Happy Birthday S.Janaki!

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I just can’t believe that she turned 72 today! If you saw her in person and witnessed her enthusiasm and exuberance, you would think she is only half her age! :)

I had the good fortune of singing in front of her at the Nehru Stadium, Chennai for one of the felicitation events in 1999/2000(my memory fails me so badly here!!!) and also listening to her sing duets on stage with almost all leading male singers in the industry!

What a voice! Having sung in over 12 languages in all genres and almost for every Music director in Indian cinema, nothing short of “Versatile” should be used to describe her. Happy Birthday, our dear Janakimma! :)

This recording is perhaps the oldest of my recordings since joining Muziboo! Back then, I did not know how to use Background shruthi and knew nothing about EQing, reverb, multiple takes and punches. I hadn’t even thought of doing some homework to correct the Urdu diction which sounds pathetic when i listen to it now. One of those pristine days before I got currupt with using technology! :). I have just applied compression to the old file before posting here.

The influence of the Mellisai Mannar’s works on my family has been so overwhelming. In their own words, “They walk MSV, talk MSV, breathe MSV”. So I grew up listening to his songs, some of them so rare……as this one by SJ. Set to the lyrics of none other than P.B.Srinivas, “Tu hai Raja” is one of SJ’s best songs in MSV’s music. Her flawless Urdu pronunciation captivates the listener equally as her intoxicating voice.You can see the video of the song in You Tube.

I could not get the Tamil version of the song but the very last line and the tune that I heard years ago stayed indelibly in my mind. Hence the medley of words towards the end of the song……

Please let me have your valuable comments and suggestions. Thanks for listening! :)

Movie: Aakali Raajyam/ Varumaiyin niram Sivappu
Music Director: Mellisai Mannar
Originally sung by: S.Janaki

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Uthra said

Adithi: Beautiful singing and liked the medley. Yes, as Vidhya put it, effortless singing. Liked it. Happy b’day Janaki Amma.

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Khawer Khilji Pro user said

Beautiful rendition Adithi jee and a very nice happy birthday indeed.I enjoyed my listening.

Khawer

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Srikumaran Menon Pro user said

Great Singing…….Good Luck
Music is Godly and His presence is felt in all kinds of music. Good Luck and Cheers to everyone……….

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Kumaran said

I am a hardcore SJ fan and this was a treat to listen by another hardcore fan!!!! Happy birthday, SJ!!!!

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Rinu Srinivasan said

Hmmm….lovely lovely!!

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Babu Nm said

adhiti beautiful .you have modulated your voice very well thanks for sharing
may god bless you and bw with you always

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Adithi said

Thanks a lot, folks! :) I am glad that there still are people who can enjoy such rare, long-forgotten gems from yesterdecades. :)

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Subhashini Mukund said

Wow akka. Beautiful birthday gift for the legend. Romba azhaga irundhudhu. You sounded exactly like SJ in higher registers. Thank you for this wonderful rendition.

Regards
Subha

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Meena (on & off from muziboo) said

ha ha….Loved it tons!!!Epdi andha sangathi ellam palich palichnu vandhu vizhardhu.Real God’s gift…Really feels awesome to have u around ka…Long live janakiamma!!!

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Ajay kumar said

Wonderfully executed!

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u have an angel like voice very well breath
control. these songs r always hard to sing
without music. my hats off to you………………

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Biju Ramachandran Pro user said

happy bday janaki amma!
super rendition for a super singer and human being.
yur gesture is highly appreciated adithi.
way to go pal.
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Max Vala said

Adithi,

You sang nicely with good feel.

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Rekha swaminathan (on and off...) said

:)))))) picturising Sridevi’s dreamy sequence and Pratap’s angry face. Somehow, Pratap’s character stays more clearly in memory, than the leading ones….simply for his angry bursts and funny language… :P lol….
So cute Adithi, and wishes to SJ! I don’t think the current generation would produce stars like her, SPB, Chitra, KJY and others….sorry…no….
Again you managed to find a rare melody among thousands… :) loved it…
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Ahalya * in love with music * said

Adhikka- very nice song and beautifully sung!!
Priyamudan,
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Bharathi Dinesh said

Beautiful song……very well sung Adithi, as always Long live S.J!
Adithi,Ennama pesarthu un kural….hats off!

:$ me too had an opportunity to sing on stage….in front of S.J in Kamaraj Memorial Hall……but not in my voice….Ilayaraja’s voice….Nila athu =)) I wish i could sing her baby voice in front of her =))
cheers,

Bhar-Din

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Gopi Shanmugam said

Ennavendru Solvadhamma…. Amazing…
Sangathis…. WOW

…Gopi

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Deepesh A k(indefinitely on and off) said

2 days appram ippo thaan enakku muziboo open aachu……vantha odanaye sema tribute ;-)……Sema expressing……Wonderful……
Cheers
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Sukumar Varier said

Happy Birthday to our Janaki amma. Your tribute to her is really memorable. You sang it with ease and involvement,with the sangathees,in its pristine clarity. A nice treat,indeed.
Regards, Sukumar

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Satish Vammi said

Nice one Adithi….there is some purity in unplugged, impromptu versions….i like it

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Adithi said

Subha, Meena, Ajay, Neil, Deepa, Biju, Maxji, Rekha, Allu, Gopi, Deepesh, Sukumarji, Harry, Deblina, Satish

Thanks a million for all your comments and wishes! I am sure they will all reach SJ somehow! :)

Bhar-Akka: Me also did not sing in her baby voice- it was only a patriotic song that I sang :P

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Subhash David Pro user said

Adithi, Beautiful singing….enjoyed
Many many happy returns of the day, Janakiammma !!!

