Gana Gandharvan KJ Yesudas is celebrating his 79th birthday today (January 10). The songster with a mellifluous voice that take us into trance has a great music career spanning almost more than five decades. With around 80,000+ songs to his singing kitty that includes playback, devotional and classical songs in distinct languages – Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, including Russian and Latin, Yesudas has some unapologetically awesome tracks to his credit.
And today, by listing down a few soulful tracks rendered by the singer (as it is tough to pick the top and the best from a huge lot), we would like to bring it to you 12 little known things about the singer for you. Don't miss. Enjoy the info besides putting on your headset and giving a treat to your ears.
12. He got introduced as a playback singer to Malayalam industry with the film Kalpadukal in 1962.
11. In one of his concerts, 36th Soorya Music Festival, Yesudas has performed 36 times which earned him a lot of fame and popularity among the music followers.
10. After winning numerous Kerala State Awards, Yesudas asked the government to remove his name from the nominations so that the upcoming and talented singers can get the honour. Despite his request, he was given the State awards many times in the following years.
9. His debut film as a music composer is Azhakulla Seleena (1973) in Malayalam.
8. Yesudas established a music company named 'Tharangani Studio' in 1980 which, later was merged into a US company in 1998.
7. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1975, Padma Bhushan in 2002 and Padma Vibhushan in 2017 for his exceptional services to the Indian music.
6. Yesudas has seven National awards to his kitty, the highest number for any male singer.
5. Since 2000, in every January, KJ Yesudas gives away the Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas Award that was named after him to the artists who excelled in the music world.
4. 'Harivarasanam...' song which will be recited before the closure of the temple gates at Sabarimala was rendered by Yesudas.
3. Yesudas is the only singer who was given the title Asthana Gayakan of Kerala State.
2. Yesudas is married to Prabha and has three sons - Vinod, Vijay and Vishal. Vijay Yesudas inherited the musical knowledge from his father and is doing exceptionally well in the current music circuit.
1. Gana Gandharvan Yesudas recites the Kheerthanas of 'Saraswati Devi' at 'Kollur Mookambika Temple' on his birthday. This has been his usual practice since some years ago.
Our team, EeYuva, is wishing this legendary singer-composer a Very Happy Birthday. Hope we hear from this music genius for many more coming years.