Tanguturi Suryakumari

Tanguturi Suryakumari was an Indian film singer, actress and dancer in Telugu cinema. She was the niece of Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu. She has sung Maa Telugu Thalliki, the official song of the state Andhra Pradesh, India

Name: Tanguturi Suryakumari

Profession: Indian film singer, actress

Birth: 13 November 1925

Death: 25 April 2005

Raithu Bidda (1939)
Krishna Prema
Maradalu Pelli

Brief profile:

She was a film star at the age of 12, when a special part was written into the film Vipranarayana. Tanguturi Suryakumari’s next film Adrushtam was released in 1938 and became a hit. Her sweet voice added beauty to her songs. Record companies came forward to record her voice, and at a time when gramophones were not yet common, her songs could be heard everywhere. Patrons in restaurants and outdoor cafes would pay extra if their meal was accompanied by Surya’s songs, and passing traffic would stop until a song had finished.

She established ‘India Performing Arts’ at Kensington, England, to train the English in Indian performing arts. Quennching the thirst of aestesism with Harold From 1973, Surya was supported in her work by her husband, Harold Elvin, poet, painter and potter, reading his poetry and telling his stories as she sang and played the tanpura and sitar. Tanguturi Suryakumari, a singer, actor and dancer, died on 25 April 2005.