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Usha Uthup performs at Khallikote College stadium, Berhampur

Popular singer Usha Uthup enthralled thousands of audience gathered at the Khallikote College stadium in Berhampur on Sunday evening.

Clad in her trademark Kanjeevaram sari, the 70-year-old sported her traditional broad smile and unstoppable energy as she sang popular songs from Hindi films and a few in other languages as well. “Whatever I am today is because of your love and affection. I thank the audience who enjoy my songs,” she said.

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Usha Uthup is an Indian pop, jazz and playback singer who sang songs in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Darling, which she recorded with Rekha Bhardwaj for the film 7 Khoon Maaf, won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2012.

Uthup sang several songs in the 1970s and 1980s for music directors R D Burman and Bappi Lahiri. She also reprised some of R.D. Burman songs that were sung by others such as Mehbooba Mehbooba and Dum Maro Dum and popularised them to a distinct end.

Inaugurated by the state’s higher education minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahy, the celebration was also attended by southern range inspector general of police Amitabh Thakur, district collector Prem Chandra Chaudhary, vice-chancellor of Khallikote cluster university Manmath Padhy and mayor of the Berhampur Municipal Corporation K Madhavi.

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