Happy birthday KJ Yesudas: Born on January 10, 1940, Kattassery Joseph Yesudas is an Indian playback singer and musician who sings Indian classical, devotional and film songs.
Yesudas is estimated to have recorded more than 50,000 songs in various Indian languages, including Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, Odia, Bengali, Marathi as well as Arabic, English, Latin, and Russian, in a career spanning six decades.
He will be celebrating his 82nd birthday this January 10.
Let us know some of the lesser-known facts about him-
- Yesudas introduced himself into the world of music with the movie Kalpadukal in the year 1962.
- His debut movie as a music composer is Azhakulla Seleena in the year 1973 in Malayalam.
- A musical company established by Yedudas, ‘Tharangani Studio’ was been merged into a US company in the year 1998.
- Yesudas was also honered with Padma Shri in 1975, Padma Bhushan in the year 2022 and Padma Vibhushan in 2017 for his great contribution to the world of music.
- His won 7 National awards- highest number of awards bagged by any singer till date.
- Yesudas is also encouraging the young artists by presenting ‘Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas Award’ to the singers who excelled in the world of music.
Of course, it is a sacrilege to even confine the best songs crooned one of the finest singers India has ever seen within a double digit figure.
But unlike the man with a beautiful voice that matches a gandharva (hence why Yesudas is called Gaana Gandharvan by his admirers).
Here’s us choosing the best songs that stand out for being toughies for various reasons.
Shadaj Ne Paaya
We wish him luck, love and a very happy birthday!