“Naadham En Jeevane” – Isaiyai arundhum Sadhaga Paravai- S Janaki !!!!
Tamil Cinema industry is renowned for its varieties and amazing technicians and quality of cinema.Music is one important factor which plays a major role in Indian Cinema.Producers, Directors, Music directors, Lyricists, Technicians, Dance masters, make up artists and last but not the least Singers who all form a team and stand behind the success of every single entity in a Cinema. No doubt…Singers are Music Directors Pride. A song will get its beauty when everything is balanced, an uncompromisable tune, unforgettable lyrics, incomparable distinguished singers, musicians, technicians and also as our legend always says “The Microphone/Mic” plays a crucial role.
With all these factors S Janaki has outscored in every single song which came on her way. She has added the magic of her voice modulations and intelligently enacted the expressions, feel and mood of the artist along with situation of the song wherein it has been sequenced, with the act of Singing. 75 years of unfadable colors of Tamil Cinema has cherished many many many shining bright stars in its vast wide spread sky. ” Memorable ” the word is just not sufficient to go back and walk through the era’s /generations of music starting 40s to date. It’s a proud feeling that S Janaki has served Music Industry for more than 53 years and she continues to entertain music lovers with the same spirit. List of Cinemas, List of Music Directors, List of Lyricists, List of technicians, hero’s heroine’s goes on and on and on….
Lets go back and to feel the 53 Melodious years of Long Journey of S Janaki till date in Tamil Cinema
1957 -“The Beginning”
Early days singers had a unique style of singing. It was not such an easy thing to get into music.Lot of auditions and approvals were needed , in order to sing under a music director.Music directors then were very concerned about singing. Prior to 1950s the age was where actors by themselves would sing and enact the characters.Later came the Playback singing. 1950s was the decade where many talents blossomed who created history in the Tamil Cinema Play Back Singing.The same holds good for Music Directors too. Their compositions are everlasting.Deprived of technology , with only human talents the era had given musical wonders to all of us. It’s our luck that some of them are still with us, living with memories and setting an examples to future generations.
S Janaki’s very first song in Tamil was for a movie named ‘Vidhiyin Vilaiyattu’ and the song lyriced as ‘Pedhai en vaazhkai paazhaanadheno’ tuned by T Chalapathi Rao , a pathos solo number, which remained inside studios forever.The same year for another movie ‘ Magadhal Naattu Mary’ S Janaki paired for a duet with P B Sreenivas singing ‘Kannukku Nere’ is the very first released song and it clearly assures on the singing and undoubtedly on the singers talent for a promising long career in the industry.1957 was breakthrough in S Janaki’s career , her talents started to get explored not only in Tamil but in other languages too.Telugu, Malayalam, Sinhalese, Kannada found their destined singer by then , without whom the music is never complete.
Her Initial days were not very easy. She had to compete with well established singers of those days. Even then she got some golden opportunities.With such a tender voice at the age of 19, S Janaki paired with A S Mahadevan, C S Jayaraman, K R Ramasamy, T R Mahalingam, A L Raghavan, A M Raja, T M Soundararajan who were the leading male singer’s. Every song with S Janaki’s voice is a dew drop. Listen to the memorable duets with these rare singers in www.sjanaki.net and enjoy.
A notable point, although not a classically trained singer S Janaki had sung numerous classical based songs since her starting days till date. ‘Maasil Veenaiyum ‘ from Paadhai Theiryidhu Paar was a pure classical number with A S Mahadevan tuned by MB Sreenivasan. ‘Kaaleyum Neeye Maaleyum Neeye’ from Then Nilavu a classic number evergreen till date. Starting with T Chalapathi Rao, R Parthasarathi,G Ramanathan, T R Paapa, K V Mahadevan, MB Srinivasan and more are the battalion of Music creators from whom S Janaki gained her credits with her talents.
Below are Few of those old records of S Janaki which is still soothing to listen.
