Leelavathi Biography, Age, Education, Family, Height, more

Leelavathi, an actress from India, appeared in movies in Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu. Sadly, the renowned Kannada actor passed away at the age of 85 in a private hospital near Bengaluru on a Friday evening. She had a long career spanning over 50 years and starred in over 600 films, with more than 400 in Kannada alone. Reportedly, she was admitted to the hospital due to age-related health issues and eventually passed away there. Throughout her career, she acted alongside numerous prominent actors like Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan, M. G. Ramachandran, N. T. Rama Rao, Sivaji Ganeshan, Gemini Ganesan, Shankar Nag, Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth, Chiranjeevi, V Ravichandran, among many others.

Leelavathi Biography

Leelavathi, originally named Leela Kiran, was born in 1937 and became a well-known actress in Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu films. Her roles in movies like “Nagarahavu” and “Avargal” are especially remembered and loved by many. She showcased her talent in various iconic films such as “Bhakta Kumbara,” “Mana Mecchida Madadi,” “Santha Thukaram,” “Nagarahavu,” and “Avargal.”

Hailing from Belthangadi in Dakshina Kannada district, Leelavathi made a mark with her remarkable performances in movies like ‘Bhakta Kumbara,’ ‘Santha Thukaram,’ ‘Bhatka Prahlada,’ ‘Mangalya Yoga,’ and ‘Mana Mechchida Madadi.’ Her roles in “Nagarahavu” and “Avargal” are particularly considered among her most unforgettable performances.

Leelavathi Kannada Picture
Leelavathi Kannada Picture

Personal Information

Real Name Leelavathi kannada Kamala Kumari
Nickname AKA Leelavathi
DOB (Date of Birth) 1938
Died 8 December 2023
Age Aged 86
Birth Place Bellary, Karnataka, India
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Nationality Indian
Hometown Madras, India
Religion Hinduism


College/ University Tumkur University
Education Qualifications Degree in psychology and is now pursuing her Master’s

Physical Stats


Feet & Inches 5’ 2”
Meter 1.57 m
Centimeters 157 cm
Weight (approx.) in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Figure Measurements N/A

Family Information

Father Name Balasubramanyam (English Professor)
Mother Name Santhanalakshmi
Siblings Brother- 2
Marital Status Married
Husband Peketi Sivaram (Actor, Director)
Children Son- Krishna Kumar


Boyfriend N/A


Profession Actress
Net Worth $1 Million


Color Yellow and Green
Food Karaikudi Curry
Drink Thandai from Uttar Pradesh
Actor/Actress Amruta Khanvilkar (Marathi Cinema)
Songs Kabhi Shaam Dhale.
Movies N T Rama Rao
Hobbies Dancing
Leelavathi Kannada Young Age Picture
Leelavathi Kannada Young Age Picture
Leelavathi Kannada With her Son Picture
Leelavathi Kannada With her Son Picture
Leelavathi Kannada With her Father Picture
Leelavathi Kannada With her Father Picture


Her father, Balasubramania, worked as an English professor, and her mother was named Santhana Lakshmi. In her work alongside Rajkumar, she took on versatile roles, portraying characters like a heroine, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, paternal aunt, mother-in-law, and daughter-in-law in different movies. Additionally, she had two brothers.


She entered the world in 1938 as Leela Kiran in Belthangady, Dakshina Kannada, located in Karnataka.


Actress Leelavathi received an honorary doctorate from Tumkur University in 2008 for her contributions to southern cinema. She’s quite passionate about fitness and nutrition and has already earned a degree in psychology. Presently, she’s working toward her Master’s degree.

Height and Weight

He stands at a height of 5 feet 2 inches and weighs 75 kilograms

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She received several significant awards and honors throughout her career. These include the Dr. Rajkumar Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada for her role in “Kannadada Kanda” in 2006, and an honorary doctorate from Tumkur University in 2008, recognizing her exceptional contributions to Southern cinema.

Her journey in the film industry started with smaller roles in movies like “Chanchala Kumari” and Shanker Singh’s “Naga Kannika.” Later, she became part of Mahalinga Bhagavathar’s Sri Sahitya Samrajya Drama Company. Moving to Mysore for her acting career, she found her breakthrough in the 1958 Kannada film “Bhakta Prahlada” alongside Rajkumar. Acting opportunities expanded with films like Mangalya Yoga, Dharma Vijaya, and Ranadheera Kanteerava.

