Veteran playback singer KJ Yesudas on Sunday said he was happy to receive the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in the country.

“I am not over-joyous. As usual I am equally happy to receive this like any other awards. It is due to the blessings of the Almighty,” Yesudas, who is here to perform a musical programme this evening, told reporters.

Asked about music maestro Ilayaraja sending a notice to singer SP Balasubrahmanyam over singing his songs, raising copyright issues, he said: “You can ask this question to Ilayaraja. I am not going to send any notice to anybody.”

When asked about comments from various quarters in the film field that there was partiality and bias in selecting the National awards announced recently, he said “you can ask those who raised the issue and also to those selected.”