S Janaki is considered as “Daththu puthri” (Adopted Daughter)by malayalees . And so do the language by its own resides inside S Janaki. It was Malayalam and Kannada Cinema which welcomed and cherished S Janaki’s voice thoroughly. Soon after singing first Tamil and Telugu songs, Janaki made her debut in other languages like Malayalam, Kannada and Sinhalese.She did sing film songs in six languages in her very first year! With her inbuilt flair for languages and mind blowing grasping skills, it was always a bulls eye for S Janaki, The Singing StalWart. Janakiâ€™s first song in Malayalam was for the movie â€˜minnunathellaam ponnallaâ€™ (1957/ Kerala Arts), recorded at the AVM studios. The song was â€˜iruL mooduyagO en vaazhvilâ€™, written by P.N. Dev and composed by S.N. Chami.S Janaki always remembers and mentions “she managed to learn the correct pronunciations of letters and words perfectly under the guidance of composers and lyricistsâ€ There were even instances where S Janaki went a step ahead to understand the composers mind and appropriately guide/correct the non-malayaali composer’s beats to retain the poetic imagination .Saarike song by Salilda in Swapnam movie.This shows the singers ardent interest in languages and how proficient Janaki started to become in Malayalam.
S Janaki has worked with almost all the stalwart music directors like M.B. Sreenivasan, K. Raghavan,B.A. Chidambaranath ,Brother Lakshmanan,LPR Varma,P.S. Diwakar and Ranganathan ,R.K. Shekhar,T.K. Pugazhendhi,R. Sudarsanam,Vijayabhaskar,Adoor Gopalakrishnan,Devarajan,Mohammad Sabir Baburaj,M.T. Vasudeva Nair,Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Salil Chowdhury,A. T. Ummer,M.S. Viswanathan,Shankar-Ganesh,Ilaiyaraja in Malayalam Cine Music. Awards were destined to this talented cuckoo in the state which adopted her. Malayalam industry respects S Janaki a lot .They honored with many awards for her superior talents. National Level Recognition was a added privilege .
State Film awards Several times for Best Playback Singer from the Government of Kerala. 1981 – Best Female Playback Singer – (Song: “Ettumanoorambalathil”) Oppol, Malayalam Film- M B Sreenivasan Music Director.
Some of the tunes to start with goes here… â€˜
raakuyilE raakuyilEâ€™ from the movie â€˜minnal padayaliâ€™ (1959) â€˜poovanamE pudhuvanamEâ€™ â€˜mangalam nerukaâ€™â€˜seethaâ€™ (1960) â€˜kadhayoNNu kEttuâ€™ (Cochin Express/1967) â€˜vidilla nyaanâ€™ with Kamukara Purushothaman (Lady Doctor/1967) â€˜padunna puzhaâ€™ (padunna puzha/1968) â€˜vaikathashtami naaLilâ€™ with Yesudas (bharyamaar sookshikkuka/1968) â€˜kaNNil kaNNil nOkkiyirunnaalâ€™ (Danger Biscuit/1969) â€˜varumallo raavil priyathamanâ€™,â€˜ee muhabathendoruâ€™( Kanoor Deluxe/1969) â€˜mOhamO dhaahamOâ€™,â€˜raaja mallige’ â€˜amrithavarshiniâ€™ with L.R. Eswari,â€˜kunnathE poomaramâ€™ â€˜ÃnnalE neeyoyoruâ€™ and â€˜kavitha paadi raakuyilâ€™ â€˜govardhanagiri kayiluyarthiâ€™ (marunaattil oru malayali/1971) â€˜valampiri sankhilâ€™ (maya/1972) â€˜oru chumbanam oru madhu chumbanamâ€™ (driksakshi/1973) â€˜abhinavajeevithaâ€™ (poimukhankaL/1973) â€˜aalOla neela viLochanangaLâ€™ â€˜chale chalichaâ€™ â€˜mullapoompallilO mukkuttikkavillilOâ€™ â€˜pournami chandrikaâ€™ (alakaL/1974) â€˜manadhoru kavadiyattamâ€™ (chumaduthangi/1975) ‘pulayanaar maNiyamma’ (prasadam/1976) â€˜kothikallE kothikkallE rebeccaâ€™ â€˜unarunaroo unni poovE unni poovEâ€™ from â€˜ammayE kaaNaanâ€™ â€˜tharil thararaOâ€™ with K.P. Udhayabhanu â€˜ellaam kazhinju thelinjuâ€™ (swarajyam) â€˜oru vattam koodiâ€™ (chillu/1982) ‘chirakkattu veenoru’ (pazhassiraja/ 1964) â€˜panchavadiyil