Leelavathi showcased her versatility by taking on various roles. From character roles in movies like “Gejje Pooje” and “Doctor Krishna” to lead roles in films such as “Santha Thukaram,” “Kantheredu Nodu,” “Kaivara Mahatme,” “Gaali Gopura,” “Kanyarathna,” “Kulavadhu,” “Veera Kesari,” and “Mana Mecchida Madadi,” she displayed a wide range of performances. Recognized for her exceptional supporting roles, she earned the Karnataka State Award for her work in “Gejje Pooje” and “Doctor Krishna.”


At the age of 86, Leelavathi passed away on December 8, 2023, at a private hospital in Nelamangala, located on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Her death was a result of a long-standing age-related illness.

Net Worth

As of 2023, Leelavathi’s net worth stands at $1 million.

As actress List

Film Notes Language Year
Yaaradhu With son Vinod Raj Kannada 2009
Shukra Kannada 2007
Kannadada Kanda Kannada 2006
Swathi Muthu Sudeep Kannada 2003
Chamundi Kannada 2000
Habba Kannada 1999
Golmaal Radhakrishna II Kannada 1991
Golmaal Radhakrishna With Anant Nag Kannada 1990
Tiger Gangu Kannada 1990
Abhimana Kannada 1989
Doctor Krishna Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress Kannada 1989
Yuga Purusha Kannada 1989
Gagana Kannada 1989
Ramanna Shamanna Kannada 1988
Huli Hebbuli Kannada 1987
Olavina Udugore Kannada 1987
Premaloka Kannada 1987
Bettada Thayi Kannada 1986
Kathanayaka Kannada 1986
KD No. 1 Kannada 1986
Mrigalaya Kannada 1986
Pudhir Tamil Film 1986
Seelu Nakshatra Kannada 1986
Ajeya Kannada 1985
Hosa Baalu Kannada 1985
Balondu Uyyale Kannada 1985
Naanu Nanna Hendthi Kannada 1985
Endina Ramayana Kannada 1984
Chanakya Kannada 1984
Olavu Moodidaga Kannada 1984
Shravana Banthu With Rajkumar Kannada 1984
Eradu Nakshatragalu Kannada 1983
Mududida Tavare Aralithu Kannada 1983
Sididedda Sahodara Kannada 1983
Samarpane Kannada 1983
Auto Raja with Shankar Nag Kannada 1982
Maro Malupu Telugu 1982
Hana Balavo Jana Balavo Kannada 1981
Edeyuru Siddhalingeshwara Kannada 1981
Kula Puthra Kannada 1981
Garjanai Tamil 1981
Garjane Kannada 1981
Thayiya Madilalli Kannada 1981
Mareyada Haadu Kannada 1981
Bhumi Par Aaye Bhagwan Hindi 1980
Jathara Telugu 1980
Kulla Kulli Kannada 1980
Nanna Rosha Nooru Varusha Kannada 1980
Namma Mane Sose Kannada 1980
Nyaya Neethi Dharma Kannada 1980
Simha Jodi Kannada 1980
Subbi Subakka Suvvalali Kannada 1980
Vasantha Geethe With Rajkumar Kannada 1980
Karthika Deepam Telugu 1979
Idi Katha Kaadu Telugu 1979
Na Ninna Bidalare Kannada 1979
Pakka Kalla Kannada 1979
Savathiya Neralu Kannada 1979
Vijay Vikram Kannada 1979
Devadasi Kannada 1978
Kiladi Jodi Kannada 1978
Gammathu Goodacharulu Telugu 1978
Hombisilu Kannada 1978
Kiladi Kittu Kannada 1978
Maathu Tappada Maga Kannada 1978
Vasantha Lakshmi Kannada 1978
Deepa Kannada 1977
Avargal With Rajinikanth Tamil 1977
Dhanalakshmi Kannada 1977
Kumkuma Rakshe Kannada 1977
Mugdha Manava Kannada 1977
Solah Shukrawar Hindi 1977
Veera Sindhoora Lakshmana Kannada 1977
Bangarada Gudi Kannada 1976
