Veteran Telugu actress Jamuna died on Friday. She was an actress and director. The actress was born in Hampi in present-day Karnataka to Nippani Srinivasa Rao and Kowsalya Devi.
She was named Jana Bai.
At the age of 16 years old, Jamuna stepped into the world of cinema.
Her first film was Puttillu, which was directed by Garikapati Rajarao.
She got huge recognition with LV Prasad’s Missamma, which was released in 1955. Missamma is one of the iconic films in the history of Tollywood.
Jamuna was a stage artist in school. Her mother taught her vocal music and harmonium.
Jamuna acted in 198 films in Telugu and other south Indian languages. She also acted in Hindi films, winning the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Milan (1967), repeating her role from the original Telugu film Mooga Manasulu (1964).
Jamuna also established the Telugu artist association and through it provided social services for 25 years.
Jamuna married Professor Juluri Ramana Rao, a zoology professor at SV University. Jamuna and Ramana Rao had a son, Vamsee Juluri and daughter, Sravanthi.
Jamuna joined the Congress party in the 1980s and was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Rajahmundry constituency in 1989. The actress also had a brief stint in the BJP as well. Later, she quit politics.
Jamuna said that she joined politics as she was inspired from Indira Gandhi.