kaNdu kaNdoruâ€™ â€˜yethu poovu choodanumâ€™, â€˜kaniyanum vanillaâ€™, â€˜mullappoo thailamittuâ€™-Remake of 1957 Tamil film MUthalaali in Malayalam â€˜madhura prateekshathanâ€™, â€˜ethukoottil neeâ€™(bhagya mudhra/1967) â€˜sundara raavil chandana mukililâ€™ (kochu aniyathi/1971)-MD Pugazhendhi praised Janakiâ€™s rendering of the line â€˜anuragathin aadyanOmbaramâ€™ in the song. â€˜pookila nyorichu vachuâ€™,â€˜unaru kaNNaa neeâ€™ (kudumbam/1967) raareerO unni (kusrithi kuttan/1966) nizhalE nintE piravE (paadhira paattu/1967) â€˜dEvan thannathuâ€™ (kayalkarayil/1968) â€˜kaaNaan nalla kinavukaL'(â€˜bhaaryaâ€™/ (1962)) â€˜thaLiritta kinaakkaLâ€™ (moodupadam/1963) â€˜anjana kaNNezhuthiâ€™ (thachOli othenan/1964) â€˜pottatha peNNin kinaavuâ€™ (bhargavi nilayam/1964) â€˜amirtam pakarna raathriâ€™(â€˜vidhiâ€™ /(1967)) â€˜sooryakanthi sooryakanthiâ€™ (kaattu thulasi/1965) â€˜thamara kumbilallOâ€™ (anvEshichu kandethiyilla/1967) â€˜maithO ghumguruâ€™ (ninamaninja kalpadukaL/1963) â€˜pathinEzhilyethiya paruvamâ€™ (anju sundarikaL/1968) ‘yEzhu niRangaLumillathEâ€™(â€˜karutha kaiâ€™/1964) â€˜oru kochu swapnathil â€™(tharavattamma/1966) ‘eeranuduthum kondambaramâ€™,â€˜ambadikannanu mambazhamâ€™, â€˜ÃrukaNNeer thulikaL oru sundariyuteâ€™ and â€˜vakacharthu kazhinjoruâ€™(â€˜irittintE aathamavuâ€™ /(1966)) â€˜thamara kumbilallOâ€™, â€˜murivaalan kurangachanâ€™ and â€˜kavilathe kaNNeer kaNduâ€™ ( â€˜anvEshichu kandEthiyillaâ€™) â€˜avidunen gaanam kElkaanâ€™ (pareeksha/1967) â€˜maanasa manivEnuvilâ€™, â€˜unarau vEgam neeâ€™ and â€˜mukilE viNNilaayum kaNNeeruâ€™-â€˜moodal manjuâ€™ (1970) â€˜mazhavil kodi kaavadiâ€™,â€˜saarikE en saarikEâ€™-â€˜swapnamâ€™ (1973) â€˜paraga surabhila kunkumam aNiyumâ€™ (aalmaram/1969) mazhamukiloli vamanâ€™ (aabhijathyam/1971) â€˜raakEndhu kirangaLâ€™- avaludE raavugaL (1978) â€˜manathin muttathuâ€™-â€˜karutha pournamiâ€™ â€˜veeNa poovEâ€™-jeevikkaan maRannupOya sthree (1974) â€˜arama dEvathamaarEâ€™-â€˜prabhuâ€™ â€˜oru naaL ullasa thirunaaLâ€™ â€˜paalaruvi paadivaruâ€™-dhooram arikE (1980) OlangaL-Thumbi Vaa Some Insights on S Janaki .
Producer T.E. Vasudevan decided to get the songs of his Prem Nazeer- Sheela starrer â€˜moodal manjuâ€™ (1970) composed by Usha Khanna. P. Bhaskaran wrote the lyrics for the songs and Janaki traveled to Bombay where the songs were being recorded. Unfortunately, she fell ill immediately on arrival. However, Usha Khanna was determined that only Janaki should sing the songs, and ever the through professional, Janaki went to the studio.
She remained lying on a couch in the recording theater, but when summoned, she did get up to sing and three solos were recorded one after another, without a single retake! The stunned Usha Khanna and her spellbound orchestra gave the singer a standing ovation, and Janaki responded with a wan smile before falling back exhaustedly on the couch. The three songs â€˜maanasa manivEnuvilâ€™, â€˜unarau vEgam neeâ€™ and â€˜mukilE viNNilaayum kaNNeeruâ€™ became immensely popular and find frequent airtime to this day.
In a survey of the 12 most popular songs ever in the history of Malayalam cinema, Yesudas understandably swept the polls, with 8 solos and one duet with P. Leela making it in the final list. Janaki was the only other singer who made it to the top 12, with 3 of her solos, and two of them were composed by Baburaj- â€˜sooryakanthiâ€™ (kaattu thulasi) comes a valiant 3rd in the list of 12, while â€˜thaLiritta kinaakkaLâ€™ (moodupadam) makes it to the 8th position.
This was a brief note on her wonderful innings in Malayalam Industry .Detailed Information to be updated soon !!!!