K. Sathyanarayana Sowmya (18 July 1972 or 1976 – 17 April 2004), better known by her stage name Soundarya, was an Indian actress who worked predominantly in Telugu films in addition to Kannada and Tamil with a few in Malayalam and Hindi. In 2002, she received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film as producer for the Kannada film Dweepa. She has also received three Nandi Awards, two Karnataka State Film Awards for Best Actress and several Filmfare Awards South for her performances in films such as Ammoru (1994), Pavitra Bandham (1996), Anthahpuram (1998), Raja (1999), Doni Saagali (1998), Dweepa (2002), and Apthamitra (2004). She was one of the highest-paid actresses in Telugu cinema and acted in more than 100 films in a span of 12 years. Soundarya was popularly referred to as "Savitri of modern Telugu cinema".
Soundarya was born and brought up in Smartha brahmin family of Bangalore, Karnataka to K. S. Sathyanarayana and Manjula. Her father was a Kannada film writer-producer. She discontinued her M.B.B.S. after her first year in Bangalore. Soundarya's birthdate has been reported inconsistently by the media. While several sources indicate the birthdate as 18 July 1972, the others including The Times of India stated it to be 18 July 1976.On 27 April 2003, she married G. S. Raghu, a software engineer by profession.