What is Saenger S Janaki's best song

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S Janaki's highest number of songs is in Kannada. Her solos and duets with P B Srinivas, S P Balasubramanyam and Dr. Rajkumar are considered to be evergreen.

Janaki sang her first Kannada song in 1957. In the early 1960s she began working with many well-known music composers. She remained the number one playback singer in Kannada films in the 1970s and 1980s. Most of the music directors, from GK Venkatesh, Rajan-Nagendra to Hamsalekha, gave her most of their top compositions.

She has a record number of duets with P B Srinivas, S P Balasubrahmanyam, and Dr. Rajkumar. She was awarded the Karnataka Rajyotsava in 2014. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Mysore for her contributions to Kannada film and music.

Some of her top hit solos at the Kannada cinema are:

Malayalam films

S Janaki and Malayalam songs are inextricably linked. In 1957 she sang her first Malayalam song. She practiced the correct accent and nuances of language that would later make her one of the most sought-after singers in the business. She was the favorite of many popular music composers such as V Dakshinamoorthi, MS Baburaj, Shyam, MK Arjunan, Johnson Meister, Raveendran Meister, MB Sreenivasan, ATUmmer and Salil Choudhary.

S Janaki sang thousands of songs from the early 1960s to the mid 80s. In 1970 she received her first state film award in Kerala for best singer and won the same award almost every year for the next 15 years. It was her mastery of the language and perfect language that took her to great heights in Malayalam films. S Janaki is perhaps the only non-Malay artist to have won maximum awards in Malayalam films.

Some of her successful solo tracks in Malayalam films are:

Tamil films

S Janaki sang her first Tamil song in 1957. The song Singaravelane Deva from the film Konjum Salangai brought her to the limelight in Tamil films. MS Viswanathan gave her many hits every year in the 60's and early 70's. It was the song Unnidathil ennaik kodutthen Avalukendru Oru Manam (1971) that cemented her position as the most promising singer thereafter.

She sang many songs among many famous composers. Ilaiyaraaja - SP Balasubramanyam - The combination of S Janaki gave one hit after another from the mid-1970s to the 1990s. S Janaki is the only singer to have won state awards among the state's often named top three music composers (MS Vishwanathan, Ilaiyaraaja and AR Rahman). .

Some of her best solos in Tamil cinema are:

Telugu films

S Janaki began her career in Telugu films in 1957. Movies like Bava maradalu, Pooja Phalam and Bangaru Panjaram had songs by S Janaki that were very popular. She gave continuous hits in the 1960s and 70s. She continued to give hits until the mid-1990s. S Janaki has won 12 Nandi Awards, 10 for films and 2 for TV series. Some of their solos are:

Hindi films

Composer Bappi Lahiri was impressed by a Hindi song S Janaki sang for a Tamil film when he visited Prasad Studio. He decided to have her sing songs in his upcoming Hindi films and introduced her to Bollywood. She sang many duets with Kishore Kumar.

Some of their notable Hindi songs are

Odia films

S Janaki sang many evergreen songs in Odia. She has sung around 68 songs in Odia films. Her songs are popular to this day and she also won 1 Orissa State Film Award.

Other languages

S Janaki sang songs in 17 languages, although her top hits were in Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. She also sang some songs in other languages. 109 Hindi songs, 68 Odia songs, 4 Sinhala songs, 2 Tulu songs, 1 Badaga song, 2 Sanskrit songs, 1 Punjabi song ...

Collaboration with music directors

S Janaki has worked with music directors from different generations. From the early 1960s she received songs from composers, mostly in Kannada and Malayalam films. Although she sang fewer songs in Telugu and Tamil early in her career, she ruled the playback industry in all four South Indian languages ​​from the mid-1970s.

G. K. Venkatesh

G. K. Venkatesh was one of the early composers who brought a renaissance to Kannada film music. From the early 1960s he began composing for other films and gave Janaki some notable songs. The GKV-SJ-PBS combination was the talk of the town back then. Two songs that deserve special mention in this combination are "nambide ninna naadhadevate" by Sandhya Raga and "Karedaru kelade" by Sanaadi Appanna: both became very popular. Dr. Rajkumar, who began his acting career in the 1950s, was allowed to sing his first duet with S. Janaki - "Tumbitu Manavaa" - for the film "Mahishasura Mardini", in which he played the villain.

