Singing maestro K.J Yesudas turns 79

Indian music legend K.J Yesudas, who has sung more than 50,000 film songs in various languages, including his mother tongue Malayalam, turned 79 on Thursday.

One of the most loved playback singers in the country, Yesudas has won the National Award for the Best Male Playback Singer seven times and the State Award for the Best Playback Singer 43 times.

He was awarded Padma Shri in 1975 and Padma Bhushan in 2002 by the Government of India for his contributions to the arts.