Melodies and Memories of S Janaki – M S Baburaj


M S Baburaj – S Janaki … Were they born for each other or were they born to gift us many nostalgic memories..!


It was Babukka who could extract nectar from golden string like young vocals of SJ to fullest. If Janaki amma had anything to share about Baburaj sir, it is pure admiration. She becomes so perfectly nostalgic when ever any one brings the topic of Baburaj sir before her.. How could she not be..! Just look at the melodies that came from this combination…This combination that started around 1962 lasted till 1978 churning out melodies every single year.Just in 1967, Babukka created many ‘Janaki’ centric albums like ‘Anweshichu Kandethiyilla’, ‘Iruttinte Aathmaavu’ (SJ being only playback singer in entire album), ‘Pareeksha’, Karutha Rathrikal’ etc..


This article is a detailed study of those golden melodies..


It was a Meera bhajan ‘Main toh Gunguroo’ that Janaki first sang to Baburaj. But, It must have been immortal ‘Thaliritta Kinakal than’ where Baburaj discovered the genius called ‘Janaki’ and would make her choice for many of his creations to be made in female voice from then! With success of all 4 songs from ‘Bhargavi Nilayam’, their combination gained higher commercial success..!


Janaki amma would sing his melodies with all of her heart and soul and thus came gems like ‘Suryakanthi’, ‘Eeranuduthukondambaram’, ‘oru Kochu Swapanthin’..


He was extremely proficinet in creating Hindusthani style songs without loosing flavor of Malayalam .. ‘Avidunen ganam kelkan’, ‘Aardhikayude pooja kusumam’, ‘Thane Thirinjum maranjum’ are such ‘Ghazalish’ classics he created in voice of young SJ. Even after giving such gems, their combination was not restricted to Hindusthani style. In fact songs like ‘Anzana kannezhuthi’, ‘Vaakacharthu’, ‘Saranam Nin charanam’ etc.. had 100% Carnatic classical music flavor..


Most wonderful factor in their melodies was their ability to bring out 1000 feelings perfectly in a 3 minute song..! ‘Kanmaniye’, ‘Kalindi Thadathile Radha’ etc .. were filled with nothing but pure melancholy and songs like ‘Madhumasa Rathri’, ‘Kannukal Karinkoovala pookkal’, ‘Manasa Sarassil’ were absolutely romantic..! Even though melodies were their forte, they were not being in creating variety of songs like westernised ‘Manase Aswasichu’, Open and Lound ‘Kattaruvi Chilanku katti’ and even sensuous ‘Purushanmarude Gandham’ ..! Devotional classics that came from them were absolutely stunning … If Christian songs like ‘Pavananaam Aattidaya’ and ‘Yesumathave’ are remembered till date, so are Hindu devotionals like ‘Vakacharthu’, ‘Krishna Dayamaya’ etc.. Interestingly this combination which started with a Meera Bhajan ended with another classic on lord Krishna ‘Nee Evide Kanna, Karmukil Varna’..


Another name we simply cannot ignore and is part of the golden trio is P Bhaksaran master. If Babukka was tune and Janaki amma was voice, Bhaskaran master was the words in many of those ever living melodies.. Words fall short to praise his greatness.. Just listen to ‘Iru kanner thullikal’,'Kavilathe kanner kandu’ to know how great his imagination was..! No Malayalam interview of Janaki amma completes without mentioning these songs and praising Baburaj sir and Bhaskaran master..!


90% of songs Babukka composed for Janaki amma were solos.. However, the duets he created for her were just wonderful! ‘Akale Akale neelakasam’ by KJY-SJ is easily one of the best Malayalam duets ever recorded. ‘Pathiravayailla’ is Babukka’s magic in vocals of KJY-SJ. ‘ Veedayala Villakku venum’ with PBS, ‘Kannonu thurakku deepangale’ with P Leela, ‘Pandu nammal kanditilla’ with B Vasantha, ‘Manimukile’ with AK Sukumaran are few other memorable duets..


In terms of numbers, Janaki amma sang more songs to many other genius composers.. but when ever you discuss Janaki amma’s Malayalam songs, first song that comes is Baburaj … Their music just proves the fact that ‘Music cannot be measured’. This article for sure cannot do any justice to their musical offerings as the works they did together cannot be described, they are just meant to be experienced ..!! Still, this is a sincere effort to place their classics in a single place for convenience of their admirers..


Babukka, We love you, love you and will love for ever!!

