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DESERVING HONOUR: Singer S. Janaki seen with her counterparts P. Suseela and L.R. Eshwari at the felicitation function organised at Lalitha Kala Thoranam on Wednesday. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
DESERVING HONOUR: Singer S. Janaki seen with her counterparts P. Suseela and L.R. Eshwari at the felicitation function organised at Lalitha Kala Thoranam on Wednesday. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

Special Correspondent

With 31 State and four national awards, S. Janaki has sung over 20,000 songs

HYDERABAD: When she sings, there are a million emotions playing and another million heartstrings going into a rhapsody. She sprinkles laughter liberally, as if they were loose jasmines, in the song, `Sirimalle puvvalle navvu... '! Inducing a child's innocence and fragile voice comes the number `Govvulu Thellana, Gopayya Nallaana, Godhuli errana endhuvalana... ' in `Sapthapadhi'!

Switching to pathos, the voice turns heavy with emotion, "Neeli Meghaalalo Gaali Kerataalalo Neevu Paade Paata... " in the film `Baavaamaradallu'!

The dulcet voice competes with the sonorous notes of the `nadaswaram' with "Nee Leela Padedha Devaa... " in the film `Muripinche Muvvalu'! Many moods, many moments, five decades, five generations of actresses and child actors, 20,000 songs, a staggering 31 State Government awards, four national awards, one immortal voice and one name, S. Janaki!

Another milestone

Having completed 50 years in the Indian film industry, playback singer S. Janaki touched yet another milestone of her illustrious career. The moment was celebrated with 50 playback singers paying her a befitting musical tribute at the Lalitha Kala Thoranam here on Wednesday. Her counterparts P. Susheela, L.R. Easwari, P.B. Srinivas, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and others were in full attendance.

"Millions of fans have showered so much affection on me all these years. They have secured my voice in their hearts. What more can I ask for as a singer," she said, in her thanksgiving, flashing her distinct smile.

She won the State Film award for the best playback singer 14 times in Kerala, 10 in Andhra Pradesh and seven times in Tamil Nadu. Her songs `Sindhoora Poove' in `16 Vayadhinile' (Tamil), `Ettumanoorambalathil' in `Oppol' (Malayalam), `Vennello Godhaari Andham' in `Sithara' (Telugu) and `Inji Iduppazhaga... ' in `Thevar Magan' (Tamil) fetched her the national award for best female playback singer four times!

She has sung nearly 20,000 songs in her career, in all languages in South India, including Konkani, Tulu and Baduga, as well as in Hindi, Sinhalese, Bengali, Oriya, English, Sanskrit, Japanese and even German! If this isn't astounding enough, what can be?


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