S. Janaki

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S. Janaki
S Janaki in Pune, India 2007.JPG
Janaki in 2007
Background information
Born Repalle, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Genres Playback singing, Indian classical
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1938–present

Sishtla Sreeramamurthy Janaki, commonly known as S. Janaki, is an Indian playback singer. Janaki has sung nearly 20,000 songs, encompassing most of the languages of South India, during a career that has lasted over 50 years. She has won four National Film Awards and 31 different State Film Awards.[1] Her association with singer S. P. Balasubramanyam and composer Ilaiyaraaja is among the most popular musical combinations in South India.[2]

She is known as, "The Nightingale of the South".[3] She is a recipient of a Honorary doctorate[4] from the University of Mysore and the Kalaimamani award from Tamil Nadu State Government. In 2013, she refused the offer of a Padma Bhushan award by the Government of India, saying that it had come too late and that South Indian artists were not given their due recognition.[5]

Early life[edit]

S. Janaki was born in a Telugu-speaking Brahmin family in Pallapatla, Repalle Town, in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.[6] Her father, Sishtla Sreeramamurthy, was a teacher and an Ayurveda doctor. She was interested in music from an early age and performed at the age of three. She was taught music by Sree Paidiswamy, a Nadaswaram Vidwan for a year and also learned a few songs from Varanasi Balaramayya. She was inspired from film music and used to render the songs of Lata Mangeshkar, P. Leela, Jikki and P. Susheela on stage before entering films.[citation needed]

Early career[edit]

The first movie recording made by Janaki in Tamil was for the film Vidhiyin Vilaiyattu but was not released. Later in that year she duetted with P. B. Sreenivas to sing Kannukku Nere for use in Magadhal Naattu Mary. This was released and 1957 became her breakthrough year as she obtained work in other languages also.[citation needed]

During the 1960s, Janaki worked as a playback singer mainly in the Kannada and Malayalam cinema industries. Music directors such as S. M. Subbaiah Naidu, G. K. Venkatesh and M. S. Viswanathan provided songs specifically with her in mind.[citation needed]


Through her work with Venkatesh, Janaki came to the notice of Ilayaraja, who had been an assistant music director under Venkatesh for several years. Ilayaraja used Janaki’s singing skills in his first movie, Annakilli, and that turned out to be a hit. Thereafter the two collaborated in numerous successful productions over the next two decades, with Ilayaraja not only composing for Janaki but also sometimes duetting with her.[citation needed]

She was also increasingly given work by other music directors. For example, from M. S. Viswanathan in Avargal, from K. V. Mahadevan in Mazhai Megham), Sankar Ganesh in Aasai Manaivi and from V. Kumar in Oruvanukku Oruthi.[7]

After 20 years of working in the industry, she won her first National award, given for her performance in Sendhoorappoovey, and in 1977 was also awarded by the Tamil Nadu government.[citation needed]

Tamil film music with Malaysia Vasudevan[edit]

Malaysia Vasudevan began singing Tamil in the late 1970s and duetted with Janaki in a song from Padinaru Vayadinile and in Kovil Maniyosai from the movie Kizhakke Pogum Rail. Other collaborations with Janaki included in Muthal Mariyadhai. They sang every variety of songs, though their village and folk kind of duets are more in number. This singing pair who rendered absolute melodies like Agaya Gangai rendered several hit sensuous songs like "Nilakayithu" also and their evergreen duets cover variety of songs from melody, classical, pathos to pop, sensous and fun-filled songs for movies during period of the mid 1970s to mid 1990s.[8]

With A. R. Rahman[edit]

Janaki worked with A. R. Rahman, beginning with the album Fantasy and then later in films such as Gentleman, Kathalan, Uyire and Jodi. She received a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for her work with him in Sangamam and has said that

I have sung several beautiful songs for Ilayaraja, which were real gems. After IR’s songs and before people started forgetting me, Rahman gave me beautiful songs so that new generation also gets connected to my songs.[9]

Her songs with him include:[9]

