S. Varalakshmi

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S. Varalakshmi
S. Varalakshmi.jpg
S. Varalakshmi in 1951 Tamil film Saudamini
Born13 August 1925
Died22 September 2009 (aged 84)
Chennai, India
OccupationSinger, actress
Years active1935–1992
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 in Poova Thalaiya.

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 Ramabrahmam 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 M K Tyagaraja Bhagavatar in the classic Tamil film by B A Subba Rao called 'Syamala' in 1953; Sivaji Ganesan (Veerapandiya Kattabbomman), M. G. Ramachandran (Chakravarthi Thirumagal, Maattukara Velan, Needhikku Thalaivanangu), Gemini Ganesan (Poova Thalaiya), N. T. Rama Rao (Satya Harischandra), 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 Thalaiya, 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 named Nalini and Muruga 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, died after suffering cardiac arrest in Chennai on 22 October 2013. He lived for 48 years.

Her daughter Nalini is a homemaker with 2 children.

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 Director
1937 Balayogini Telugu Child Saint
1938 Sevasadanam Tamil
1939 Raithu Bidda Telugu Beggar Girl
1940 Illalu Telugu * Koyilokasari Vachi Koosi Poyane
* Neepai Mohamuno Krishna Nilupagalemoyi Krishna (with P. Suri Babu)
S. Rajeswara Rao
1940 Parasuramar Tamil G. Ramanathan
1942 Aaraichimani Tamil * Srinivasa Rao Shinde
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 Vaangi Apoorva Chinthamani 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)
* Jeeva Sugitha Anbe (with Ghantasala)
* Aananda Manoharaa
* Nalla Vaazhvu
* Sri Raamaa Raghugula Naayagaa
S. V. Venkataraman
1950 Macha Rekai Tamil * Odaadhe (with T. R. Mahalingam) C. R. Subburaman
1950 Swapna Sundari Telugu C. R. Subburaman
1950 Vaali Sugreeva Telugu
1951 Saudamini Tamil Hemavathi * S. V. Venkatraman
1951 Soudamini Telugu Hemavathi * S. V. Venkatraman
1951 Vanasundari Tamil * Azhagana Thadi Raja
* Nane Rani
C. R. Subburaman
1951 Mohana Sundaram Tamil Visalakshi * 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 Chinna Durai Tamil Indramani * T. G. Lingappa
1952 Velaikaran Tamil * Naane Raani En Maname
* Ezhil Vaan Mugam Thannaiye
* Kaadhalum Poi Aagume (with T. R. Mahalingam)
R. Sudharsanam
1952 Manavathi Tamil * O Saratha
* Vaaraai En Inba Vaazhve (with P. Leela)
Balantrapu Rajinikantha Rao
1953 Kodarikam Telugu C. N. Pandurangan
1953 Mamiyar Tamil * Arul Purivay
* Vazviniley Nannalithuve (with A. M. Rajah)
* Aiyirandu Thingalaayi
* Devi Eswari Jagathamba
* Singara Roopa Karunaa
C. N. Pandurangan
1953 Shyamala Tamil Shyamala * Pudhu Vaazhvu Kanden Naan Poovil
* Thaye Sangari (with M. S. Sarojini)
* Aha, Ahaa Naan Bhaagyasaali
G. Ramanathan, T. V. Raju & S. B. Dinakar Rao
1953 Vayyari Bhama Telugu Sudha * S. Rajeswara Rao
1954 Ammaiyappan Tamil Poongavanam * T. R. Pappa
1954 Edhir Paradhathu Tamil Nalini None C. N. Pandurangan
1954 En Magal Tamil Vasantha * Engal Vaazhvum Engal
* Pennaaga Pirandhorku
* Vaazhvinile Aanandam
* Konden Arum Perum (with T. M. Soundararajan)
* Ulaginil Vaazhvu Tharum Kalvi (with Sathyawathi)
C. N. Pandurangan
1954 Sati Sakkubai Telugu Sakkubai
1955 Nam Kuzhandai Tamil * Ulagam Pora Thinusai
* Kadhaiyaa Alladhu Karpanaiyaa
* O! Mariyaadhai Ariyaadha Podhu (with Kothamangalam Seenu)
* Idhayathile Pugundha
M. D. Parthasarathy
1956 Kanakatara Telugu Balantrapu Rajanikanta Rao
1956 Mangala Gauri Tamil None Ogirala Ramachandra Rao & T. V. Raju
1956 Naga Panchami Telugu
1956 Naga Panjami Tamil * Om Namasivaaya
* Sambo Maha Devaa (with Chittor V. Nagaiah)
1956 Sri Gauri Mahatyam Telugu None Ogirala Ramachandra Rao & T. V. Raju
