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Occupation(s)Actor, Music composer,
Years active1951-present
Children Thara Kalyan

Subbalakshmi is an acclaimed Carnatic musician, composer and an actress in Malayalam movies.[ citation needed ] She is one of the prominent supporting actresses currently handling grand mother roles in Malayalam movies. She is noted for her performance in Kalyanaraman (2002), Pandippada (2005) and Nandanam (2002). Her daughter Thara Kalyan is also an actress in Malayalam movies.


Personal life

She was married to late Kalyanakrishnan. [1] The couple has two daughters and one son. Her younger daughter Thara Kalyan is also a famous actress and an acclaimed dancer. Subbalakshmi, prior to entering movies, was a music and dance instructor at Jawahar Balabhavan and has worked with All India Radio since 1951. She is noted for being the first lady composer of All India Radio from south India. [2] She has done many concerts and is a dubbing artist as well. She has acted in some telefilms and albums.

Partial filmography

As actress

Appeared in more than 75 films

Malayalam films
Telugu films
Hindi films
  • Jagat Jogini Maa Khodiyar (2006) as Mamaniya's wife
  • Ekk Deewana Tha (2012) as Jessie's Grandmother
  • Dil Bechara (2020) as Manny's grandmother
Tamil films
Kannada films
Sanskrit films
  • Madhurasmitham
English film
  • In the Name of God

As Dubbing artist

As playback singer

Television serials

Appeared in more than 65 TV Serials

Malayalam serials
Tamil serials

TV/Radio/Online Shows


Appeared in more than 65 advertisements



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  1. "വിസ്മയം തീര്‍ത്ത താരനൂപുരം". Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  2. Interview: Actress Subbulakshmi in Vartha Prabhatham Part 1. Archived from the original on 11 December 2021 via YouTube.