Kattassery Joseph Yesudas or K J Yesudas or simply Yesudas was born this day in the year 1940. He has good command over Indian Classical songs besides devotional songs and songs for the movies. He has sung over 0.1 million songs in several Indian languages including Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi. He has even gone global with renditions in English, Latin, Russian and Arabic. He has devoted over 5 decades of his life to the music field.
The 1970s and 1980s saw him composing several Malayalam movie songs, as well. He is fondly called Gana Gandharvan (The Celestial Singer). He is considered to represent the Malayalee Culture and that of Malayalee ethnic group, spread all around the globe, as his songs are very popular among the Malayalees. 7 times National Award Winner of Best Male Playback Singer, he has also won Filmfare Award 5 times and State Awards (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and West Bengal) 43 times. He has also been conferred the Padma Shri (1977), Padma Bhushan (2002) and Padma Vibhushan (2017). 2011 saw him being conferred the CNN-IBN Outstanding Achievement Award for recording more than 20,000 songs in a career spanning 5 decades.
Having won the above and other accolades for his work, Yesudas recently shocked and disappointed several fans by saying that women should not wear jeans. Jeans according to him is against the Indian culture. He said, “What should be covered must be covered. Women should not trouble others by wearing jeans.” It could be his opinion, but, he has commented thus, despite himself being in the film field. His fans find this all the more disappointing.
Bollywood and Yesudas: Some songs sung by Yesudas are:
Mana ho tum behad haseen… Toote Khilone (1977)
Aaj in nazaron ko tum dekho… Sunayana (1979)
Aaj se pehle aaj se zyada… Chitchor (1976)
Jab deep jale aana… Chitchor (1976)
Gori tera gaon bada pyara… Chitchor (1976)
Janeman janeman… Choti Si Baat (1976)
Chand jaise mukhde pe… Sawan Ko Aane Do (1979)
Bole toh bansuri kahin bajti hai… Sawan Ko Aane Do (1979)
Dil ke tukde tukde karke… Dada (1979)