Yesudas celebrates 83rd birthday, wishes pour in on social media

K J Yesudas
Yesudas attended the birthday celebrations via online. File photo

Well-known Carnatic vocalist and playback singer K J Yesudas celebrated his 83rd birthday on Tuesday.

To mark the special occasion, Yesudas Academy hosted a programme, which was attended by prominent people from the film industry, including Mammootty and Siddique. Playback singer MG Sreekumar also was present. However, Yesudas, who is currently at his home in Dallas, USA, could not attend the function.

Every year, the singer visits the Mookambika temple at Kollur in Udupi district, Karnataka to mark the special day.

Several actors, singers, superstars and politicians took to social media to wish the 'Gaanagandharvan (celestial singer ) on his birthday. A special puja was also held at the Mookambika Temple.

Yesudas, who attended the event online from the United States of America, thanked everyone for their birthday wishes. “First let me thank God for his grand blessings. I also feel honoured to be able to speak and see all of you on my birthday, though I am not present physically for the event. I was able to study music and sing for years. Even today, I am a student as music is an ocean and there is so much to learn,” said the singer.

Superstar Mohanlal conveyed his birthday wishes to Yesudas on Facebook where he said that 'Dasettan' was the pride of Kerala and there was hardly a Malayali around the world who would not have heard his "amrit swaram" (divine voice) atleast once a day.

"Heartfelt birthday wishes to my beloved Dasettan," he said on his Facebook page. Award winning singer K S Chithra also conveyed her birthday wishes via social media to the 'gana gandharvan' (the celestial singer) -- another moniker, and a well deserved one, by which he is known.

It is also an apt descriptor of the talent he possesses and which has been displayed in the over 80,000 songs recorded by him in various genres and almost all languages of India.

"Happy Birthday wishes to our one and only Dasettan. The voice that touches every heart. You are a true inspiration to singers. All my prayers for your good health and well being," Chithra said in her Facebook post accompanied by a video of her wishing him.

In her video message, she said that for the last three years 'Dasettan' has not come back to India and therefore, everyone misses him dearly and were waiting to meet him.

Leader of Opposition in the state assembly V D Satheesan, in his birthday wishes to Yesudas, said that his voice reflects the life, happiness, love and longing of every Malayali.

"Every Malayali hears that voice at least once a day," he said in his Facebook post. Yesudas has recorded over 25,000 film songs, carnatic bhajans and devotional songs.

Besides Indian languages like Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada, Bengali and Odia, he has also brought to life songs in Arabic, English, Latin, and even Russian during an over six decade long career. He has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan in 2017, and is the recipient of eight national awards, 25 Kerala state awards, five state awards of Tamil Nadu and four of Andhra Pradesh.

Known as one of the greatest playback singers in the country, Yesudas began his music career in the tinsel town with the Malayalam song "Jathi bhedam matha dwesham" in the year 1961 and sang in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films among other languages.

Some of his well known Hindi songs, which went on to become hits, included "Jab Deep Jale Aana" and "Gori Tera Gaon Bada Pyara".


(with inputs from PTI)

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