Oct 20, 2010

Usha Uthup

Last Sunday I had the good fortune of taking Usha Uthup’s shots. She had come to our part of Bangalore to perform for the closing function of Durga Puja celebrations.

And what a performance Ushaji gave… the crowds were dancing to the cool Bengali and Hindi songs she sang. Usha Uthup thoroughly entertains and knows to strike the right chord with her audiences wherever she is. And on Sunday night 17th Oct too, she quickly generated a dynamic rapport with the residents of Indiranagar, Bangalore.


I must admit here, I froze at the first sight I got of her. Her Kanjeevaram saree, string of jasmine flowers, columns of bangles, eyes lined with kajal and her trade mark bindi with Bengali alphabet ‘Ka’ , all seeking my attention at the same time. Is she really 63 years old? Many in the crowd kept sinking back into their chairs unable to cope up with her zeal and non-stop performance. But I was not tired of taking her shots. I took 63 shots!



"GOLDEN" see more shots here.

32 comments:

Viola said...

A nice woman! And I would like to listen to her songs.. :) To see her singing..

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

I'm sure you captured her many moods in the 63 shots! She looks a commanding figure.

Reader Wil said...

What a beautiful woman! I also like these clothes they are so colourful! It must have been a great happening!

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

She is amazing

Jo said...

What a vibrant looking lady, Indrani. She has been on stage from a young age and I love that uses her husband's last name. I'd love to have seen her perform. Thanks for sharing. Blessings and hugs Jo (now South Africa)

RNSANE said...

How exciting that must have been, Indrani. You must post some of her music so that we can share that as well.

Gauri Gharpure said...

she's so charming.. love her bold get up too, complements her so well!

Hilary said...

I think you did a fine job of capturing the atmosphere both with your photos and with your words.

Au and Target said...

It's not Wordless but it looks interesting!

Leora said...

Her outfit is golden! Quite a brilliant shot. It seems like it was a lively performance.

Jidhu Jose said...

She is really a Golden Women...She also wear different variety of saari.

Cloudia said...

thank you


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Anu said...

great pics Indrani!! loved esp the close up! she is always fun to listen and its amazing the way she sticks to her trademark way of dressing!

Pietro said...

63 shots are a lot, they are surely all very nice and "atmospheric". Beautiful post about Usha Uthup, I like a lot the close up!

radha said...

I think she sings better with age. She is 63 years for sure. She was around when I was a teen. And she has not changed - in terms of looks - and I think she sounds better now than she did before. She matched all the singers / and maybe outperformed a few at the CWG closing ceremony.
And to think she has survived in the 'pop music ' world dressed in traditional attire and that too singing in the nightclubs of Kolkata! Cheers to UU.

माधव( Madhav) said...

she is georgeous

माधव( Madhav) said...

find the Delhi Durgaa pujaa from madhav's eye here

http://madhavrai.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post_18.html

Hazel said...

The celebrations must be fun to watch. Usha Uthup looks wonderful. I've never seen a performer in a saree. It's cool to see these shots. Thanks, Indrani.

pinashpinash said...

More than her music it's her charisma, a magnet that attracts and endears the audience to her...

Denise said...

Extremely interesting post and thank you so much for the link. This lady sounds amazing.

Birgitta "foto CHIP" said...

Would love to have been there :) Her saari looks wonderful and golden

http://foto.rudenius.se/post/2010/10/21/Thursday-Challenge-Golden.aspx

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Hari Om Hari......
Good you enjoyed the program, I love her for being down to earth in her approach

ladyfi said...

Great shots! She radiates positive energy.

Bikramjit said...

yeah indeed golden
I rmeember her programme where sang the punjabi song and she asked the girls do the oye oye and stuff

it was so amazing ...

Bikram's

My Thoughts...My Views said...

missed it :(

Kamini said...

She was my childhood heroine! I will never forget the time she performed in our school - all of us were absolutely spellbound by her music and her personality.
I cannot believe she is 63 years old!
Kamini.

YOSEE said...

Love Usha's voice, her showmanship and endearing style of getting the audience totally involved in her joyous singing.

George said...

Thanks for telling us about this dynamic, interesting woman.

Swarna said...

One can't help but be proud of her very "Indianness"

Maddy said...

as always my favorite...we can also see he more or less every day in idea star singer..looks great in the photos

Sunil.N said...

i really inspired by her songs. i have enjoyed some songs she sung in reception i attened in palaceground bangalore. she s really wonderful woman. wat an energetic voice. everyone should listen her songs

RNSANE said...

I am definitely going to have to learn Hindi...but, regardless, I love the music and her voice. I'd never heard of her but I listened to some you tube videos...lucky you, to see her in person. Most American youth would not appreciate this beautiful music...it's not rap, hip hop, etc.