Year Song title Film Co-singer
1993 "Ottagathai Kattiko" Gentleman S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
1993 "Kathaazha Kaattu Vazhi" Kizhakku Cheemayile Jayachandran
1994 "Barota Barota" Vandicholai Chinraasu S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
1994 "Pakka Gentleman" Super Police S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
1994 "Erani Kuradhani" Kadhalan S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
1995 "Taniye Taniye" Rangeela (Tamil Dubbed) Solo Replacing Asha Bhosle
1998 "Nenjinile Nenjinile" Dil Se.. (Tamil Dubbed) Solo Replacing Lata Mangeshkar
1998 "Roja Rojappu" Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (Oonjal Tamil Dubbed) Solo Replacing Sadhana Sargam
1999 "Margazhi Thingal Allava" Sangamam P. Unni Krishnan
1999 "Kadhal Kaditham" Jodi Unni Menon
1999 "Mudhalvanae" Mudhalvan Shankar Mahadevan
2001 "Endhan Nenjil" Alli Arjuna Srinivas
2004 "Anjanam" Udhaya S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

Notable songs with Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth[edit]

Year Song title Film Music director
1978 "Ninaivo Oru Paravai" Sigappu Rojakal Ilaiyaraaja
1986 "Vikram Vikram" Vikram Ilaiyaraaja
1986 "Vanithamani" Vikram Ilaiyaraaja
1990 "Sundhari Neeyum" Michael Madhana Kamarajan Ilaiyaraaja
1991 "Kanmani Anbodu" Guna Ilaiyaraaja
1991 "Unnai Naan" Guna Ilaiyaraaja
1991 "Sundari Kannal oru sedhi" Thalapathy Ilaiyaraaja
1992 "Inji Idupalaga" Thevar Magan Ilaiyaraaja
1992 "Adikuthu Kuliru" Mannan Ilaiyaraaja
1993 "Enthan Nenjil Neengatha" Kalaignan Ilaiyaraaja

It was really in Malayalam films that she gained momentum. After her first song ‘Irul moodukayo vaanil....the eminent music directors like V. Dakshinamurthy, K. Raghavan, B. A. Chidambaranath , G. Devarajan , M. S. Baburaj and particularly M. B. Srinivasan all focused on her and started developing her career.In the early '60s, she was already very well established in Malayala films.Then the other composers like Johnson, Ravindran, M K Arjunan, A T Ummer, Shyam , Shekar etc too followed later. She won awards almost every year for a decade in Malayalam.

Her turning point in Tamil films too came about the same time.The veteran composer S. M. Subbaiah Naidu had already composed music for the song " Singara velane vaa vaa...," in 1959 for the film " Konjum Salangai" and had already recorded the Nagaswaram piece of Karaikurichi Arunachalam and was trying many female playback singers for the song that should be sung matching it note for note. When he approached P. Leela, she strongly recommended that he should try S. Janaki. The song became a sensational hit when the film was released in 1961. In the same year, Singer-composer, A. M. Rajah gave her a major break by getting her to sing two beautiful songs, "Oho Enthan Baby" and "Kalaiyum Neeye, Maalaiyum Neeye" with him in the film Then Nilavu(Producer: C. V. Sridhar), that too her singing for Vyjayanthimala which became big hits . Rajah had already sung a few songs with her in the Malayala films and was impressed by her. Thereafter, she sang for some lovely songs for the music of the Viswanathan Ramamoorthy Duo also pairing with P.B. Srinivas in the films, Policekaran Mahal, Sumaithangi, Pasam, etc. However, she was still not really a regular singer in the Tamil films, but she was always there singing a few songs from time to time.

Them came the year 1976 when an unknown composer then, Ilaya Raja, composed music for his first film "Annakkikli".He chose S. Janaki to sing all the songs in this film − which became big hits. After his instant success that was followed by many films coming his way, Ilaya Raja decided to exploit her voice which had a wide range, good voice control with "melting, soft high notes", and the vocal acrobatics it was capable of, equally as a soloist as well as in duets. All the songs became top hits. It was the time, Vani Jayaram was the rising star, pushing P. Susheela almost to second place. But thence onward S. Janaki surged ahead as the Queen of the South Indian film music world.

