S. Janaki born on Apr 23 1938 is a famous playback singer.She has sung in many Indian languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi.Janaki is also a lyricist and a composer. She along with S P Balasubramanyam is the most popular singing combination in south India.S. Janaki was born into a Telugu family in Pallapatla, Repalle village, Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh.She was interested in music from early age and started performing at the age of three. She learnt music from Sree Paidiswamy, a nadaswaram Vidwan.
She also wrote many songs for Tamil and Telugu movies. She has sung more than 30000 songs[Films,Non Films], in almost all languages in South India as well as in Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Sinhalese, Bengali, Oriya, English, Sanskrit, Konkani, Tulu, Saurashtra, Baduga, Japanese and German.
A devotee of Lord Krishna and Shirdi Sai Baba, she has also recorded Hindu devotional music on Meera.Her contemporaries are Dr.Rajkumar,P. Susheela, Vani Jayaram, K J Yesudas, L R Eeswari, P. Jayachandran, P. Leela, K. S. Chithra, P B Srinivas and S P Balasubramanyam. She is the inspiration for many upcoming female playback singers