January 2009: Happy Birthday Yesudas-10 January 2009
by Elizabeth Menon
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YESUDAS”
January 10 2009
BIRTHDAY WISHES", to our 'Gandharvan', who is celebrating his special day on 10th January: the one who is blessed with the inimitable voice that is tuned by God Himself -- perhaps the answer to the question in one of his songs, Parayu Nin Ganathin Madhurima Engane Vannuu?!
It has been said that Yesudas sings in God’s voice, and when asked about this, he told me, “Everyone has God’s voice -- Ellaavarkkum Daivathinte shabdamaanalloo”, showing his humility! But I would say, “His voice has a 'God-like quality'! It is not just one of the most beautiful voices in the world, it is pure enough to make you think of walking on dry snow when the sun is shining (as in Ottakkampi Nadam Mathram) or perhaps the smooth bubbling of cream and melting chocolate, dripping with honey (as in Chandana lepa sugandham), or exotic enough to remind us of the most beautiful paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and it has the exquisite magical touch to take you to the most erotic planes (as in Poykayil, in the film Rajashilpi)
Something special happens even when he sings very ordinary songs: words come to life and songs become classics, writers and their lyrics reach immortality through his voice, music directors become legends and listeners are blessed! Yousafali Kecheri has written the poem, Yesudas, and has dedicated a song, “Thenanu Nin Swaram Pattukara, Poovanu Nin Manam Koottukara”; even the great Vayalar Rama Varma has written a song for his, Yesu, which show the greatness of this Musical Legend!
“Please know that we all love you and that you are a big part of our lives for now, and always. Most of us wake up to your voice and it’s your voice that we hear before we go to sleep at night! You are with us in our moments of happiness, celebrations, sadness, and any other moment that one can think of”.
"May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you"
‘May all your dreams be showered with Celestial blessings and may you reign Forever".