She sang in almost every major South Indian movie in from 1976−1999. She won several awards from government and private institutions during this period. She has a record of maximum singing compared to any other female singer in the Malayalam and Kannada film industry and she also holds the record of singing the most difficult song in South Films i.e. Shiva Shiva Ennada from the Kannada movie Hemavathi.[10]

She was present in almost every album of G K Venkatesh and Rajan Nagendran. M Rangarao, Upendrakumar, Vijayabhaskar. Hamslekha used her singing talent in several albums.

Though she was singing from late 1950s and delivering in these languages, other music directors like Chakravarthy, Sathyam, Ramesh Naidu, M S Viswanathan, K V Mahadevan, Shankar Ganesh in the 1980s to give some of their career best melodies to Janaki. She rendered several semi-classical numbers also with lots of ease during this period. She delivered several songs with SP Balasubramanyam, Malaysia Vasudevan, K J Yesudas, Jayachandran, Mano, Arunmozhi in Tamil. Unfortunately P. B. Srinivas has faded away during this period, losing the magic in his voice. She also sang duets with actors like Kamalahasan, Rajnikanth etc. She continued to deliver songs with the younger generation of music directors like Madhavapeddi Suresh, Vandemataram Srinivas, Raj-Koti, Deva, S A Rajkumar, Yuvan Shankar Raja etc. in the 1990s and after 2000. She also sang few songs in music of A R Rahman.

She was invited to Hindi film industry by Bappi Lahiri for the 1985 movie Saheb, where she delivered "Yaar Bina Chain Kahan Re". She sang around 100 songs in the music of Jaidev, Lakshmikant Pyarelal, R D Burman, Ravindra Jain, O P Nayyar, Bappi Lahiri, Anu Malik and others. She recorded duets with Mohd Rafi (in Telugu movies), Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Bhupinder, Manhar Udas, Amit Kumar, Suresh Wadkar, Mohd Aziz, Udit Narayan, Shankar Mahadevan and others. But she personally preferred singing south Indian songs as she was getting melodious songs with better quality at that time than in Hindi.

She also penned many songs for Tamil and Telugu albums as she was extremely good in both the languages.[citation needed] She has also sung in Sinhalese, Bengali, Oriya, English, Sanskrit, Konkani, Tulu, Saurashtra, Baduga, Japanese and German.[11]

She has also recorded devotional music of Meera.[11] She released albums with songs of Meera, Tulsidas, Surdas and Kabir Das. She released 3 classical albums with songs of Thyagaraja Swamy, Muthuswamy Deekshithar and Swathi Thirunal. She has sung Devaranamas of Purandara Dasa and worked for restoring Ramadasa Keertanalu. She worked with Balakrishna Prasad and sang anamacharya keerthanas for him. She rendered several devotional albums apart from these classic albums. She has sung for television and radio programs as well and won awards for best playback from Andhra Pradesh state government for TV Serials.

Telugu partial discography[edit]

