Minister to press for allowing Yesudas sing in temple
Thiruvananthapuram, April 15 (IANS) Kerala Minister of Devaswoms G. Sudhakaran is all set to request authorities of a famous temple to allow veteran singer K.J. Yesudas - a practising Christian - to sing in the temple that bars the entry of a non-Hindu.
Yesudas has sung a lot of devotional Hindu songs, including in temples but has not yet been granted permission to sing at the Sree Krishna Temple at Guruvayoor.
Speaking to IANS, Sudhakaran said a letter to this effect would go to the president of the Guruvayoor devaswom (temple trust) Monday.
"Music has no religion and he has sung so many Hindu devotional songs. I decided to do this on my own and Yesudas has not made any request for this. And if I am not mistaken, I remember reading in newspapers that even the Bharatiya Janata Party also wants this to happen," said Sudhakaran, a senior leader of the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist.
Asked whether he was not courting a controversy, he said: "I feel that there would be an all round consensus to this demand of allowing Yesudas to sing at the Guruvayoor temple."
"Don't you know that Yesudas has sung so many devotional songs on lord Krishna? I am making the request to the devaswom and it is they who have to decide what needs to be done. I am sure if he is allowed he would sing several sweet and pious songs," the minister added.