B Saroja Devi

Occupation:
Actress
Awards:
Padma Bhushan(National award)in 1992;Padma Sri (National award)in 1969;N.T.R award from ntr fan association bengalore in 2007;Honorary Doctorate from Bangalore University in 2006Life Time Achievement Award for 60th Independence. (National award) in 2008
Years Active:
1955-Present
B Saroja Devi
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B. Saroja Devi (Kannada: ಬೀ. ಸರೋಜಾ ದೇವಿ, Tamil: பி. சரோஜா தேவி, Telugu: బి. సరోజా దేవి, Hindi: सरोजा देवी) is an Indian actress. She is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan award and has acted in Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu movies.

She made her film debut in Honappa Bhagavathar's Kannada film Mahakavi Kalidasa (1955).

Early life

Saroja Devi was born in Karnataka in 1938 to Bhairappa and Rudramma. Bhairappa worked for the police department.

Saroja Devi was first spotted by B.R. Krishnamurthy singing at a function at the age of 13. Initially, she declined his offer to act in movies. She debuted with the Kannada film Sri Rama Puja in 1955-56, which went on to win the National Award.

Saroja Devi was married to Sri Harsha, an engineer by profession, on 1 March 1967.

She has acted in more than 170 films in Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and Telugu languages. Her kannada film Kittuura Rani Chennama won the national award. She is also known in Tamil filmdom as "கன்னடத்து பைங்கிளி" (Kannadathu Paingkili, meaning Kannada's Parrot).

Her debut movie in Telugu was Panduranga Mahathmyam (1957) in which she acted opposite N.T. Rama Rao. Another Telugu actress Krishna Kumari dubbed her voice in this movie for Saroja devi. Later, without any dubbing for her voice Saroja Devi acted in many Telugu films.

B. Saroja Devi was Chairperson of the Karnataka Film Development Corporation. She was also the chairperson of Kantheerava Studios, Bangalore.

Life and social work

Saroja Devi has organized many donation camps in the name of her late husband Sri Harsha, daughter Bhuvaneshwari and her mother and has organized Charitable Trusts, Rehabilitation centers and health programs.


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