S. Janaki

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S. Janaki
Also known as Janakiamma
Born (1938-04-23) 23 April 1938 (age 77)
Repalle, Guntur, Madras Presidency, British India
(now in Andhra Pradesh, India)
Genres Playback singing, Indian classical
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1957–present

Sishtla Sreeramamurthy Janaki (born 23 April 1938), commonly known as S. Janaki, is an Indian playback singer.

As of 2007 Janaki had sung nearly 40,000 songs, encompassing most of the languages of South India, during a career that has lasted over 50 years. Though she has sung songs in various languages, most of her songs were in the South Indian languages of Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil. She has won four National Film Awards and 31 different State Film Awards.[1] Her association with singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 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 on 23 April 1938 in a Telugu speaking family in Pallapatla, Repalle Town, in Guntur, Madras Presidency, British India (now in Andhra Pradesh).[6]

Success[edit]

Janaki was increasingly given work by music directors such as M. S. Viswanathan in Avargal, K. V. Mahadevan in Mazhai Megham), Sankar Ganesh in Aasai Manaivi and V. Kumar in Oruvanukku Oruthi.[7]

Janaki has also recorded devotional music of Meera.[8]

Janaki's recent song was "Amma amma" a duet with Dhanush in the movie Velai Illa Pathatari. She has sang several songs which is yet to release.

Awards and honours[edit]

Awards
Awards Wins
National Film Awards
4
Kerala State Film Awards
11
Nandi Awards
10
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
6
Orissa State Film Awards
1
Total
32
National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Kerala State Film Awards
Nandi Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Orissa State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Special Honours
Other Awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Singing straight from the heart". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  2. ^ ""Kavidaye Padalaga," presented by poet and film lyricist Vairamuthu, this evening, will transform poetry into song". The Hindu. 27 July 2004. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Jayakumar, G. (18 April 2008). "Sing in your natural voice". The Hindu. 
  4. ^ "Kannada composers laud S Janaki for doctorate honor". Zee News. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Veteran singer S Janaki refuses to accept Padma Awards". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Timeless voice". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 29 June 2007. 
  7. ^ "Vani Jayaram – Tamil Film Songs Chronology". Vanijairam.com. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Happy B'day Janaki – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Lifetime Achievement Award (South) winners down the years...". filmfare.com. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Vairamuthu, S Janaki – On-Spot: Vijay Music Awards 2012". Entertainment.in.msn.com. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "MAA music life time achievement award 2013 to S Janaki – Telugu cinema news". Idlebrain.com. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Eng, David (6 March 2013). "2013 Udaya Film Awards – winners". Chino Kino. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "S Janaki Receive Award". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 

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