M. Ranga Rao

M. Ranga Rao was one of the composers who contributed unforgettable songs to the Kannada film score. He has worked with S. Janaki on many films, including Edakallu Guddada Mele ("Sanyasi Sanyasi") directed by Puttanna Kanagal. Ranga Rao composed unforgettable duets, performed by Dr. Rajkumar and S. Janaki for "Vasanta Geeta", "Hosabelaku" and "Samayada Gombe" were sung.

Ranga Rao composed a melodic melody for Hosabelaku for a poem by Rashtrakavi Kuvempu "Teredide Mane O Baa Atithi" and S. Janaki sang this together with another legendary singer Vani Jayaram.


Ilaiyaraaja knew about Janaki's vocal range and versatility when working with GK Venkatesh. When he was given the opportunity to compose music for his debut film Annakkili (1976), he had Janaki sing 3 songs that became immensely popular and began an era in Tamil cinema. That combination resulted in hits after hits that pushed S Janaki into the Numero-Uno position for at least the next two decades. S Janaki won 4 state prizes in Tamil for his compositions. He explored her voice in a variety of songs and she became the first choice for songs with a village background.

She sang maximum duets with Balasubramanium, Malaysia Vasudevan, Mano, Yesudas, Jayachandran. Ilayaraaja himself sang around 200 duets with Janaki; Most of them were chartbusters. After IR started giving SJ more songs, even other music composers let them sing their top hits.

SPB-IR-SJ created some of the best duets in Tamil cinema. In the 1980s, Janaki rose like a meteor with strong backing from Ilayaraja as she sang his songs in all four South Indian languages.

M. S. Baburaj

S. Janaki's earliest recognized collaboration was with Malayalam composer MS Baburaj, who specializes in Hindustani music. Under his direction, Janaki was able to give a voice to some of Kerala's most popular movie songs of all time in the 1960s and early 1970s. The songs they worked on are known for their outward expressions, both in voice and composition. Some of Janaki's most famous solos come from this collaboration, including Vasantha Panchami Naalil (Bhargavi Nilayam), Anjana Kannezhuthi (Thacholi Othenan), and Thaane Thirinjum Marinjum (Ambalapravu

Rajan - Nagendra

Rajan and Nagendra have a unique place in the heart of Kannada music lovers. S Janaki was part of almost all of her albums. In the first few days, RN PBS-SJ gave a lot of duets. Later her main singers were SPB and S Janaki. Almost all of her songs remain etched as unforgettable melodies of the Kannada cinema. The romantic duets that emerged from the combination of SPB-S Janaki Rajan-Nagendra are considered heavenly and evergreen. Radios named the couple SPB and S Janaki "Love Birds" and are named "Best Vocal Couple" in Kannada cinema, largely due to their romantic duets that Rajan-Nagendra composed in the 1970s and 80s in terms of number was Rajan- Nagendra, who gave Janaki maximum songs after Ilaiyaraaja. The solos and duets that S Janaki rendered among these musical composers can never be erased from the minds of the Kannada audience. Some top hits came from films like Eradu Kanasu, Hombisilu, Gaali Maathu, Pavana Ganga, Avala Hejje, Chandana Gombe and Naa Ninna Bidalare and the list goes on.


At the end of the 80s, Hamsalekha established himself as the best music composer in the Kannada cinema and pushed all experienced composers into the background. His strong association with actor Ravichandran has resulted in so many hits. S Janaki was his first choice in the early days of his career. SPB-SJ-HL created some of the evergreen duets in films like Premaloka and Ranadheera. S Janaki has worked with Hamsalekha in more than 40 films and has sung hit solos and duets of all time.

