K. J. Yesudas Age, Wife, Family, Biography, Facts & More
|Full Name||Kattassery Joseph Yesudas
|Physical Stats & More
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in feet inches- 5’ 8”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 72 kg
in pounds- 158 lbs
|Hair Colour||Salt & pepper
|Date of Birth||10 January 1940
|Age (as in 2017)||77 Years
|Birth Place||Fort Kochi, Kingdom of Cochin
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Capricorn
|College||Swathi Thirunal College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
|Educational Qualification||Three-year certificate course in Music
|Singing Debut||Playback (Tollywood): Attention Penne Attention from the movie- Kaalpadukal (1962)
Playback (Bollywood): Chhoti Si Baat from the movie- Chhoti Si Baat (1975)
|Awards/Achievements||• Won the National Award for the Best Male Playback Singer seven times.
• The Filmfare Awards five times.
• The State Award for the Best Playback Singer forty-three times.
• Honoured with the CNN-IBN outstanding achievement award having recorded over 20,000 songs in a five-decade career.
• Outstanding Achievements in Music by UNESCO.
• Honoured with Padma Shri (1975)
• Bestowed with Padma Bhushan (2002)
• Awarded Padma Vibhushan (2017)
|Family||Father- Augustine Joseph
Mother- Elizabeth Joseph
|Girls, Affairs and More
|Marriage Date||Year- 1970
|Children||Sons- Vinod Yesudas (president at Youth Congress)
Vijay Yesudas (Playback singer, actor)
Vishal Yesudas (Singer)
Some Lesser Known Facts About K. J. Yesudas
- Does K. J. Yesudas smoke?: Not Known
- Does K. J. Yesudas drink alcohol?: Not Known
- K. J. Yesudas’s first guru was his own father, who was a well-known Malayalam classical musician and stage actor.
- Unfortunately, he could not pursue his music studies due to financial constraints.
- He was invited to perform in several cities of the USSR by the Soviet Union government. He also sang a Russian song over Radio Kazakhstan.
- He recorded the album ‘Ahimsa’ in Sanskrit, Latin, and English and in a mix of styles including new-age and Carnatic. While performing at musical concerts in the Middle East, he sang Arabic songs in Carnatic style.
- He frequently serves as a cultural ambassador for India through his performances in one country or the other.
- K. J. Yesudas began a campaign named ‘cross-country musical’ against terrorism in Thiruvananthapuram, with the motto of ‘Music For Peace’.
- He has performed for Soorya Music festival for as many as 36 times.
- K. J. Yesudas’s second son Vijay Yesudas, a musician by profession, was honoured with the Kerala State Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 2007 and 2013.
- The temple of Sabarimala, Kerala uses K. J. Yesudas’s voice for Harivarasanam every day.
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