Year Movie Songs
1962 Aradhana "Aadadani orachooputho", "Englishlona marriage Hindilo Artham Shadi"
1972 Bala Mitrula Katha "Gunna Mamidi Komma Meeda"
1978 Padaharella Vayasu "Sirimallepoovaa Sirimallepoovaa", "Vayasanta Mudupugatti Vastantale Adukundaam", "Kattukathalu Nenu Cheppi Navviste", "Pantachelo Paalakanki Navvindi"
1981 Aakali Rajyam "Kanne Pillavani", "Tu Hai Raja Mai Hu Rani
1981 Saptapadi "Govullu Tellana", "Marugelara", "Nemaliki Nerpina", "Om Jataveda", "Bhamane"
1981 Mouna Geetam "Paruvama Chilipi Parugu"
1982 Subhalekha "Vinnapalu Vinavale", "Marugelara O Raghava"
1982 Nireekshana "Aakasam Enatido", "Yamuna Enduku Nuvvu"
1982 Manchupallaki "Nee Kosame Memandaram", "Meghamaa", "Dehamaa"
1983 Sitaara "Vennello Godari Andam", "Jilibili Palukula", "Ku Ku Ku", "Nee Gaanam"
1983 Abhilasha "Vela Paala Ledu", "Banthi Chamanthi", "Eureka!", "Urakalai Godavari", "Sande Podulakaada"
1983 Saagara Sangamam "Om Nama Sivaya", "Mounamelanoyi", "Baalakanamaya"
1984 Challenge "Induvadana", "Manase Maikam", "Sayamkalam", "Om Shanthi", "Bhaama Eethippalu"
1985 Aatmabandhuvu "Patti Techhanule"
1985 Preminchu Pelladu "Ee Chaitra Veena,Gopemma Chethulo", "Nirantharamu Vasnathamule", "Vayyari Godaramma"
1985 Swathi Muthyam "Suvvi Suvvi", "Manasu Palike", "Chinnari Ponnari Kittaya"
1985 Ladies Tailor "Porapatidi", "Hayamma hayamma"
1986 Khaidi No. 786 "Guvva Gorinka Tho", "Chali Gaali Kottindammo", "Raito Ato Ito"
1986 Rakshasudu "Malli Malli", "Nee meeda naku"
1987 Aaradhana "Teeganai mallelu"
1987 Abhinandana "Chukkalanti Ammayi Chakkanaina Abbayi", "Manchu Kurise Velalo", "Rangulalo Kalavo"
1988 Swarnakamalam "Akasamlo Asala harivillu"
1989 Mouna Poratam Entire album
1989 Geetanjali "Om Namaha"
1990 Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari "Andalalo", "Priyatama", "Yamaho"
1990 Anjali "Iravu Nilavu"
1990 Bobbili Raja "Kanyakumari", "Oddante Vinade"
1991 Guna "Kanmani anbodu"
1990 Kondaveeti Donga "Kolo Kollamma", "Sri Anjaneyam", "Tip Top Look"
1991 Nirnayam "Eppudepudani", "Mila Mila"
1991 Killer "Piliche Kuhu Kuhu", "Oh Rabbi Yendabba"
1991 Aditya 369 "Centurilu Kottey Vayassu"
1992 Alapana "Aakanulalo", "Kalise Prathi", "Priyathama"
1992 Chinarayudu "Bujji Pitta", "Bulli Pitta"
1998 Anthapuram "Sooredu Poova"
1999 Jodi (Dubbed from Tamil) "Kadile Kalame"

Kannada partial discography[edit]

