Born: 23 April 1938
- She popularly known as S. Janaki, is an Indian playback singer and occasional music-composer from Andhra Pradesh.
- She is one of the best-known playback singers in India and has recorded nearly 48,000 songs in films, albums, TV and Radio including solos, duets and chorus songs in more than 17 languages including those native to India (mainly in Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Odiya, Bengali, Tulu, Badaga, Urdu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Sindhi, Assamese, Konkani and also in languages such as English, Japanese, Latin, Arabic, German, Sinhala, French, Bangla, Russian and Chinese.
- Starting in 1957 with the Tamil film Vidhiyin Vilayattu, her career has spanned over six decades.Janaki, who is fondly called “The Nightingale of South India”, has won four National Film Awards and 33 different State Film Awards.
- She is a recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Mysore, the Kalaimamani award from Tamil Nadu State Government and Karnataka Rajyotsava award from Government of Karnataka.
- In 2013, she refused to accept Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award of the Government of India and said that she deserves Bharat Ratna the highest civilian award of the Government of India for her contributions to music.
- She pointed that it is too little and had come “too late” and that South Indian artists were not given their due recognition.
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April 23, 2020