DR. K.J. YESUDASS MELLIFLUOUS PERFORMANCE
On Thursday 15/12/2016 at 7.30 P.M music rasikas were richly treated with K.J.YESUDASS’s melodious voice till 10 P.M for Chennai Cultural Academy Trust at Dr. Rama Rau Kala Mantap on Lord Ganesha, Krishna Sri Ranganathar,Ramar , Lord Ayappa. In between KJY expressed as to why he was maintaining a safe distance from Mohannam raagam which was due to his Guru’s harsh treatment metted out to him when he had asked his genuine doubts about this particular raag to be clarified from his Guru. KJY says till then he has not come out of that shock that he still feels uneasy to sing in that raag. Going down his memory lane KJY shared with the audience as to how he had to repeatedly sing so many takes for the film GAYATHRI composed by Ilayaraja that he had sung with P.Suseela much to the then shock of Ilayaraja. KJY said he had then requested Ilayaraja to wait till the song was fully recorded to share with him as to how & why Mohanam, was always a bugbear for him from his student days.
AYAPPA’s kind heartedness
KJY said as a matter of routine he used to first have his kutcheri in an AYYAPPAN TEMPLE before starting on his Margazhi concerts. On 12/12/16 KJY had come with all his accompanists to Anna nagar Ayappan temple but the violonist was missing. It so happened the violonist got stranded at Avadi with no mode of transport for him insight when all of a sudden a van carrying Ayappa devotees stopped near the violonist & ‘upon his reqûest he was dropped straight at Anna Nagar Ayappan temple itself and he was well in time for the concert.
Although there was electric power disruption thrice when the concert was going on in full swing KJY was least perturbed but continued to sing irrespective of the power cut which was brought to normalcy by the automatic generator transmission line.