music director Sri "Shankar Mahadevan" for an album produced by ZEE MUSIC called "SAPNEY".
  • Has sung for the famous historical series "NATYARAANI SHANTHALA" for Doordarshan directed by the
  • Bheeshma of Kannada film industry Sri G.V.IYER in both Kannada and Hindi languages.
  • Has sung for more than 1,000 cassettes and CDs in all languages.
  • Has been a popular anchor and anchored many famous TV shows such as NITYOTSAVA for Doordarshan, RAAGA RANJANI for E tv, SAREGAMAPA for Zee Kannada, E HRUDAYA HAADIDE for Kasturi channel,etc.
  • Has judged an entire season of popular talent hunt show, SAREGAMAPA for Zee Kannada.
  • Has had the privilege of being a co-judge along with Dr.S.P.Balasubramaniam on his famous voice hunt show,YEDE THUMBI HAADIDENU for Etv.
  • Has performed with legendary singer late Sri MANNA DEY.
  • Has been performing with legends like Dr.K.J.YESUDAS, Dr.S.P.BALASUBRAMANIUM, Dr.P.B.SRINIVAS, Sri HARIHARAN, Sri SHANKAR MAHADEVAN, Sri SONU NIGAM,etc.
  • Has sung for more than 80 films under senior music directors like late VIJAY BHASKAR, late UPENDRA KUMAR, Sri HAMSALEKHA, Sri V.MANOHAR, Sri VIJAY ANAND, Sri RAJAN NAGENDRA, etc.
  • Founder and President of GAANDHAR cultural organisation which is well known for its prestigious,grand and unique shows and it also promotes and provides stage for upcoming talents.
  • Has also composed music for tv shows like BADUKU JATAKA BANDI for Zee tv,etc.
  • Has produced and directed a solo light music album called BAALE GAAYANA which is popular for its freshness and musical richness.
  • Has been doing a lot of musical experiments off late, utilising her versatile singing and composing skills which has resulted in bringing out some of the best poems of the Sufi Saint, Shishunala Shareef in Folk,Sufi, POP, Rock and Jazz styles which has become very popular and has attracted audience of all ages.
  • Was elected as the "YOUTH ICON" of Karnataka by the "TIMES OF INDIA" news paper in 2012,where the jury were none other than Mr. Anil Kumble, Justice Sri Santhosh Hegde, Mr. Narayana Murthy, and Mrs. Arundhati Nag.


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