1956 Verum Pechu Alla Tamil C. N. Pandurangan
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 * Enduko Ohoho Vilasala (with P. B. Srinivas)
* Raavelano (with P. B. Srinivas)
* Nammithine Janani (with Sreenivasan & Sarojini)
* Amma Kaavave Amma
* Maataa Idena
* Navaratnanchita
* Pati Bhakti
* Praananaatha
* Thaguna Idi Janaka
S. V. Venkatraman
1957 Sathiyavan Savithri Tamil Savithri * Edhuko Indraanandham (with P. B. Srinivas)
* Raavelano (with P. B. Srinivas)
* Ambigaiye Kadhi Nee Endhan (with Sreenivasan & Sarojini)
* Ammaa.... Katharulvaai Ammaa
* Anbbarin Innuyir Vandhida
* Navaratnanchita
* Pati Bhakti
* Naan Vaanagum
* Thaguna Idi Janaka
S. Rajeswara Rao & Babu Rao
1959 Raja Sevai Tamil Gowri None T. V. Raju
1959 Rechukka Pagatichukka Telugu Gowri None T. V. Raju
1959 Veerapandiya Kattabomman Tamil Queen Jakkamma * Singara Kanne Un Thenoorum Sollale
* Vetrri Vadivelane.... Manam Kanintharul Vel Muruga (with V. N. Sundharam)
* 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. Bagavathi)
Viswanathan Ramamoorthy
1960 Abhimanam Telugu * Rama Idhi Yemi Ghantasala
1960 Deepavali Telugu Vasumathi * Mahadeva Deva Mahaneeya
* Agni Sakshiga
* Haye Haye Andala Raja
Ghantasala
1960 Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam Telugu Mahalakshmi * Sri Devini Needu Deverini Sarisaatileni Sowbhagyavatini
* Varala Beramaya Vanaram Beramaya
Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1961 Krishna Prema Telugu * Repe Vasthadanta Gopaludu (with Ghantasala)
* Cheliyalu Muddaraalu
* Krishnaa Radhamano Vihari
* Navaneetha Chorudu Nandha Kishorudu (with Jikki)
* Navaneetha Chorudu Nandha Kishorudu (pathos) (with Jikki)
Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1962 Mahamantri Timmarusu Telugu Tirumala Devi * Leela Krishna Nee Leelalu Ne Leelaganaina Teliyanuga
* Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara
Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1962 Vadivukku Valai Kappu Tamil Rajeswari * Thaamadham Seiyathe Thozhi K. V. Mahadevan
1963 Lava Kusha Telugu Bhoodevi None Ghantasala
1963 Lava Kusha Tamil Bhoodevi None Ghantasala
1963 Sri Krishnarjuna Yuddhamu Telugu Satyabhama * Veyi Shubhamulu Kalugu Neeku Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1964 Babruvahana Telugu Chitrangada * Maa Saati Vaaru
* Yemani Thaanaaduno
* Nee Sari Manohari (with Ghantasala)
* Vardillu Papa
Paamarthi
1964 Babruvahana Tamil Chitrangada Paamarthi
1964 Karuppu Panam Tamil Kamala None Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy
1965 Satya Harishchandra Telugu Chandramathi * He Chandrachooda Madanantaka Shoolapane (with Ghantasala) Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1965 Veera Abhimanyu Tamil Subhadra None K. V. Mahadevan
1965 Veerabhimanyu Telugu Subhadra None K. V. Mahadevan
1966 Sri Krishna Pandaveeyam Telugu Kunti None T. V. Raju
1966 Sri Krishna Tulabharam Telugu Shachi Devi * Vidhudu Nee Maata Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1967 Apoorva Piravaigal Tamil
1967 Bhama Vijayam Telugu Queen None T. V. Raju
1967 Kandan Karunai Tamil Indrani * Velli Malai Mannava K. V. Mahadevan
1967 Shri Krishnavataram Telugu Draupadi T. V. Raju
1967 Ummadi Kutumbam Telugu Kantham None T. V. Raju
1968 Nindu Samsaram Telugu Tulasamma None Master Venu
1968 Panama Pasama Tamil Meenakshi None K. V. Mahadevan
1969 Aadarsa Kutumbam Telugu Jaya None S. Rajeswara Rao
1969 Poova Thalaiya Tamil Paruvathamma None M. S. Viswanathan
1969 Sattekalapu Satteya Telugu None M. S. Viswanathan
1969 Thanga Surangam Tamil Kamakshi * Petramanam Sirayile T. K. Ramamoorthy
1970 Kaaviya Thalaivi Tamil * Kavidhaiyil Ezhudhiya Eduthnatharadi Kaviya Thalaivi (with P. Suseela) K. V. Mahadevan
