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For A Hindu system of worship dedicated to the Goddess, see Shri Vidya.
Born (1953-07-24)July 24, 1953
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died October 19, 2006(2006-10-19) (aged 53)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Other names Sreevidya
Years active 1966–2006
Spouse(s) George Thomas (1976-1980) (divorced)
Parent(s) Vikatam R. Krishnamurthy
M. L. Vasanthakumari

Sreevidya, also known as Srividya, was an Indian film actress who appeared in films in the Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi film industries for 40 years. In the latter part of her career, she concentrated on Malayalam films.[1] Her portrayals as a mother in many films were highly acclaimed. In addition to acting, she occasionally worked as a playback singer as well. Srividya's personal life was full of tragedies. In 2006, she died of spine cancer, aged 53.

Early life[edit]

Srividya was born on 24 July 1953 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India to Tamil film comedian Krishnamurthy and Carnatic classical singer M. L. Vasanthakumari. She had a brother, Sankararaman. Her mother tongue is Tamil. Her father had to stop acting in the year when she was born because of a disease which affected his facial muscles. Her family fell into financial crisis. Her mother worked long hours to meet the family's financial needs. Srividya once reportedly said that her mother didn't even have time to breastfeed her. Srividya debuted in acting at a very early age. When her parent's marriage faced problems due to financial difficulties, Srividya's youth was blighted. She got a marriage proposal from a scientist based in the U.S., but the marriage did not materialize due to financial problems faced by her family.[citation needed]

Acting career[edit]

Srividya launched her career as a child artist in the 1966 Tamil film Thiruvarutchelvar (1966) alongside legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan. Later she entered Malayalam films with a dance scene in Kumara Sambhavam (1969), directed by P.Subramanyan and in Telugu film Tata Manavadu (1972) directed by Dasari Narayana Rao. However, her first major role was that of a college student falling in love with her professor in the 1971 Tamil film Nootrukku Nooru, directed by K. Balachander. Her first film as heroine was Delhi to Madras (1972) in which she was paired opposite Jaishankar. In mid-1970s, she became busy in the Tamil film industry. She acted in films such as Velli Vizha, Sollathaan Ninaikkiren and Apoorva Raagangal, all directed by K. Balachander. She was Rajinikanth's first heroine in Apoorva Raagangal (1975).[2]

She started acting in Malayalam in 1969. Her first movie was Chattambikkavala directed by N.Sankaran Nair, in which she acted as the heroine opposite to Sathyan. She gained public attention in Chenda, directed by A. Vincent. Among the south Indian language movies she acted in, the maximum number of movies was in Malayalam (1969 to 2003) - see full list here[3]

Playback singing[edit]

Srividya was a playback singer as well. She first sang for films in the Tamil film Amaran and then for Malayalam film Ayalathe Sundari.[4] She later sang in several films, such as Oru Painkilikkadha and Nakshathra tharattu.

She was an expert classical vocalist as well. She used to sing in functions such as the Soorya Festival.

Personal life[edit]

Srividya acted in Apoorva Raagangal opposite Kamal Haasan which virtually changed her life. In the film she acted as lover of Kamal Haasan. She fell in love with Kamal Haasan during the making of the film. They had the support of their families, but they broke up. Their relationship was the inspiration of a Malayalam film Thirakkatha as well, released in 2008.[5]

Later she fell in love with George Thomas, an assistant director in her Malayalam film Teekkanal. She married him on 9 January 1976 despite opposition from her family.[5] As George wished, she was baptised before the marriage. She wanted to stay as a housewife, but had to return to acting, when George forced her to, citing financial issues. She soon realised that she made a wrong decision in marrying him. Her life became miserable and the marriage ended in divorce in 1980. It was followed by a prolonged legal battle to settle financial issues between the two. The case went up to the Supreme Court of India, where she won the final decision.[citation needed] After the divorce, she left Chennai and settled in Thiruvananthapuram.[5]


In 2003, she underwent a biopsy test following physical problems and was tested positive for breast cancer. She underwent treatment for three years .Two months before her death on October 10, 2006, Ms. Srividya had executed a will and entrusted Mr. Ganesh Kumar, cine actor and MLA, to register a charitable society to ‘start a music and dance school for efficient students who could not get ample opportunities due to lack of money or to give away scholarship to such students to continue their studies and to extend financial assistance to deserving ailing artistes.’

