Thursday, August 16, 2012


S.Varalakshmi was a well acclaimed actress who acted mainly in Telugu and so many Tamil as well as Kannada Films.She will be ever remembered for her several prestigious roles in these languages and also for the enchanting melodious songs she sang in those films.In a career which spanned for more than five decades she could act in more than 500 films and sang hundreds of film songs in Telugu,Tamil and Kannada.
S.Varalakshmi was born in Jagampetta,Andhrapradesh on 13 Aug 1925 .She was  given Carnatic Music training from an young stage itself because of her attractive voice and  her flair for music.
S.Varalakshmi acted as a  child saint in the film 'Bala Yogini' when she was 9 years old.Later she appeared in K.Subramanyam's famous film 'Sevasadanam' with M.S.Subbulakshmi.She acted as an intimate  friend of M.S's character and in real life also they became close friends thereafter.S.Varalaksmi also conducted Carnatic Music concerts like M.S.Subbulakshmi.
S.Varalakshmi after the film  'Sevasadanam'  played a notable role in Tamil film 'Parasurama(1940) along  with T.R.Mahalingam.Then she acted in the blockbuster film 'Ayiram Thalai Vanagi Apoorva Chinthamony'.Its lead role was played by V.N.Janaki.She was cast in other successful films like 'Mayalokam' and Bhojan'.

In 1948 she played lead role in 'Balaraju' which turned to be a roaring success which was produced and directed by Ghandasala Balaramaiah.Because of the curse of Indra an Yaksha and Yakshini(Celestial beings) had to take human lives and Akkineni Nageswara Rao and S Varalakshmi acted as 'Balaraju' and 'Sita', the lead pair in that film.The film contained 19 songs out of which 9 were solo songs sung by Varalaksmi and two duets of Varalaksmi too.
In 1950 another hit film 'Swapna Sundari' of Ghandasala in which Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Varalakshmi acted was  released in Telugu and dubbed  in Tamil also.She used to sing songs for her character in all languages she acted.
'Veera Pandya Katta Bomman' was a super duper hit Tamil film of Sivaji  Ganesan produced and directed by B.R.Panthulu in 1959.Sivaji Ganesan,Gemini Ganesan,Padmini.Varalakshmi,V.K.Rama Swamy  etc acted in that first Tamil film  shot in Techni Colour.This movie ran for 100 days in 28 centres.Varalakshmi acted as 'Jakkamma' who was wife of Sivaji's title character role 'Veera Pandya Katta Bomman.
'Sri Venkiteswara Mahathmyam' was a film of 1960 in which N.T.Rama Rao was in the  main role.NTR acted as Maha Vishnu and Varalakshmi as Sree Lakshmi.
'Mahamantri Timmarasu' was another film which earned accolades for Varalaksmi which was also N.T.Rama Rao film.It was directed by Kamalakara Kamaleswara Rao.NTR acted as 'Krishna Devaraya' and Varalakshmi as 'Tirumala Devi' of Sreerangapatanam Kingdom.The film won National Silver medal award in 1962.
S.Varalakshmi acted with  M.G.Ramachandran in films like "Chakravarthi Thirumagal,Mattukkara Velan and Neethikku Thalai Vanangu".
'Satya Harichchandra' of 65 was N.T.Rama Rao and Varalakshmi film.This film contained 22 songs and poems.The songs of Ghandasala and Varalakshmi are
very popular.
In 1973 Tamil film 'Raja Raja Cholan' she acted as elder sister of 'Raja Raja Cholan' which was acted by Sivaji Ganesan.It was the first Tamil Cinemascope film.
In 1977 she acted in Tamil film 'Kandhan Karunai' in the role as 'Indrani'.
 1977 film 'Daana Veera Soora Karna' written,produced and directed by N.T.Rama Rao was another blockbuster film in which Varalakshmi acted as 'Kunti Devi'.NTR acted in three roles in this cinema.

She married A.L.Sreenivasan, a film producer who was brother of poet Kannadasan.She got 'Kalaimamani Award' and several other awards.

S.Varalakshmi passed away on 22 Sept 2009 at the age of 84.
Selected Filmography
Ayiram Thalai Vanagi Apoorva Chinthamony
Palnati Yudham
Swapna Sundari
Vali Sugreeva
Naga Panchami
Chakravarthi Thirumagal
Sati Savitri
Mangalya Balam
Siva Gangai Seema
Veera Pandaya Katta Bomman
Sri Venkiteswara Mahatmyam
Mahamantri Timmarasu
Lava Kusha
Sreekrishnarjuna Yudham
Panama pasama
Satya Harichchandra
Adarsha Kutumbam
Prem Nagar
Yasodha Krishna
Daana Veera Soora Karna

1 comment:

  1. a great artiste who do not get good recognition