Song Movie Music Director Singers Year
Bhale Bhale Gaardi Sri Krishna Gaarudi Pendyala S Janaki, Gantasala 1958
Aseya Gopura Abba aa Hudugi P Kalinga Rao S Janaki, P B S 1959
Tumbitu Manava Mahishasura Mardini G K Venkatesh S Janaki, Rajkumar 1959
Guttenide Gatti Mathu Kottayithu Aasha Sundari Susarla Dakshinamurthy S Janaki 1960
Singara Sheela Sangeetha loola Bhaktha Kanakadasa M Venkataraju S Janaki, PBS 1960
Raghupathi Raghava Rajaramana Dashavathara G K Venkatesh S Janaki 1960
Sanne Enneno Madutide Kannu Kitturu Chenamma T G Lingappa S Janaki, PBS 1961
Hennina Mele Kanniduvaga Kantheradu Noodu G K Venkatesh S Janaki, PBS 1961
Baramma Guru Seve Karuneye Kutumbada Kannu G K Venkatesh S Janaki 1961
Yuga Yugadi Kaledaru Kulavadhu G K Venkatesh S Janaki 1962
Thayi baara mogava toora Kulavadhu G K Venkatesh S Janaki 1962
Jaya Gowri Jagadeeshwari Swarna Gowri M Venkataraju S Janaki, Chittaranjan 1962
Gil Gil Gilak Ratna Manjari Rajan Nagendra S Janaki 1962
Nadinanda Ee Deepavali Nanda Deepa M Venkataraju S Janaki, P Leela 1963
Galigopura ninnasha teera Nanda Deepa M Venkataraju S Janaki 1963
Yava Janmada Maithri Gowri G K Venkatesh S Janaki 1963
Jeevan Raaga ee Anuraga Saku Magalu G K Venkatesh S Janaki 1963
Ballihange Balukutali Chandavalliya thotta TG Lingappa S Janaki, PB Sreenivas 1963
Namma maneye Nandhana Chandavalliya thotta TG Lingappa S Janaki 1963
Udugoreonda Tanda Naandhi Vijaya bhaskar S Janaki 1964
Chandramukhi Pranasakhi Naandhi Vijaya Bhaskar S Janaki, Bangalore Lata 1964
Nambide Ninna Naada devathe Sandhya Raaga G K Venkatesh S Janaki 1965
Dooni Saagali Miss Leelavathi R Sudarshanam S Janaki, Ramachandra 1965
Noodu Baa Noddu Baa Miss Leelavathi R Sudarshanam S Janaki 1965
Moodala Maneya Belli Mooda Vijay Bhaskar S Janaki 1966
Nee Nadeva Haadiyalli Bangarada Hoovu Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki, P Susheela 1967
Odi Odi Odi Bangaradha Hoovu Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki 1967
Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram Gandhinagara | S Janaki, PB Sreenivas 1968
Gaganavu ello Bhoomiyu ello Gejje Pooje Vijaya Bhaskar S Janaki 1969
Panchama Veda Premada Naada Gejje Pooje Vijaya Bhaskar S Janaki 1969
Maguve Ninna Hoo Nage Gejje Pooje Vijaya Bhaskar S Janaki 1969
A AA E EE Kannadada aksharamaale Karulina kare M. Ranga Rao S Janaki, B K Sumithra 1970
Arishina Kumkuma Sowbhagya tanda Arishina Kumkuma Vijaya Bhaskar S Janaki 1970
Kannu reppe ondanondu Paropakari Upendra Kumar S Janaki, PB Sreenivas 1970
Oo leelavathi Oo mynavathi Paropakari Upendra Kumar S Janaki, PB Sreenivas 1970
Chennarasi Cheluvarasi Sri Krishnadevaraya T G Lingappa S Janaki, P Leela 1970
Sharanu Virupaksha Sri Krishnadevaraya T G Lingappa S Janaki 1970
Bhanu Janmada Poojaphala Sri Krishnadevaraya T G Lingappa S Janaki, P B Sreenivas 1970
Ee kenne nodu hege gulabi Arishina Kumkuma Vijaya Bhaskar S Janaki, L R Eshwari 1970
Kandu Kandu nee enna Bhale Adrushtavo Adrushta Vijaya Bhaskar S Janaki 1971
Aaaseya Bhaava Olavina Jeeva Mangalya Bhaagya Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki 1972
Kaveri teeradalli Janma Rahasya M Rangarao S Janaki 1972
Beeso galialle Janma Rahasya M Rangarao S Janaki, PB Sreenivas 1972
Aadisidalu Magana Yashode Devaru kotta tangi Upendra Kumar S Janaki 1973
Sanyasi Sanyasi Eddakallu Guddadamele M Rangarao S Janaki 1973
Yavvoravva eva Eddakallu Guddadamele M Rangarao S Janaki 1973
Nelle Patanga Eddakallu Guddadamele M Rangarao S Janaki 1973
Poojisalende Hoogala Thande Eradu Kanasu Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki 1974
Tam Nam Tam Nam Eradu Kanasu Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki & P B S 1974
Indu Enage Govinda Eradu Kanasu Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki 1974
Malenaada Henna Mai banna Bhootaiahana maga aiyyo G K Venkatesh S Janaki & P B S 1974
Bhaarata Bhooshira Mandira Sundari Upaasane Vijaya Bhaskar S Janaki 1974
Aacharavillada Nalige Upaasane Vijaya Bhaskar S Janaki 1974
Nane Bhagyavathe Sri Srinivasa Kalyana Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki, Dr. Rajkumar 1974
Anthintha Hennu nanalla Sampathige saval G K Venkatesh S Janaki 1974
Raja Muddu Raja Sampathige saval G K Venkatesh S Janaki, PB Sreenivas 1974
Kapadu Sri Sathyanarayana Daari tappida Maga G K Venkatesh S Janaki, PB Sreenivas, Komala 1975
