Initially, she refused his offer to act in movies. She debuted with the Kannada film Sri Rama Puja in 1955-56, which went on to win the National Award. Saroja Devi was married to Sri Harsha, an engineer by profession on 1 March 1967.
She acted in more than 170 films in Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and Telugu languages. Her kannada film "Kittuura Rani Chennama" won the national award. Her debut movie in Telugu was Panduranga Mahathmyam (1957) in which she acted opposite N.T. Rama Rao. Another leading Telugu actress Krishna Kumari dubbed her voice in this movie for Saroja devi. Later, without any dubbing for her voice Saroja devi acted with all the top hero's of 1960's in Telugu film industry.
B. Saroja Devi was Chairperson of the Karnataka Film Development Corporation. She was also the chairperson of Kantheerava Studios, Bangalore
Life and social work
She is known for her philanthropic and societal consciousness. She organized many donation camps in the name of her late husband Sri Harsha, daughter Bhuvaneshwari and her mother and has organized Charitable Trusts, rehabilitation centers and health programmes.
Life Time Achievement Award for 60th Independence. (National award) in 2008
Padma Bhushan in 1992 National award
Padma Sri award in 1969 National award
Doctorate from bangalore university in 2006
Abhinandana -Kanchana Maala’ award in 1980
Karnataka Government’s Rajyothsava award in 1989
Filmfare award for All-round Achievement
Tamil Nadu Government’s MGR award
Cinema Express award in 1997
NTR award in 2001
Dinakaran award for All-round Achievement in 2003