S Varalakshmi

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Mrs S. Varalakshmi, also known as S. Varalaxmi (b. 1927) is a veteran Telugu and Tamil actress and singer. She is popular for her songs in movies like Mahamantri Timmarasu and Venakateswara Mahatyam. Her roles as Sivaji's wife in Veerapandiya Kattabomman (film) and important roles in Poova Thalaiyaa, Savale Samali,Maattukkara Velan and Neethikku thalaivanangu won her critical acclaim as a talented singer and actress.

[edit] Biography

Varalakshmi was born in Jaggampeta, Andhra Pradesh, India. She started her career as child artist in saint role in Balayogini, when she was nine years old. Her first successful movie was Balaraju in 1948. She later acted with all top heroes in Telugu industry. She was also famous for her voice, and sung her songs in all movies she acted. In her later career, she acted in mother and aunt roles. She married film producer A L Srinivasan and has two children. She continued to act after marriage in senior roles in Telugu and Tamil cinema.

[edit] Honors and Awards

She has received several awards commending her service to tamil cinema. The most recent ones were:

  • Sivaji Ganesan Memorial Award Presented by the Sivaji Family in Oct 2007
  • Kavignar Kannadasan Award presented by the Tamil Nadu Government in 2004

[edit] Filmography

Note: The lists are not comprehensive.

Actress

  • Guna, 1992, as Mannonmani
  • Adutha Vaarisu
  • Kanakathara
  • Kodarikam
  • Lawyer Suhasini
  • Mamakaaram
  • Sathi Thulasi
  • Tingu Rangu
  • Vayyari Bhama
  • Nathayil Muthu, 1973, as Varadhachari's Wife
  • Bala Bharatam, 1972, as Gandhari
  • Bomma Borusa, 1971, as Parvathamma
  • Prem Nagar, 1971
  • Aadarsa Kutumbam, 1969
  • Apoorva Piravaigal, 1967
  • Bhama Vijayam, 1967
  • Satya Harishchandra, 1965
  • Bavru Vahana, Tamil
  • Babruvahana, 1964, as Chitrangada
  • Lava Kusa, 1963, as Bhoodevi
  • Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham, 1963 as Rukmini
  • Mahamantri Timmarasu, 1962
  • Sri Venkateswara Mahatmyam, 1960
  • Mangalya Balam, 1958
  • Chakravarthi Thirumagal, 1957
  • Sati Savitri, 1957, as Savitri
  • Kanakatara, 1956
  • Ethirparadathu, 1954, as Nalini
  • Sati Sakkubai, 1954, as Sakkubai
  • Swapna Sundari, 1950
  • Vali Sugriva, 1950
  • Jeevitham, 1949, as Lakshmi
  • Balaraju, 1948
  • Palnati Yudham, 1947, as Maanchala
  • Mayalokam, 1945
  • Raitu Bidda, 1939, as Beggar Girl
  • Seva Sadan, 1938
  • Balayogini, 1936

Singer

  • Satya Harishchandra, 1965
  • Mahamantri Timmarasu, 1962
  • Sati Sakkubai, 1954
  • Swapna Sundari, 1950
  • Jeevitham, 1949
  • Balaraju, 1948
  • Palnati Yudham, 1947
  • Mayalokam, 1945
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