1.ARUTPERUMJOTHI_ARUTPERUMJOTHI_V N SUNDARAM, S JANAKI_T R PAAPA
2.AADIVARUM AADAGA PORPAAVAIADI NEE_SEERGAZHI GOVINDARAJAN, S JANAKI_T R PAAPA
3.AMBALATHU NATARAJA_BALAMURALI KRISHNA, S JANAKI_K V MAHADEVAN
4.AASAI MACHAN_VIJAYAPURI VEERAN_S C KRISHNAN, S JANAKI_T R PAAPA
5.ADICHIRUKKU NALLODHORU CHANCE_NALLAVAN VAAZHVAAN_A L RAGHAVAN , S JANAKI
6.VAAZHKAIYIN PAADAM_IVAN AVANEDHAAN_TRICHY LOGANATHAN, S JANAKI_G RAMANATHAN
7.PADIKA PADIKA_RATHINAPURI ILAVARASI_T R MAHALINGAM, S JANAKI
8.ANBALE THEDIYA ARIVU SELVAM THANGAM_DEIVA PIRAVI_C S JAYARAMAN, S JANAKI
9.ULLAM THEDAADHE ENDRU SOLLUDHE_ETHAIYUM THAANGUM IDHAYAM_K R RAMASWAMY, S JANAKI_T R PAAPA
10.OH OH ENTHAN BABY_THEN NILAVU_A M RAJA, S JANAKI_A M RAJA
11.VINNALUM SUNDARA ROOPAM_RISHYASHRINGAR_GHANTASALA, S JANAKI
12.MAASIL VEENAIYUM_PADHAI THERIYUDHU PAAR_A S MAHADEVAN, S JANAKI_MB Sreenivasan
Not only the duets with male singers, S Janaki paired with leading female singers too. Jikki,Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi, P Susheela the list goes on..
1.ARUMUGAMANA PORUL_KANDHAN KARUNAI_SOOLAMANGALAM RAJALAKSHMI, RENUKA, S JANAKI
2.PONNU PONNU PONNU_ELLORUM VAAZHAVENDUM_JIKKI , S JANAKI
3.MAIYAI THOTTU EZHUTHIYAVAR-SULAMANGALAM RAJALAKSHMI, S JANAKI
4.KAALATHAI VENDRAVAN NEE_ADIMAI PENN_P SUSHEELA, S JANAKI
5.SELLAKILIYE SELLAKILIYE_PONVILAIYUM BHOOMI_, S JANAKI
6.ADI YENDIYAMMA_GANGA GOWRI_L R ESWARI, S JANAKI
7.THALAI VAAZHAI ILAI_NAAN YEN PIRANDHEN
S Janaki had reserved a unique place in the cinema industry by then. Down South she had started to spread her vocal magic in Kannada, Malayalam to core. Though Tamil and Telugu offered her only certain selected set of songs by Music Directors, Kannada and Malayalam industry explored S Janaki’s talents in enormous varieties of songs. She thus creates her stand in singing and establishes herself as the most modest , simple, humble artist also as the incomparable melody queen.
1960s was the busy decade for S Janaki in South Indian Cinema Music as a super play back singer mainly in Kannada and Malayalam. Music Directors then S M Subbaiah Naidu,G K Venkatesh,M S Viswanathan Ramamurthy who were in lead did provide her songs which were destined only to her. The songs S Janaki had sung remains popular forever, they were so unique in style and compositions.
S Janaki is a specialist of all in creating such a magic.One can get the feel of floating in the air by just listening these. Every single song has a style and a difference in it. Listen and enjoy those here.
