B Sarojadevi

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Bangalore Sarojadevi as she was named, was born to the affectionate Bhairappa, Rudramma couple. Bhairappa worked in the police department. Saroja Devi was for the first time spotted by Hunnappa Bhagavathar while she was singing at a function at the age of 13. Initially, she refused to act when offered by him to act in movies. She forayed into the films with the Kannada film ‘Mahaakavi Kaalidasu’ in 1955-56, which won the National Award

aroja Devi was married to Sri Harsha, an engineer by profession on March1st, 1967 and is blessed with daughter Bhuvaneswari, Indira Parameshwari and Gautam Ramachandra(grand children). She acted in more than 100 films after marriage. Saroja Devi proved her acting prowess in the films like ‘Sri Krishnarjuna Yuddham’, ‘Jagadeka Veeruni Katha’, ‘ Panduranga Mahathyam’, ‘ Bhagya Chakram’, ‘ Uma Chandi Gauri Sankarula Katha’, ‘ Seetharama Kalyanam’, ‘ Amara Silpi Jakkana’, ‘ Intiki Deepam Illale’, ‘ Pelli Kanuka’, ‘ Sakunthala’, ‘ Karna’, ‘ Sehbhaash Meena’, ‘ Singapore CID’, ‘ Kalisi Vunte Kaladu Sukham’, ‘ Anaganaga Oka Roju’, ‘ Illarikam’ etc.

Saroja Devi was conferred the prestigious ‘Padma Sri’ award in 1969, ‘Abhinandana -Kanchana Maala’ award in 1980, ‘Karnataka Government’s Rajyothsav award in 1989, ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 1992, Filmfare award for All-round Achievement Tamilnadu Government’s MGR award, Cinema Express award in 1997, NTR award in 2001 and many more Gold medals, which formed the precious ornaments adored by her.

Saroja Devi organized many donation camps in the name of her late husband Sri Harsha, daughter Bhuvaneshwari and her mother. Charitable Trusts, rehabilitation centers and health programmes organized by her stand evidence to her immense concern towards the society.

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