The singer said that wearing jeans was “against Indian culture” and provoked “undesirable” behavior.
He is popular for singing Indian classical and devotional songs and has won several prestigious music awards.
But his comments prompted several groups to lead protest marches in the state capital, Trivandrum.
“Women should not wear jeans and trouble others. You should dress modestly and do not behave like men,” the singer told a gathering at the Swati Thirunal College of Music in the state capital, Trivandrum, on Thursday.
“People would be tempted to pay attention to what’s beyond it… Don’t do it to attract and make others do the undesirable,” he said, drawing applause from a section of the male audience.
“Whatever should be covered, should be covered. We appreciate what’s concealed and that’s our culture,” he added.