Kanakalatha is a very popular teleserial actress known for her character Narayani in a hit serial telecasted on Doordarshan in the late 80's. She was born on 24 August 1960. She hails from Kollam, Kerala. She studied in St. Joseph’s Girls High School, Kollam. She began her acting career after her school education. She began her film journey in the 70’s in the movie Chillu directed by
. She associated herself with Kalidasa Kala Kendra and a few other drama troupes in Kollam to have a steady income. She went on acting in films along with theater plays. In the late 80’s she became the most sought after Tele serial actress in Doordarshan. Her first serial was Oru Poo Viriyunnu. She has acted in more than 400 serials till date in Malayalam and Tamil. Her Popular movies are
, Kattukuthira, Appu, Kireedam, Vakkalathu Narayanankutty, and Harikrishnans to name a few. Her tele serials like Amma, Harichandanam,
, and Alavudeente Athbhutavilaku were all big hits. In the serial Amma, she played a character with a negative touch in the role of Mandakini. This serial lasted for three years (from 2011-2014).