Chennai, Jan 26 : Renowned South Indian playback singer S Janaki today rejected the Padma Bhushan Award conferred on her by the Central Government on the occasion of the 64th Republic Day.
Ms Janaki said she had decided to reject the award as south artistes were not given due recognition and importance.The 74-year-old veteran singer said she has decided to reject the prestigious award dissatisfed 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', she added. Ms Janaki,who made made her singing debut in 1957 Tamil film 'Vidhiyin Vilayattu', has sung more than 15,000 songs in an illustrious career spanning nearly five decades across all southern languages and also in Hindi. She has a good association with popular singer S P Balasubramanyam as the duo together havesung more than 1,000 songs. She has won four National Awards, besides the Tamil Nadu Government's Kalamamani award.