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Posted On: 1 March 2012 02:07 pm
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Indian music legend to perform in Qatar

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Legendary Indian singer K J Yesudas will perform at a light music event in Qatar after 15 years on March 29, 2012, as part of Yesudas@50 World Tour 2012 commemorating his golden jubilee in playback singing. The three-hour musical night is to feature evergreen songs in languages including Malayalam, Hindi and Tamil from Yesudas’ unparalleled career that has seen him record more than 40,000 songs in many Indian and foreign languages since 1961. Organised by Tissot Watches and Watch Corner, a division of leading Qatari business house Marzooq Al Shamlan & Sons, with Gulf Times as media sponsor, the event will take place at MES Indian School grounds. Yesudas’ son Vijay, mother-daughter duo Sujatha and Swetha Mohan – all leading playback singers of south Indian film world – will accompany the maestro along with noted pianist and composer Stephen Devassy and a 16-member orchestra. Yesudas and Mohamed al-Shamlan announced the show yesterday in the presence of Vijay Yesudas and Marzooq Al Shamlan & Sons general manager K V Ramakrishnan (Ravi). The first ticket was received by Tissot regional brand manager Ziad Nehme. Describing Yesudas as a brother and friend, al-Shamlan expressed happiness in getting the opportunity to celebrate in Qatar the singer’s 50 years. The 72-year-old musician, who is equally at ease in various genres and lauded by critics and fans for his talent and the dedication he has shown to polish it to perfection, began by attributing everything to Almighty God. “I am grateful to my parents and masters and everyone who has encouraged me for 50 years. I am grateful to my brother Mohamed al-Shamlan, especially for the support he is providing for various communities,” he said. The singer who has bagged seven national awards for the best singer in the Indian film industry, a record no singer has equalled, observed that music is an ocean and he is still a student, learning day by day. Yesudas, widely appreciated for his secular credentials, said he respects all religions and follows lot of good practices from them. Asked about how he viewed the new trends in music, he said change is very essential in all fields, but tradition should not be forgotten. Yesudas, who has won Kerala government’s State Film Award for best playback singer 23 times, has also been honoured with state awards by the governments of Tamil Nadu (eight times), Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh (five times each), and West Bengal (once) – another unequalled record in India. “We are expecting nearly 4,500 people to attend the show,” added Ravi. Vijay said the Yesudas@50 World Tour 2012 will be kicked off at Dubai on March 23. “A show in Muscat in April, in the US in July and one in Australia’s Sydney Opera House in August have been charted out so far under the tour that would run until November 14 this year,” he added. Tickets are priced at QR250 (Pearl, admit two), QR100 (Platinum, admit one) and QR50 (Gold, admit one). Tickets at Crono outlets at Landmark Mall, Hyatt Plaza, The Mall, Al Asmakh Mall, City Center Doha and Centre Point Barwa Mall; Watch Corner outlets at LuLu Hypermarket (Airport Branch and Al Gharafa), LuLu Centre (Al Sadd) and at Souq Nasser Bin Saif. Tickets are also available at Family Food Centre’s Airport branch, and all branches of Saravana Bhavan Restaurant and Qatar UAE Exchange. Gulf Times