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Vijay Yesudas – an Indian playback singer and occasional film actor.

Vijay Yesudas

Vijay Yesudas was born to singer K. J. Yesudas and Prabha. He is the second son in the family, having an elder brother named Vinod and a younger one, Vishal.

Vijay made his debut as a singer with the 2000 Malayalam film Millennium Stars, which had music composed by Vidyasagar. Vijay Yesudas won three Kerala State Film Awards for Best Singer for the songs “Kolakkuzhal Vili Ketto” in Nivedyam (2007), “Akaleyo Nee” in Grandmaster and “Mazhakondu Mathram” in Spirit (2012), and “Poomuthole” in Joseph (2018). He has also won five Filmfare Awards for Best Singer and four SIIMA Awards for Best Male Playback Singer. He made a foray into acting by playing the villain role in the Tamil film Maari (2015) and the lead role in the Tamil film Padaiveeran (2018).

Vijay Yesudas was born to singer K. J. Yesudas and Prabha. He is the second son in the family, having an elder brother named Vinod and a younger one, Vishal. He is the grandson of stage singer Augustine Joseph. He studied in Chennai till 9th grade and went to the U.S. for further studies. He graduated from Florida International University with a BA in music.

Vijay Yesudas started learning Carnatic music in the early 1997. He is popular for songs sung under composer Yuvan Shankar Raja. He has collaborated with various other composers such as Dakshinamoorthy Swami, Ilaiyaraja, A. R. Rahman, Raveendran, Hamsalekha, Deva, Ouseppachan, Vidyasagar, Mani Sharma, M. M. Keeravani, and Mohan Sitara along with new-generation composers such as Karthik Raja, M. Jayachandran, Sabesh–Murali, Harris Jayaraj, G. V. Prakash Kumar, D. Imman, Srikanth Deva, and Deepak Dev.

Career

Vijay Yesudas started learning Carnatic music in the early 1997. He is popular for songs sung under composer Yuvan Shankar Raja. He has collaborated with various other composers such as Dakshinamoorthy Swami, Ilaiyaraja, A. R. Rahman, Raveendran, Hamsalekha, Deva, Ouseppachan, Vidyasagar, Mani Sharma, M. M. Keeravani, and Mohan Sitara along with new-generation composers such as Karthik Raja, M. Jayachandran, Sabesh–Murali, Harris Jayaraj, G. V. Prakash Kumar, D. Imman, Srikanth Deva, and Deepak Dev.

Vijay made his playback debut in the 2000 Malayalam film Millennium Stars, on the composition of Vidyasagar. He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer for “Kolakkuzhal Vili Ketto” in Nivedyam (2007). Vijay made his acting debut in the 2010 Malayalam film Avan. In 2013, he won his second Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer for “Akaleyo Nee” in Grandmaster and “Mazhakondu Mathram” in Spirit (2012). In 2015, Vijay sang “Malare” in the Malayalam film Premam, went viral among young audiences. The song was often shared soon after its video release, he also had another successful song, “Hemnathamen Kaikumbili” from Kohinoor. That year, he also acted as villain in the commercially successful Tamil film Maari. His performance received appreciation. He has sung 178 Malayalam songs and 118 Tamil songs.

Vijay met his future wife Darshana at a music concert held in Dubai on 2002 Valentine's Day. After five years of dating, he married Darshana in 2007 at Trivandrum. They have a daughter, Ammeya, and a son, Avyan

Personal life

Vijay met his future wife Darshana at a music concert held in Dubai on 2002 Valentine’s Day. After five years of dating, he married Darshana in 2007 at Trivandrum. They have a daughter, Ammeya, and a son, Avyan

Awards

Kerala State Film Awards:

  • 2007– Best SingerNivedyam – “Kolakkuzhal Vili Ketto”
  • 2012– Best Singer – Grandmaster – “Akaleyo Nee”, Spirit – “Mazhakondu Mathram”
  • 2018– Best Singer – Joseph – “Poomuthole”

Filmfare Awards South:

IIFA Utsavam:

Nandi Awards:

South Indian International Movie Awards:

2012–SIIMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer – ee Puzhayum 2013–SIIMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer –

Asiavision Awards:

Asianet Film Awards:

Vanitha Film Awards:

  • 2012 – Best singer male
  • 2016 – Best singer male
  • 2018 – Best singer male

Edison Awards (India):

  • 2014-Best Male Playback singer

North American Film Awards:

  • 2016-Best Male singer – Premam and Ennu Ninte Moideen
  • 2018-Best Male singer

Anand TV awards:

  • 2016-Best Male singer

CERA BIG Malayalam Music Awards:

  • 2014 – CERA BIG Malayalam Music Awards – Best Male Singer

Mangalam Music awards

  • 2017 – Best Playback Singer

Flowers Music awards

  • 2018 – Best Playback Singer

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