Shanthi Ganesh is a Tamil TV serial actress, who was born in Salem as a fifth child of a large family. She was brought up by her uncle. She studied up to third standard. She came to Chennai in search of her career. Her mother was a maid and she too helped her. At that time, she was helped by a lady who joined her in dance school. Later she joined in a drama troupe by Ganesh. She staged her first drama Patti Vikramathithan along with the popular Tamil Film actor Sathyaraj. Sathayraj was playing a villainy role in that stage play. Shanthi Ganesh acted in three characters in the same play and performed classical dance too. After a while, she made her debut in the movie Thangaikkor Geetham. She acted in Kainaatu, Sattathin Thirappu Vizha, Kalyanam, Gentleman, Oru Kalluriyin Kathai, Pithamagan and many more. She has acted in Telugu films too. She has performed in many stage plays with many troupes. She married Ganesh in the year 1987, who introduced her in the stage drama. She left her husband after few years and started living independently. She visited Chicago, Washington DC, Toranto and some more places for her drama. After few years, she remarried a dancer. But that marriage too did not last for long. She got film chances after few years and she survives in good manner.


Swarnamalya is among the few versatile Indian actresses, having a profound love for Bharata Natyam. She is renowned world over as a classical dancer, having won the Yuvakala Bharat award at the age of 17. Her fame started from a show on Sun TV, called ”Ilamai Pudhumai”.She graduated from the prestigious MOP Vaishnav College, following which she obtained her Diploma in Acting for Camera, from the San Jose State University in California, U.S. Her desire to be exceptional led her to complete her Master’s in Bharata Natyam and a subsequent Ph.D in Dance History from the Madras University. She tutored under Smt. K. J. Sarasa for a period of 10 years, following which she furthered her training under the tutelage of Sri. B. Seetharama Sharma of the famous Kalakshetra.Her acting career began with performing plays on the stage, with her movie debut being Alaipayuthey by Maniratnam, following which she performed more supporting roles in Tamil and Malayalam movies such as Engal Anna, Geeya Geeya, and Yuga, Periyar, from Ennittum to Mozhi, Kerala Police, Inga Enna Solluthu and Pulivaal.  The Tamil movie Alaipayuthey was a romantic drama, directed by Mani Ratnam and starred Madhavan opposite Shalini, with music composed by the legendary A.R. Rahman. Swarnamalya played the role of the supportive older sister Poorni, who helps Shalini’s character Sakthi during her relationship with Karthik (Madhavan’s character) and how they get married with the support of their friends. Swarnamalya also played the role in the Renjith Lal directed Malayalam drama movie Ennittum, a story about four college-going youngsters. Her latest foray in Tamil was in the movie Pulivaal, a comedy super hit directed by Marimuthu, where she plays the role of Bindhu.She has also featured in TV shows, as the anchor of Vijay TV’s Kalakka Povathu Yaaru Pt. 2. Her other shows include Anbulla Sneghithi, Thekkathu Pounnu, Vandhaale Maharasi and Yaathumaagi Nindraal,  apart from Sun TV’s Thangam.

Swarnamalya Tamil Actress