Dr. Kattassery Joseph Yesudas has a divine voice that is so over powering that will mesmerize anyone. This classical musician and a playback singer has won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer seven times; which is the most by any Male Playback Singer.
His first guru was his father, who was a well-known Malayalam classical musician and stage actor. He has mastered both Carnatic Music and Hindustani Music. Yesudas began his career during the early 1960s by singing in the south and by mid 1970s, he started singing in Bollywood too. In 2006, he sang 16 film songs in four South Indian languages on the same day at the AVM Studio, Chennai. He is the only singer who has been accorded the title Asthana Gayakan of Kerala State.
He strongly believes in what Shree Narayana Guru said: “One caste, One religion and One God for all humanity”. He’s inspired by the great singers Mohammed Rafi, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar and Balamurali Krishna. From the Padma Bhushan to the Padma Shri; he has won an unimaginable number of awards, honors and titles. He even received an honorary award for “Outstanding Achievements in Music and Peace” by UNESCO in 1999.
Yesudas sings Indian classical music, devotional and popular songs. He lives and breathes music and can sing any kind of song with such ease. He has recorded more than 40,000 songs in many; except Assamese and Kashmiri, he’s sung in all the Indian languages. Celebrities like A.R. Rahman, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam , K.S. Chitra, S. Janaki and Mammootty are just few his loyal admirers His hard-work ethic along with immense talent, continuous practice and dedication, he is unlike any of the singers we have today. He is called ‘Gana Gandharvan’; what else can you call a legend such as him?