B. Jayashree

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B. Jayashree
Born (1950-06-09) June 9, 1950 (age 64)
Bangalore, India
Occupation theatre actor, theatre director

B. Jayashree (born June 9, 1950) is a veteran Indian theatre actor, director and singer, who has also acted in films and television. She is the creative director of Spandana Theatre, an amateur theatre company based in Bangalore, established in 1976.[1][2]

She was nominated to the Upper house of the Indian Parliament, Rajya Sabha in 2010. She was awarded the Padma Shri, fourth-highest civilian honour by Government of India in 2013.[3]

Her grandfather was noted theatre director, Gubbi Veeranna, who founded the Gubbi Veeranna Nataka Company.[4]

Early life and background[edit]

She was born in Bangalore to Basavaraj and Malathamma, and later graduated from the National School of Drama, Delhi in 1973,[5] where she trained under noted theatre director and teacher Ebrahim Alkazi.[6][7]


Over the years, she was worked in notable theatre personalities, including B. V. Karanth. She has acted in Kannada films, like Nagamandala (1997), Deveeri (1999) and Care of Footpath (2006).[4][8] She has also briefly remained the director of Mysore-based theatre institute, Rangayana.[9]

As a playback singer, she was performed in Kannada cinema, including the hit number "Car Car" for Kannada film, Nanna Preethiya Hudugi.[4]

In 1996, she was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for acting, given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama, and the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artists,[10] and later she was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 2010.[11] She has also received an honorary D. Litt degree from the Karnataka State Open University in 2009.[12]

Personal life[edit]

She married K. Ananda Raju in 2000, and the couple have a daughter.[5]


As actor
As playback singer


  1. ^ "Folk theatre festival by Spandana". The Hindu. Aug 19, 2005. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Four-day theatre festival in honour of Jayashree". Deccan Herald. June 21, 2010. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Padma Awards Announced" (Press release). Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "B Jayashree gets the Padmashree". The Times of India. Jan 27, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Detailed Profile - Smt. B. Jayashree - Members of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)". Government: National Portal of India. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Profile: "I Was Recognised For My Genius"". The Outlook. Dec 18, 1996. 
  7. ^ Rajan, Anjana (November 10, 2010). "Festive scene". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  8. ^ B. Jayashree at the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ "‘Aha!’ to entertain children in Mysore". The Hindu. Aug 31, 2009. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  10. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Sangeet Natak AkademiOfficial website. 
  11. ^ "Nominated Members Since 1952". Rajya Sabha. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  12. ^ "Ask government to build world-class theatres: Jayashree". The Hindu. Mar 7, 2009. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 

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