Pushpavanam Kuppuswamy
Folk music singer; television host; judge for many competitions -- Pushpavanam Kuppuswamy dons many hats. For a person who made ‘Naatupura Isai’ his career Kuppuswamy has carved a niche for himself.

He convinced his family that his true calling in life was music and pursued her Masters in music at the University of Madras, Chennai. And, that's where he met Anitha, also a student of music. The couple started off as folk song singers in competitions and concerts. Of course, cupid struck and they became life partners. And the rest is, as they say, history.

"I love our folk music for its simplicity and the grammar of this music is bound by our soil’s culture and tradition. Also, I began to understand the importance of this music as it values relationships than anything else in the songs," he says.

Kuppuswamy and Anitha enjoy singing songs with a message, be it AIDS, dowry, and smoking, or drinking, female infanticide, child labour, and importance of education for girls. The musician firmly believes that folk music still holds currency amongst the younger generation and will continue to. "We are applauded by the youth, who ask us for more songs at our concerts," he says.

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