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I want to do something for society: Yesudas

Renowned playback singer KJ Yesudas has recently joined a Kerala-based NGO JanaPaksham.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 13:15 IST

Renowned playback singer KJ Yesudas has joined a social organisation working for the welfare of the less fortunate, asserting that he has "always kept politicians at bay" and would never seek their support.

Talking to reporters here last night after joining 'JanaPaksham', an NGO working on various social issues, Yesudas said he had come up the hard way. But he had never lost faith in god and had never sought political support during his career spanning 50 years.

Yesudas said his late father, Augustine Joseph, who was also a singer, had asked him to take up music as career and not to seek support from politicians. "I follow this advice to the core even now," he said.

Going down memory lane, he said when he left for Chennai from Kerala the first time, he had only Rs 16 with him and had come a long way since then. He wanted to do something for the society and so he was associating with 'JanaPaksham'.

Yesudas also touched upon the farmers' plight in Kerala.

On the dispute over sharing of river waters between Kerala and Tamil Nadu, his reponse was that allowing the water to flow into the sea would be of no help to anyone. A collective thinking was needed to help the farmers.

The singer was honoured at a function here last night for his evergreen hits to Malayalam cinema in the past 50 years.

At a programme, organised jointly by the Ernakulam district administration, Swaralaya and Tourism Department, Yesudas sang some of his memorable hits. Film actor, Mamooty, was the chief guest.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 16:08 IST