CHATLINE Vijay Yesudas on his father’s evergreen melodies, holding his own in a competitive world and turning music composer. UDHAV NAIG tunes in…
Even as Vijay Yesudas settles down at the crowded hotel lobby for a chat, his phone never leaves him in peace. In between these telephone conversations, he manages to talk about everything from his concert in Chennai, spirituality, his accomplished singer-father K.J. Yesudas, and his career ever since he started singing in the year 2000. This concert is special, not just because it is his tribute to his father, but also because it is his company, V Records and Entertainment’s first big event. “Actually, I wanted to do a big rock concert, you know,” he says. But, the rock show never struck a chord like the way a tribute show did. He realised that there could be nothing more special than to sing his father’s greatest hits with him in attendance. After all, in more ways than one, his father has been instrumental for what he is today. “I am going to be singing all of my dad’s hits starting from the 1970s. Both old and young singers will be seen on the same stage at the Lady Andal school auditorium,” he says excitedly.
The concert, which is sure to score high on the emotional quotient, is in a way a culmination of his journey that began at the age of seven when Vijay started accompanying his father. “The most significant one was ‘Anjali Anjali’ I sang as a child,” he informs before picking up another call.
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I complete 13 years in the industry it’s hard
to emulate legends like my father