Song Movie Year Singer
Main To Ghunguru Ninamaninja Kaalppaadukal 1963 S Janaki
Thaliritta Kinaakkal Moodupadam 1963 S Janaki
Anjanakkannezhuthi Thacholi Othenan 1964 S Janaki, Chorus
Onningu Vannengil Thacholi Othenan 1964 S Janaki
Ezhu Nirangalil Ninnude Roopam Karutha Kai 1964 S Janaki, Kamukara
Paalappoovin Karutha Kai 1964 S Janaki
Vaasantha Panchami Naalil Bhargaveenilayam 1964 S Janaki
Pottaatha Ponnin Bhargaveenilayam 1964 S Janaki
Anuraagamadhuchashakam Bhargaveenilayam 1964 S Janaki
Pottithakarnna Kinaavu Bhargaveenilayam 1964 S Janaki
Thedunnathaare Ammu 1965 S Janaki
Kunjippenninu Ammu 1965 S Janaki, LR Eeswari, MS Baburaj, Machad Vasanthi, Chandrasekharan Thambi
Konchikkonchi Ammu 1965 S Janaki, KP Udayabhanu
Sooryakaanthi Kaattuthulasi 1965 S Janaki
Veedaayaal Vilakku Chettathi 1965 S Janaki, PB Sreenivas
Ee Premapanchavadiyil Chettathi 1965 S Janaki
Kannanaamunni Urangu Chettathi 1965 S Janaki
Manimalayaattin Subaida 1965 KJ Yesudas, S Janaki
Manimukile Kadathukaaran 1965 S Janaki, AK Sukumaran
Kallachiriyaanu Kadathukaaran 1965 S Janaki
Angane Angane En Karal Thommante Makkal 1965 KJ Yesudas, S Janaki
Nillu Nillu Naanakkudukkakale Thommante Makkal 1965 S Janaki, P Leela, PB Sreenivas, KP Udayabhanu
Pavizhakkunnil Maayaavi 1965 S Janaki
Valakilukkum Vaanampaadi Maayaavi 1965 S Janaki, KP Udayabhanu
Paadaam Paadaam Thakarum Porter Kunjaali 1965 S Janaki
Madhurikkum Maathalappazhamaanu Thankakkudam 1965 S Janaki
Madhurikkum Maathala [Pathos ] Thankakkudam 1965 S Janaki
Thaamarathoniyil Kaattumallika 1966 KJ Yesudas, S Janaki
Kannuneerkkaattile Kaattumallika 1966 S Janaki, P Leela
Kalyaanamaakaatha Kaattumallika 1966 S Janaki, P Leela
Kurumozhimulla Koottukaar 1966 KJ Yesudas, S Janaki
Pandoru Raajyathe Poochakkanni 1966 S Janaki
Kanakachilanka 1966 S Janaki, LR Eeswari
Kallante Peru Maanikyakottaram 1966 S Janaki
Oru Kochu Swapnathin Tharavaattamma 1966 S Janaki
Pandu Nammal Tharavaattamma 1966 S Janaki, B Vasantha
Oramma Petta Penmakkal 1966 S Janaki, P Leela
Oru Koottam Njaaninnu Baalyakaalasakhi 1967 S Janaki
Nin Rakthamente Baalyakaalasakhi 1967 S Janaki, PB Sreenivas
Sharanam Nin Charanam Udyogastha 1967 S Janaki
Maankidaavine Udyogastha 1967 S Janaki
Ezhuthiyathaaraanu Udyogastha 1967 KJ Yesudas, S Janaki
Thankam Vegam [Raariraaro] Udyogastha 1967 S Janaki
Thaamarakkumbilallo Anweshichu Kandethiyilla 1967 S Janaki
Pavananaam Aattidaya Anweshichu Kandethiyilla 1967 S Janaki, B Vasantha
Kavilathe Kanneer Kandu Anweshichu Kandethiyilla 1967 S Janaki
Murivaalan Kurangachan Anweshichu Kandethiyilla 1967 S Janaki
Vaakachaarthu Kazhinjoru Iruttinte Aathmaavu 1967 S Janaki
Ambaadikannanu Mampazham Iruttinte Aathmaavu 1967 S Janaki
Eeranuduthukondambaram Iruttinte Aathmaavu 1967 S Janaki
Irukanneerthullikal Iruttinte Aathmaavu 1967 S Janaki
Avidunnen Gaanam Kelkkaan Pareeksha 1967 S Janaki
En Praananaayakane Pareeksha 1967 S Janaki
Chelil Thaamara [Bit] Pareeksha 1967 S Janaki
Kilimakale Karutha Raathrikal 1967 S Janaki
Omana Thinkale [Sad Scene II] Karutha Raathrikal 1967 S Janaki
Omanathinkale (Sad) Karutha Raathrikal 1967 S Janaki
Omanathinkale (Happy) Karutha Raathrikal 1967 S Janaki
Karalil Virinja Khadeeja 1967 S Janaki
Ananthashayanaa Khadeeja 1967 S Janaki, B Vasantha