“I am bequeathing all my properties except some payments mentioned elsewhere in this bill. An appropriate body with eminent persons, registered under Charitable Societies Act should be formed and the realised value of all my assets should be transferred as a nucleus fund,” she said in the will entrusting Mr. Ganesh Kumar to register the society.

She had also left Rs 5 lakh each to her brother’s children and Rs One lakh each to her servants in the will, executed on August 17, 2006.. In October 2006, she underwent chemotherapy, but cancer had already spread throughout her body. She died on 19 October 2006.[citation needed]


Kerala State Film Awards
Kerala State TV Awards
  • 2004:Best Actress : Avicharithum
Filmfare Awards South
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards



Year Film Role
2015 Chirakodinja Kinavukal Thayyalkkaran's mother (Photo) (Uncredited)
2008 Twenty : 20 Adv. Ramesh Nambiar's mother (Photo) (Uncredited)
2007 Chotta Mumbai Vasco's mother (Photo) (Uncredited)
2006 Chacko Randaman
2003 Swapnam Kondu Thulabharam Prabhavathi
2003 Mullavalliyum Thenmavum Kanakambal
2003 Malsaram Kannan Bhai's Mother
2002 Malayalimamanu Vanakkam Anandakuttan's Mother
2001 Randam Bhaavam Parvathi
2001 Nagaravadhu Amrita Thripati
2001 Jeevan Masai
2001 Ponnu
2001 Ennu Sambhavaami Yude Yuge Professor
2000 Ingane Oru Nilapakshi Subhadra Thampuratti
2000 Naadan Pennum Nattu Pramaniyum Govindankutty's mother
2000 Dreams Thanka
2000 Ee Mazha Thenmazha Rekha's mother
1999 Gandhian Susanna John
1999 Agni Sakshi Antharjanam
1999 Sangamam Abhirami's mother
1999 Vazhunnor Kochammini
1998 Sidhartha Sridevi
1998 Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu Padmini
1998 Aayushmaan Bava Sunny's mother
1998 Achaamakuttide Achaayan Achaama
1998 Sooryaputhran
1998 Nakshathra Thaaraattu
1997 Innalakalillathe Rosili Thomas
1997 Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu Mrs. Nair
1997 Maanasam Rajalakshmi
1997 Poonilamazha
1997 Oru Mutham Mani Mutham Lakshmi
1997 Masmaram Maria
1997 Aaram Thamburan Subhadra Thampuratti
1997 Aniyathi Pravu Chandrika
1996 The Prince Jeeva's Mother
1996 Dilliwala Rajakumaran Padmini
1996 Kaanchanam Arundathi Devi
1996 King Solomon -
1995 Rajakeeyam Kannamma
1995 Indian Military Intelligence
1994 Gandeevam
1994 Pavam Ia Ivachan Rosy
1994 Pavithram Devakiamma
1994 Ezhuthachan -
1994 Daivathinte Vikrithikal Maggie
1994 Bharanakoodam
1994 Palayam Susan Fernandez
1994 Kabuliwala Sreedevi
1993 O' Faby Sophie
1993 Kudumbasneham
1993 Ghazal Thangal's wife
1992 Rajasilpi Lakshibhai Thampuraatti
1992 Cheppadividya Rachel Mathew
1992 Kudumbasammetham Radhalakshmi
1992 Daivathinte Vikrithikal Maggie
1991 Neelagiri Radha Menon
1991 Advaitham Saraswathy
1991 Ente Sooryaputhrikku K.S. Vasundhara Devi
1990 Samrajyam Lakshmi
1990 Vachanam Aryadevi
1990 Innale Dr. Sandhya
1990 Guest House
1990 Manju Peyyunna Raathri
1989 Njagalude Kochu Doctor
1989 Nakshtra Deepangal
1989 Njattuvela
1988 Suprabhatha
1988 Athirthikkal
1987 Jaalakam Lakshmi
1987 Swathi Thirunal Gowri Parvati Bayi
1987 Kanikaanum Neram
1986 Pranamam
1986 Geetham Aparna's Mother
1986 Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku Sasikala
1986 Ennennum Kannettante Vasanthi
1986 Poomukhappadiyil Ninneyum Kathu Clara Issac
1986 Sayam Sandhya Uma
1986 Vivahitare Itihile Music Teacher
1986 Ashtabandham Jameela
1986 Oru Yuga Sandhya Kathamma
1986 Udayam Padinjaaru Seethalakshmi
1985 Azhiyatha Bandhangal Vasundhara Menon
1985 Janakeeya Kodathi Suma
1985 Thinkalazhcha Nalla Divasam Ambika
1985 Orikkal Oridathu Subhadra
1985 Ivide Ee Theerathu
1985 Mukya Manthri Lakshmi
