The renowned South indian playback singer who declined the Padma bhushan award in 2013, sparking nationwide attention, is none other than S. Janaki, affectionately known as 'The Nightingale of South India.' Janaki, who commenced her playback singing career in 1960, made a surprising announcement of her retirement from background music in 2016.

In 2013, the veteran singer turned down the prestigious 'Padma Bhushan,' the third-highest civilian award in India. Janaki cited the delay in recognition and lamented that South indian artists did not receive the acknowledgment they deserved. Despite her illustrious career, which included four National Film Awards and 33 State Film Awards, the singer, now 84 years old, expressed her dissatisfaction with the delayed recognition.


Born in 1938 in Pallapatla, guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, Janaki has left an indelible mark on the world of music. She holds the distinction of singing 48,000 songs in 17 languages, including Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, and Arabic, spanning six decades. Janaki's rejection of the Padma bhushan highlighted her belief that her substantial contributions deserved more timely recognition, and she felt the persistent neglect of the South indian artists was a factor in her decision.


Despite the rejection, S. Janaki's legacy endures, with her timeless hindi songs, such as "Dil Mein Ho Tum," captivating audiences and leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of music enthusiasts.

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