1.SINGARA VELANE DEVA_KONJUM SALANGAI_S M SUBBAIAH NAIDU
2.JAL JAL JAL ENUM SALANGAI OLI_PAASAM_M S VISWANATHAN
3.KALYAANA SAAPADU PODUM MUNE_THULASI MAADAM_
4.KANNAN MANANILAIYAI_DEIVATHIN DEIVAM_G RAMANATHAN
5.KANNILE ENNA UNDU_AVAL ORU THODARKADHAI_M S VISWANATHAN
6.KONDUVAA INNUM KONJAM_NEERUM NERUPPUM_M S VISWANATHAN
7.KODANU KODI PERE_JIMBO
8.RATHAIKETRA KANNANO_SUMAITHANGI_M S VISWANATHAN RAMAMURTHY
9.THOOKAMUN UN KANGALAI_ALAYAMANI_M S VISWANATHAN RAMAMURTHY
10.ANBALE THEDIYA EN ARIVU SELVAM_DEIVA PIRAVI_M S VISWANATHAN
11.KAALEYUM NEEYE MAALEYUM NEEYE_THEN NILAVU_
12.EN PILLAI MUGAM THERIGIRADHU_KALYANA MANDAPAM
13.SIRIKKA THERIYUMA_KUZHANTHAIGAL KANDA KUDIYARASU_T G LINGAPPA
14.ODI VILAIYAADU PAAPA_ODI VILAIYAADU PAAPA
15.UNTHAN RAAJASABHAI_KARUPPU PANAM_M S VISWANATHAN RAMAMURTHY
16.NINAITHAAL PODHUM PAADUVEN_NENJIRUKKUM VARAI_M S VISWANATHAN
17.PAADALUKKU SOL AZHAGU_THEDIVANDHA THIRUMAGAL_K V MAHADEVAN
18.CHITHIRAI PENNE CHITHIRAI PENNE_ULLAASA PAYANAM_K V MAHADEVAN
19.VARAVE VARAADHA_DEIVA BALAM_ASWATHAMA
20.EN ANNAI SEITHA PAAVAM_SUMAITHANGI_M S VISWANATHAN
21.MELATHA MELLA THATTU MAAMA_IDHAYA KAMALAM_K V MAHADEVAN
Without look-back S Janaki marched forward with busy schedules and humming lyrics of numerous poets and lyricists , also creating a distinct name in every household as a Singer.
1970-1980-“The Decade of Unmatched Contribution”
1977-16 Vayadhinile-1ST NATIONAL AWARD Honored with Best Female Singer(Tamil) for “Senthoorapoove” -MD :Ilayaraja.
Predominant music directors in this decade where M S Viswanathan, G K Venkatesh, K V Mahadevan, Shankar Ganesh, Ilayaraja(Debut:Annakili), Gangai Amaran, T K Ramamoorthy, T G Lingappa, Malaysia Vasudevan(Debut:Samandhipoo) and many others.
Kanmalar, Arutperunjothi, AvalukkendruOrManam, Neerum Neruppum, Punnagai, Daivam, Naan Yen Pirandhen, Thikku Theriyadha Kattil, Alaigal, Ganga Gowri, Manipayal, Ponnoonjal, Ponnukku Thanga Manasu, Pookkaari, Achani, AthaividaRagasiyam, Aval Appadithan, Bairavi, Chittukuruvi, Elamai Oonjalaadugiradhu, Vattathukkul Chadhuram, Aarilirundhu Arubudhu Varai, Adukku Malli, Agal Vilakku, Dharmayuddham, Kadavul Amaitha Medai, Kalyana Raman, Kanni Paruvathile, Kavarimaan, Lakshmi, Mugathil Mugam Paarkalaam, Neeya, Pattakathi Bairavan, Sakkalathi, Suvar Illadha Sitthirangal, Udhiri Pookkal, Veettukku Veedu Vasapadi, Vetrikku Oruvan, Ayiram Vasal Idhayam, Dhoorathu Idi Muzhakkam, Edhirveettu Jannal, Gramathu Adhiyayam, Guru, Ilamai Kolam, Johnny, Kallukkul Eeram, Kannil Theriyum Kadhaigal, Moodupani, Murattu Kaalai, Nenjathai Killadhe, Nizhalgal, Othayadi Padhiyile, Poottadha Pootukkal, Pudhiya Thoranangal, Ramayi Vayasukku Vandhutta, Rishimoolam, Rusi Kanda Poonai, Samandhipoo, Soolam, Thai Pongal, Uchakattam, Ullasa Paraivagal, Vandi Chakkaram, Varumaiyin Niram Sigappu, Sigappu Rojakkal, 16 Vayadhinile.
