December 12, 1931
Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh
|Spouse(s)||Sankamaranchi Srinivasa Rao (marriage in 1947)|
Sankaramanchi Janaki (born December 12, 1931), popularly known as Shavukar Janaki (Telugu షావుకారు జానకి; Tamil: சௌகார் ஜானகி; Kannada: ಸಾಹುಕಾರ್ ಜಾನಕಿ), is a south-Indian actress who has acted in over 385 Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam films. She also performed on stage in over 300 shows, and performed for TANA all over the United States in 2 Telugu plays created by actor Murali Mohan. At age 11, she was a radio artist in Telugu programs. She started her acting career when she had a three-month-old baby and went on to become a popular actress with hits such as Sowcar (Telugu), Pudhiya Paravai (Tamil), Iru Kodugal (Tamil). She also played lead roles with famous directors such as Dada Mirasee, K Balachandar. She is the elder daughter of T. Venkoji Rao, paper technologist (England), and Sachi Devi. She completed matriculation from Gauhati University in Assam and has received honorary Doctorate from University of Arizona.
Shaukar Janaki served as Jury member for the National Indian Films awards committee and as chair person for State Telugu Films awards committee. She has two daughters and a son, four grandchildren and two great granddaughters. Her son and second daughter have been living in the US for more than 25 years. She loves gardening, cooking and helping the needy in her own humble way.
First movie in Telugu: "Shavukar" by Vijaya productions. Played the leading role paired with Sri N. T. Rama Rao.
Acted as heroine with A. Nageswara Rao, N.T.R, Jaggaiah, Sivaji Ganesan, M.G.R, Gemini Ganesan and many others.
Acted in 10 Kannada films opposite Dr. RajKumar. Actress Vaishnavi is her grand daughter. She's also a fabulous actress[malayalam films mrugaya.aham. mackal mahathmyam]. She is the elder sister of Telugu actress, Krishna Kumari
- State and Film Fare and Film Fans awards for best actress category.
- Honored with Kalaimamani title as MGR award by Tamil Nadu government
- SIIMA Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013
A very short list of her films are listed below -
|1987||Samsaram Oka Chadarangam||Telugu|
|Shabda Vedi||Kannada||Raj Kumar|
|Mahi Sha Sura Mardine||Kannada|
|1978||Thayige Thakka Maga||Kannada|
|Pudaya Paravai||Tamil||Sivaji Ganesan|
|Uyarnda Manidan||Tamil||Sivaji Ganesan|
|Paarthal pasi therum||Tamil||Sivaji Ganesan|
|Motor sundaram pillai||Tamil||Sivaji Ganesan|
|Paar Magale Paar||Tamil||Sivaji Ganesan|
|2012||Vanavarayan Vallavarayan||Tamil||Krishna Kulasekaran|
|2014||Pungi Daasa||Kannada (Releasing on 30th May)||R.N.Sudarshan|