Vijaya Bhaskar

The Kannada cinema offered SJ real gems from her singing career and Vijaya Bhaskar is no exception. Although his main singers were P Susheela in the 60s and Vani Jayaram and Chitra in the 70s and 80s, he gave S Janaki some of his best compositions in films such as Gejje Pooje, Bellimoda, Upasane, Seetha (1970 film); he always chose it when the song needed a special song. "Gaganavu ello bhoomiyu ello" remains one of S Janaki's most memorable songs. If we take the top 10 songs by S Janaki in the Kannada cinema, there are definitely at least 2 songs composed by Bhaskar.

A. R. Rahman

In the 1990s Janaki sang many great Tamil songs for A. R. Rahman in the early stages of his career. Songs like "Ottagatha Kattiko", "Gopala Gopala", "Nenjinele", "Kadhal Kaditham Theetave", "Mudhalvane", "Kathirika", "Endhan Nenjil", "Margazhi Thinkal" and many are still popular. She won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for best female rendering for Margazhi Thinkal allava from the film Sangamam under his composition.

Legacy and Popularity

Janaki and speech modulation are synonymous. She has performed a wide range of language modulations in all four South Indian languages ​​to match the character's age. She may be the only singer to have won state awards for it. Tamil Nadu State Award for the song "Poda poda pokka" by Uthiripookkal (1978) and Andhra Pradesh State Award for the song "Govullu tellana" by Saptapadi (1981 film). Songs she sang with a child's voice in Kannada in the 1970s were also popular. One such song is "Thayiya thandeya" from the movie Madhura Sangama (1978). She sang many such songs for 3 year old boys, goat voices, male voices, and female voices. She sang more than 50,000 songs in all languages.

Hardest song

Janaki says that the heaviest song of her singing career is the fastest Swaras Kannada song "Shiva shiva ennada naaligeyeke" from the movie Hemavathi (film). The song, which appears in two different ragas, Thodi and Aabhogi, was composed by L. Vaidyanathan.

Awards & Honors

National Film Awards

Best playback singer

Mirchi Music Awards
  • 2015 - Lifetime Achievement Award - South
Filmfare Awards South
Kerala State Film Awards

Best playback singer

Best female playback singer

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Best playback singer

Orissa State Film Awards
  • 1986 - Best Playback Singer - Sata Kebe Luchi Rah ena
Filmfare Awards
Special awards
  • 1986 -
  • 1987 - Sursinger Award for Mayuri (Hindi version)
  • 1997 - Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award - South
  • 2002 - Kerala Government Cinema 'Achiever Award'
  • 2001 - Special Jury Swaralaya Yesudas Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music
  • 2006 - Women's Favorite Play Singer Vijay Awards
  • 2009 - Honorary Doctorate from the University of Mysore for contributions to Kannada Cinema
  • 2011 - "Basava Bhushan" Award from Karnataka
  • 2012 - Evergreen Voice of Indian Cinema Vijay Music Awards
  • 2013 - Maa Music Lifetime Award from Maa Music Awards
  • 2013 - Padma Bhushan Award from the Government of India (refused to accept it, citing too late and too little)
  • 2013 - Lifetime Achievement Award from Udaya Film Awards
  • 2014 - Karnataka Rajyotsava Award, the second highest civil award of the Karnataka State, from the government of Karnataka in 2014
  • 2015 - Life Time Achievement Award from Radio Mirchi for outstanding contributions in all South Indian languages ​​[Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil]
  • 2016 - Life Time Achievement Award from SIIMA for outstanding contribution in all South Indian languages
  • 2019 - First recipient of MS Subbulakshmi National Award for immense contribution in the field of music, Tamil Nadu State Government
Other awards
  • First recipient of the MS Baburaj Award
  • First recipient of the P. Susheela Trust National Award
  • First recipient of the V Dakshinamoorthi Award
  • Madhavapeddi Sathyam Award
  • Vayalar Award for contribution to Malayalam film music
  • Geeta Dutt Award from the Andhra Pradesh Govern ment
  • Chi Udayashankar Award
  • Sangeetha Ganga Gayana Award
  • Sangeetha Rathna by Sangeetha Kalavedika
  • Singer of the Century Award
  • Manna Dey Puraskaar in 2014
  • Singer Jikki Award in 2014
  • Dr. Rajkumar Award in April 2015
  • First recipient of the Ramu Karyat Foundation Award
  • Gulf Malayalam Musical Award


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