She was born in Madras, India. Her father was a journalist with Picture Post. She has six siblings.
She had started her career at the age of 5 in 1966 in the title role of Bhaktha Prahaladha in Telugu . It is the first full length Eastman color feature film which was produced by AVM Productions. It was a blockbuster hit film.
She acted in more than 40 films as a child artist and at the age of 13 she acted as a lead in the Malayalam movie Chembarathi which went on to be a record breaking hit and was a trendsetter at the time. The same movie was remade with Roja Ramani in Telugu as Kanne Vayasu and in Tamil as Paruva Kaalam which also went on to be huge hits.
She has acted in more than 300 films in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and Oriya. She also lent her voice for over 400 films in Telugu and Tamil for all the leading heroines at the time like Suhasini, Meena, Radhika, Ramya Krishna, Roja, Vijaya Shanthi, Shilpa Shetty, Divya Bharathi, Nagma, and Khushboo.
She also won the AP State Television Award, International Children’s Film Festival Award, FilmFare Award, International Film Festival- Indian Panorama Award, and Zee Kutumbam Award.
She married S. Chakrapani, an Oriya actor, in 1981. He is now producer/director and Head of ETV Oriya channel. They have a son, Tarun, who acted as a hero in Nuvve Kavali and a daughter Amulya, who holds a psychology degree.
National Film Award for Best Child Artist for portraying Prahlada in Bhakta Prahlada - 1967
She has won more than 50 awards and rewards for her performances and voice dubbing. Like AP State Govt. NANDI Awards, Kerala State Govt, FilmFare, Cinema Express, Cine Herald, Malayala Manorama, Cine Goers, Madras Film Fans Associaction etc.
She was felicitated in 75 years of Indian Cinema Celebration and also in 100 years Cinema Celebration.
She has been honored in America, by Telugu Fine Arts Community in New Jersey and by Telugu Association in Tampa, Florida for her lifetime achievement and contribution to film industry.