K J Yesudas is an iconic Indian playback singer and an exponent in Carnatic music. His voice remains unparalleled in the annals of South Indian music. The winner of 7 National Awards and 43 State Awards, the legendary singer had rendered over 40,000 songs in all the Indian languages except Assamese and Kashmiri in a career that spanned over 50 years.
Born to the singer and actor Augustine Joseph, Yesudas was guided by his father at an early age and after schooling, he took music as the main subject and graduated with the first rank. Yesudas started his career as a playback singer with the movie “Kaalapadukal” in Malayalam and his prominence spread across all the Indian languages in no time.
Apart from winning accolades and several awards, the legendary singer has been conferred with the honorary Doctorate by the Annamalai University in 1989 for his exemplary services to the Indian music.
His son Vijay Yesudas is also a noted musician and singer in the Southern languages.