Kannu Kannu ondayitu Devara Gudi Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki, SPB 1975
Ee Mounava talenu Mayura G K Venkatesh S Janaki, Dr. Rajkumar 1975
Kangalu Vandane Helide Mugiyada Kathe Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki & S P B 1976
Banallu Neene Bhuviyallu Neene Bayalu Daari Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki 1976
Ellelle Noodali Naa ninna Mareyalare Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki, Dr. Rajkumar 1976
Kalettiginta ninna kannetu Raja Nanna Raja G K Venkatesh S Janaki, Dr. Rajkumar 1976
Tanuvu Manavu Raja Nanna Raja G K Venkatesh S Janaki, Dr. Rajkumar 1976
Madhu masa chandrama Vijaya Vani Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki, Vani Jayram 1976
Raaga Anuraaga Sanaadi Appanna G K Venkatesh S Janaki & Raj kumar 1977
Karedaru Kelade Sanaadi Appanna G K Venkatesh S Janaki 1977
Ee Samaya anandamaya Babruvahana T G Lingappa S Janaki, Dr. Rajkumar 1977
Bhagyavantharu Nave Bhagyavantharu Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki, PB Sreenivas, SPB 1977
Shiva Shiva ennada Hemavathi L Vaidyanathan S Janaki 1977
Ravivarmana Sose tanda sowbhagya G K Venkatesh S Janaki, PBS 1977
Nagunaguta nee baruve Girikanye Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki, Dr. Rajkumar 1977
Hoovondu Beku Ballige Paavana Ganga Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki 1978
Hoovinda Hoovige Haaruva Dumbi Hombisilu Rajan-Nagendra S janaki 1978
Jeeva Veene Needu Hombisilu Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki & S P B 1978
Krishnaswamy Ramaswamy Kiladi Jodi Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki & S P B 1978
Ninna Roopu Edeya kalaki Parasangada Gendetimma Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki 1978
Kalavannu tadeyoru yaru illa Singapuradalli Rajakulla Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki, Yesudas 1978
Ninna Savinenape Manadalli Anuraaga Bandahna Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki 1978
Kangalu Thumbiralu Chandanada Gombe Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki 1979
Maneyanu Belagide indu Chandanada Gombe Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki, SPB 1979
Ee Sambhashane Dharmasere Vijaya Bhaskar S Janaki, SPB 1979
Chinnada Mallige Hoove Huliya Haalina Mevu G K Venkatesh S Janaki, Dr. Rajkumar 1979
Aase heluvase Huliya Haalina Mevu G K Venkatesh S Janaki, P Susheela, Dr. Rajkumar 1979
Bidenu ninna Paada Naa Ninna Bidalaare Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki 1979
Onde Ondu aseyu Sitaramu Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki, SPB 1979
Bande Barutane Rama Sitaramu Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki 1979
Hosa Baalu Ninninda Auto Raja Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki 1980
Preetipremagale badukike siritana Bhakta siriyala T G Lingappa S Janaki, Yesudas 1980
Tangayalli nanu telibande Janma Janmada Anubhanda Illayaraja S Janaki 1980
Yava shilpi kanda kanasu neenu Janma Janmada Anubhanda Illayaraja S Janaki, SPB 1980
Haayada ee sanje Vasantha geetha M Rangarao S Janaki, Dr. Rajkumar 1980
Kelidu Sullagabahudu Rama Lakshmana Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki 1980
Jeeva Hoovagide Bhaava Jenaagide Nee Nanna Gellalaare Ilayaraja S Janaki & Raj kumar 1981
Bhuneshwariya Nene Maanasave Mareyada Haadu G K Venkatesh S Janaki 1981
Sukhada Swapna Gaana Mareyada Haadu G K Venkatesh S Janaki 1981
Premavide Manade Naguta Naliva Antha G K Venkatesh S Janaki 1981
Jotheyali Jothe Jotheyali Geetha Ilayaraaja S Janaki & S P B 1981
Nagisalu Neenu Naguvenu Naanu Gaali Maathu Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki 1981
Omme Ninnanu Kanthumba Gaali Maathu Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki 1981
Devara aata Avala Hejje Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki 1981
Enendu Haadali Thayiya Madillalli Chellapilla Satyam S Janaki 1981
Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki, SPB 1982
Chandira tanda hunnime raatri Chalisuva Moodagalu Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki, Dr. Rajkumar 1982
Neenello Nannalle Chalisuva Moodagalu Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki, Dr. Rajkumar 1982
Poogadirelo Ranga Haalu Jeenu G K Venkatesh S Janaki 1982
Ravi neenu agasadinda Hosabelaku M Rangarao S Janaki, Dr. Rajkumar 1982
