Popular playback singer K.J. Yesudas needs no introduction at all. The singer, who has been enthralling the audience by signing various unforgettable melodies and all sorts of songs for the past many decades, recently completed 50 years of his glorious singing career. The veteran singer has sung many popular songs for the late and legendary MGR and Sivaji Ganesan, who ruled the roost in Tamil films in the fifties and sixties.
A grand function named ‘Yesudas 50’ was held recently in Cochin to facilitate the bearded singer. Despite his Christian backdrop, Yesudas has also sung many popular Hindu devotional songs especially about Lord Iyappan and had even invoked the wrath of some Christian organizations in the past who objected to him signing Hindu devotional songs. Yesudas didn’t mind all that and had continued with his illustrious sojourn.
The function witnessed the participation of many carnatic, classical and film music experts including our own Maestro Ilaiyaraaja. The many songs that have come under the irresistible combination of Ilaiyaraaja and Yesudas have left a lasting memory in the minds of film-goers and music-lovers over the years. Dr. Balamuralikrishna, another doyen in the world of music, also took part in the celebration.
Supestar Rajinikanth, who had earlier agreed to take part in the event, somehow couldn’t make it to the venue at the very last moment. Rajini, who has had many of his popular songs sung by Yesudas in his 35-year long career, had instead sent his elder daughter Aishwarya to take part in the function on his behalf. Yesudas and Ilaiyaraaja appeared visibly pleased at Aishwarya’s presence in place of her father and welcomed her warmly.
“I tried my best to make it to the function but couldn’t do so. Yesudas’ voice has played a vital role in many of my films and I earnestly wish that his musical sojourn continues for many more years,” was Rajini’s congratulatory message for the occasion which was read out by Aishwarya. The message was received with rapturous applause. Later Aishwarya tweeted that literally soaked in the love and affection showered on her by the duo of Yesudas and Ilaiyaraaja.