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
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.