Prime Minister Narendra Modi today wished legendary singer K J Yesudas on his 80th birthday.
In a tweet, he said, “On the special occasion of his 80th birthday, greetings to the versatile K. J. Yesudas Ji. His melodious music and soulful renditions have made him popular across all age groups. He has made valuable contributions to Indian culture. Wishing him a long and healthy life.”
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and luminaries of music and film world besides socio-cultural personalities, wished the legendary singer, popularly called as ‘gana gandharvan’ by his fans, on his birthday.
Regional newspapers came out with special pages and
television channels with exclusive programmes as a tribute to the singer, who has recorded over 80,000 songs in various genres in almost all languages of India including about 25,000 film songs, Carnatic bhajans and devotional songs.
Yesudas is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time. He has won 8 National Awards, 5 Filmfare Awards, and 43 State Awards, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan.
In 2011 he was honoured with the CNN-IBN outstanding achievement award having recorded more than 80,000 songs in a five-decade career.
His famous works were Senthazham Poovil from movie Mullum Malarum, Amma Endru from Mannan, Pachai Kiligal Tholodu from Indian. Apart from cinema he has also sung many devotional songs.