Asha Sarath

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Asha Sarath
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Born (1971-07-19) 19 July 1971 (age 46)
Perumbavoor, Kerala, India
Residence Dubai
Nationality india
Occupation Actress, program producer, dancer
Years active 1996–1997; 2007–2009
2011–present
Spouse(s) Sharath Varier
Children 2
Website ashasharath.com

Asha Sarath is an Indian classical dancer and actress who predominantly works in Malayalam films and Malayalam TV soaps.[1] She is a well versed dancer in Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kuchipudi, and Kathakali. She rose to fame through the TV soap Kumkumapoovu (2011–14). She's popular for her roles in the films Zachariayude Garbhinikal (2013), Drishyam (2013), Varsham (2014), Angels (2014), Papanasam (2015), King Liar (2016), Anuraga Karikkin Vellam (2016), Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol (2017), Pullikkaran Staraa (2017), and Bhaagamathie (2018). She won two Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actress for her performances in the films Drishyam and Anuraga Karikkin Vellam.

Personal life[edit]

Asha Sharath was born as the daughter of V. S. Krishnan Kutty, a retired employee of Travancore Rayons and Kalamandalam Sumathi, managing director of Natyalaya School of Classical Dance. A renowned dancer, Kalamandalam Sumathi has won several awards and accolades including Sangeetha Nataka Academy Fellowship, Award from Kerala Kalamandalam and National Award from Akshaya. It was her mother who initiated Asha to the world of Indian classical dance. Asha started learning dance at the tender age of three. Her father and two brothers Balagopal and Venugopal were her biggest inspiration to become a dancer. She is graduated from Sree Sankara College Kalady

Asha came to Dubai in 1995, following her marriage with T. V. Sharath. They have two daughters Uthara and Keerthana.[2] They are settled in Dubai.[3]

Career[edit]

Dance is a heritage bequeathed to Asha by none other than her legendary mother, Smt. Kalamandalam Sumathy. She is now an outstanding dancer among the Contemporary young Indian Classical Dancers with many accolades to her credit. Asha’s first gurus in Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattom were her mother and uncle Ravikumar. She learned Kuchipudi from Guru Vinayachandran Master and Anitha Janaki Teacher. Asha has also learned Kathakali and her gurus are the late Darpana Govindan Namboothiri, Kalanilayam Madhu and RLV Radhakrishnan.

Asha came to Dubai in 1995, following her marriage with T V Sharath. The same year she joined Radio Asia FM, where she worked as an RJ and programme producer for around eight years. Asha launched her dream venture, Kairali Kalakendram, in the year 2003. Kairali Kalakendram Group, comprising centres in Ghusais, Discovery Gardens, Karama and Sharjah, is affiliated to Natyalaya, a renowned dance institute based in Kerala. This institute, established 52 years ago by Kalamandalam Sumathy, the mother and guru of Asha Sharath, is recognized by the Government of India. In addition to the branches in India, the institute also has its branches in Brazil, UK and the USA.

Asha has won many awards for her exceptional achievements as a dancer. They include Swathi Thirunal Award, Akshaya Desiya Award, Kaladarpana Award and Mayilpeeli Award by Guruvayur Devaswom. In 1992, she was selected as the Best Dancer of the Year at All India University Level. Besides, she has received Gold Medal for Artistic Excellence from Maharaja of Banaras, Kalaratna Swathi Thirunal Award 2006, Kalathilakam title and Akshaya Desiya Puraskaram.

Asha Sharath bagged best second actress award for the telefilm Nizhalum Nilavum Parayunnathu. Following that, she was offered the role of Prof Jayanthi in the mega serial Kunkumappoovu. That role in the popular mega serial gave a break to her acting career.

Her first feature film was Friday. The other movies she has acted till now are Karmayodha, Buddy, Ardha Nari, Zachariyayude Garbhinikal, Drishyam and its Tamil version Papanasam, Kannada version Drishya, Angels, Varsham, Kamal Hassan-starred Thoongavanam, Pavada, Anuragakarikkin vellam, King Liar, Munthirivallikal thalirkkumbol, 1971 Beyond Borders, Vishwasapoorvam Mansoor, Sunday Holiday, Pullikkaran Staara and Bhaagamathie.

