Jayabharathi (Malayalam: ജയഭാരതി) is a popular Malayalam film actress who started her career in late 1960s. She is a two-time winner of the Kerala State Film Award for best actress. She acted with Jayan , M. G. Soman and Prem Nazir in so many films. Her most famous film was Rathinirvedam directed by Bharathan. After being trained since the age of five under Kalamandalam Natarajan, Rajaram (a student of Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai) and Vazhuvoor Samraj Pillai, Jayabharathi entered films as a teenager. Life revolved around film studios, dance rehearsals and stage performances. The actress is busy these days with her dance school, Aswathi Arts Academy, which she runs from home. She is also starting another one in Coimbatore. Two years back, Jayabharathi performed in nine temples in and around Kerala.