Native name ജോസഫ് യേശുദാസ് കട്ടാശേരി
Born Kattassery Joseph Yesudas
10 January 1940 (age 77)
Fort KochiKingdom of Cochin
Other names
  • Gana Gandharvan
  • Dasettan
Alma mater Swathi Thirunal College of Music
  • Singer
  • Composer
Years active 1961–present
Home town Kochi, India
Spouse(s) Prabha (m. 1970)
Awards Padma Vibhushan (2017)
Padma Bhushan (2002)
Padma Shri (1975)
Website drkjyesudas.com
Musical career
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Kattassery Joseph Yesudas (born 10 January 1940) is an Indian musician and film playback singer. Yesudas sings Indian classical, devotional and cinematic songs. He has recorded more than 100,000 songs in a number of Indian languages as well as Russian, ArabicLatin and English during a career spanning more than five decades.[1][2] He has performed in most Indian languages except AssameseKonkani and Kashmiri.[3][4] He also composed a number of Malayalam film songs in the 1970s and 1980s. Yesudas is fondly called Gana Gandharvan (The Celestial Singer). He is considered to be a cultural icon of the Malayalam language – as well as of its ethnic group spread across the world – due largely to the fact that his songs have been profoundly ingrained into the minds of Malayalam speaking people for five decades.[5][6]

Yesudas has won the National Award for the Best Male Playback Singer seven times, the Filmfare Awards five times, and the State Award for the Best Playback Singer forty-three times, which consists of awards by the state governments of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and West Bengal.[1] He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1975, the Padma Bhushan in 2002, and the Padma Vibhushan (second-highest civilian award) in 2017 by the Government of India for his contributions towards the arts.[7] In 2011 Yesudas was honoured with the CNN-IBN outstanding achievement award having recorded over 20,000 songs in a five-decade career.[8] In 2006, he sang 16 film songs in four South Indian languages on the same day at AVM Studio, Chennai.[9]

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