Momentarily we come across some artists whose work kindles deep admiration and profundity in us. S.Janaki is one such artist, and with her terrific career spanning over six decades, she has become a vital source of inspiration for many budding artists. In fact, among the fraternity of amateur singers, perfecting her tracks is an arduous task. However, as humble as ever, the musical maestro has delivered several melodious tracks for us to sing along to and enjoy. On the occasion of her 83rd birthday, we would take a glimpse of her most iconic songs that must be part of your Tamil karaoke Songs playlist, but before that, let us reflect upon her prolific musical career.
Sistila Janaki is one of India’s greatest playback singers from Andhra Pradesh. She has recorded more than 48,000 songs across 17 Indian languages like Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Sanskrit, Odia, Tulu, Urdu, Punjabi, Konkani, and foreign languages like English, German, Japanese, and Sinhala. She possesses a diverse lineup of awards and accolades, including 4 National Awards, 33 different State Film Awards, an honorary doctorate from the University of Mysore, the Kalaimamani award from the Government of Tamil Nadu, and the Karnataka Rajyotsava award from the Government of Karnataka. She recorded her first track in 1957 for the Tamil movie Vidhiyin Vilayattu.
She is widely acclaimed as one of the most versatile singers and has lent her voice to almost all the genres of Indian music, especially in Kannada and Malayalam music industry; and has performed live on stages in around 5000 concerts across the globe. However, did you know that she never received any formal training in classical music? S. Janaki started her musical journey at nine. Still, her career as a professional playback singer began after her marriage under much motivation and encouragement from her late husband, V. Ramprasad.
Janaki sang her first Kannada song back in 1957. By the early 60s, she had already started working with many prominent music composers. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, she remained the number one female playback singer in Kannada films. She has collaborated with several music directors across different industries like M. Ranga Rao, Ilaiyaraaja, M.S Baburaj, Vijaya Bhaskar, A.R. Rahman, and G. K. Venkatesh, Rajan–Nagendra to Hamsalekha, gave her most of their top compositions. She has also collaborated with prominent singers like P B Srinivas, S P Balasubrahmanyam, K. J. Yesudas, P. Jayachandran, and Dr. Rajkumar giving some of the most iconic classic Tamil duet songs that are a must to have in your karaoke playlist. The Nightingale of South India was accredited for spellbinding voice modulation skills.
Moreover, she modulated her voice as per the character's age in the movie. Her songs in kids-voice in the early 70s in Kannada movies too were popular; one such song is "Thayiya thandeya" from the film Madhura Sangama(1978). She sang many such songs for 3-year-old, young boys, goatish voices, male voices, and voices of an aged woman. However, as per the maestro herself, the most challenging song she has recorded was "Shiva shiva ennada naaligeyeke" for the Kannada movie Hemavathi. The song is in two different ragas, Thodi and Aabhogi. Respectfully and adoringly, also known as Janaki Amma, S.Janaki is the epitome of the art of singing.
As immensely spanned and diverse as her musical expedition is, we have curated a playlist of her most iconic and popular tracks that you must add to your karaoke lineup.
Enjoy these mesmerizing S.Janaki tracks by lending your voice to them. At Regional Karaoke, you find these karaoke tracks and much more in quality of the highest order and at the most affordable price. So make them part of your playlist today!