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K.J.Yesudas
K.J.Yesudas
10-01-1940
Kochi, Kerala, India
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K.J.Yesudas Biography

Kattassery Joseph Yesudas is an Indian classical musician and a playback singer. He has won the National Award for the best male playback singer seven times, the most by any singer and the State Award for the best playback singer more than thirty times by the Government of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. Yesudas sings Indian classical music, devotional and popular songs. He has recorded more than 55,000 songs in many languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tulu, Malay, Russian, Arabic, Latin and English through his long career spanning Five Decades. He has been singing for most Indian languages except Assamese, Konkani and Kashmiri. He also composed number of Malayalam film songs in 70`s and 80`s. He is fondly called Gana Gandharvan (English: The Celestial Singer).

K. J. Yesudas was born in Fort Kochi, Kingdom of Cochin, into a Latin Rite Catholic family, to Augustine Joseph and Alicekutty. His name Yesu is the Syriac version for Jesus, which is also used in the Malayalam language. His father, who was a well-known Malayalam classical musician and stage actor, was his first guru. Later he joined the R.L.V.Music Academy in Thrippunithura and underwent training. For a brief period, he was with Sri Vechur Hari Hara Subramania Iyer after which he took advanced training from Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, a maestro of Classical Music. Although he is a Carnatic Music expert, he mastered Hindustani Music also. He has taken the words of Sree Narayana Guru, "One caste, One religion and One God for all humanity" to heart.

Yesudas began his career in playback singing in the Malayalam movie Kaalpadukal and Kollywood movies in the early `60s (He sang for `Bommai` first (Music : K.Balachandar), but the first released movie was `Konjum Kumari`(Music : Veda))and by `70s he entered Bollywood. The first Hindi song was for the movie `Jai Jawan Jai Kissan` (1971), but the first released movie was `Chhoti Si Baat`. He has sung Hindi songs for many leading actors in Hindi cinema including Amitabh Bachchan, Amol Palekar, Jeetendra and so on. He has sung many evergreen Hindi film songs for many popular music directors including Ravindra Jain, Bappi Lahiri, Khayyam, Rajkamal and Salil Chowdhury Almost all of the Hindi movie songs that he sang are popular even today. He has bagged seven National Film Awards for the best singer in the Indian film industry which is a record no singer has equalled, let alone surpassed. In 2006, he sang 16 film songs in four South Indian languages on the same day at AVM Studio, Chennai.

Yesudas has performed in many major cities around the world. In 1965, he was invited by the Soviet Union government to perform at music concerts in various cities in the USSR and also sang a Russian song over Radio Kazakhstan. In 2001 he sang for album Ahimsa in Sanskrit, Latin and English and in a mix of styles including New-Age and Carnatic. In his music concerts in the Middle East he sings Arabic songs in the Carnatic style. He frequently did the role of a cultural ambassador of India through his numerable performances abroad by promoting Indian Music.

In 1970, he was nominated to head the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy and was the youngest person ever to occupy the post. In 1971, during the Indo-Pakistani War, Yesudas traveled all around Kerala with his musical troupe to raise funds for the Indian Prime Minister`s National Defense Fund. He also became Senate member of International Parliament for Safety and Peace. On 14 November 1999, UNESCO presented Yesudas with an honorary award for "Outstanding Achievements in Music and Peace" at the "Music for Peace" event in Paris, a concert held to mark the dawn of the new millennium and whose attendees included artistes such as Lionel Richie, Ray Charles, Montserrat Caballé, and Zubin Mehta. In 2009 Yesudas began a cross-country musical campaign against terrorism in Thiruvananthapuram, with the motto `Music For Peace`. Kavita Karkare, wife of Hemant Karkare, handed over the torch to Yesudas to mark the launch of the ` Shanthi Sangeetha Yatra`.

