Kanaka is a South Indian film actress. She is the daughter of Telugu actress Devika and Devadas. In 2009 Kanaka married an engineer from the U.S. She started her career as the heroine in Karakattakaran (1989), a movie based on the Tamil rural dance Karakattam, along with Tamil film stars Ramarajan, Goundamani and Senthil. It was a blockbuster movie which ran more than a year. Kanaka acted in many Tamil movies, including Athisaya Piravi, Periya Veetu Pannakkaran, Periya Kudumbam and Samundi. She starred with many major stars like Rajinikanth, Prabhu, Karthik, Ramki, Raghuman, Ramarajan, Arjun, Murali, Pandiarajan, Pandian, Vijayakanth, and SarathKumar. She also starred in a few Telugu and Malayalam movies with major stars like Mammootty and Mohanlal. Her Malayalam debut, Godfather, was an all-time hit movie in Kerala, and ran for 434 days. She has acted in more than 40 films in Tamil and Malayalam as leading lady. Her last Malayalam film was Ee Mazha Thenmazha (2001), while her last Tamil film was Simmarasi (1999).