My Favourite Personalities

I thought I will give some information about my favourite personalities through my web page. I will update this page with more information later.

Cartoonist Toms

Toms is one of the best cartoonists in India, who
 has published more than 10000 cartoons. His
 sketches are sharp, nostalgic and humorous. Just
 click this page and taste his famous title 
Boban  & Molly every month

In order to enjoy the essence of  his cartoons one will have to be familiar with day to day happenings, esp. in Kerala.

Cartoon Sample:               Malayalam                                              English




Dr. K.J. Yesudas  

Born At Cochin, of Augustine Joseph and Elizebeth Joseph
Musical training In the Music Academy, Tirupunithura and Swati Tirunal Music Academy, Trivandrum.
Specialised training Under Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar etc.
Debut in the musical field Sang for a malayalam film ‘Kalpadukal’ in November 1961.

In the world of music,  K.J. Yesudas is truly exceptional -  his success  in  the dual spheres of  popular music as well as classical music is unparalleled.  Yesudas  was  initiated into Karnatik music at a very young age by his father Augustine Joseph.    He made his stage debut at age 12,  and  graduated from the Trivandrum Music Academy in 1958.

Yesudas's success in the world of popular music has been phenomenal.    His first playback song was in the movie Kalpadukal in 1961. Besides Malayalam,  he sang in all other South Indian languages.   In 1976,  he started singing for Hindi movies,  and films in other  North Indian languages.   Today he is the only Indian musician to have recorded songs in all Indian languages except Kashmiri and Assamiya.

He received the Padmashri  from the President of India in 1977.  He received the first National Award in 1977 for singing in the film Achanum Bappayum,  his second National Award for the film Gayathri,  the third National Award  in  1978  for film Chitchor,  the fourth  National  Award  for  the Telugu f ilm  Mega sandesham, his fifth National Award  for the  flm Unnikale Oru Katha Parayaam, and his  sixth in  1992  for  the  film Bharatham.

The film Chitchor also won him a Filmfare Special Award. Alaap got him the Sur Singar Samsad Award and Dada the Filmfare award in 1980.   In 1991,  he received  an  honorary  doctorate  degree  from  the  Annamalai University in  recognition for  his  contributions  to  music  and  art.    He  received  the  Lata Mangeshkar Award in 1991.

Besides  these  national  awards,   Yesudas  is  the  recipient of 16 Kerala State  Awards,   eight State Awards from TamilNadu,  5 state Awards from Karnataka,  four State Awards  from Andra Pradesh  and one State Award from Bengal.  ( Any idea which is the movie? )    In 1992 he received the distinguished honor of  "Star of Cochin"  from the citizens of Cochin.  The government of Kerala has named  Yesudas "Asthana  Gayakan".

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