A documentary to be made on singer K.J.Yesudas

K. J. Yesudas
MUMBAI: A short film on veteran singer K.J.Yesudas’ achievements will be made by television channel Kairali TV, former education minister M.A.Baby said here Saturday.

Announcing that a musical will be held Feb 12 to honour the veteran singer on his completing a golden jubilee as a singer, Baby told a press conference that the short film on Yesudas would be jointly produced by Kairali TV and Swaralaya, a music reality show.

Yesudas, 71, has sung over 35,000 songs in 14 languages.

"We know that documentation of the entire history of Yesudas is not an easy task, but we will be failing in our duty if we do not make an attempt. Kairali TV has in its possession lot of visuals of the singer but that is not enough," Baby told reporters.

"We will also ask people to give us the songs sung by Yesudas if they have in a book form because during yesteryears, song books of Yesudas hits were commonly available. This will help us to document all the songs sung by the veteran, as even Yesudas himself does not have a record of how many songs he has rendered," added Baby.

For the musical night, the organisers are bringing together singers like P.Susheela, S.Janaki, M.Jayachandran who have sung with Yesudas.

"We have decided to classify the veteran singer’s career into five decades and from each decade four hit songs will be selected through people’s choice. A total of 20 songs would be sung that day," said Thiruvananthapuram Municiapal Corporation Mayor K.Chandrika, who is also heads the organising committee of the musical.

Yesudas has been conferred with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan besides seven national and 17 state film awards.