1981-1990s-“Striking Decade, Peak of her career”
It is an eyebrow raise when we see the list of movies had S Janaki ‘s voice in the cassettes. An amazing Combo S Janaki-Ilayaraja-SPBalasubramanyam
With a strong back up from Ilayaraja, SJ continued her Musical journey in this decade. She was teamed with almost all major singers of that period and got a chance to sing golden melodies along with rare classics.
Alaigal Oivathillai, Amara Kaviyam, Andha Ezhu Natkal, Aradhanai, Chinnamul Periamul, Ellam Inba Mayyam, Enakkaga Kathiru, Garjanai, Kadal Meengal, Kanni Theevu, Kazhugu, Kilinjalgal, Koyil Pura, Madhumalar, Meendum Kokila, Mouna Geethangal, Nandu, Netri Kann, Paneer Pushpangal, Panimalar, Rail Payanangalil, Raja Paarvai, Rathathin Rathame, Sattam Oru Iruttarai, Sankarlal, Thanneer Thanneer, Tick! Tick! Tick!, Vaa Intha Pakkam, Vidiyum Varai Kathiru, Agaya Gangai, Anandha Ragam, Azhagiya Kanne, Darling Darling Darling, Engayo Ketta Kural, Etchil Iravugal, Gopurangal Saivathillai, Kathal Oviyam, Kozhi Koovudhu, Krodham, Kuppathu Ponnu, Magane Magane, Manjal Nila, Metti, Moondram Pirai, Nenjil Oru Ragam, Ninaivellam Nithya, Nizhal Thedum Nenjangal, Payanangal Mudivadhillai, Pokkiri Raja, Pudhukavidai, Ranga, Sakalakala Vallavan, Simla Special, Thai Moogambigai, Thanikkattu Raja, Thooral Ninnu Potchu, Adutha Vaarisu, Anandha Gummi, Anne Anne, Antha Sila Naatkal, Apoorva Sagotharigal, Ilamai Kalangal, Indru Nee Nalai Naan, Kashmir Kadhali, Kokkarakko, Manaivi Solle Mandhiram, Mannvasanai, Mella Pesungal, Munthanai Mudichu, Oppantham, Oru Odai Nadhiyagiradhu, Ragangal Maruvathillai, Salangai Oli, Sandhippu, Soorakottai Singakutti, Thaiveedu, Thanga Magan, Thavani Kanavugal, Thoongadha Kannendru Onru, Thoongadhe Thambi Thoongadhe, Thudikkum Karangal, Vellai Roja, Yugadharmam, 24 Mani Neram, Anbulla Rajnikanth, Anbe Odivaa,Anbulle Malare,Devi Sri Devi,Enakkul Oruvan,January Onnu,Kai Kodukkum Kai,Kairasikaran,Komberi Mukkan,Kuva Kuva Vaathugal,Magudi,Naan Mahan Alla,Nalla Naal,Nallavukku Nallavan,Neengal Kettavai,Nooravathu Naal,O Mane Mane,Poovilangu,Thambikku Endha Ooru,Unnai Naan Santhithaen,Vaithegi Kathirunthal,Aanpavam,Aduthathu Albert,Alai Osai,Amudhaganam,Anbin Mugavari,Andha Oru Nimidam,Aval Sumangalithan,Bandham,Chavi,Chinna Veedu,Dhandanai,Eetti,Hello Yaar Pesaradhu?,Idhaya Kovil,Japanil Kalyanaraman,Kakki Chattai,Kunguma Chimizh,Meendum Oru Kadal Kathai,Meendum