Born on 12 May, 1920 in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, Shrimati Anasuya Devi was
initiated in music by Venkata Rao Pantulu.
As a performer and author on traditional music and an administrator and policymaker in the wider world of the folk arts, Shrimati Anasuya Devi has made wide-ranging contributions in the field. She has worked as a member of the Andhra Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi and has later served as Vice-Chairman for Folk Arts in the same organization (1956-84). She has performed at several prestigious music festivals in India and abroad. Her published books in Telugu include such titles as Nenu Naa Rachanalu, Gataaniki Swagatam, and Endaro Mahaanubhaaralu. She has many recordings to her credit.
Shrimati Anasuya Devi is the recipient of a research fellowship awarded by the Government of India. She also received the Kalaprapoorna, an honorary doctorate conferred by Andhra University.
Shrimati Anasuya Devi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for her contribution to the folk music of Andhra Pradesh.