Singer S. Janaki refuses to accept Padma Bhushan

Updated: Jan 26, 2013, 10:18 AM IST

Chennai: Expressing dissatisfaction over the number of people from South India figuring in the Padma awards list for 2013, southern playback singer Sreeramamurthy Janaki Friday refused to accept Padma Bhushan award announced for her on the eve of 64th Republic Day.

"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 reporters.

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 a long association with singer S.P. Balasubramanyam. The two have sung more than 1,000 songs together.

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