Veteran singer K.J Yesudas turned 77 on Tuesday. As usual, he spent his birthday at Kollur Mookambika temple with devotees, close friends and fans, singing and praying.
The nine-day annual music festival held at the temple in this connection begins on January 10 with the concert of Yesudas. The first festival was held on his 60th birth anniversary.
Yesudas who has won more than 50,000 film songs in various languages, won National Award for best male playback singing seven times and State award 43 times, still continues to mesmerise people with his cultured, soothing voice.
Padma Shri was bestowed on him in 1975 and Padma Bhushan in 2002 by the Government of India for his contributions to the field of arts.
He was born on January 10, 1940 as the elder son of drama actor and singer Augustine Joseph and Elizabeth.