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S. Janaki



Sishtla Sreeramamurthy Janaki (born 23 April 1938), commonly known as S. Janaki, is an Indian Playback singer who has recorded nearly 40,000 songs, mostly in South Indian languages, in a career spanning 50 years. The most number of songs she has recorded is in Kannada. She has won four National Film Awards and 31 different State Film Awards. Her association with singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and composer Ilaiyaraaja is well known.

S. Janaki, who is known as "The Nightingale of the South", is a recipient of an Honorary doctorate 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.

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). She was interested in music from early age and started performing at the age of three. She learnt music from Sree Paidiswamy, a nadaswaram teacher.

In her 20s, S. Janaki moved to Chennai on the advice of her uncle Dr. Chandrashekar and joined AVM Studios as a singer. She started her career in movies by being a playback singer in the Tamil movie Vidhiyin Vilayattu in 1957. Subsequently, she performed in the Telugu movie MLA. She has also recorded devotional music of Meera. S. Janaki has said the the toughest song of her career has been "Shiva shiva ennada nalige yeke?" from the Kannada movie Hemavathi, composed by L. Vaidyanathan, in two different ragas Todi and Abhogi.

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.

As Janaki has mentioned on many occasions, the most toughest song of her entire singing career, is the Kannada song "Shiva shiva ennada naaligeyeke" from the movie Hemavathi. The song which is in two different ragas called Thodi and Aabhogi and composed by L. Vaidyanathan. Janaki had prayed her beloved god before going to record this unique song.. While talking on this song K.S. Chitra said Nobody can thouch this song.

S. Janaki is married to V.Ramprasad. She lives in Hyderabad with her son Murali Krishna. She is also a close relative of carnatic classical vocalist, Garimella Balakrishna Prasad..