Thursday, October 01, 2015

Yesudas, the famous singer you’ve probably not heard of

Isn’t the internet amazing?  Finding things you didn’t know you wanted to read. . .

I was browsing the archives of the Gospel Messenger for another story (1947) when I came across a film announcement, “Yesudas, the Outcaste,”  about a boy from India who becomes a Christian. It was making the rounds of the various Church of the Brethren congregations and meetings, I suppose to encourage interest in missions.  So I decided to look it up, and didn’t find it, but found out about Yesudas, a Christian Indian singer, probably more famous in his own country than Taylor Swift or Frank Sinatra in ours. He’s also a Bollywood film star.   His name means servant (das) of Jesus (Yesu), but I doubt if the boy in the film and the man who became a famous film star and singer are one in the same.  He’s about my age and still performing.


With his wife of 40+ years.

From his website: “He performs classical concerts in the courtyards of mosques, temples and churches, and strives to bring people of all religions together through music. Many of his songs have carried sublime messages of love, goodwill and brotherhood.”

He believes women should dress modestly, and that has brought him criticism, but his wife believes in traditional Biblical values, that men should be the head of the home.

The Kerala-born singer, who has been conferred with the honours like Padma Sri and Padma Vibhushan, said when women wear jeans, others are forced to look beyond that (jeans). Yesudas was inaugurating cleanliness drive under Swachh Bharat Campaign at Swathi Tirunal Music College in Thiruvananthapuram.

“What should be covered must be covered. Our culture involves the beauty which should be covered. Women should not trouble others by wearing jeans. When they put on jeans, men are tempted to look beyond that (jeans),” he said. “Women’s beauty lies in their modesty. They should not try to become like men. They should not force others to do unnecessary things by wearing jeans, which would give them magnetism,” Yesudas added. The Indian Express

Now I’ve “liked” his Facebook page with about 196,000 other “friends.”

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