Book Chat: On the Most Famous Malayali in the World

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Biju Parameswaran, a much traveled literary and movie enthusiast writes:

There can only be one answer to the question ‘Who is the most well-known Malayali in the world?’ and that is Kattaserri Joseph  Yesudas.  Born in Fort Kochi in 1940 to singer Augustine Joseph and Alicekutty,  Yesudas, who is Dasettan to millions of Malayalis, has been singing in films for fifty years now, a longevity paralleled only by two of the Mangeskhar sisters of Mumbai.  He is a phenomenon that takes in both classical and light singing and in all Indian languages save Assamese, Kashmiri & Konkani in addition to international languages like English, Arabic & Latin. Mahakavi G. Shankara Kurup was the first to call him “Gaana Gandharvan” (Celestial Singer). Reams of articles have been written about this much decorated artist (apart from the Padma Bhushan and honorary doctorates, he has bagged countless state, national and…

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