S Janaki (born as Sisthtla Seeramamurthy Janaki) is the most famous Indian playback singer who sung more than 20,000 songs in 16 Indian languages. Janaki is said to have started singing at the age of three and learnt music from Paidiswamy.
On the advice of her uncle, Dr Chandrasekhar, Janaki moved to Chennai and made her debut as a singer with Tamil film “Vidhiyan Vilayattu” (1957), unfortunately, the movie never seen the light of the day. However, it was “Magdalanaattu Mary” that got released and the eventful journey had started ever since. One rare quality of Janaki is voice modulation.
The legendary singer who is fondly called as the “The Southern Nightingale” has won 4 National Awards and 31 State Awards in her glorious 50-year career. Janaki had the rare quality to decline the honorary “Padmabhushan” award by the Government of India citing the reason, it had come too late for her and no award is greater than the love and applaud by the millions of music lovers. S Janaki was conferred with the Honorary Doctorate by the University of Mysore for her insurmountable services to the music industry.