Teredide Mane baa Athithi Hosabelaku M Rangarao S Janaki, Vani Jayram 1982
Neenade Balige jyothi Hosabelaku M Rangarao S Janaki, Dr. Rajkumar 1982
Nagu Endide Manjina Bindu Pallavi Anupallavi Ilayaraaja S Janaki 1983
Naguva Nayana Madhura Pallavi Anupallavi Ilayaraaja S Janaki & S P B 1983
Malagiruveya Ranganatha Ananda Bhairavi Ramesh Naidu S Janaki & S P B 1983
Bisiladarenu Benkiya Bale Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki & S P B 1983
Chali Chali Chakravyuha Sankar Ganesh S Janaki & S P B 1983
Gandharva Giriyali Gandharvagiri Upendra Kumar S Janaki & S P B, S P Shailaja 1983
Tanu Ninnadu Ibbani Karagithu Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki ]] 1983
Raagavo Anuraagavo Yaarivanu Rajan-Nagendra S Janaki & Raj kumar 1984
Aralide Tanu Mana Apoorva Sangama Upendra Kumar S Janaki & Raj kumar 1984
Banna Nanna Olavina Banna Bandhana M Ranga Rao S Janaki & S P B 1984
Ee Bhandhana Bandhana M Ranga Rao S Janaki & Yesudas]] 1984
Kamalada Mogadole Hosa Itihasa Sankar Ganesh S Janaki ]] 1984
O Gunavantha Masanada Hoovu Vijaya Bhaskar S Janaki ]] 1984
Aralide Aralide Mududida Taavare Mududida Taavare Aralitu M Ranga Rao S Janaki 1984
Nee Mitida Nee Bareda Kadambari Vijay Anand S Janaki 1985
Doorada oorinda hammira banda Swabhimana Sankar Ganesh S Janaki & S P B 1985
Neela Megha gali Anand Sankar Ganesh S Janaki & S P B 1986
Ganga Yamuna Sangama Anuraga Aralithu Upendra Kumar S Janaki & Rajkumar 1986
Nee bareda olavina ole Aruna Raaga M. Ranga Rao S Janaki 1986
Kannadammana Devalaya Brahmastra Sathyam S Janaki & S P B 1986
Alare Alare Krishna Nee Begane Baaro Bappi Lahiri S Janaki 1986
Malaya Marutha Gaana Malaya Marutha Vijaya Bhaskar S Janaki & Yesudas 1986
Preetiye Nannusiru Karna M. Ranga Rao S Janaki & S P B 1986
Premalokadina Banda Premaloka Hamsalekha S Janaki & Yesudas 1987
Yaarivanu ee Manmathanu Premaloka Hamsalekha S Janaki 1987
Ninnane nanu Manamecchida Hudugi Upendra Kumar S Janaki & S P B 1987
Kanasalli Bandavanare Shruti Seridaga T. G. Lingappa S Janaki 1987
Shruthi Seride Shruti Seridaga T. G. Lingappa S Janaki, Rajkumar 1987
Yare neenu sundara cheluve Ranadheera Hamsalekha S Janaki 1988
Lokave Helida Matidu Ranadheera Hamsalekha S Janaki & S P B 1988
Upendra Kumar S Janaki & S P B 1989
Gange Baare Tunge Baare Kindari Jogi Hamsalekha S Janaki & S P B 1989
Sole Illa Yuddha Kaanda Hamsalekha S Janaki & S P B 1989
Swathi muttina male haniye Bannada Gejje Hamsalekha S Janaki & S P B 1990
Anuraga totadalli Ganeshana Maduve Rajan- Nagendra S Janaki 1990
Halli Rambe antare ella Halli Rambe Belli Bombe Upendra Kumar S Janaki 1991
Deepavu Neenade Mysooru Mallige C Ashwath S Janaki 1991
Akaashadaage Yaaro Maayagaarano Ramachaari Hamsalekha S Janaki & Mano 1991
Swatantra Bhaaratadi Haaraado Shanthi-Kranthi Hamsalekha S Janaki & S P B 1991
Huttodyake Sayodyake Shanthi-Kranthi Hamsalekha S Janaki, K S Chithra & S P B 1991
Halli Meshtre Halli Meshtru Hamsalekha S Janaki & S P B 1992
Sankranthi Banthu Halli Meshtru Hamsalekha S Janaki & S P B 1992
Preethi Madu Tapinilla Halli Meshtru Hamsalekha S Janaki & Yesudas]] 1992
Belli Kalugura Srimathige Sundara Belli Kalugura Hamsalekha S Janaki & KS Chithra]] 1992
Onnde Ondu Belli Kalugura Hamsalekha S Janaki ]] 1992
Hrudayave ninna hesarige Belli Moodagalu Upendra Kumar S Janaki & Mano ]] 1992
Kogileye Kshemave Mannina Doni Hamsalekha S Janaki ]] 1992
Annayya Annayya Annayya Hamsalekha S Janaki ]] 1993
Bombe Bombe Annayya Hamsalekha S Janaki, S P B ]] 1993
Sundari Sundari Manedevru Hamsalekha S Janaki, S P B ]] 1993
Tappu Madodu sahaja kano Manedevru Hamsalekha S Janaki, S P B ]] 1993
Halunda Tavarannu Halunda Tavaru Hamsalekha S Janaki ]] 1994
Banthu Banthu Current Banthu Lockup Death Hamsalekha S Janaki, S P B ]] 1994
Yammo Yakko Mai Husharilla Rasika Hamsalekha S Janaki, S P B ]] 1994
Kayisuva Hudugiyara Srigandha Hamsalekha S Janaki, Mano ]] 1995
Thayi Illada Tavaru Nannadu Thayi Illada Tavaru Hamsalekha S Janaki ]] 1995
Hele Hudugi Hele Bedagi Sipaayi Hamsalekha S Janaki & Mano ]] 1996
O O O Megharajane Sipaayi Hamasaleka S Janaki 1996
Priye ninna Neele Kannali Ganga Yamuna Vidyasagar S Janaki, SPB 1997
Thayi Kotta sere Thayi Kotta sere K Kalyan S Janaki 1997
Savirakke obba kalavida Kalavida Hamasaleka S Janaki 1998
Nanjundi Haadu Nanjundi Hamasaleka S Janaki 2003

