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Thillaanaa Mohanambal
Thillana Mohanambal
Thillana Mohanambal
(English: The Dance Queen Mohanambal) is a 1968 Indian Tamil-language musical drama film written, directed, distributed and produced by A. P. Nagarajan. The film stars Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini and T. S. Balaiah
T. S. Balaiah
in the lead roles, with A. V. M. Rajan, Nagesh and Manorama in supporting roles. It tells the story of about Shanmugasundaram, a Nadaswaram[a] player who falls in love with Mohanambal, a Bharatanatyam dancer who reciprocates his feelings, but unfortunate circumstances and their egoistic nature prevents them from confessing their love for one another. How they overcome their self-created obstacles and those created by the people around them forms the rest of the story. The film was adapted from Kothamangalam Subbu's novel of the same name, which was serialised in the Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan in 1957-58
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A. P. Nagarajan
Akkamappettai Paramasivan Nagarajan (24 February 1928)[1] – 5 April 1977[2] was an Indian film director, producer, actor and writer who set a trend in film making in Tamil cinema
Tamil cinema
in 1960s and 1970s.[3]Contents1 Early life 2 Film career 3 Filmography 4 Death 5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] A. P. Nagarajan was born on 24 February 1928 under the name Kuppuswamy. His father, Paramasiva Gounder, died when Kuppuswamy was a young boy; within a few months, he mother Lakshmi Ammal died too. His maternal grandmother, Manicka Ammal, took charge of the boy. Afraid that he might not be cared for by the family, she admitted him to a drama company without informing them of the boy's antecedents. Later he shifted to Avvai T. K. Shanmugam's drama company. As there were many Kuppuswamis, his name was changed to Nagarajan
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P. D. Sambandam
P.D. Sambandam was a comic actor[1] who has performed many supporting and minor roles in Tamil films. Partial Filmography[edit]Year Film Role Director1954 Andha Naal Chinnaiah Pillai S. Balachander1955 Gomathiyin Kaadhalan Sinnaveli Kanakkupulla P. Neelakantan1955 KathanayakiK. Ramnoth1956 Naan Petra Selvam Anthony K. Somu1957 Baagyavathi Saminathan L. V. Prasad1958 Neelavukku Neranja Manasu Servant K. Somu1958 Sampoorna RamayanamK. Somu1959 Manjal Mahimai K. A. Thangavelu's father A. Subba Rao1959 Uthami Petra RathinamM. A. Thirumugam1960 Paattaaliyin VetriA. Subba Rao1962 Avana Ivan School Teacher S. Balachandar1965 Thiruvilaiyadal musician in T. S. Balaiah's troupe A. P. Nagarajan1966 Anbe Vaa Cameo, as the head servant in JB's mansion A. C. Tirulokchandar1967 Bama Vijayam Cameo, as Radha's father K. Balachander1967 Thiruvarutchelvar Washerman A. P. Nagarajan1968 Thillana Mohanambal Thaalam player in Sundaram's troupe A. P
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K. A. Thangavelu
K. A. Thangavelu, popularly known as "Danaal Thangavelu", was an Indian film actor and comedian popular in the 1950s to 1985 and above. Not known for physical, acrobatic comedy like his contemporaries J. P. Chandrababu and Nagesh, Thangavelu's humor is recognized for his impeccable timing in verbal agility and the characteristic twang of his delivery. He was a successful comedian and his role as a phony writer Bhairavan in the movie Kalyana Parisu
Kalyana Parisu
(Wedding Present) was much appreciated by Tamil movie fans.[1] Thangavelu's humor enriched movies such as Thillana Mohanambal
Thillana Mohanambal
in his role as a nattuvangam master (dance choreographer) to the heroine
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Chittor V. Nagaiah
Chittoor V. Nagaiah (born Vuppaladadiyam Nagaiah) was a multilingual Indian film
Indian film
actor, thespian, composer, director, producer, writer and playback singer from Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, India. Indian film journalist and the editor of Film India, Baburao Patel, described Nagiah as The Paul Muni
Paul Muni
of India.[1] In his honor, the Mahati Chittor Nagaiah Kalakshetram of arts was established in the Chittoor city of Andhra Pradesh.[2] Nagaiah was closely connected to Rama Vilasa Sabha, a Telugu theatre association in Chittoor. He performed and directed several stage plays, such as Sarangadhara, Viswamithra Chitra Nilayam, Savitri, Bruhannala and Ramadasu. He staged the roles of Telugu saint-poets Pothana, Vemana, Ramadasu, and Tyagaraja. Nagaiah developed a life-time association with B. N. Reddy, at this juncture H. M. Reddy formed Rohini Pictures with the association of B. N. Reddy
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K. Sarangkapani
K. Sarangapani was an Indian film
Indian film
actor who worked mainly in Tamil cinema. He was basically a comedian, but occasionally played heroic roles.[2][3]Contents1 Family 2 Drama 3 Hero 4 Awards 5 Anna 6 Filmography 7 References 8 External linksFamily[edit] Sarangapani was born in 1904 in Kumbakonam, Tanjore District. His parents were Soundararajan and Jagadambal. He was the last son of the family. Sarangapani has three elder brothers and one elder sister. Sister was the eldest in the family, her name was Ambammal. Periya Rajanna (Artist) was Sarangapani’s eldest brother. Next brother as Chinna Rajanna (Nadaswara Vidwaan) and his last brother was named Thambusamy (Miruthangam Vidwaan).[citation needed] Sarangapani was married to Thayalnayaki. He had three sons and a daughter