1985 Ayanam Saramma
1985 Vellam Deenamma
1985 Daivatheorthu Rugmini
1985 Kannaram Pothi Pothi Bhavani
1985 Upahaaram Sarojini Chandran
1985 Onathumbikkoroonjal -
1985 Irakal Annie
1985 Chillukottaram -
1985 Ozhivukaalam -
1984 Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla Thankamani Kunjamma
1984 Shapadham Srividya
1984 Panchavadi Palam Mandodhari Amma
1984 Raajavembaala
1984 Oru Painkilikkadha Rajeswari
1984 Nethavu
1984 Kurishuyudham Rosamma
1984 Amme Narayana Aadhi Paraashakthi / Lakshmi / Saraswathi / Parvathi / Chottanikkara Amma
1984 Alakadalinakkare
1984 Oru Thettinte Kadha
1984 Kadamattathachan Kaliyankattu Neeli
1984 Krishna Guruvaayoorappa Kururamma
1984 Chakkarayumma Zeenath
1984 Idavelakku Shesham Lakshmi
1983 Adaminte Vaariyellu Alice
1983 Bhookambam Aswathi
1983 Mortuary Justice Lakshmi Menon
1983 Kattathe Kilikkoodu Sarada
1983 Pinnilavu Sreevidya
1983 Oru Mukham Pala Mukham Subadrama Thankachi
1983 Prathigna Lakshmi
1983 Rachana Sharada
1983 Ee Yugam Aparna
1983 Naanayam Sumathi
1983 Paalam
1983 Arabikkadal
1983 Rathilayam Nabisu
1983 Kaikeyi
1983 Prem Nazirne Kaanamanilla Herself
1983 Aana Umatha
1983 Passport Saraswathi
1983 Kodumkattu Sujatha
1983 Ankam Thresia
1982 Chilanthivala School teacher
1982 Saram Sreedevi
1982 Beedi Kunjamma Kunjamma
1982 Dheera
1982 Aarambham Saradha
1982 Aadarsham -
1982 Idiyum Minnalum -
1982 Sree Ayyappanum Vavarum -
1982 Aakrosham Prabha Rajashekharan
1982 Ethiraalikal -
1982 Ithiri Neram Othiri Karyam -
1982 Njan Ekanannu Dr.Seethalakshmi
1981 Aakkramanam
1981 Attimari Geetha
1981 Ithihaasam Lakshmi
1981 Kathayariyathe Geetha
1981 Raktham Malathi
1981 Itha Oru Dhikkari Ammini
1981 Thaaraattu -
1981 Enne Snehikku Enne Maathrem
1981 Swarangal Swapnagal Ramani
1981 Grihalakshmi Janaki
1981 Thaaraavu Kakkamma
1981 Ellam Ninakku Vendi Jayalakshmi
1981 Sankarsham Priyadarshini
1981 Dantha Gopuram -
1981 Paathiraasooryan Joly
1981 Sambhavam
1981 Visham
1981 Sreeman Sreemathi Kousalya
1981 Dhanya
1981 Rajani
1980 Vilkkanundu Swapnangal Malathi
1980 Shakthi Dr. G. Malathi
1980 Theekkadal Sreedevi
1980 Deepam Padmini
1980 Aswaaradham Jayanthy Shankar
1980 Muthuchippikal Vijayalakshmi
1980 Agnikshetram Sreedevi
1980 Meen Devootti
1980 Vaiki Vanna Vasatham Vimala
1980 Aagamanam Thulasi
1980 Chaakara Nimmy
1980 Puzha -
1980 Raagam Thaanam Pallavi Nandini
1980 Ormakale Vida Tharoo -
1980 Ambalavilakku Sumathi
1980 Digvijayam Soumini
1980 Dooram Arike -
1980 Swantham Enna Padham Usha
1979 Edavazhiyile Poocha Minda Poocha -
1979 Jeevitham Oru Gaanam Thresiamma
1979 Anupallavi Radha
1979 Venalil Oru Mazha Kamalakshi
1979 Puthiya Velicham Lakshmi
1979 Thenthulli
1979 Agniparvatham Lakshmi
1979 Krishnaparunthu
1979 Prabhaasandhya Usha
1979 Ivide Kattinu Sugantham
1979 Pushyaraagam
1979 Oru Raagam Pala Thaalam -
1979 Sudhikalasam Sridevi Menon
1979 Ini Yaathra
1979 Ward No 7 -
1979 Swapnangal Swanthamalla
1978 Ottakam
1977 Sri Krishna Leela
1977 Sreemad Bhagavathgeetha
1977 Muhurthangal
1977 Parivarthanam
1976 Hridayam Oru Kshethram Prema
1976 Kamadhenu Sathi
1976 Amba Ambika Ambalika Amba
1976 Chottanikkara Amma -
1976 Theekkanal -
1976 Samasya -
1976 Pushpasharam
1976 Amma
1975 Swami Ayappan -
1975 Babumon Sharada
1975 Ulsavam Sumathi
1975 Aaranyakaandam
1975 Akkaldaama -
1975 Maa Nishaada -
1974 Rajahamsam Sarasu
1974 Ayalathe Sundari Malini
1974 Sapthaswarangal Saraswathy
1974 Arakallan Mukkalkallan Alli
1974 Thumbolarcha Kunjuneeli
1974 Thacholi Marumakan Chandu Kanni
1974 Vrindavanam
1973 Chenda Sumathi
1973 Dharmayudham Sreedevi
1970 Swapnangal Radha
1970 Ambalapravu
1969 Kumara Sambhavam Menaka
1969 Chattambikkavala


