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S.Janaki - melody queen
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Janaki Amma born on April 23, 1938, at Palapatla, in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, Janaki, began her career as a singer when she was 19, sang in 17 languages and has won many national and state awards.
S. Janaki’s first break in Tamil came with the song “Singara Velene” from `Konjum Salangai'. From then on the queen ruled the music waves for over 50 years. Just like P. Susheela made a perfect companion for TMS, S. Janaki was a perfect companion to SPB. The 80s film duets music was virtually ruled buy the duo. The variety these two showed us is unmatched.
Another unique capability of Janaki is the range of voices she can deliver. S. Janaki can sing in any voice be it that of a child, an adolescent or an old lady. Her song as a little child “Daddy Daddy Oh My Daddy” in ‘Mounageetangal’ was a striker then. Her “Nila Kayuthu Neram Nalla Neram” from ‘Sakalakala Vallavan’ is the best seductive song ever in Tamil cinema. Changing trends and culture did not diminish her stature. Listen to “Indha Mantathil Odi Varu” from ‘Policekaran Magal’ or “Thene Thenpandi Meene” from ‘Udhaya Geetham’. S. Janaki’s mellifluous voice influences you for ever.