She won the Nandi Award for Best Actress two times for movies Manoharam and Preminchu
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Laya is a Telugu film actress and a Kuchipudi dancer. She was born on Oct 1. She entered the Telugu film industry in a movie called Swayamvaram along with another popular actor, Venu. She had acted in about 40 Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam films. Her debut film as child actor is Bhadram Koduko in 1992.

Laya is born in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh and had settled later as classical dancer in Hyderabad. She performed more than 50 stage shows before getting married to a doctor in Hyderabad and emigrating to the USA. Her mother was a music teacher in Nirmala High School, Vijayawada and her father is a doctor. And she is blessed with one daughter. In school days, Laya was a state level Chess player.