Personal life[edit]

S. Janaki was married to V. Ramaprasad. Ramaprasad died in the mid-1990s, and after his death, Janaki began to concentrate more on devotional songs. She is now settled in Chennai with her son, Murali Krishna, who acted in a few films and has an audio business of his own, and his family.[12]

Awards and honours[edit]

Awards Wins
National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Nandi Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Orissa State Film Awards
National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Nandi Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Orissa State Film Awards
  • 1986 - Best Female Playback Singer - Ei Aama Sansar[13]
Filmfare Awards
Special Honours
Other Awards
  • First Recipient of M S Baburaj Award[13]
  • First Recipient of P. Susheela trust National Award[13]
  • Madhavapeddi Sathyam Award[13]
  • Vayalar Award for contribution to Malayalam Film Music[13]
  • Geeta Dutt Award from Andhrapradesh Government[13]
  • Chi Udayashankar Award[13]
  • Sangeetha Ganga Gayana Award[13]
  • Sangeetha Rathna by Sangeetha Kalavedika[13]
  • Singer of the Century Award[13]
  • Manna Dey Puraskaar in 2014[13]


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  6. ^ "Timeless voice". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 29 June 2007. 
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  10. ^ "Smt. S. Janaki - The Unofficial Website". Sjanaki.com. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
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  12. ^ "Garimella Balkrishna Prasad". Hindu.com. 2006-09-04. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
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  14. ^ "Vairamuthu, S Janaki - On-Spot: Vijay Music Awards 2012". Entertainment.in.msn.com. 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
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  16. ^ Eng, David (2013-03-06). "2013 Udaya Film Awards – winners". Chino Kino. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 

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