Usha Uthup or didi (elder sister) as she is fondly referred to, was in Cochin (Kochi) city recently, to enthrall the crowd with her contemporary music concert.
Held at JTPac, the concert was the second performance or initiative by the management after the astounding sBesame mucho,how put up by Dr.L Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurthy earlier this month.
What a performance and what a performer! Didi connects with her audience like nobody’s business. Even a bathroom singer feels inspired to sing with her as she encourages all to join her in singing lines from songs like Words, Besame mucho, Kaisi paheli hai ye…etc..,
Didi, who has been singing for several decades now, was caught between western and Bollywood music at sometime. She is the only artist to sing songs originally sung by males; this is when, one female singer refused to sing songs sung by other female singers! Didi is also the only singer to have sung songs in 13 Indian and 8 foreign languages. She in a breeze explains it all to her audience during her performance….music knows no language, caste or gender.
Another renowned musician Mattannur Sankaran Kutti was amongst the audience whom Didi called on the stage for an impromptu fusion session. The song was the famous Spanish song Besame Mucho which mean kiss me lots. It was a sight in itself to watch didi clad in a Sari with bangles, bindi, flowers et all singing a Spanish number accompanied by Mattannur Sankaran Kutti dressed in a simple shirt and dhoti. The duo created what you call a musical magic. Copacabana, I love Paris, Fever, were amongst the other songs didi made the audience sway to.
With her rich baritone and a positive stage presence, didi wins hearts of people in no time. Her aura only seems to be multiplying with her age. Didi you rock!
Click here, to read about the performance by Dr L Subramaniam and Kavitha Krishnamurthy at JTpac, Cochin.