Sapthami Gowda Wiki, Height, Age, Boyfriend, Husband, Family, Biography & More

Sapthami Gowda is an Indian actress, swimmer, and civil engineer who predominantly works in the Kannada film industry. In 2022, she played the lead role of Leela in the Kannada film Kantara.


Sapthami Gowda was born on 8 June 1996 (age 26 years; as of 2022) in Bangalore (now Bengaluru). Her Zodiac sign is Gemini. She did her schooling at Baldwin Girls’ High School, Bangalore, India and Sri Kumaran Children’s Home Composite Junior College, Bangaluru, Karnataka, respectively. Soon after completing her schooling, she pursued a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering.

A childhood image of Sapthami Gowda with her father

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 8″

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Black


Sapthami Gowda belongs to the Kannada family of Bangaluru.

Parents & Siblings

Sapthami Gowda’s father, Umesh Sk Doddi, is a police officer. In 2015, Sapthami’s father was awarded President Police Medal For Meritorious Service. Sapthami’s mother, Shantha Madaiah, is s homemaker.

Sapthami Gowda with her parents

Sapthami’s younger sister, Uthare Gowda, is a professional swimmer.

Sapthami Gowda and her sister, Uthare Gowda (left)

Husband & Children

As of 2022, Sapthami Gowda is unmarried.


Sapthami Gowda follows Hinduism. [1]



In 2019, Sapthami Gowda made her acting debut with the Kannada film Popcorn Monkey Tiger in which she played the lead role of Girija.

Sapthami Gowda in a still from the Kannada film Popcorn Monkey Tiger (2019)

Next, in 2022, she appeared in the Kannada film Kantara in which she played the lead role of Leela. In an interview, Sapthami explained the character Leela she played in the Kannada film ‘Kantara’ and quoted,

The character I play would have just finished her official training to be a part of the forest department. Her first posting is at a village. Leela is calm and composed and is a girl who knows her mind. I play Rishab sir’s leading lady and my character has taught me that a thousand words can conveyed in silences. She is someone who can talk even without uttering a word and this fascinated me as an actor.” [2]

Sapthami Gowda and Rishav Shetty in a still from the Kannada film Kantara (2022)


At the tender age of five, Sapthami Gowda started her swimming training. Later, in 2006, she clinched a gold medal at a State level swimming event held in Mangaluru. In the same year, she won a Bronze medal in relay at the Nationals held in Jain residential school, Bangalore. Subsequently, she clinched medals in various swimming competitions like two gold medals and two silver medals at the 2009 State level competition held in Bangaluru and a bronze medal and two gold medals at a National swimming competition held in Jaipur. In 2010, she clinched a gold medal at the Indian Triathlon Federation held in Indore, India. In an interview, Sapthami’s mother, Shantha Madiah, talked about Sapthami’s career in swimming and said,

She has been winning bronze, silver and gold medals in almost all the swimming competitions she participates in.” [3]

An image shared by Sapthami Gowda with her medals


In 2022, Sapthami Gowda’s film Kantara was accused of plagiarism by the music band Thaikkudam Bridge. According to the music band, the song ‘Varaha Roopam’ from the film Kantara is a copy of the Kannada music album ‘Navarasam.’ The music band, Thaikkudam Bridge also appealed to their listeners to disseminate about copyright infringement. Thaikkudam Bridge made an Instagram post regarding the plagiarism issue and included a statement that reads,

We would like our listeners to know that Thaikkudam Bridge is in no way or form affiliated with “Kantara”. The unavoidable similarities between our IP “Navarasam” and “Varaha Roopam” in terms of audio is therefore a blatant infringement of copyright laws. From our standpoint the line between “Inspired” and “Plagiarized” is distinct and indisputable and therefore, we will be seeking legal action against the creative team responsible for this. There has been no acknowledgement of our rights over the content and the song is propagated as an Original piece of work by the movie’s creative team (sic).” [4]


In 2021, she won the South Indian International Movie Awards as the Best Debutant Actor for the Kannada film Popcorn Monkey Tiger (2019).

Sapthami Gowda (centre) after winning South Indian International Movie Awards for the Kannada film Popcorn Monkey Tiger (2019)


  • Actress(es): Radhika Pandit, Nithiya Menen, Samantha Akkineni


  • Soon after completing a B.E. in Civil Engineering, she started working as an associate software engineer at Accenture in Bengaluru, India. [5]
  • In a media interview, Sapthami Gowda recalled her Kannada film ‘Kantara’ and said that she attended an accent modification workshop for the film. She quoted,

    Actually, Rishab (Shetty) sir was hunting for a face, which will perfectly suit for the film. And he found my picture on Instagram and that’s how sir called me for the audition and the look test and then the look was completely fine. But the original movie in Kannada is Mangalore Kannada but I am from Bangalore, so there was a mismatch of languages there. So the accent and everything. So we started a workshop on the characterization and the language. So that took about two months or so and then during this process, the most exciting and the selling point of everything was when I went to meet sir on the first day, he showed me clips of what you’ve seen like Kola and Daiva on YouTube. So, once I watch that I said to myself I have to do everything from my end to be part of this movie because it was a big learning curve for me. I’ve been born and brought up in Bangalore, I stayed in Karnataka for 25-26 years and I had no clue about this kind of culture. So, it was a big learning process for me.” [6]

  • In 2021, Sapthami Gowda was featured in a Karnataka State Tourism Corporation video.

    Sapthami Gowda in a still from the Karnataka State Tourism Corporation video (2021)

  • Sapthami Gowda has inked three triangles on her right arm. Learn, explore, and create are symbolized by the first triangle (left), second triangle (middle), and third triangle (right), respectively.

    Sapthami Gowda’s tattoo’s image