Savitri married Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan in 1952 at the age of just 17. She first met him in 1948. The marriage led to a serious break in friendly relations with her uncle because Ganesan was already married with Pushpavalli and had four daughters. Her marriage became known to the public when she signed in as Savitri Ganesh on one photograph. Ganesan also later acknowledged and confirmed that he married Savitri, with whom he had a daughter Vijay Chamundeswari and a son Sathish Kumar Ganesan.