Anitha Kuppusamy
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Anita Kuppusamy, who took up ‘Naatupura Isai’ as her career after getting married to Pushpavanam Kuppusamy. Folk music found a new definition and Anita carved a niche of her own, making a mark in every field she entered. You can call her a destiny’s child. Belonging to an Aggarwal family in Lucknow, she was born in Bangalore and brought up in Mettupalayam.

Right from her childhood, she started receiving accolades in every singing competition that she participated in. To nurture a dream of becoming a singer was natural for her. With great difficulty, she managed to convince her family that her true calling in life was music and she intended to learn her Masters in music at the University of Madras, Chennai. To chase her dreams, driven by hope and with stars in her eyes, she left for the metro city.

With her girlish excitement intact, she narrates her meeting with her husband and the experiences later on. Pushpavanam Kuppusamy was also a student of music, at the University and the couple initially started off as singing partners in Natupura Pattu in various competitions and concerts. Call it karma, cupid struck and they ended up becoming life partners bonded only by love and music.

She picked up folk music taught by her husband and sings with great élan in pure Tamil with clear pronunciation and diction. “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,” she shares. The diva enjoys singing songs with a message and has lent her voice to several such awareness songs on AIDS, dowry, smoking, drinking, female infanticide, child labour, importance of education for girls and the goodness of breast milk.

Anita firmly believes that folk music still holds currency amongst the younger generation and will continue to do so.Her piece of advice to the budding singers is: “Be original and practice a lot as this will lead one a long way.” Anita says her greatest inspiration in life is her grandmother who was an embodiment of patience, sacrifice and goodness. As a tribute, she has recently started a school named after her grandmother, the Poonam Industrial School in Kumbakonam, with the intent of making every woman stand on her feet and be successful. The school teaches Cooking, Carnatic Music, Bharatanatyam, Tailoring, Aari and Zardosi work, Mehendi and Bindi designing, painting, Handicraft. It also includes a beauty school, nursery and a play school. 

Anita’s eyes light up when she talks about her two daughters — Pallavi, and Meha — whom she describes as a “source of boundless joy.” She confides that she is fortunate to have mature daughters who understand her busy schedule and act responsibly. Anitha Kuppusamy is a post-graduate in music, and together the duo has released over 200 cassettes in Folk, Devotional & Tamizhisai Padalgal.

Awards & Titles

Gramia Isai Arasi - Sympson, Chennai.
Nattupura Nallisai Nayahi – Periyar Trust Vepperi, Chennai.
Gramiya Isai Siharam – Pongu Tamil Arakattalai.
Makkalisai Madharasi – Bahrain Tamil Sangam.
Gramiya Isaikkuyil – Singapore Tamil Sangam.