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Day 321: Timeless Tuesdays: Dasettan's timeless gems

A few things in this world are timeless. What more is apt for today-10th of January than Dr. K.J.Yesudas's songs. They are timeless and will remain so in the years to come. Of course, the music directors/composers play a crucial and the biggest role in why or how a song becomes timeless. However, having said that, Das uncle/Dasettan (as he is known) is truly a blessing to the world of music. 

Growing up listening to Malayalam songs, it is hard for someone to have not heard his name or songs. He has over 7500 songs to his credit and he has won seven National awards, five Filmfare awards, State Awards for more than 43 times, Padma awards and also has won the hearts of audience of all age groups. He has sung in many languages and I don't think the Bollywood composers used his  talents well enough. I also like the Ilayaraja and Das uncle combos. There is some pure magic there. 

He has also rendered devotional songs and performed Carnatic concerts. Oru neramenkilum is one such song from the album Thulasitheertham, Gangyaru pirakkum from the Ayyappan devotional, to which I woke up every morning. He was also a disciple of the great Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. To this date, Sabarimala uses his rendition of the Harivarasanam set to tune by the great, G. Devarajan. He is a blessed soul and that is why his songs are timeless and they hit you at the right place. Wishing him a happy birthday! 

On his birthday, here is one such timeless treasure from his Hindi hits- Jab deep jale aana from Chitchor composed by Ravindra Jain (whatey a song!!). 



There is yet another from the golden era of Malayalam music. It is hard to choose one song from the many thousands he has sung in Malayalam. But this is one of my favorite from G. Devarajan's composition. This is from the movie Chembarathi. 


From a much later period, Johnson master's magical music had yet another beautiful song in Padmarajan's Njaan Gandharavan. 


So, what should I choose from Tamil: It is super confusing but let me share two of my favorite numbers composed by Ilayaraja of course. 



Let me stop for now as I probably will have to have a huge playlist uploaded for a timeless Tuesday post! Have fun! 

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