Yesudas, the legendary singer, turns 77

Yesudas has won the National Award for the Best Male Playback Singer seven times and the Kerala State Award for the Best Playback Singer 43 times.

Yesudas, the legendary singer, turns 77

India’s most prolific singer KJ Yesudas celebrated his 77th birthday on Tuesday. With more than 40k songs in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada etc., he remains one of the most respected singers in the country. He has his signature in both films and classical music.

One of the most loved playback singers in the country, Yesudas has won the National Award for the Best Male Playback Singer seven times and the State Award for the Best Playback Singer 43 times. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1975 and Padma Bhushan in 2002 by the Government of India for his contributions to the arts.

Either it is for Bollywood or Mollywood, KJY has put his signature in all the songs he has intoned. Here are some of the most loved songs by the gifted singer:

Gori Tera Gaon Bada Pyaara – Chitchor (Hindi)

Kanne kalaimane – Moondram Pirai (Tamil)

Ayiram padasarangal kilungi – Nadhi (Malayalam)

Maa paapalu tholaginchu - Sri Shiridi Saibaba Mahatyam – (Telugu)

Ellellu sangeethave - Malaya Marutha – (Kannada)

E Lakhi Jae Dekhi Sei Nila Kaeen Aakhi - Batasi Jhada (Odia)

Paath Haraabo Boley – Protiggya (Bengali)

Waara Aala - Nanand Bhavjay (Marathi)

Bas ek vela najar thi - Gher Gher Matina Chula (Guajarati)

Above all film hits, Yesudas is blessed with his voice being heard at Sabarimala, the Ayyappa temple in Kerala. Harivarasanam sung by Yesudas is being recited before closing the temple.