Kanmaniye Karayaathurangoo [Happy] Kaarthika 1968 S Janaki
Madhumaasaraathri Kaarthika 1968 S Janaki
Kanmaniye [Pathos] Kaarthika 1968 S Janaki
Akale Akale Neelakaasham Midumidukki 1968 KJ Yesudas, S Janaki
Kanavil Njan Theertha Inspector 1968 S Janaki
Swarnavalakalitta Lakshaprabhu 1968 S Janaki
Vennilaavinenthariyaam Lakshaprabhu 1968 S Janaki
Pathinezhilethiya Anchusundarikal 1968 S Janaki
Muttivilikkunnu Vaathilil Manaswini 1968 S Janaki
Paathiraavaayilla Manaswini 1968 KJ Yesudas, S Janaki
Aaraadhikayude Poojaakusumam Manaswini 1968 S Janaki
Athidhi Athidhi Love In Kerala 1968 S Janaki
Kettippidichappol Velliyaazhcha 1969 S Janaki
Paarvana Rajani Velliyaazhcha 1969 S Janaki, Raveendran
Daaham Daaham Sandhya 1969 S Janaki
Asthamanakkadalinnakale Sandhya 1969 KJ Yesudas, S Janaki
Aadumuthe Sandhya 1969 S Janaki
Muttathemullathan Virunnukari 1969 S Janaki
Innale Njaanoru Swapnashalabha Virunnukari 1969 S Janaki, CO Anto
Idakkonnu Chirichu Olavum Theeravum 1970 S Janaki
Chaampakkam cholayil Olavum Theeravum 1970 S Janaki
Marathakamanivarnna Saraswathi 1970 S Janaki
Aaru Paranju Saraswathi 1970 S Janaki
Hemantha Nidrayil Anaadha 1970 S Janaki
Etho Sundara Anaadha 1970 S Janaki
Vaisaakha Poojaykku Bheekara Nimishangal 1970 KJ Yesudas, S Janaki
Kaneeraaloru Priya 1970 S Janaki
Aadaanumariyaam Priya 1970 S Janaki
Vinnile Kaavil Priya 1970 S Janaki
Kannonnu Thurakkoo Priya 1970 S Janaki, P Leela
Maavupoothu Maathalam Poothu Ambalapraavu 1970 S Janaki
Thaane Thirinjum Ambalapraavu 1970 S Janaki
Chumbikkaanoru Vivaaham Swargathil 1970 S Janaki
Vaarmazhavillinte Raathrivandi 1971 S Janaki
Poovukal Chirichu Raathrivandi 1971 KJ Yesudas, S Janaki
Vanarodanam Kettuvo Eranakulam Junction 1971 S Janaki
Kayyil Malleeeshara Puthanveedu 1971 S Janaki
Kaattil Chuzhalikkaattil Puthanveedu 1971 S Janaki, Kamukara
Prapancha Chethana Kuttyedathi 1971 S Janaki
Karppoora Nakshathradeepam Lora Nee Evide 1971 S Janaki
Karukavarambathu Azhimukham 1972 S Janaki
Orila Eerila Azhimukham 1972 S Janaki
Aayiram Varnangal Pullimaan 1972 S Janaki
Vaidoorya Rathnamaalachaarthi Pullimaan 1972 S Janaki
Vijayadashami Vidarumee Panimudakku 1972 S Janaki, P Susheeladevi
Maanasasarassin Panimudakku 1972 S Janaki
Vrischika Karthika poo Maappusaakshi 1972 S Janaki
Kaattaruvi Chilankaketti Ladies Hostel 1973 S Janaki
Kaalindi Thadathile Radha Bhadradeepam 1973 S Janaki
Kannukal Karinkoovala Bhadradeepam 1973 S Janaki
Krishna Dayaamaya Manassu 1973 S Janaki
Ellaamarinjavan Nee Maathram Manassu 1973 S Janaki
Hridayathil Nirayunna Chuzhi 1973 S Janaki
Hridayam Maya Soundarya Pooja 1973 S Janaki
Muralikayoothunna Kaamini 1974 S Janaki
Aashichakadavil Kaamini 1974 S Janaki, Anwar Suber
Yesumaathave Naathoon 1974 S Janaki
Kavilathu Kannoru Naathoon 1974 S Janaki
Manasse Ashwasikkoo Njaan Ninne Premikkunnu 1975 S Janaki
Purushanmarude Gandham Criminals (Kayangal) 1975 S Janaki
Anandakkuttaninnu Pirannaalu Appooppan (Charithram Aavarthikkunnilla) 1976 S Janaki
Nithyakaamuki Ninne Srishti 1976 S Janaki
Maanathu Sandhya Yatheem 1977 S Janaki, Chorus
Ambilikkaarayilunniyappam Allahu Akbar 1977 S Janaki
Neeyevide Kanna Bhrashtu 1978 S Janaki
Veli Kazhinja Bhrashtu 1978 S Janaki
Arayil Kidakkumen Gaandharvam (Kanakam) 1978 S Janaki


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