B. V. Radha

Bengaluru Vijaya Radha (15 August 1948 – 10 September 2017), commonly known as B. V. Radha, was an Indian actress and film producer. She began her career in the 1964 Kannada film Navakoti Narayana. She went on to play mostly supporting roles in over 300 films, 250 of which were in Kannada, and the rest in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Tulu and Hindi.[2]

B. V. Radha

15 August 1948
Died10 September 2017 (2017-09-11) (aged 69)[1]
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
OccupationActress, film producer
(m. 1973; died 2015)

She was married to film director K. S. L. Swamy.[3] Following her career in cinema, she associated herself with theatre, performing plays with her troupe, Natavranda. Recognizing her contribution to theatre and cinema, Radha was awarded the Kanaka Ratna Award by Kaginele Kanaka Guru Peetha, a spiritual and cultural center for Kuruba Gowdas, in 2010.[4] She was credited as Kumari Radha in Tamil industry.

Early life and careerEdit

Radha was born as Rajalakshmi in 1948 into a farming family. Interested in becoming an actress, she quit school to enter cinema. Her debut role came in the 1964 Kannada film Navakoti Narayana, in which Rajkumar played the lead role. Her most notable role in Tamil films was Thazampoo in 1966. She would then go on to act alongside other top actors in the south Indian cinema in the 1960s and 1970s, such as M.G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, N. T. Rama Rao, Gemini Ganesan, Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Jaishankar. She died on 10 September 2017, due to heart attack.

Partial filmographyEdit


Tamil: Credited as Kumari RadhaEdit


Malayalam: Credited as Kumari RadhaEdit


  1. ^ "Veteran actress BV Radha passes away on Sunday". Times of India. Archived from the original on 13 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  2. ^ "B. V. Radha profile". veethi.com. Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  3. ^ "B.V. Radha profile". chiloka.com. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Award for B.V. Radha". The Hindu. 6 January 2010. Archived from the original on 12 October 2020. Retrieved 4 December 2014.

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