College Ranga Kannada 1976
Makkala Bhagya Kannada 1976
Naa Ninna Mareyalare Kannada 1976
Phalitamsha Kannada 1976
Bhagya Jyothi Kannada 1975
Bili Hendthi Kannada 1975
Hennu Samsarada Kannu Kannada 1975
Hosilu Mettida Hennu Kannada 1975
Koodi Balona Kannada 1975
Katha Sangama With Rajinikanth Kannada 1975
Kalla Kulla Kannada 1975
Bhakta Kumbara Co-actor: Rajkumar Kannada 1974
Devara Gudi Kannada 1974
Aval Oru Thodar Kathai With Kamal Haasan Tamil 1974
Idu Namma Desha Kannada 1974
Maga Mommaga Kannada 1974
Maha Thyaga Kannada 1974
Naan Avanillai With Gemini Ganesan Tamil 1974
Professor Huchuraya Kannada 1974
Upasane With Aarathi Kannada 1974
Mooroovare Vajragalu Kannada 1973
Premapasha Kannada 1973
Sahadharmini Kannada 1973
Sipayi Ramu State Award With Rajkumar Kannada 1972
Dharmapatni Kannada 1972
Naagarahaavu With Vishnuvardhan Kannada 1972
Naa Mechida Huduga With Kalpana Kannada 1972
Signalman Siddappa Kannada 1971
Sothu Geddavalu Kannada 1971
Sharapanjara Kannada 1971
Aaru Mooru Ombhatthu Kannada 1970
Boregowda Bangalorige Banda Kannada 1970
Aparajithe Kannada 1970
Sukha Samsara Kannada 1970
Kalpa Vruksha Kannada 1969
Brindavana Kannada 1969
Gejje Pooje State Award Kannada 1969
Anna Thamma Kannada 1968
Attegondukala Sosegondukala Kannada 1968
Bhagya Devathe With Rajkumar Kannada 1968
Mamathe Kannada 1968
Gange Gowri Kannada 1967
Mohini Bhasmasura Kannada 1966
Premamayi Kannada 1966
Paduka Pattabhishekhamu Telugu 1966
Thoogu Deepa With Rajkumar Kannada 1966
Chandrahasa Kannada 1965
Ide Mahasudina Kannada 1965
Maduve Madi Nodu National Award, With Rajkumar Kannada 1965
Naga Pooja Kannada 1965
Vathsalya Kannada 1965
Veera Vikrama With Udaya Kumar Kannada 1965
Marmayogi Telugu 1964
Shivarathri Mahathme Kannada 1964
Thumbida Koda State Award Kannada 1964
Kulavadhu Kannada 1963
Kanyarathna Kannada 1963
Kalitharu Henne Kannada 1963
Bevu Bella Kannada 1963
Jeevana Tharanga Kannada 1963
Malli Maduve Kannada 1963
Mana Mecchida Madadi Kannada 1963
Santha Thukaram National Award, With Rajkumar Kannada 1963
Valmiki With N. T. Rama Rao Telugu 1963
Valmiki Kannada 1963
Veera Kesari With Rajkumar Kannada 1963
Gaali Gopura Kannada 1962
Karuneye Kutumbada Kannu Kannada 1962
Bhoodaana With Udaya Kumar, Rajkumar, Kalyan Kumar Kannada 1962
Mana Mecchida Madadi Kannada 1962
Nanda Deepa Udaykumar, Rajkumar Kannada 1962
Pattinathaar First Tamil Film Tamil Film 1962
Rani Chanamma Kannada 1962
Rathna Manjari Kannada 1962
Sumaithaangi Tamil 1962
Valar Pirai With Sivaji Ganesan Tamil 1962
Vidhi Vilasa Kannada 1962
Kaiwara Mahathme Kannada 1961
Kantheredu Nodu Kannada 1961
Kittur Chennamma Veeravva Kannada 1961
Dashavtara Kannada 1960
Ranadheera Kanteerava Kannada 1960
Rani Honnamma Kannada 1960
Raja Malaya Simha Telugu/Tamil 1959
Abba Aa Hudugi Kannada 1959
Dharma Vijaya Kannada 1959
Bhakta Prahlada Kannada 1958
Mangalya Yoga First Film Kannada 1958

As producer List

Film Year
Yaaradhu 2009
Shukra 2007
Kannadada Kanda 2006
College Hero 1990

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