Asha has received Asianet Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress for Pavada /Anuraga Karikkin Vellam, Won North American Film Award for Best Supporting Actress, Vanitha Film Awards for excellence in performance and Asiavision award for Best supporting actress for Pavada/AnuragaKarikkin vellam, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress, Malayalam for Anuraga Karikkin Vellam,SIIMA Award for Best Actress – Malayalam, Anuraga Karikkin Vellam,SIIMA Award for Best Actress – Malayalam (Critics Choice) Anuraga Karikkin Vellam in 2017. Asha won Filmfare Award for the Best Supporting Actress for her role in Drishyam. She has also won awards of Jaihind TV, Amrutha TV and Asianet for her performance in the movie. Varsham has won for her Critics Award and Ramu Karyat Award for the Best Actress. In 2013, she won Best Supporting Actress Awards from both Jaihind TV and Asianet. She has received Amrita TV’s Award for the Best Supporting Actress too. In 2014, she won the Asianet Film Award and Jaihind TV’s award for the Best Character Artist. Asha has also been selected for the Asianet Television Award for three years consecutively and won the Golden Star of the Year Award. Besides, she has won Kerala State’s Best Tele Actress Award, Asia Vision’s Best Actress Award, Lohitadas Award for Best Actress, Adoor Bhasi Foundation’s Best Actress Award, and Kerala Film Audience Council’s Best Actress Award.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2012 Friday Parvathy Malayalam
2012 Karmayodha Arathy Malayalam
2012 Ardhanaari Balu Menan's wife Malayalam Guest appearance
2013 Buddy Meenakshi Malayalam
2013 Zachariayude Garbhinikal Susan Malayalam
2013 Drishyam IG Geetha Prabhakar Malayalam
2014 Drishya IG Roopa Chandrasekhar Kannada
2014 Varsham Nandini Malayalam
2014 Angels Haritha Menon Malayalam
2015 Papanasam IG Geetha Prabhakar Tamil
2015 Thoongaa Vanam Dr. Sujatha Tamil Bilingual film
2015 Cheekati Rajyam Telugu
2016 Pavada Sicily Malayalam
2016 King Liar Devika Varma Malayalam
2016 Anuraga Karikkin Vellam Suma Malayalam
2016 Aanandam Dia's Mother Malayalam Photo presence
2017 Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol Indulekha Malayalam Guest appearance
2017 1971: Beyond Borders Parvathy Sahadevan Malayalam
2017 Viswasapoorvam Mansoor Fathibi Malayalam
2017 Sunday Holiday Dr. Sreedhanya Malayalam
2017 Pullikkaran Staraa Manjari Anthony Malayalam
2018 Bhaagamathie Vaishnavi Natarajan Telugu
Tamil
2018 Bhayanakam Gowri Kunjamma Malayalam Post Production
2018 Drama TBA Malayalam Filming
2018 Pavizhamally Sugathakumari Malayalam Announced

Television[edit]

Title Language Role Channel Notes
Kumkumapoovu Malayalam Professor Jayanthi Asianet
Munch Dance Dance Malayalam Celebrity Judge Asianet Reality Show
Munch stars Malayalam Judge/Grand finale host Asianet Reality show
Nizhalum Nilavum Parayunnathu Malayalam Anupama Amrita TV
Ponnum Poovum Malayalam Thara Amrita TV
Dream City Malayalam Menon's wife Surya TV
Indulekha Malayalam Doordarshan
Alapanam Malayalam Doordarshan
Kalathilakam Malayalam Doordarshan
Jathaka Kathakal Malayalam Doordarshan
Michaelinte Santhathikal Malayalam Sonia Doordarshan

Awards[edit]

Year Award Film/Serial Result Ref
2010 Kerala Statem Television Awards for Second Best Actress Nizhalum Nilavum Parayunnathu Won
2012 Asianet Television Awards for Best Actress Kumkumapoovu Won
Asianet Television Awards for Best Popular Actress Nominated
Asiavision Television Awards for Best Female Actor Won
2013 Asianet Television Awards for Golden star of the year Won
Asianet Television Awards for Best Actress Nominated
Asiavision Television Awards for Outstanding Performance Won
Frame, the fraternity for Arts and Media Entertainment Media awards 2012 for Best Actress Won
2014 Asianet Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress Drishyam Won
Jaihind TV Film Awards for Best Actress (Character) Won
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam Won
3rd South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
Asiavision Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) Won
2015 Amrita Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress Won
Asianet Film Awards for Best Character Actress Varsham Won
Asianet Film Awards for Best Actress Nominated
Ramu Kariat Movie Awards for Best Actress Won
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards for Best actress Won
Atlas-Film Critics Awards for Best Actress Won
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam Nominated
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada Drishya Nominated
2016 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil Papanasam Nominated
Vikatan Award for Best Villain female Won[4]
IIFA UTSAVAM Best Supporting actress -Tamil Nominated
2017 Asianet Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress Pavada /Anuraga Karikkin Vellam Won
North American Film Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
Vanitha Film Awards for excellence in performance Won
Asiavision award for Best supporting actress Won
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam Anuraga Karikkin Vellam Won
SIIMA Award for Best Actress – Malayalam Anuraga Karikkin Vellam Nominated
SIIMA Award for Best Actress – Malayalam (Critics Choice) Anuraga Karikkin Vellam Won
Asiavision AwardsExcellence in Malayalam Cinema Viswasapoorvam Mansoor Won

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