Parasakthi,Muthal Mariyadhai,Naan Sigappu Manidhan,Nallathambi,Needhiyin Marupakkam,Padikkadhavan,Pagal Nilavu,Pillai Nila,Pournami Alaigal,Pudhiya Sagaptham,Raja Rishi,Selvi,Sri Ragavendrar,Thendrale Ennai Thodu,Udayageetham,Unn Kannil Neer Vazhinthal,Urimai,Uyarntha Ullam,Amman Kovil Kizhakale,Aruvadai Naal,December Pookkal,Dharma Devathai,Dharma Pathini,Iravu Pookkal,Isaipaadum Thendral,Jeevanathi,Kadalora Kavidhaigal,Kalamellam Unn Madiyil,Kanmaniye Pesu,Kannukku Mai Ezhuthu,Karimedu Karuvayan,Kodaimazhai,Lakshmi Vanthachu,Mandhira Punnagai,Manidhanin Marupakkam,Mannukkul Vairam,Maragadha Veenai,Mella Thirandhadhu Kadhavu,Mounaragam,Mr. Bharath,Muthal Vasantham,Naan Adimaiyillai,Nanum Oru Thozhilali,Natpu,Neethana Antha Kuyil,Padum Paravaigal,Paru Paru Pattanam Paru,Pookalai Parikatheergal,Pudir,Thazhuvatha Kaigal,Unakagave Vazhgiraen,Uyire Unakkaga,Vasantha Ragam,Vidincha Kalyanam,Vikram,Alapirandhavan,Anand,Anbulla Appa,Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi,Dhoorathu Patchai,Elangeswaran,Enga Chinna Rasa,Enga Ooru Pattukkaran,Iniya Uravu Poothathu,Kathal Parisu,Koolikaran,Mupperum Deviyar,Paruva Ragam,Per Sollum Pillai,Rettai Vaal Kuruvi,Valayal Satham,Vedham Pudidhu,Agni Nakshathiram,En Jeevan Paduthu,Idhu Namma Alu,Jadikketha Moodi,Kalaiyum Neeye Maalaiyum Neeye,Manamagale Vaa,Shenbagame Shenbagame,Sollathudikuthu Manasu,Therkkathi Kallan,Andru Peytha Mazhaiyil,Annanukku Jey,Apoorva Sagodharargal,Araro Ariraro,Idhu Ungal Kudumbam,Karagattakaran,Kathal Oivadilai,Mappillai,Padicha Pulla,Pasa Mazhai,Rajadhi Raja,Samsara Sangeetham,Sattathin Thirappu Vizha,Uthama Purushan,Vetrivizha,Anjali,Keladi Kanmani,Michael Madana Kama Rajan,Panakkaran,Thaalatu Paadava,Pulan Visaranai,Vellai Pura Ondru.
1982-“The Silver Jubilee” Year in S Janaki’s Melodious Career.
1991-2000-“Popular Melodies and Hitz all the way”
1992-Thevar Magan- 2ND NATIONAL AWARD Honored with Best Female Singer(Tamil) for “Inji Iduppazhagi” -MD :Ilayaraja.
Music took a different orientation and shined during this period under eminent music directors in Tamil Cinema. S Janaki was still a major choice in many music directors mind. A R Rehman the debut-ant in music direction in this decade also worked with S Janaki for many of his albums. Ilayaraja’s tune spread even across 1990s spelling the same magic. Many evergreen hits which are un-erasable in the minds of Tamil people were created in 1990s.
