S. Varalakshmi

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S. Varalakshmi
Born 13 August 1925
Jaggampeta, Andhra Pradesh
Died 22 September 2009 (aged 84)
Chennai, India
Occupation Singer, actress
Years active 1935–1992
Spouse(s) A. L. Srinivasan

Saridey Varalakshmi (13 August 1925 – 22 September 2009), popularly known as S. Varalakshmi, was a veteran Telugu and Tamil actress and singer. She was popular for her roles and songs in Telugu movies like Mahamantri Timmarasu and Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam and Tamil movies like Veerapandiya Kattabomman and Poovaa Thalaiyaa.

Life[edit]

Varalakshmi was born in Jaggampeta, Andhra Pradesh, India. She started her career as child artist in saint role in Balayogini (1937), when she was nine years old. Gudavalli Ramabramham was engaged by the pioneer filmmaker K. Subrahmanyam to direct the Telugu version of this movie. He spotted young Varalakshmi in Kurnool. Subramanyam later cast her in his classic Seva Sadanam (1938) with M. S. Subbulakshmi.[1] She played a young friend of the heroine (M.S.), and they became close friends. She played a young girl's role in Parasuraman (Tamil, 1940) along with T. R. Mahalingam. T. R. Sundaram, cast her in a major role in his box office hit 'Aayiram Thalai Vaangi Apoorva Chinthamani' (1947). The title role was played by V. N. Janaki. The film was a major success and Govindan and Varalakshmi made an attractive pair. T. R. Sundaram cast her again in the lead role in 'Bhojan' (1948). Her first successful movie was Balaraju in 1948 produced and directed by Ghantasala Balaramaiah. She later acted with all top heroes in Telugu and Tamil industries including Sivaji Ganesan (Veerapandiya Kattabbomman), M. G. Ramachandran (Chakravarthi Thirumagal, Maattukara Velan, Needhikku Thalaivanangu), Gemini Ganesan (Poova Thalaiya), N. T. Rama Rao (Lava Kusha), A. Nageswara Rao(ANR) (Balaraju), Chittor V. Nagaiah (Naga Panchami), Ranjan (En Magan) and R. S. Manohar (Maamiyaar). She was also famous for her voice, and sung her songs in all movies she acted. Her roles as Sivaji's wife in Veerapandiya Kattabomman, and important roles in Poova Thalaiyaa, Savale Samali, Maattukkara Velan, Shivaji's sister in Raja Raja Chozhan and Neethikku thalaivanangu won her critical acclaim as a talented singer and actress in Tamil movies. In her later career, she acted in mother and aunt roles. She married film producer A. L. Srinivasan, an elder brother of Kavignar Kannadasan; they had two children. She continued to act after marriage in senior roles in Telugu and Tamil cinema. She sang many beautiful songs in Tamil films.

Her son, S. Murugan (aged 48), passed away after a cardiac arrest in Chennai on 22 October 2013.

Death[edit]

Varalakshmi was bedridden during the last 6 months of her life after she fell and injured her back. She died on 22 September 2009.[2]

Honors and awards[edit]

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

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

Filmography[edit]

Note: The lists are not comprehensive.

