T Kanakam is one of the earliest actresses in the history of Tollywood movie industry. She is also a Telugu film and theater actress in who made her mark in singing too; Kanakam had a long run as a theater and film artist. As a theater artiste, she believed a lot in melodramatic acting that had characters’ emotions to add layers of nuance to her roles that she played in mythological or social or drama films. This actress has acted with veterans like NTR, ANR, Shobhan Babu, Krishna and others in many successful movies of her time.
Kanakam began her career as a singer in All India Radio as a voice artist and had performed in Aakashavani Balala program during her childhood. Later she took an interest to join films too. She made her debut in films with Gruhapravesam in 1946. Her popular movies include Gunasundari Katha, Keelu Gurram,
, and Bhakta Prahlada, etc. Bhakta Prahlada, which released in 1967, was her last film. After quitting films, she moved to Vijayawada again where she spent her childhood.
This actress was born in Kharagpur in West Bengal and later had moved to Vijayawada. She gained popularity for playing the character of Nayakuralu Nagamma in Palnati Yuddham and
in Kurukshetram dramas. She was also a popular stage artiste in Andhra Pradesh. Her drama troupes made her famous in stages as such troupes were organized throughout Andhra Pradesh then. For her contribution to stage and theater, she was honored with the Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Theatre Art Award by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in 2004. She also has received many Andhra Pradesh Awards to her credit. The actress had passed ways at her residence in Vijayawada on 21 July 2015.