S.Janaki, the Melody Queen of South India with her magnificent voice, captured the hearts of millions of people in her reigning days. She was born on 23rd April, 1938, in Pallapatla, Repalle village, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh.
Janaki showed interest in music at a tender age and started singing at the age of three. She started learning music from Sree Paidiswamy and continued her lessons until she was ten years old. Then she moved to Madras on the advice of her uncle Dr. Chandrashekar who nurtured her talents. She received a second prize from the former President Dr. Rajendra Prasad at the competitions held by AIR (All India Radio) in 1956. Mr. Chandrasekhar, her uncle recommended her for a job as a singer in AVM Studio. She joined and started her career with Tamil films in 1957 in the film 'Vidhiyin Vilayattu' under the famous music director T. Chalapati Rao. Later, she got a chance in a Telugu film MLA. From then on, there was no looking back for her. She has several unforgettable hit songs with the association of the maestros of music.
Janaki has a unique capability to change her voice and sing in a range of tones. She could sing in a child's voice or an old woman's voice or along with a Shenai quite naturally. She is not only a singer but also a good lyricist and a good music composer. She wrote many songs for Tamil and Telugu films. She has sung about 20,000 songs in her career, in almost all languages in South India as well as in Hindi, Simhalese, Bengali, Oriya, English, Sanskrit, Konkini, Tulu, Saurashtra, Baduga, and German. She has given several unforgettable hit songs on her own and with the association of the maestros of music.
§ In 1986, Kalai Mamani by Government of Tamil Nadu
§ In 1987, Sur singar award
§ In 2002 , Cinema 'Achiever Award' by the government of Kerala
§ In 2005, Special Jury Swaralaya Yesudas Award for outstanding performance in music.
§ National Film Awards four times for the best Playback singer by Government of India
§ State Film awards fourteen times for the best Playback singer by Government of Kerala
§ State Film awards seven times for the best Playback singer by Government of Tamil Nadu
§ State Film awards ten times for the best Playback singer by Government of Andra Pradesh
§ State Film awards four times for the best Playback singer by Government of Karnataka
§ 2009, Honorary doctarate by
§ 1976, Film Name: 16 vayadhinile, Language: Tamil, First line of the song: "Senthoora Poove"
§ 1980, Film Name: Oppol, Language: Malayalam , First line of the song: "Ettumanoorambalathil"
§ 1984, Film Name: Sithara, Language: Telugu , First line of the song: "Vennello godari andham"
§ 1992, Film Name: devar Magan, Language: Tamil, First line of song: "Inji Idippazagha"