|Died||20 May 2015 (aged 77)|
|Other names||Meetu Amba|
(m. 1968; died 1990)
Early life and Career
Brought up in Rajasthan, Sudha Shivpuri started her career early, when she was in the eighth standard in school. Her father had died, and her mother had fallen ill, thus the onus of earning a living for the family fell on her.
She is an alumna of National School of Drama graduating in 1963 along with Om Shivpuri. They later got married in 1968  and continued work in Delhi theatre. They formed their own theatre company, Dishantar, which produced several important contemporary plays, including Aadhe Adhurey, Tughlaq, and Vijay Tendulkar's Khamosh! Adalat Jari Hai in which she played the lead role, all directed by Om Shivpuri.
She made her film debut with Basu Chatterjee's Swami in 1977 and went on to act in films like Insaaf Ka Tarazu, Hamari Bahu Alka, "Hum Dono (1985)", Sawan Ko Aane Do, Sun Meri Laila, The Burning Train, Vidhaata and Maya Memsaab (1993).
After the death of her husband in 1990, she started acting again and went on to do many TV serials, including Missing, Rishtey, Sarhadein and Bandhan. Her big break in television came in 2000, when she was asked to perform the role of 'Baa', the old mother-in-law, in the TV serial Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.
She has done many other Television shows like Sheeshe Ka Ghar, Waqt Ka Dariya, Daman, Santoshi Ma, Yeh Ghar, Kasamh Se, Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil, in all these serials, the role of Shivpuri's 'Ba' was very famous and Sudha gained a new identity as 'Ba' in public.
Sudha Shivpuri has a daughter, Ritu Shivpuri who is also a Hindi film actor and has a son Vineet. She had suffered a heart attack in 2014 and was not doing well for some time. She died from multiple organ failure on 20 May 2015 in Mumbai.
Awards and honors
- "'Baa' of 'Kyunki', Sudha Shivpuri, passes away". The Economic Times. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
- "Funeral of Sudha Shivpuri held at Oshiwara crematorium in Mumbai". news.biharprabha.com. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
- "Sudha Shivpuri Biography In Hindi". newstrend.news. Newstrend. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
- "glamsham.com". mumbaitheatreguide.com.
- Anil Wanvari. "Indian Television Dot Com - "We don't bitch and backbite about each other. In many other serials artistes just do that"". indiantelevision.com.
- "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Sangeet Natak Akademi Official website. Archived from the original on 30 May 2015.
- "You will be missed Baa: Actors mourn Sudha Shivpuri's death". India Today. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015.