K. J. Yesudas was born on 10th January, 1940 at Fort Kochi, in the erstwhile Kingdom of Cochin, into a Roman Catholic Latin Rite family to Augustine Joseph and Alicekutty. His father, who was a well-known Malayalam classical musician and stage actor, was his first guru. Later he joined the R.L.V. Music Academy at Thrippunithura and underwent training. Later he studied at Sree Swati Thirunal music college, Thiruvananthapuram under the late Semmangudy Sreenivasa Iyer. But he could not complete his studies due to financial constraints. For a brief period, he was with Sri Vechur Hari Hara Subramania Iyer, after which he took advanced training from Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar.In 2011 he completed his 50 Years as a Play Back Singer. He has recorded more than 50,000 songs in many languages including Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tulu, Malay, Russian, Arabic, Latin and English during a career spanning five decades. He has performed in most Indian languages except Assamese, Konkani and Kashmiri.He also composed a number of Malayalam film songs in the 1970s and 1980s.Yesudas is fondly called Gana Gandharvan.
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The first song sung by Yesudas is Jaathi Bhedam Matha Dwesham (music: M B Sreenivasan) on 14 Nov 1961, which he usually sings on all the special occasions. Yesudas began his career in playback singing in the Malayalam movie ‘Kaalpadukal’ and Tamil movies in the early 1960s.He got the first break in his music career with the hit Malayalam film named ‘Bharya’ (music by G. Devarajan and lyrics by Vayalar Ramavarma). He sang in Tamil for ‘Bommai’ first (music: S. Balachander), but the first released movie was ‘Konjum Kumari’.He is credited with singing the most officially recorded songs by any singer in the world. He has won the National Award for the Best Male Playback Singer seven times (the most by any Indian singer) and the State Award for the Best Playback Singer 43 times, which consists of awards by the state governments of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and West Bengal. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1975 and Padma Bhushan in 2002 by the Government of India for his contributions to the arts. In 2006, he sang 16 film songs in four South Indian languages on one day at AVM Studio, Chennai.Yesudas is married to Prabha. They have three sons, Vinod, Vijay and Vishal. The second son Vijay Yesudas is a budding musician who won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 2007. The family is currently settled in Chennai and Trivandrum. He also owns estates in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA and Flower Mound, TX, USA for personal and business reasons.
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