Jamuna (actress)

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Jana Bai

(1936-08-30) 30 August 1936 (age 83)[1]
OccupationActor, politician
Years active1954 - 1983
Spouse(s)Juluri Ramana Rao
(m. 1965 -2014) until death
ChildrenVamsikrishna (b.1966)
Sravanthi (b. 1968)
Parent(s)Father : Srinivasan Rao
Mother : Kowsalyadevi

Jamuna (born 30 August 1936) is a veteran Telugu actress, a director and a politician. She made her acting debut at the age of 16 in Dr. Garikapati Rajarao's Puttillu (1953),[1] and received her breakthrough with L. V. Prasad's Missamma. Her portfolio also includes Tamil movies.[2] She won two Filmfare Awards.

Early life[edit]

Jamuna was born in Hampi, Karnataka, to Nippani Srinivasan Rao, a Madhwa Brahmin and a businessman, and Kausalyadevi, a Vaishya. She was named Jana Bai. She grew up in Duggirala, Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh state, India.[1] When Savitri was performing drama in Duggirala, she stayed in Jamuna's house. Later, Savitri invited Jamuna to act in films. She entered as heroine in movies at the age of 14.[citation needed] Jamuna's mother tongue is Kannada.[3]


Jamuna was a stage artist in school. Her mother taught her vocal music and harmonium. Dr. Garikipati Raja Rao (see Indian People's Theatre Association IPTA) watched her stage show Maa Bhoomi and gave her offer to act in his movie Puttillu in 1952.[1]

She acted in 198 films in Telugu and other south Indian languages. She also acted in Hindi films, winning the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Milan (1967), repeating her role from the original Telugu film Mooga Manasulu (1964).

She also established Telugu artist association and doing social service through it for the last 25 years.

She joined Congress party in 1980s and was elected to the Lok Sabha from Rajahmundry constituency in 1989. She then retired from politics but briefly campaigned for the B.J.P. in 1990s.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She married Professor Juluri Ramana Rao, a zoology professor in Osmania University, in 1965; he died on 10 November 2014 aged 86 due to cardiac arrest.[4] They have a son, Vamsikrishna and daughter, Sravanthi. They live in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.






  1. Aadarsha Sathi (1955)
  2. Bhookailasa (1956)
  3. Rathnagiri Rahasya (1957)
  4. Sakshatkara (1971)
  5. Guru Sarwabhowma Sri Raghavendra
  6. Karune (1980)
  7. Chadarangam (1967)


  1. Miss Mary (1957)
  2. Ek Raaz (1963)
  3. Hamrahi (1963)
  4. Beti Bete (1964)
  5. Rishte Nate (1965)
  6. Milan (1967) .... Wins FilmFare Best Supporting Actress award
  7. Lady Tarzan (1990)


  1. ^ a b c d Narasimham, M. L. (1 September 2013). "PUTTILLU (1953)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 30 August 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  2. ^ Madhavan, Pradeep (23 January 2015). "அமுதாய்ப் பொழிந்த நிலவு -அந்தநாள் ஞாபகம்" [The immortal Moon – Memories of the good old days]. The Hindu (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 11 June 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Koffee with Yamuna Kishore#11 - Jamuna - Idreams - Published 10Apr2017".
  4. ^ http://www.andhrajyothy.com/Artical.aspx?SID=47260&SupID=29
  5. ^ "The Times of India Directory and Year Book Including Who's who". 1973.

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