Kanakadurga is one of the most well-known actresses in the South Indian cinema industry popularly renowned for her roles from the 70s through the 90s in Malayalam movies. She is recognized for her famous dance number for the song ‘Kalyana Prayathil Pennungal Choodunna' in the film, ‘Nellu’ which came out in the year 1974.
She was cast in a variety of films during her career, and some of them were, ‘Nirthashala’ in 1972. ‘Mazhakkaaru’ in 1973, ‘Rasaleela’ in 1975, ‘Nurayam Pathayum’ in 1977, ‘Mohiniyaattam’ in 1976, ‘Makaravilakku’ in 1980 and ‘
’ in the year 2001, etc., only to name a few.
Durga has appeared in over 30 films in her career in the South Indian cinema industry. She has also made appearances in other South Indian language films such as in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada movies. She was born into a family which was already involved in the cinema industry, which had given way to Durga’s desire to be an actress.
She was born in the state of Andhra Pradesh, and her family was in the Telugu film industry. She had approached one of the filmmakers during her time, Mr. K. Vishwanath when he had made a visit to her grandfather in pursuit of a location for his new Telugu cinema.
She had found her way to fame and recognition in the year 1974 when she had appeared in ‘Nellu,' one of the most iconic films of that time. She was offered the role of ‘Kurumaatti’ by the National Award winning film ‘Chemmeen’s film maker Ramu Karyat.
The film was based on the lives of the tribal community who lived in the hills of Wayanad. She was cast alongside the then stars of Malayalam cinema such as
, Thikkurissy, Sankaradi, and Jayabharathi, etc. She was married to Ramachandran, one of the most well-known cinematographers in the history Malayalam cinema, and has a daughter named Manasa who made her debut in the year 2007 with the film ‘