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Actress Soundarya Biography


Actress Soundarya Biography

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K. S. Sowmya (18 July 1972– 17 April 2004), better known by her stage name Soundarya, was an Indian actress who worked predominantly in Telugu films in addition to Kannada and Tamil films. In 2002, she received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film as producer for the Kannada film Dweepa. She has also received three Nandi Awards, two Karnataka State Film Awards for Best Actress and several Filmfare Awards South for her performances in films such as Ammoru (1994), Pavitra Bandham (1996), Anthahpuram (1998), Raja (1999), Doni Saagali (1998), Dweepa (2002), and Apthamitra (2004). She was one of the highest-paid actresses in Telugu cinema and acted in more than 100 films in a span of 12 years. Soundarya was popularly referred as "Savitri of modern Telugu cinema".

Personal Life and Education

Soundarya was born in Mulbagal and brought up in Bangalore, Karnataka. Her parents are K. S. Sathyanarayana and Manjula Her father was a Kannada film writer-producer. She discontinued her M.B.B.S. after her first year in Bangalore. Soundarya's birthdate has been reported inconsistently by the media. While several sources indicate the birthdate as 18 July 1972.

On 27 April 2003, she married G. S. Raghu, a software engineer by profession.

Early Career

Soundarya's first movie was the Kannada film Gandharva in 1992. In the same year, she acted in the Telugu movie Raithu Bharatham, with Krishna, directed by Tripuraneni Sriprasad alias Varaprasad. She acted in more than 100 movies, predominantly in Telugu, in a span of 12 years. Telugu actor Venkatesh has described her as "a thorough actress in Indian Cinema".

She began with lead roles in Kannada, her mother tongue, and went on to become the most popular actress in Telugu films. Her first film in Telugu was Rajendrudu Gajendrudu, directed by S. V. Krishna Reddy. Real commercial recognition came to her with Hello Brother (1994), directed by E. V. V. Satyanarayana, in which she starred alongside Nagarjuna and Ramya Krishna. She played an award-winning role in Ammoru, directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, starring alongside Ramya Krishna and Suresh and played the role of Bhavani, a devotee of Goddess Ammoru. She had eleven releases in 1995. In Tamil, she got major acclaim for her debut film Ponnumani, opposite Karthik and Sivakumar for playing the role of a mentally disabled person.


Soundarya had opened 3 schools for orphaned children in Bangalore, in the name of her father. After Soundarya's death, her mother Manjula started more schools, institutions and orphanages under the name "Amarsoundarya Vidyalayas" in Bangalore. 


On 17 April 2004, Soundarya died in an aircraft crash along with her brother Amarnath while travelling to Karimnagar from Bangalore during an election campaign to support Bharatiya Janata Party, which she had joined that year. 

The aircraft, a Cessna 180 owned by Agni Aerosports, took off at 11:05 a.m. and turned west before crashing on the campus of the Gandhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra of the University of Agricultural Sciences. It had reached only a height of 100 feet (30 m) and burst into flames. B. N. Ganapathi, one of the two persons working on the experimental fields of the university, who rushed to the aircraft to save the occupants, said the plane wobbled before the crash.


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