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K. J. Yesudas Biography, Age, Wife, Family Facts & More

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Kattassery Joseph Yesudas is an Indian playback singer and musician who sings Indian classical, devotional and film songs. He is widely considered one of the greatest singers in the history of Indian music and a cultural icon of Kerala. Yesudas is estimated to have recorded more than 50,000 songs in various Indian languages, including Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Tulu, Hindi, Odia, Bengali, Marathi as well as Arabic, English, Latin, and Russian, in a career spanning six decades. Yesudas holds the record for singing 11 songs in different languages in a single day. He has also composed a number of Malayalam film songs during the 1970s and 1980s.

K. J. Yesudas Age

K. J. Yesudas was born 10 January 1940 in Kochi, in Kerala, in a Latin Catholic Christian family to Augustine Joseph and Elizabeth Joseph. His father was a well-known Malayalam classical musician and stage actor. Yesudas was the second of seven children, preceded by an elder sister named Pushpa, and followed by four younger brothers – Antony (Antappan), Babu, Mani, Justin and a younger sister, Jayamma. Among these siblings, Pushpa and Babu died of fever at a young age, and Justin, the youngest brother, died under mysterious circumstances in February 2020, aged 62.

K. J. Yesudas Biography

Full Name Kattassery Joseph Yesudas
Profession Singer, Composer
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 173 cm
in meters– 1.73 m
in feet inches– 5’ 8”
Weight (approx.) in kilograms– 72 kg
in pounds– 158 lbs
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Salt & pepper
Personal Life
Date of Birth 10 January 1940
Age (as in 2017) 77 Years
Birth Place Fort Kochi, Kingdom of Cochin
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Capricorn
Nationality Indian
Hometown Kochi, India
School Not Known
College Swathi Thirunal College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Educational Qualification Three-year certificate course in Music
Singing Debut Playback (Tollywood): Attention Penne Attention from the movie- Kaalpadukal (1962)
Playback (Bollywood): Chhoti Si Baat from the movie- Chhoti Si Baat (1975)
Awards/Achievements • Won the National Award for the Best Male Playback Singer seven times.
• The Filmfare Awards five times.
• The State Award for the Best Playback Singer forty-three times.
• Outstanding Achievements in Music by UNESCO.
• Honoured with Padma Shri (1975)
• Bestowed with Padma Bhushan (2002)
• Awarded Padma Vibhushan (2017)
Family Father– Augustine Joseph

Mother– Elizabeth Joseph
Brothers– 2
Sisters– 2

Religion Christian
Hobbies Reading
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital Status Married
Affairs/Girlfriends Not Known
Wife/Spouse Prabha Yesudas
Marriage Date Year- 1970
Children Sons– Vinod Yesudas (president at Youth Congress)

Vijay Yesudas (Playback singer, actor)

Vishal Yesudas (Singer)


Some Facts About K. J. Yesudas

  • K. J. Yesudas’s first guru was his own father, who was a well-known Malayalam classical musician and stage actor.
  • Unfortunately, he could not pursue his music studies due to financial constraints.
  • He was invited to perform in several cities of the USSR by the Soviet Union government.
  • He also sang a Russian song over Radio Kazakhstan.
  • K. J. Yesudas has lent his voice to many leading actors in Hindi cinema including Amitabh Bachchan, Amol Palekar, and Jeetendra.
  • He has performed for Soorya Music festival for as many as 36 times.
  • The temple of Sabarimala, Kerala uses K. J. Yesudas’s voice for Harivarasanam every day.
  • K. J. Yesudas’s second son Vijay Yesudas, a musician by profession, was honoured with the Kerala State Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 2007 and 2013.

K. J. Yesudas Personal life

Yesudas is married to Prabha since 1 February 1970. They have three sons, Vinod (b. 1977), Vijay (b. 1979) and Vishal (b. 1981). Their second son Vijay Yesudas is a musician who won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 2007, 2012 and 2018.

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