Susheela was born in 1935 in Vijayanagaram, Andhra Pradesh.
Susheela sang her first song, a duet with A. M. Raja – ‘Edhukku azhaithaai’ for the movie.
She received National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer five times in 1969, 1972, 1978, 1983 and 1984) in Telugu and Tamil.
In 2001, Andhra Pradesh Government honored her with the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for lifetime achievement to Telugu Cinema.
In 2005, she achieved Special Jury Swaralaya Yesudas Award for outstanding performance in music.