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,
"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.