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Santha Devi - Profile

Santha Devi, better known by her stage name Kozhikode Santha Devi, was an Indian Malayalam film and stage actress. She won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Yamanam (1992) directed by Bharath Gopi.Santha Devi made her cinema debut in Minnaminungu (1957) directed by Ramu Karyat. She acted more than 480 films in supporting roles. Santha Devi was awarded the life time achievement award of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi in 2005.Santha devi died on 20 November 2010 evening in a private hospital in Kozhikode.

She also acted in more than 1000 malayalam dramas.She got the Kerala State Award for best drama artist in the year 1983.Other awards include Kerala Film Critics Award(1979), Premji Award.She was born in the year 1927.Her father is Kannakurup and her mother, Karthiyani Amma. She was first married when she was just 18.But it was not a success. She later married famous singer Kozhikode Abdul Khader.And that was the turning point of her life and it paved her way to acting.She started her acting career with the drama "Smarakam" directed by Vasu Pradeep in the year 1954.


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