Usha’s songs and quips liven up the lakes
Usha Uthup turned Rabindra Sarobar (opposite Menoka cinema) into a party pad on Sunday evening, churning out one hit number after another for Live In Lakes. Greeted with loud applause as she took the makeshift stage under the trees
- Published 22.02.16
Usha Uthup turned Rabindra Sarobar (opposite Menoka cinema) into a party pad on Sunday evening, churning out one hit number after another for Live In Lakes. Greeted with loud applause as she took the makeshift stage under the trees, Usha started with I Believe In Music, slipping in the line, ‘I believe in Live In Lakes’. “Let us revive this magical place… it is so romantic,” said Usha, unstoppable when it came to crowd interaction. “Ladies and gentlemen, for 45 years I have been singing. And I feel so proud and privileged to be here. I thought all of you would clap when you heard me say, ‘45 years’.... I’m still around, still in a sari, a couple of kilos extra here and there, but nicer looking. Otherwise everything is the same,” smiled the Darling singer, breaking into crowd faves like Skyfall, Stand By Me, I Just Called To Say I Love You. Dum maaro dum and Senorita even saw fans young and not-so-young getting up and matching steps to the beats. “This crowd is so beautiful,” said Usha to over 1,000 people. “I’m your teacher, will you be my students?” she asked, launching into Kolaveri di, as the Lakes drowned in a deafening roar.
“We chose to end the season for our flagship Sunday evening event with Usha and Fakira — one representing the enduring appeal of the city and the other the new face of Calcutta,” said Mudar Patherya,co-organiser, Live In Lakes, a citizens’ initiative backed by the Calcutta Improvement Trust to breathe life into Rabindra Sarobar way beyond morning-walk hours.
Text: Arindam Chatterjee; Pictures: Pabitra Das