Because of his immense talent and popularity he is often preferred by music directors/producers to render the songs which require the power factor and extreme variations in ragas mainly in the big budget movies. The song "Aadiyusha sandhya" from the movie Pazhassi Raja is an example for his voice clarity even at the age of 69.Thiruvarur Bakthavathsalam, a well known mridangam maestro, has accompanied him in many concerts.

Yesudas is married to Prabha for more than 30 years. They have three sons, Vinod, Vijay and Vishal. The second son Vijay Yesudas is a budding musician who won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 2007. The family is currently settled in Chennai and Trivandrum. He also owns estates in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA and Flower Mound, TX, USA for personal and business reasons.

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UN TOLD INCIDENCE : Dr. K.J.Yesudas is singing Carnatic Classical Music at Sree Ramaseva Mandali, Bangalore since 1972. This year 9th April 2017 will be his 47th time singing during the Sri Ramanavami Music Festival at mandali. He was introduced by his Guru Chambai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar and his last concert was IN 1974.

Rama Prasad S N, on 06-03-2017

Hai sir your biggest fan of world.I am gole only one it's your autobiography my dairy .

Ashok krish.K, Kolar on 21-08-2016

Enter your comments sir iam a huge fan of u sir u sang duets with many legendary singers like lata mangeshkagy,p.susheelamma,s.janakamma,k.s.chitramma but my favourite combination is k.j.yesudas and k.s.chitra sir wt a combo of u both sir i like ur voice and i like k.s.chitra mam voice

I.ram, Hyderabad on 26-07-2016

Excellent singer in world wise harivarasanam my top popular song in my life

sivaramaprasad, vijayawada;andhrapradesh on 02-07-2016

I love your kannada and ayyappa song sir i am your big fan thanks for performance sir nithin mysore karnataka

NITHIN.M, mysore karnataka on 07-06-2016

Sir you are a great singer to india if it possible i will defnetly meet u and take a photo whith u,sir you want leave longer and longer to give us wonderfll songs. . thank you sir to giveing a apparchunite to talk with u. . may mukambika deavi bless u

manoj.m, tumkur karnataka on 08-05-2016

Sir you are gods given gift to the Indian Nation your voice is melodies and I could not say to wards.

y.satyansrayana, khammam Telangana state on 03-05-2016

I love your ayyappan and melody songs specially harivasanam and urimai kural song VIZHAE KATHAI EZUTHU

P. BALACHANDRAN GURUSWAMY, Bangalore on 20-01-2016

I like sir voice evergreen Tamil song Amma en drazhaikatha from mannan movie..... I listen this song in Trichy cantonment iyyappan temple ...... and I forget myself when I heard harivarasanam ayyappan song.......

mohandhas, kanchee on 10-11-2015

Namaskara kaliyugada devamanava keralada kuvara namma bhavyavada mutthinanta dwaniyali adagide devaranne nidrege jarisuva normalavada

Tejasgowda , mysore on 05-11-2015

Hello Sir... Your a gifted with a beautiful voice... Live with peace and happiness for more and more years....By hearing any song of yours mind will become so peaceful and will get heavenly feeling.

Bharathi, Andhra Pradesh on 15-07-2015

Hi sir am u r big fan of u I will meet u stil plz sir meet one time in my life sir take care u r heath sir plz

CH goutham, karvan mehdipatnam Hyderabad t on 17-06-2015

A personification of divine music, he has made classsical music enjoyable even to the illiterate. May God bless him with very long life and let my life end immersed in his soulful music.

R. Gopakumar, Trivandrum on 26-03-2015

Hai sir,i am your big big fane sir,i earing only your songs sir,i am your one of the son sir,i call you weakly one time sir pls atten my phone call sir...

Sathish, tamilnadu(vellore dt) on 19-03-2015

Live u your voice sir... One time i meet u my life... I watching Kerala n your home kochi... Plz rply... Im Small karaoke singer.. Hrtly thnxxxx...

BCVaghela, Bhuj Gujarat on 25-01-2015

happy birthday.sir with rgds n love sathish

satheesh, bahrain on 11-01-2015

hai sir ........

charles, on 30-11-2011

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