We can have some understanding of Savithri’s family life by briefly looking at key relationships.
Savithri’s mother’s name was Allada Subhadramma. She was from the village of Chirravooru in the Guntur District. Her father’s name was Nissankara Gurvayya. He was from the village of Chinthalapudi in Guntur District. When Guruvayya passed away when Savithri was only six months old, her uncle played a large role in her life grooming Savithri to be successful as an actress.
Aunts & Uncle
After her husband passed away, Subhadramma went to live with her elder sister Annapoornamma who lived in Chirravooru. Subhadramma’s father Rattayya was employed in the military and lived with his wife Rattamma, in Northern India.
At the invitation of her other elder sister, Durgamba, Subhadramma moved to Vijayawada with both her daughters. Kommareddy Venkat Ramayya Chowdhury was Durgamba’s husband’s name. He was a chauffeur. Savithri spent most of her childhood with her sister and mother at Chowdhury’s residence. He sent both sisters to school, had Savithri trained as a dancer, made sure she was with drama troupes staging plays, and helped her find her way into the film industry.
Savithri has only one sibling, a sister, who was one year older than her. Her name was Maruthi. See the picture below.
In the left photograph Savithri is with her sister and mother. On the right Savithri is with her sister.
Savithri was married to the Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan in 1952 when she was only 16 years old. She was acting in a movie called “Manampol Mangalyam” with Gemini during that time. A romance developed between the two that eventually led to their wedding.
Savithri kept the news about her marriage a secret, as Gemini was already married twice and had family and children. She was afraid that her mother and uncle would not approve. She also didn’t want to ruin her chances of stardom by giving gossip columnists an excuse to write rumors that might distract movie makers.
The secret was out through a newspaper advertisement for Lux Toilet Soap that was signed Savithri Ganesh.
Savithri with her husband Gemini Ganesan
Savithri had two children, a daughter, Vijaya Chamundeshwari and a son, Sathish Kumaar. Both are shown in the following picture when they were kids.
On the left is the mother and the daughter. On the right is the mother and the son.
The following photographs show Ganesans spending time with their children. In the left photograph they are performing a pooja. In the right photograph, they are celebrating their young son’s birthday.
(Left photo - performing a pooja. On the right - son's birthday.)
The following pictures show Sathish Kumaar and his family.
Sathish with his sister Vijaya Chamundeswari on his right and his wife Prasanna to his left
The following photograph shows Sathish's own family.
Sathish is flanked by his wife Prasanna and his son Pradyumna