Year Film Role
1967 Thiruvarutchelvar
1969 Kumara Sambhavam Menaka
1970 Manippoor Maamiyaar
1970 Jill Jill Rojamani
1970 Kasthuri Thilakam
1971 Thanga Gopuram
1971 Nootrukku Nooru Manjula
1971 Annai Velankanni
1972 Delhi to Madras
1972 Velli Vizha Kalyani
1973 Karaikkal Ammaiyar Goddess Parvathi
1973 Sollathaan Ninaikkiren Kamala
1974 Sisubalan
1974 Nalla Penmani
1975 Swami Ayyappan
1975 Apoorva Raagangal M. R. Bhairavi
1976 Athirshtam Azhaikirathu
1977 Durgadevi
1977 Aarupushpangal
1978 Thangarangan
1978 Thirukalyanam
1978 Radhai Ketra Kannan
1978 Elaya Rani Rajalakshmi
1978 Uravugal Enrum Vazhga
1979 Imayam
1979 Kadamai Nenjam
1981 Dharmangal Sirikindrana
1982 Kelviyum Naane Pathilum Naane Satyavati
1983 Dowry Kalyanam Uma
1984 Ezhuthatha Sattangal
1985 Navagraha Nayagi
1985 Oonjalaadum Uravugal
1985 Panam Pattum Seiyum
1985 Thiramai
1986 Neethikku Thandanai
1986 Amman Kovil Kizhakale
1986 Mythili Ennai Kaathali
1986 Murugane Thunai
1986 Punnagai Mannan Padmini
1987 Ananda Aradhanai
1987 Oru Thayin Sabhatham
1987 Cooliekkaran
1987 Ninaive Oru Sangeetham
1987 Manithan
1988 En Thangai Kalyani
1989 Enne Petha Raasa
1989 Thaai Naadu
1989 Penn Puthi Munn Puthi
1989 Varam
1989 Apoorva Sagodharargal Kaveri
1989 Raaja Raajathan
1989 Mappillai Rajarajeswari
1989 Dravidan
1989 Vaathiyaar Veettu Pillai
1990 Ulagam Pirandhadhu Enakkaga
1990 Inaindha Kaigal Chandralekha
1990 Amman Kovil Thiruvizha
1991 Vetri Padigal
1991 Karpoora Mullai Vasundhara Devi K.S.
1991 En Rasavin Manasile Ponnuthayi
1991 Nee Pathi Naan Pathi
1991 Amma Pillai
1991 Archana IAS
1991 Eeramana Rojave Shanthi's mother
1991 Kizhakku Karai Janaki
1991 Thalapathi Kalyani
1992 Naangal Lakshmi
1992 Bharathan Lakshmi
1992 Oor Mariyadhai Rasathi's mother
1992 Idhu Namma Bhoomi Nagavalli
1992 Neenga Nalla Irukkanum
1992 Mappillai Vanthachu
1992 Deiva Vaakku Hamsaveni's sister-in-law
1992 Thirumathi Palanisamy
1992 Naalaiya Theerpu Mahalakshmi
1993 Thangakkili
1993 Uzhaippali
1993 Band Master
1993 Moondravadhu Kann Priya's mother
1993 Karuppu Vellai
1993 Parvathi Ennai Paradi
1993 Kattabomman Devada
1993 Purusha Lakshanam Vidya
1994 Sethupathi IPS Sathyabhama
1994 Paasamalargal
1994 Aranmanai Kaavalan Karpagavalli
1994 Rasa Magan
1994 Rasigan Bhagyalakshmi
1994 Nammavar
1994 Manju Virattu Meenakshi
1995 Kattumarakaran Rajalakshmi
1995 Karuppu Nila Lakshmi
1995 Avatharam Advocate
1995 Thamizhachi
1996 Katta Panchayathu
1996 Minor Mappillai 'Royal' Rajalakshmi
1996 Vetri Vinayagar
1996 Kadhal Desam Divya's mother
1996 Senathipathi Lingappan Naicker's wife
1997 Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen Kannan's mother
1997 Ullaasam
1997 Aahaa Pattammal
1997 Kadhalukku Mariyadhai
1998 Kadhala Kadhala Parvathy
1998 Kannedhirey Thondrinal
1998 En Uyir Nee Thaane
1998 Uyirodu Uyiraga
1998 Kaadhal Kavithai Jothi's mother
1999 Unnai Thedi
1999 Nilave Mugam Kaattu Doctor
1999 Jodi
2000 Kannukkul Nilavu Gautham's mother
2000 Kandukondain Kandukondain Padma
2000 Ilaiyavan
2001 Sigamani Ramamani
2001 Aanandham
2001 Star
2002 Kamarasu
2002 Thenkasi Pattanam
2002 Shree
2004 Jana Jana's mother
2005 London Parvathy


