Sankaramanchi Janaki is an Indian actress hailing from South India, who has always enthralled the audience by her mesmerizing performances. She proved her mettle in acting and also produced quite a few films. Acting in over 385 films (Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam), performing in 300 stage shows, being a radio artist at the age of 11, she has very well proven her prowess.
Janaki is the elder daughter of T. Venkoji Rao, a paper technologist (England) and Sachi Devi. Janaki completed her Matriculation from Gauhati University in Assam and had received honorary Doctorate from the University of Arizona. She is married to Sankamaranchi Srinivasa Rao, since 1947, has two daughters and a son, four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Sowcar commenced her acting career after her marriage only. She has promulgated her quintessential acting skills through blockbusters like “Sowcar” (Telugu), “Pudhiya Paravai” (Tamil), “Iru Kodugal” (Tamil), “Naan Kanda Sorgam”, “Kaviya Thalavian” and many more. Sowcar also performed for TANA all over the US in two Telugu plays created by actor
. She also served the National Indian Films Awards committee as a jury member and the state Telugu Films Awards committee as chairperson.
Janaki has worked with noted directors like Dada Mirasee and K Balachandar and paired opposite to many great actors such as N.T Rama Rao (in her first movie “Shavukar”), A.Nageswara Rao, Jaggaiah, Dr. Rajkumar, etc. She had a commendable as well as a successful career that spanned from 1949 to 2003. Janaki received many prestigious awards and titles like Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award-South in 1984, Kalaimani (awarded for excellence in the fields of art and literature) and SIIMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
After a void of 11 years, Sowcar ventured into films in 2014 again. She played a grandmother and Gayatri Devi in “
” (Tamil) and “Pungi Daasa” (Kannada) respectively. She has appeared in many Telugu films as well.
A woman of substance and positivity, Sowcar has been one of the gems in the acting department, since sixty-four years and showcases a dauntless zest. She loves to spend some quality time gardening, cooking and helping the needy in a generous way.