Sapthami Gowda is an Indian actress, swimmer, and civil engineer who predominantly works in the Kannada film industry. In 2022, she played the lead role of Leela in the Kannada film Kantara.
Sapthami Gowda was born on Saturday, 8 June 1996 (age 26 years; as of 2022) in Bangalore (now Bengaluru). Her Zodiac sign is Gemini. She did her schooling at Baldwin Girls’ High School, Bangalore, India and Sri Kumaran Children’s Home Composite Junior College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, respectively. Soon after completing her schooling, she pursued a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Sapthami Gowda belongs to a Kannada-speaking family in Bengaluru.
Parents & Siblings
Sapthami Gowda’s father, Umesh Sk Doddi, is a police officer. In 2015, Sapthami’s father was awarded President Police Medal For Meritorious Service. Sapthami’s mother, Shantha Madaiah, is s homemaker.
Sapthami’s younger sister, Uthare Gowda, is a professional swimmer.
Sapthami Gowda is unmarried.
In 2019, Sapthami Gowda made her acting debut with the Kannada film Popcorn Monkey Tiger in which she played the lead role of Girija.
In 2022, she appeared in the Kannada film Kantara in which she played the lead role of Leela. In an interview, Sapthami explained the character Leela she played in the Kannada film ‘Kantara’ and quoted,
The character I play would have just finished her official training to be a part of the forest department. Her first posting is at a village. Leela is calm and composed and is a girl who knows her mind. I play Rishab sir’s leading lady and my character has taught me that a thousand words can conveyed in silences. She is someone who can talk even without uttering a word and this fascinated me as an actor.” The Times of India
At the tender age of five, Sapthami Gowda started her swimming training. In 2006, she clinched a gold medal at a state-level swimming event held in Mangaluru. In the same year, she won a Bronze medal in relay at the Nationals held in Jain residential school, Bangalore. Subsequently, she clinched medals in various swimming competitions like two gold medals and two silver medals at the 2009 State level competition held in Bangaluru and a bronze medal and two gold medals at a National swimming competition held in Jaipur. In 2010, she clinched a gold medal at the Indian Triathlon Federation held in Indore, India. In an interview, Sapthami’s mother, Shantha Madiah, talked about Sapthami’s career in swimming and said,
In 2022, Sapthami Gowda’s film Kantara was accused of plagiarism by the music band Thaikkudam Bridge. According to the music band, the song ‘Varaha Roopam’ from the film Kantara is a copy of the Kannada music album ‘Navarasam.’ The music band Thaikkudam Bridge also appealed to their listeners to disseminate about copyright infringement. Thaikkudam Bridge shared a post on Instagram about the plagiarism issue along with a caption that read,
We would like our listeners to know that Thaikkudam Bridge is in no way or form affiliated with “Kantara”. The unavoidable similarities between our IP “Navarasam” and “Varaha Roopam” in terms of audio is therefore a blatant infringement of copyright laws. From our standpoint the line between “Inspired” and “Plagiarized” is distinct and indisputable and therefore, we will be seeking legal action against the creative team responsible for this. There has been no acknowledgement of our rights over the content and the song is propagated as an Original piece of work by the movie’s creative team (sic).” India Today
- Soon after completing a B.E. in Civil Engineering, she started working as an associate software engineer at Accenture in Bengaluru, India. LinkedIn – Sapthami Gowda
- In an interview, Sapthami Gowda recalled her Kannada film ‘Kantara’ and said that she attended an accent modification workshop for the film. She quoted,
Actually, Rishab (Shetty) sir was hunting for a face, which will perfectly suit for the film. And he found my picture on Instagram and that’s how sir called me for the audition and the look test and then the look was completely fine. But the original movie in Kannada is Mangalore Kannada but I am from Bangalore, so there was a mismatch of languages there. So the accent and everything. So we started a workshop on the characterization and the language. So that took about two months or so and then during this process, the most exciting and the selling point of everything was when I went to meet sir on the first day, he showed me clips of what you’ve seen like Kola and Daiva on YouTube. So, once I watch that I said to myself I have to do everything from my end to be part of this movie because it was a big learning curve for me. I’ve been born and brought up in Bangalore, I stayed in Karnataka for 25-26 years and I had no clue about this kind of culture. So, it was a big learning process for me.” Firstpost
- In 2021, Sapthami Gowda was featured in a Karnataka State Tourism Corporation video.
- In an interview, she said that her favourite actresses were Radhika Pandit, Nithya Menen, and Samantha Akkineni.
- In 2021, she won the South Indian International Movie Award as the Best Debutant Actor for the Kannada film Popcorn Monkey Tiger (2019).
- Sapthami Gowda has inked three triangle tattoos on her right arm. Learn, explore, and create are symbolized by the first triangle (left), second triangle (middle), and third triangle (right), respectively.
- She won the SIIMA Critics Award for Best Actress (Kannada) for the film ‘Kantara’ at the South Indian International Movie Awards that took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre in UAE in September 2023.