She is married to Subhalekha Sudhakar, a Tollywood actor. The couple has a son, Sreekar. Apart from being a playback singer, she is also a classical dancer. She was born in Konetammapeta in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. Her father, SP Sambamurthy, was a well-known exponent of Harikatha and her brother S. P. Balasubrahmanyam is a prolific playback singer in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada and Malayalam films. She debut through Ilayaraja’s Tamil song – Solai Kuyile of Siva ranjini. Her second movie as a singer was for the movie – Pranam Karede. She has given significant contributions to classic movies like Shankarabharanam and Mayuri as well. Her songs in the Malayalam movie ‘Kathodu Kathoram’ were well appreciated that time. It includes the title song and ‘Devaduthar paadi’ pictured on Saritha and Mammooty.
Though she didn’t achieve big success as leading playback singers, she was able to find her position in the film field due to her talent, classical base and unique singing talent. She has proved herself as an excellent classical singer and has acted in the superhit Kamal Hasan-Jaya Prada dance drama – Salankai Oli. This movie was released first in Telugu with the name ‘Sagara sangamam’ (1983), later dubbed to other south Indian languages. Its Malayalam name was also ‘Sagara sangamam’. She did the role of a classical dancer and daughter of the heroine of the movie – Jaya Prada. She has sung the songs Vedam and Naada Vinodam for its Malayalam version too. She has done many live concerts with her brother S.P.Bala Subramaniyam.