1970 Drohi Telugu
1970 Maattukara Velan Tamil Annapurna None K. V. Mahadevan
1971 Aathi Parasakthi Tamil Aathi Parasakthi None K. V. Mahadevan
1971 Bomma Borusa Telugu Parvathamma None R. Govardhanam
1971 Ilangeswaran Tamil * Jothimayamana S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1971 Kannan Karunai Tamil S. V. Venkatraman
1971 Meendum Vazhven Tamil Shantha Lakshmi None M. S. Viswanathan
1971 Prem Nagar Telugu None K. V. Mahadevan
1971 Sri Krishna Satya Telugu None Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1971 Thirumagal Tamil Maragatham None K. V. Mahadevan
1971 Veguli Penn Tamil Doctor S. V. Lakshmi V. Kumar
1972 Bala Bharatam Telugu Gandhari S. Rajeswara Rao
1972 Pillaiyo Pillai Tamil None M. S. Viswanathan
1972 Sri Krishna Satya Telugu Draupadi None Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1972 Velli Vizha Tamil Sivakami None V. Kumar
1973 Bangaru Babu Telugu None K. V. Mahadevan
1973 Devudu Chesina Manushulu Telugu Varalakshmi None Ramesh Naidu
1973 Karaikkal Ammaiyar Tamil * Anbe Sivam Endru Paduvome Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan
1973 Nathayil Muthu Tamil None Sankar Ganesh
1973 Rajaraja Cholan Tamil Kundavai Pirāttiyār * Eduthandhanadi Thillayile (with Seerkazhi Govindarajan)
* Thanjai Preiya Koyil Pallandu Vaazhgave (with Seerkazhi Govindarajan & T. R. Mahalingam)
Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan
1974 Thaai Tamil Karpagam * Mangalam Kaappaal Sivasakthi [M. S. Viswanathan]]
1973 Thirumalai Deivam Tamil * Neela Nira Megamellaam Neeye Kanna Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan
1975 Abhimanavathi Telugu
1975 Cinema Paithiyam Tamil None Sankar Ganesh
1975 Yashoda Krishna Telugu None S. Rajeswara Rao
1975 Ramuni Minchina Ramudu Telugu None T. Chalapathi Rao
1976 Dasavatharam Tamil Aathi Parasakthi None S. Rajeswara Rao
1976 Needhikku Thalaivanangu Tamil Maragadham * Intha Pachai Killikoru M. S. Viswanathan
1976 Vazhvu En Pakkam Tamil Vijayalakshmi None M. S. Viswanathan
1977 Chanakya Chandragupta Telugu Muradevi None Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1977 Daana Veera Soora Karna Telugu Kunti None Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1977 Navarathinam Tamil None Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan
1977 Sri Krishna Leela Tamil Yasodha * Nalla Naal K. V. Mahadevan
1977 Unnai Suttrum Ulagam Tamil None Shankar Ganesh
1979 Kavari Maan Tamil * Sollavallaayo Kiliye Ilaiyaraaja
1979 Suvarilladha Chiththirangal Tamil Parvathy Gangai Amaran
1980 Sarada Ramudu Telugu Suvrchala None K. Chakravarthy
1980 Sardar Papa Rayudu Telugu Urmila Devi None K. Chakravarthy
1981 Aggi Ravva Telugu Meenakshi None K. V. Mahadevan
1981 Guru Sishyulu Telugu Meenakshi None K. V. Mahadevan
1981 Prema Simhasanam Telugu Anasuya Devi None K. Chakravarthy
1982 Dheviyin Thiruvilaiyadal Tamil M. S. Viswanathan
1982 Kaliyuga Ramudu Telugu Jayamma & Suramma None K. V. Mahadevan
1982 Vayyari Bhamalu Vagalamari Bhartalu Telugu Seetamma None Rajan–Nagendra
1983 Adutha Varisu Tamil Rani Amma None Ilaiyaraaja
1983 Muddula Mogudu Telugu None S. Rajeswara Rao
1983 Neti Bharatam Telugu None K. Chakravarthi
1983 Sri Ranga Neethulu Telugu Raja Rajeswari Devi None K. Chakravarthy
1984 Tharaasu Tamil None M. S. Viswanathan
1984 Thiruppam Tamil None M. S. Viswanathan
1985 Bullet Telugu None K. V. Mahadevan
1986 Muddula Krishnaiah Telugu Mangalagiri Ramanamma None K. V. Mahadevan
1987 Lawyer Suhasini Telugu None S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
1991 Guna Tamil Manonmani * Unnai Naan Ariven Ilaiyaraja
1995 Sankalpam Telugu Mathaji None Koti

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