Sreeramamurthy Janaki, the renowned playback singer, refused to accept the Padma Bhushan award. She refused on the grounds that only some people from the Southern states were awarded and that honour given to her was too late. The padma awards are announced every year on the occasion of Republic Day. Apart from Janaki, the other person from Tamil Nadu who was chosen for the Padma Bhusan was industrialist Ramamurthy Thyagarajan.
Major facts related to Sreeramamurthy Janaki
• S. Janaki was given Padma Bhushan award in Art discipline.
• She hails from Tamil Nadu state.
• She remained in her field for 55 years. She is 75 years old.
• The singer had won four national awards and was selected for Padma Bhushan in the art category, among 24 other padma bhushan awardees who were from different fields.