Kili Petchu Ketka Vaa,Brahma,Dharma Durai,Gopura Vasalile,Guna,Raja Kaiya Vecha,Aavarampoo,Chembaruthi,Chinna Gounder,Mannan,Nadodi Thendal,Singaravelan,Suriyan,Thevar Magan,Amaravathi,Aranmanai Kili,Chinna Kannamma,Chinna Maapilai,Ejamaan,Gentleman,Kalaignan,Kizhakku Cheemayile,Marupadiyum,Ponnumani,Walter Vetrivel,Athiradi Padai,Honest Raj,Indhu,JaiHind,Kadhalan,Mahanadi,Magalir Mattum,Nattamai,Rajakumaran,Vandicholai Chinraasu,Veetla Visheshanga,Avathaaram,Ellame En Rasathan,Ellame En Rasathan,Oru Oorla Oru Rajakumari,Rajavin Parvaiyile,Panchalankurichi,Uyire,Jodi,Kannodu Kanbathellam,Mudhalvan,Sangamam,Maayi..many more
Being a senior artist completing 50 years in Indian Cinema Industry, its such a astonishing feel that S Janaki out stands a midst new budding singers in the industry.
2001-2010- “The Golden Jubilee”
Idhayam Unadhallava,Ayyavazhi,Sindhu Samaveli,Vallakottai, Private Album:Endrendrum
“A singer must be able to sing any kind of song”- S Janaki always feels it as ” The Must Attitude ” for recent singers.
The statement is not just to be mentioned. S Janaki has really added value to that line. The experimentation done with her voice is amazing. Music directors never had to worry on the popularity of a song when S Janaki is with them.May it be a a baby -a small girl- a matured boy – an old lady – a disco dance- a drunk women – a challenge with hero- heart melting sad expression- a humorous laugh- tease song- Slum Lady – Iyyer Maami slang- challenge with a hero-consoling-assurance-a mix of varieties of song(western-classical-Cinematic)- Tribal-Pain- Tears-Erotic-Romantic-DEvotional-Carnatic-Just a humming or many more..
Few Ultimate Varieties
1.KANNA NEE ENGE_RUSI KANDA POONAI_ILAYARAJA_A CHILD
2.MUMMY PERU MAARI_NENJATHAI KILLADHEY_ILAYARAJA_ADOLESCENT BOY
3.PODA PODA POKKEY_UTHIRI POOKKAL_OLD LADY
4.DAANDU DAANDU_AVAL ORU MAATHIRI_ILAYARAJA_TRIBAL VARIETY
5.EN vAAZHE KURUTHAZHAGE_EN SELVAME_ILAYARAJA_DEATH SONG
6.NILLANNE NILLANE_SOORAKOTTAI SINGAKUTTI_ILAYARAJA_SHRILL GOATISH MODULATION
7.AAYARPAADI KANNANE_KOZHI KOOVUTHU_ILAYARAJA_DRUNKARD WOMEN
8.KARAVAI MAADU MOONU_MAGALIR MATTUM_ILAYARAJA_(LADIES)THREE IN ONE
9.VAAZHVELLAM AANANDHAME_ALAIGAL OYVADHILLAI_ILAYARAJA_APASHRUTHI
10.JIGU JIGU JIGU_VAMPIRE WOMEN
The credit of singing duets with popular cine heroes and music directors also goes to S Janaki.P Susheela and S Janaki can be regarded as the only female singers who has sung maximum number of female duets together in almost all the languages.
Below are the tamil old movies list..Going forward we would be sharing more on the songs.
Thaainaadu Kaattha Thamayan
Naan Kanda Sorgam
Chittoor Raani Padmini
Pillai Kani Amudhu
Azhagar Malai Kallvan
Padi Thaanda Pathini
Paththarai Maaththu Thangam
Raja Malai Simhan
Naalu Veli Nilam
Uththami petra raththinam
Kann Niraindha Kannan
Kuzhanthaigal Kanda Kudiyarasu
Matha Pitha Guru Deivam
Aasthikkoru Aanum Aasaikkoru Pennum
Kavalai Illadha Manithan
“Known is a drop..Unknown is Ocean “-This saying definitely suits to Music and thus to SJ songs !!!