Year Film Role
1972 Tata Manavadu Dancer
1974 Bantrotu Bharya
1975 Ramuni Minchina Ramudu
1975 Yashoda Krishna Rohini
1976 Toorpu Padamara
1988 Ramudu Bheemudu Parvathy
1988 Brahma Puthrudu' Janaki
1989 Vicky Daada Rekha
1989 Dance Master
1989 Indrudu Chandrudu Rayudu's wife
1989 Hatya
1990 Kondaveeti Donga
1991 Sri Yedukondala Swamy Guest Appearance
1992 Balarama Krishnulu Vasumathi
1993 Amma Koduku
1993 Paruvu Pratishta
1993 Bangaru Bullodu Tulasamma
1993 Inspector Ashwini
1993 Rajadhani
1994 Gandeevam Parvathi
1994 Mugguru Monagallu Prithvi's mother
1996 Dharma Chakram Sarada
1997 Chinnabbayi
1997 Nenu Premisthunnanu
1997 Taali
1999 Arundhati
2008 Vijay IPS


Year Film Role
1973 Jaise Ko Taisa Radha (as Sri Vidya)
1976 Arjun Pandit
1990 Aakhri Sangam Dr. Chandralekha
1996 Ek Anari Do Khiladi
1996 Cha Cha Charlee


Year Film Role
1988 Suprabhatha
1990 Ashwamedha
1997 Lady Commissioner
1999 A.K. 47
2002 Sainika Shanta

TV serials[edit]

  • Penn (1991) - 1st episode
  • Ammathamburatti
  • Vasundhara Medicals(asianet)
  • Omanathingal Pakshi(asianet)
  • Swapnam (asianet)
  • Avicharitham(asianet)


  1. ^ Profile; accessed 9 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Articles : Movie Retrospect : Tata Manavadu (1973)". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  3. ^ "List of Srividya's movies in Malayalam". 
  4. ^ "List of Srividya's songs in Malayalam". 
  5. ^ a b c Profile,; accessed 9 December 2014.