Kanchana was born in the year 1939 as Vasundhra Devi. She was one among the top heroines during the 60s and 70s. Kanchana’s ancestors were from a luxurious family in Vijayawada. Kanchana learnt Bharathanatyam at her early age. Before she was found by the veteran director C. V. Shridhar, she was working as an
. Her beauty and style impressed the director, who made her to play an important role in his movie
. Kanchana was popularly known as Color Kanchana, as she was very fair. She was renamed as Kanchana, as there was a popular actress in her name called Vasundhra Devi. Kanchana has acted more than 150 films in her career, with all the popular heroes. She has acted in all the South Indian languages and also in Hindi. Her reel hero is Muthuraman, as he paired her for nearly 19 films. Kanchana is unmarried and was living with her parents. After some issues with her parents, she lived separately. Then she rejoined her sister and her family. This actress has donated her property worth 150 million to Tirumalai Thirupathi Devasthanam. She quit acting after 1994. Her last movie was Neethiya Niyayama in Tamil. The Tamilnadu government honored her with an MGR Award in the year 2005 and Andhra Government governed her with an ANR Swarna Kanagam Award in 2007.