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Glorious 50 years

S. Janaki's 50 years of singing was marked by a grand event.

Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

IN HONOUR S.Janaki reliving the good times

S. Janaki made a mark on Telugu cinema during her long career as a playback singer not only of Telugu cinema, but in South Indian cinema in general. Her Golden Jubilee career as playback singer was celebrated at Lalithakala Thoranam, last week amidst fun and fanfare. Andhra Pradesh Kala Vedika and Department of Culture joined hands in celebrating this memorable event, marking her contribution of quality music in the last 50 years. It was pleasant sight to watch two generations of playback singers who came down to add their own strength to the intensity of the evening and its musical atmosphere. They included noted singers like Ravu Balasarswathi, P. Suseela, Rani, Chitra, P.B. Srinivas, Vasantha and Vijayalakshmi Sarma. The function held to celebrate the event and to felicitate Janaki was presided over by K.V. Ramana. IAS. He appreciated the great turnout of fans and music lovers and at this memorable event in a great singer's life, who entertained with her mellifluous and dramatic songs. It was an event to be remembered forever, he added.

Felicitations

Central minister T. Subbirami Reddy presented Janaki with a cheque of Rupees one lakh in appreciation and also said that he would organise a similar function at Vizagto felicitate her. He also hoped that the Government of India would soon bestow on her the honour of Padma Bhushan at a national level. Others who were part of the event were Dr. C. Narayana Reddy, Rallabandi Kavita Prasad and the newly appointed chairman of the legislative Council, Chakrapani.

Rewind

Music director Madhavapeddi Suresh conducted the music. S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and Janaki together rendered Mounamelanoyi, Malli Malli Idi Raani Roju. The song from the film Padaharella Vayasu that won her the national award as best playback singer of the country, Sirimalle Poova was greeted with a big hand.

Twenty-four singers took part in the event and rendered 50 songs to befit her 50 years of singing, as 50 thousand music lovers gathered there. Janaki began the show by rendering her first song as playback singer, Neeyasa Adiyasa composed for a sad scene in a dual film, inTelugu and Tamil.

She instantly joked that though she began the musical show with a sad song, what she sang later were a variety of songs that made her happy throughout her musical career.

The evening's programme of film music was also filled with a variety of songs, some of which were rendered by other singers like S.P. Sailaja.

GUDIPOODI SRIHARI

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