Savitri Nissankara (born 4 January 1936 – 26 December 1981) was an Indian film actress, playback singer, dancer, director and producer known for her works primarily in Telugu cinema and Tamil cinema. She is also known for her works in Kannada, Malayalam and bollywood. Savitri's first significant role was in the 1952 Telugu film Pelli Chesi Choodu. In 1968, she produced and directed the Telugu film Chinnari Papalu, for which she received the state Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Silver). In 1960, she received the Rashtrapati Award for her performance in the Telugu film Chivaraku Migiledi.She often referred as "Mahanati" and "Nadigaiyar Thilagam".