Kattassery Joseph Yesudas
Born: 10 January 1940
He is an Indian musician and playback singer.
He sings Indian classical, devotional and cinematic songs.
He has recorded more than 80,000 songs in a number of Indian languages, including Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Bengali, and Telugu as well as Arabic, English, Latin, and Russian, during a career spanning more than five decades.
He has performed in most Indian languages except for Punjabi, Assamese, Konkani, and Kashmiri.
He has also composed a number of Malayalam film songs during the 1970s and 1980s.
He was awarded the Padma Shri[ in 1977, 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.
He won the National Award for the Best Male Playback Singer record eight times, the Filmfare Awards five times, and the State Award for the Best Playback Singer forty-three times, including awards given by the state governments of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and West Bengal.
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