Sushma K. Rao

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Sushma K. Rao
Sushma Krishnamurthy Rao

  • Actress
  • dancer
  • television presenter
Years active2004–present
m. 2010)

Sushma Krishnamurthy Rao is an Indian actress, dancer and television host. As an actress, she is best known for her work in Kannada television. After having made her debut in S. Narayan's Bhageerathi, she became recognized for her role as Bhavana in soap opera Guptagamini.[2] An accomplished bharatanatyam dancer, she is recipient of the 1997 Aryabhata Award for Dance.


Rao was born and raised in Koppa, a town in Chikmagalur district of India's Karnataka State. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from KLE College and also holds a bachelor's degree in Hindi language that she obtained from the University of Madras. A trained Bharatanatyam dancer, Rao performed at events in New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Thiruvananthapuram and in the Hampi Utsav. She is a recipient of Karnataka State and Central scholarships (NCERT) in dance.[2] She also won the Aryabhata award for dance in 1997.[3]

Rao began her television career on being urged to try acting by actor Vijay Kashi. During this time, she was learning the Kuchipudi under Vyjayanthi Kashi. Rao made her television debut with S. Narayan's Bhageerathi in which she played Veena, the sister of Hema Prabhath's character. She then appeared in Swathi Muttu as Pallavi, in Bidige Chandrama as Shashikala, before starring in Yaava Janmada Maitri as Ananya in one of three roles, in Guptagamini as Bhavana, and in Sose Thanda Sowbhagya as Keerthi.[3][2] Rao was awarded the Aryabhata Award for Acting in 2005, the Karnataka Television Association Award for Best Actress for her performance in Guptagamini and the Zee Kannada Best Actress Award for Sose Thanda Sowbhagya in 2012.[3]

In 2020, Rao hosted the game show Genes that "showcase[d] family bonding" and invited television actors as participants.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
Bhageerathi Veena
Swathi Muttu Pallavi
Bidige Chandrama Shashikala
Yaava Janmada Maitri Ananya Triple role
2005 Guptagamini Bhavana Karnataka Television Association Award for Best Actress
Sose Thanda Sowbhagya Keerthi Zee Kutumba Award for Best Magalu[5]
Zee Kannada Award for Best Actress
Tarle Nan Maklu
2020 Genes Host
2021 Mane Mane Mahalakshmi Host


  1. "Preetham Gubbi and wife Sushma head for divorce". The Times of India. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Srinivasa, Srikanth (15 May 2005). "A natural actress". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 26 May 2006. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Mangaluru: Nrityaangan to present 'Manthana 2015' from today". 29 October 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  4. "Genes: Radha Kalyana fame Amit Kashyap and Radhika Rao to grace the show". The Times of India. 21 March 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  5. "Kannada Tv Actress Sushma K Rao Biography". nettv4u. Archived from the original on 21 June 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2020.