When contacted by UNI, Murali informed that Ms Janaki was away from Hyderabad where she is settled now moving from Chennai six months ago, said 'My mother was not even intimated about the Central government's decision to confer the honour on her. "Somebody called her and said she was being given Padma Bhushan," he said. "It is as though the award is being given simply because one more artist is there to be honoured," he charged, and said "accepting it would tantamount to setting a bad example."
"Although rejecting it can also be seen as a bad example," he said and averred "under the circumstances in which the award was given my mother rejected it." It may be recalled that Ms Janaki had observed yesterday on being informed that she had been chosen for the Padma Bhushan award that 'Bharat Ratna' would have been the honour befitting her status. Murali said his mother (Ms Janaki)'s hardships and hard work she had to put in to reach her present status in the Music world was too well known. "She had set an example for many, especially to those with a health handicap like asthma. She had sung with distinction bearing this handicap of hers for years, he pointed out.