Playback singer Janaki rejects Padma Bhushan award

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S. Janaki
S. Janaki

Veteran south Indian playback singer S Janaki has declined to accept the Padma Bhushan award as she feels that the honour has come late in her five—and—half—decade long career.

“I refuse the Padma award... I have been singing for the last 55 years. I consider the recognition of my fans in various languages as the highest award,” she told reporters at Ottappalam near here.

However, 75—year old Janaki, who has over 20,000 songs in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi to her credit, said she had no grouse against the Government.

“I have been singing for the last 55 years. I have sung a variety of songs in many languages. They all appreciated my songs. Even you Malayalees often say that my pronunciation is correct. So what else I require than the recognition from the people,” she said.

“I have no complaint towards the government. I don’t think the Government has done anything wrong. But I have decided to refuse Padma award,” Janaki said.

Janaki, who had won four national awards, was chosen in the art category among the 24 Padma Bhushan awardees in different fields announced on the eve of the Republic Day.

Her son Murali Krishna, talking to PTI over phone, said the honour to his mother came too late.

He also said they were not informed about the award being given to her and they learnt about it only through “some body else”.

(This article was published on January 26, 2013)
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These awards will be forgotten, but Janaki's songs will stay. We remember Mahatma every day. Every day we listen to Mohammed Rafi. But we do not take pains to see whether they received Bharata Ratna. All the awards are vitiated by vested interests. It is raining cats and dogs.It is better Government stop this.

from:  Babu T
Posted on: Jan 27, 2013 at 07:53 IST

It is true that the Government of India did not recognise the eminent
singer all these years for her significant contribution. It is evident
that Mrs. S. Janaki did not apply for this national award, which has
now been proposed on her. Obviously the search committee or someone
known to her would have applied for this award. Year after year,
Government of India has been bestowing national awards on various
personalities. However, today this has become a big industry and money
plays a prominent role in getting the award. Some of the names
announced this year and in the previous years are rich people and they
may not really deserve the awards, as others who are more talented and
deserving, are neglected. There is a big racket going on in the
selection of names for national awards. In the fitness of things, it
would be better if a thorough inquiry is made to arrive at the basis
for award of these national awards now and in the past. This will
unravel the mystery and the amounts transferred in these dealings.
Only then, talented and the really deserving will get these national
awards in future. Otherwise, it would be a mockery - in that the
monied alone will continue to get such awards in future. Through the
hospitality of these columns, I would urge upon Mrs. Janaki to accept
the award now proposed upon her, as she really deserves the award,
though this has come very very late for her.

from:  KV Suryanarayanan
Posted on: Jan 27, 2013 at 10:56 IST

She is right. My congratulations

from:  Pnatarajan
Posted on: Jan 27, 2013 at 14:30 IST
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