I am in love with Usha, after all who will not fall in love with Usha Uthup post her stellar performance at Celebrate Bandra. She enthralled the crowd and probably woke the birds in the nests too. With old time classics like ‘Those Were The Days’ to ‘Things’ to ‘Jambalaya’ to the hip shaking ‘Apdi Pode Pode’…. She truly got the crowd going. The two hour on stage act was absolutely gripping and splendid. In between songs she amused the crowds by completing her sentences with the typical pao ‘What men’ suffix or flaunting her six yard saree or showing off her traditional footwear too.
Beginning with the musical, Big Spender from Sweet Charity, she continued with hits from the late 50’s to 60’s and ofcourse her signature hits like Fever, Feelings and Dum Maro Dum. She also did sing Feelings in a Chinese and Malayalam accent which got the crowd going bananas. Overcome and overwhelmed by her performance the audience kept applauding and tapping their feet. An aged woman around eighty also rose from her seat to shake a leg to the resounding soulful beats.
Usha it a true performer and entertainer, she mentioned that she began her humble beginnings in Mumbai, studying at a Convent school and how she moved on from there to wining the celebrated Padma Bhushan title. It was also interesting to know that she was the only singer to perform at a night club in traditional Indian attire, the saree.
Ending with the track ‘We are the World’ and ‘Hava Nagila’, her performance was truly spectacular and in true Bandra style, dam good men!