Minister for Women and Child Development
Assumed office
20 May 2013
Preceded by Kalakappa G. Bandi
Minister for Kannada and Culture
Assumed office
20 May 2013
Preceded by Govind M. Kajrol
Member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
17 May 2013
Preceded by Siddu Savadi
Constituency Terdal
Personal details
Born (1957-05-10) 10 May 1957
Nonavinakere, Tumkur, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian National Congress
Profession Actor (1978-present)
Politician (-present)
Religion Hinduism

Umashree (Kannada: ಉಮಾಶ್ರೀ) (born 10 May 1957) is an Indian actress and politician. She is known for her portrayal of film roles spoken in the Kannada language (over 400), particularly comic roles. In 2013, Umashree became a Member of the Legislative Assembly[1] in Karnataka in the government of Siddaramaiah where she was minister for women and child development,[2] empowerment of the differently abled and senior citizens, Kannada language and culture.[3][4]

Personal life

Umashree raised two children, a daughter and a son, as a young single mother.

Public office

Umashree participates in positive social activities such as supporting rural and disadvantaged women. She performs on stage in rural villages to highlight their needs. Her election in 2013 as the member for Terdal constituency (Congress Party) allowed Umashree to continue her work. Umashree is chairman for the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Party committee on other backward classes.

Stage work

Umashree has experience in village, amateur, mythological and professional drama. Her directors have included Fritz Bennewitz, B.V. Karanth, Girish Karnad, C. G. Krishnaswamy, R. Nagesh, and T.S. Nagabharana. She is a member of Rangasampada amateur theatre group of Bangalore.

Film work

Umashree began her movie career in 1984 with an award winning performance in a supporting role in Anubhava with Kashinath. However, it typecast her in comedy roles with a degree of innuendo. She worked with the actor N. S. Rao and later with Dinesh, Dwarakish, Mysore lokesh, Sihikahi chandru, Ramesh bhat, Mukhyamantri Chandru, Doddanna and Karibasavaiah. Her directors included S. V. Rajendra Singh Babu, Bhargava, Singeetham Srinivasa Rao, Perala, K V Raju, Vijay, Dorai Bhagavan, Dwarakish, D Rajendra babu, Dinesh Babu, V Ravichandran, Puri Jagannath and Yograj Bhat.

Television work


Umashree has won the Government of Karnataka state award on six occasions and the 1998 Karnataka Nataka Academy Award. Umashree has also won more than twenty best actress prizes in various professional play competitions.

Partial Filmography


  1. "Karnataka 2013." Myneta website, National Election Watch. Accessed 21 February 2014.
  2. "Writer's remarks on Umashree draw flak." The Hindu Bangelore, 9 February 2014.
  3. "Umashree 50 - peerless actress." CNB Chitraloka website 13 August 2008.
  4. Nandakumar P. "Karnataka: Umashree lone woman minister." Deccan Chronicle 18 May 2013. Accessed 21 February 2014
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