As popularly known, The Nightingale of South, S. Janaki was born as Sishtla Sreeramamurthy on 23rd April 1938 in Repalle, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. Her childhood love for music turned out to be her talent, and she started performing at a tender age of three. Her voice is compared to Lata Mangeshkar, and Janaki has a large fan following because of her mesmerising voice that can connect your soul to any song. She learnt music from Sree Paidiswamy, who was a nadaswaram teacher. When Janaki was 20 years of age, her uncle Dr Chandrasekhar advised her to move to Chennai and join AVM studios. Her voice got recognition as a playback singer in Tamil films. Her debut as a playback singer was a Tamil flick, Vidhiyin Vilayattu (1957). She has sung over 40,000 songs in various languages.

Most of the songs she did are in Kannada. Her voice in a Telegu film, MLA and the spiritual music of Meera is well known. She is known as the Queen of expressions for her ability to express various emotions through her voice. She has stated the most difficult song of her career is “Shiva Shiva Ennada Nalige Yeke?” in Kannada. The composer of this song was L. Vaidyanathan, who has composed it in two ragas, Todi and Abhogi. Her voice got recognition, and her career boomed. She got offers from various personalities like M.S. Viswanathan, K.V. Mahadevan, and Sankar Ganesh. Janaki is married and has a son Murali Krishna. She lives in Hyderabad with her husband, V. Ramprasad and her son. She has bagged many awards in her career of 50 years. Janaki has worked with well-known personalities like P. Balasubramanyam and Illaiyaraaja.

She has added 4 National and 31 different state awards to her kitty including the Kalaimani award from Tamil Nadu. She is a doctorate from The University of Mysore. She was also nominated for the Filmfare Award for the Best Female Playback Singer for the hit song Yaar Bina Chain Kaha Re. Janaki denied accepting the Padmabhushan award because of her belief that South Indian Artists were not recognised and that it was too late.

Sunitha Sarathy

Sunitha Sarathy is an Indian singer who has contributed in contemporary Indian Music as well as Western music. She has performed on many platforms and has been a part of many church choirs. She had participated and won the Virgin Voice Choice". The show was a collaboration of Virgin Records and Channel V. She was born in Madras. Her family was always into the music industry. Her family was into Western music, and she started singing at a very young age. He used to participate in church choirs. Her mother is a pianist. Susheela Sarathy is one of the main personalities at the Madras choirs in Santhome Church. He mother Susheela always encouraged her daughter. He used to participate in the Santhome Church, which increased her popularity among the whole Madras. She was a known face for them and was the honor of performing at the 'Easter Proclamation' for three years constantly. In 2000, she had participated and won the Virgin Voice Choice". The show was a collaboration of Virgin Records and Channel V. In the show she was noticed by singer Srinivas and offered her a song in the movie Hey! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukke in 2002. She had sung a small portion of the song. Later she recorded a love song for composer Harris Jayaraj. The movie was a Telugu movie Vasu. She got a big break for the song "Thoodu Varuma" in the Tamil movie Kaakha Kaakha in 2002. She was nationally recognized for her singing talent in the Tamil-Hindi movie Yuva and Aaytha Ezhuthu in the year 2004. The movie was directed by Mani Ratnam and by A. R. Rahman composed the music. She then sang in various languages for various songs. She got the privileged to work with A. R. Rahman in the movie Warriors of Heaven and Earth for the song "Warriors in peace". In 2006, she performed at the Asian Games. She was the first Indian female solo performer to endorse AKG microphones in 2013. Her notable works in movies include Don 2, Kana Kandaen, Mitr, Sainikudu, My Friend, Cheluvina Chittara, Vallavan and many others. In 2014, she opened an of Sunitha Sarathy's School of Vocal Excellence, as a center for aspiring singers.

Sunitha Sarathy Tamil Actress