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Ibolya Horváthné orbán -away.. said

This is a wow!I can hear the beauty of your voice!Just like I would be near you!Loved it!

Music has no boundaries !

Ibolya

Kitcha

Swamy Kitcha said

May our Janakki amma lead a peaceful and a healthy life. It’s sad we will be
missing her voice in the new movies but she has already given enough to live our life on :). What a Legend !!!

Adithi, fabulous clean singing. With your kind of voice and
dynamics, it’s proven that you don’t even need a track to back your voice. Keep it up. it’s a great dedication to the living legend. I truly hope Janaki amma gets to hear this.
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Sudha Kumar (on a break) said

Superb unplugged birthday tribute to SJ, Adithi! Yes, music so beautiful that emanates from your throat does not even need any backing sometimes…
Loved it, to favs! :-)
-Sudha

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Revathi Vasanth (away) said

Loved your voice in this piece… unplugged always brings out the best!

Liked a lot!

Cheers

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Sukumar R ( far away ) said

arumainga…this unplugged s really different…very well done…fresh irukku kekrathukku…

lovely dedication.

happy birthday janaki ji

ayyo enna inga ore “sukumar” padaiyeduppa irukku…?aditi yarunga ivungellam…??

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Rajeev Onv(away on a long break) said

Adithi, nice of you to pay birthday respects to one of the outstanding singers of our time. Excellent singing, the melody was flowing effortlessly-a fitting tribute to SJ!
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Hi Adithi Chechi,
Beautiful singing…………….:)
Lovely Voice tooooooooo
GREAT!!!
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Srini S said

Its very difficult to sing without bgm adithi.You have done a great job and yes i have
listened to this song while watching the movie.Excellent composition and beautiful
singing with perfect diction by the legend.Your diction is not bad.Keep it up and nice
dedication.My sincere belated wishes to the legend.All the best.

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Dwarak S said

Nice dedication cover on SJ’s birthday. 72 years la kooda avanga voice cute thaan…… 82 years la kooda Adithi akka unga voice sooperb. Lyrics semaya irukku…. Gr8 to hear ur voice as an unplugged version…. Very nice thought akka….
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Roshine Gnanatharshan. said

Akka….pinnitinga ponga……
Sorry for being late here.
even without fx reverb blah blah blah it sounds lovely…….
liked it akka.
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Hamsapriya Pro user said

Superb singing Adithi

Love ur voice in this unplugged version

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Adithi said

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Apologies for the delay in acknowledging your very kind comments. Thanks a lot! :)

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Sojan Chacko said

Wow beautiful singing and what a voice!

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Dr. priya Rajan said

Adithi this is beautiful, enjoyed it a lot:)
Keep singing dear and God Bless U always.

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Adithi said

Thank you Sojan, Srividhya, Doctor and Yogeshji! :)

Peace if possible, but truth at any rate – Martin Luther

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Maruthi said

aval oru navarasa naadagam……anandha kavidhayin aalayam …….( ulagam sutrum vaaliban composition ) see that “yen nenjil thanthaen oridam” finish on the charanam is the replica of “duniya valo seno dare….”

Impressive singing adithi loved it all the way….and myself as u know a humble addict for sj expression….and qualities of singing….happy b day janaki ma. We love u.
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Mathangi said

beautiful!!! :)
regards
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Kala Vijay Pro user said

what a birthday gift to our beloved janaki amma.you sung it so effortlessley adithi.
u r a star.very nice to hear this unplugged version.

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Adithi said

Thank you Mathangi and Kala Aunty! :)

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Saqib Javed said

waowww great singing adithii …but diction issues adithii…

0:14 0:49 “fir” its "Phir
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1:59 to 2:02 kHiley and kHuley H pronunciaion…

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Lavanya Raghuraman said

Great adithi… romba nalla irundudu. bet,this is not a easy song to sing .
a few places , pitiching problems irundudu but thats nothin compared to the rendition as a whole
thanks for sharing this song with us
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Tara Balakrishnan said

lovely rendition Adithi!! enjoyed all the way!
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Adithi said

Thanks Saqib! As mentioned earlier, I failed to do the homework on diction for this song :P

@Lavanya- Welcome back! Engammaa appappo kaanaama poidare!? :D Hope to hear a song from you soon.

@Tara- Thank you :)

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Suresh r (slowly slowly slowly....on the track) said

Adhithiji…….After reading the details given by you , now i feel that my wish for making you to sing with me is too much !!! Coz , you are superb !!! And i am forced to quote a line here from the song “Unnai nan ariven….(Guna)”….That is….“Neeyo Vanam vittu mannil vantha tharakai……Nano yarum vanthu thangi sellum malikai….”……Likewise , superb ma….Great voice even though you have detailed about the ignorance of technical aspects that time……Great……The in between ’Sangathi’s are while Thundupallavi’s are great….Answerless……
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