Year Film Language Character Songs Music !
1937 Balayogini Telugu Child Saint
1938 Sevasadanam Tamil
1939 Raithu Bidda Telugu Beggar Girl
1940 Illalu Telugu
1940 Parasuramar Tamil G. Ramanathan
1940 Sathi Murali Tamil
1944 Jagathalaprathapan Tamil G. Ramanathan
1945 Mayalokam Telugu Galipenchala Narasimha Rao
1947 Palnati Yudham Telugu Maanchala * Chandamama O Chandamama Jaalirada Neeku Naameeda
* Oho Charusheela Oho Veerabala
Galipenchala Narasimha Rao
1947 Aayiram Thalai Vangi Aboorva Chithamani Tamil * Kaadhal Aaginen G. Ramanathan
1947 Thulasi Jalandar Tamil M. D. Parthasarathi
1948 Balaraju Telugu Seetha * Evarine Nenevarine Vagavagala Nenevarine
* O Balaraja Jaalileda Balaraja
* Roopama Neeyaraya Nijaroopamu Neeyaraya
C. R. Subburaman, Galipenchala Narasimha Rao and Ghantasala
1948 Bhojan Tamil * Bhagyasali Puvimel Naane C. R. Subburaman
1948 Chakradhari Tamil M. D. Parthasarathi
1948 Kaamavalli Tamil C. N. Pandurangan
1949 Jeevitham Telugu Lakshmi * Anandamouga Palleseema Daanadharmakillu Maa Palleseema R. Sudharsanam
1949 Navajeevanam Tamil * Eedilla Kathalar Name (with Ghantasala) Ghantasala
1950 Macha Regai Tamil * Odathe (with T. R. Mahalingam) C. R. Subburaman
1950 Swapna Sundari Telugu C. R. Subburaman
1950 Vaali Sugreeva Telugu
1951 Vanasundari Tamil * Azhagana Thadi Raja
* Nane Rani
C. R. Subburaman
1951 Mohanasundaram Tamil * Avarthane
* Vinmugil Kaana
* Oh Jegamathil Inbam Kanbathellam (with T. R. Mahalingam)
* Pulli Maanai Pole (with T. R. Mahalingam)
* Kanneerthano (with T. R. Mahalingam)
* Kanavilum Unai Maraven (with T. R. Mahalingam)
T. G. Linggappa
1952 Velaikkaran Tamil * Nane Rani R. Sudaharsanam
1952 Manavathi Tamil * O Saratha Balantrapu Rajinikantha Rao
1953 Maamiyaar Tamil * Arul Purivay
* Vazviniley Nannalithuve (with A. M. Rajah)
C. N. Pandurangan
1953 Shyamala Tamil Shyamala * Puthu Vazhvu
* Thaye Sangari (with M. S. Sarojini)
1954 Edhir Paradhathu Tamil Nalini C. N. Pandurangan
1954 Sati Sakkubai Telugu Sakkubai
1955 Nam Kuzhanthai Tamil * Ulagam Pora Thisai
* Ithayathile
1956 Kanakatara Telugu
1956 Naga Panchami Telugu
1957 Chakravarthi Thirumagal Tamil Dhurga * Ematramthana En Vazhvile
* Nalangittu Parpomadi (with A. P. Komala )
* Sollaley Vilakka Theriyale (with P. Leela)
G. Ramanathan
1957 Sati Savitri Telugu Savithri
1959 Veerapandiya Kattabomman Tamil Queen Jakkamma * Singara Kanne Un Thenoorum Sollale
* Vetrri Vadivelane.... Manam Kanintharul Vel Muruga (with V. N. Sundaram)
* Takku Takku Ena Adikkadi Thudikkum (with P. Suseela & A. P. Komala)
G. Ramanathan
1959 Veerapandya Kattabrahmana Telugu Queen Jakkamma * Chinnari Thalli
* Vijaya Varadayaka.... Prabho Krupakara (with B. Gopalam)
* Takku Takku Bada Bada (with S. Janaki & A. P. Komala)
G. Ramanathan
1959 Sivagangai Seemai Tamil * Thanimai Serndhadho
* Muthu Pugazh Padaitha (with Radha Jayalakshmi)
* Thendral Vanthu Veesatho (with T. S. Baghavathi)
Viswanathan Ramamoorthy
1960 Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam Telugu Mahalakshmi * Sri Devini Needu Deverini Sarisaatileni Sowbhagyavatini
* Varala Beramaya Vanaram Beramaya
Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1961 Krishna Prema Telugu
1962 Mahamantri Timmarusu Telugu Tirumaladevi * Leela Krishna Nee Leelalu Ne Leelaganaina Teliyanuga
* Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara
Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1962 Vadivukku Valaikaappu Tamil * Thaamadham Seiyathe Thozhi K. V. Mahadevan
1963 Lava Kusha Telugu Bhoodevi Ghantasala
1963 Lava Kusha Tamil Bhoodevi Ghantasala
1963 Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham Telugu Satyabhama Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1964 Babruvahana Telugu Chitrangada
1964 Babruvahana Tamil Chitrangada
1965 Satya Harishchandra Telugu Chandramathi * He Chandrachooda Madanantaka Shoolapane (with Ghantasala) Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1966 Shri Krishna Pandaviyam Telugu Kunti T. V. Raju
1967 Kandan Karunai Tamil Indrani * Velli Malai Mannava K. V. Mahadevan
1967 Neethikku Thalai Vanagu Tamil * Indha Pachai Kuzhantaikku Sevvanthi Poovinil
1967 Apoorva Piravaigal Tamil
1967 Shri Krishnavataram Telugu Draupadi T. V. Raju
1969 Thanga Surangam Tamil * Petramanam Sirayile T. K. Ramamoorthy
1969 Aadarsa Kutumbam Telugu
1969 Poova Thalaiya Tamil M. S. Viswanathan
1970 Drohi Telugu
1970 Maattukara Velan Tamil K. V. Mahadevan
1971 Bomma Borusa Telugu Parvathamma R. Govardhanam
1971 Prem Nagar Telugu K. V. Mahadevan
1971 Sri Krishna Satya Telugu Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1972 Bala Bharatam Telugu Gandhari S. Rajeswara Rao
1973 Karaikkal Ammaiyar Tamil * Anbe Sivam Endru Paduvome Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan
1973 Rajaraja Cholan Tamil Kundhavai * Eduthnatharadi Thillayile (with Seerkazhi Govindarajan)
* Thanjai Preiya Koyil Pallandu Vaazhgave (with Seerkazhi Govindarajan & T. R. Mahalingam)
Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan
1973 Devudu Chesina Manushulu Telugu Varalakshmi Ramesh Naidu
1973 Thirumalai Deivam Tamil * Neela Nira Megamellaam Neeye Kanna Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan
1973 Nathayil Muthu Tamil
1975 Abhimanavathi Telugu
1975 Yashoda Krishna Telugu S. Rajeswara Rao
1977 Sri Krishna Leelai Tamil * Nalla Naal K. V. Mahadevan
1977 Daana Veera Soora Karna Telugu Kunti Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1979 Kavariman Tamil * Sollavallaayo Kiliye Ilaiyaraja
1982 Dheviyin Thiruvilaiyadal Tamil
1983 Neti Bharatam Telugu K. Chakravarthi
1982 Dheviyin Thiruvilaiyadal Tamil
1984 Tharasu Tamil
1991 Guna Tamil Manonmani * Unnai Naan Ariven Ilaiyaraja
19 Kaaviya Thalaivi Tamil * Kavithaiyil Ezhuthiya (with P. Suseela) M. S. Viswanathan
19 Ilangeswaran Tamil * Jothimayamana S. M. Subbaiah Naidu

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