Biggest awards are from my fans: S.Janaki

Palakkad (Kerala), Jan 26 (IANS) Melody queen Sreeramamurthy Janaki, who has politely turned down the Padma Bhushan award announced for her, says she receives her biggest awards from her fans.

"I have nothing against the government, but I have been singing for the past 55 years. The biggest awards are from my fans and I get that very often," Janaki said to the media here when she came to attend a function.

Janaki's name was announced for Padma Bhushan Friday.

But she turned it down, stating dissatisfaction over the number of people from south India figuring in the Padma awards list for 2013.

"I'm saddened by the fact that north India has been given more prominence than south India. I'm extremely disappointed and I refuse to accept the award," Janaki told IANS Friday.

The 74-year old veteran made her singing debut in 1957 Tamil film "Vidhiyin Vilayattu". She has crooned over 15,000 songs in a career spanning five decades across all southern languages and in Hindi.

She has won four National Awards and the prestigious "Kalamamani" state award of Tamil Nadu.

--

Get stories like this on the Yahoo app and discover more every day.
Download it now.

Matches

  • No live matches are in progress.
    • Team flag for South Africa vs. Team flag for New ZealandNZSA
      2nd Test
      Sat, Aug 27, 2016
      Sat, Aug 27, 2016
      Centurion, South Africa
      New Zealand in South Afric...
    • Team flag for England vs. Team flag for PakistanPAKENG
      2nd ODI
      Sat, Aug 27, 2016
      Sat, Aug 27, 2016
      London, England
      Pakistan in England ODI Se...
    • Team flag for West Indies vs. Team flag for IndiaINDWI
      1st T20I
      Sat, Aug 27, 2016
      Sat, Aug 27, 2016
      Lauderhill, Florida, Usa
      India vs West Indies T20 S...