Tanya Ravichandran (born as Abirami Sriram) is an Indian actress who has worked in the Tamil film industry. She is notable for her work in films including Balle Vellaiyathevaa (2016), Brindavanam (2017) and Karuppan (2017).
The granddaughter of Malaysian Tamil actor Ravichandran, Tanya was interested in a career in films from a young age after seeing her grandfather’s work. Her mother, Lavanya Sriram, is a classical dancer and thus trained both Tanya and her sister Apparajitha in Bharathanatyam, with the pair regularly participating in recitals in Chennai during their teenage years.
Before her entry into the film industry, she completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women in Chennai and pursued a master’s degree at Madras School of Social Work. Tanya first successfully auditioned for a film to be directed by Mysskin in early 2016 and was cast opposite fellow debutant actor Maitreya in the lead role. Mysskin requested her to change her stage name from Abbirami to Tanya for her acting career, which she agreed with. The film was later postponed to allow Mysskin to complete the production of Thupparivaalan (2017). Hearing that Tanya had been selected for a film by Mysskin, director Radha Mohan chose to screen test and then sign on the actress to appear in Brindavanam (2017) during August 2016.