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A. Karunanidhi
A. Karunanidhi was an Indian actor who featured mainly in Tamil-language films as a comedian.[1] He was active in the field from 1948 till 1978. Though he was a comedian, the roles he played in some of the films were so imperative to the story. A case in point is his role in the award-winning film Veerapandiya Kattabomman. He featured as Sundaralingam a servant in Kattabomman's court. The role was developed into a spy and he played it brilliantly. In some of the films he will not talk much but his body language itself will make the audience laugh as in Missiamma. He has also appeared in women's attire in some films. The turning and twisting of his body was well appreciated even by women. In Adhey Kangal 1967 film, he did the role of a Malayalee cook and spoke Malayalee Tamil making the audience laugh to their hilt. Apart from acting, at times he gave ideas for comedy scenes in films.[2] T. P
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Ottu (instrument)
The ottu (or otter[1]) is a double reed wind instrument, used in Carnatic music
Carnatic music
of Southern India to provide a drone accompaniment to the similar nadaswaram oboe.[2] Like the nadaswaram, the ottu is a large conical instrument, some two and a half feet long.[3] Unlike the nadaswaram, the ottu has no fingerholes, being intended to produce one constant note while playing. It is provided with several small tuning holes which can be stopped with wax to modify its note.[4] In some cases, a shruti box may be used in place of the ottu due to its steadier sound.[5][6] The player holds the instrument in their left hand, sustaining the sound by inhaling through their nose, and with the right hand, beats on a drum strapped onto a belt. References[edit]^ Sampa Ghosh; Utpal Kumar Banerjee (1 January 2006). Indian Puppets. Abhinav Publications. pp. 26–
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K. Balaji
K. Balaji (5 August 1934 – 2 May 2009) was an Indian film producer and actor best known for his Tamil films, particularly films such as the Rajinikanth-starrer Billa (1980) and the Kamal Haasan-starrer Vazhvey Maayam (1982). He was the father-in-law of actor Mohanlal. His son is the producer Suresh Balaje.Contents1 Early life 2 Career 3 Family 4 Death 5 Filmography5.1 As producer 5.2 As actor6 References 7 External linksEarly life[edit] Balaji was born to Tamil parents. He was the grandson of colonial era advocate T. Rangachari. His interest in acting began when he performed in school plays and amateur theatre shows.[4] Career[edit] His quest for a space in showbiz led Balaji to the office of S. S. Vasan, then owner of Gemini Studios
Gemini Studios
in 1951
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T. R. Ramachandran
Thirukampuliyur Ranga Rao Ramachandran (9 January 1917 – 30 November 1990[1][2]) was an Indian actor and comedian who acted mainly in Tamil films. He was cast mostly in lead or supportive roles, especially in comical parts, from the 1940s to the 1960s. Known for his distinctive saucer-eyes, Ramachandran was known as "The Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
of India".[3] Early life[edit] Thirukampuliyur Rangarao Ramachandran came from a Thanjavur Maharashtrian Madhwa Brahmin family in Tiruchi district. As a child, he had no interest in studies and played truant from school.[4] Filmography[edit]Year Title Role Notes1938 NandakumarFirst film as actor. Box-office failure[5]1940 Vaayaadi A hen-pecked husband[6] First movie as lead1941 Naveena MarkandeyarThiruvalluvarSabapathy Sabhapathy M. First hit movie
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Mridangam
The Mridangam
Mridangam
is a percussion instrument from India
India
of ancient origin. It is the primary rhythmic accompaniment in a Carnatic music
Carnatic music
ensemble, and in Dhrupad, where it is known as Pakhawaj. During a percussion ensemble, the mridangam is often accompanied by the ghatam, kanjira, and morsing.Contents1 Etymology 2 Legend 3 History3.1 Tamil culture4 Construction 5 Methods of use 6 Posture 7 Strokes 8 Modern usage 9 Mridangamela 10 Players10.1 Past players 10.2 Notable players11 See also 12 References 13 External linksEtymology[edit] In Tamil culture, it is called a tannumai.The earliest mention of the mridangam in Tamil literature is found perhaps in the Sangam literature where the instrument is known as 'tannumai'
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S. V. Sahasranamam
Singanallur Venkataramana Iyer Sahasranamam[1] (29 November 1913 – 19 February 1988), commonly known as S. V. Sahasranamam, was an Indian theatre and film actor and also a director, who worked in over 200 films, primarily in Tamil cinema.Contents1 Early life 2 Career 3 Death 4 Partial filmography 5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Sahasranamam was born on 29 November 1913 at Singanallur, then a municipality and now part of Coimbatore.[2] Because of his interest in acting, he left his home at an early age to join the Madurai Sri Balashanmuganandha Sabha, a popular theatre group, which was later renamed T. K. S. Nataka Sabha.[3] Career[edit] Several years after he joined T. K. S. Nataka Sabha, Sahasranamam started his own theatre group titled "Seva Stage". With that, he staged several popular plays such as Kangal, Irulum Oliyum and Vadivelu Vaathiyar. These plays were later adapted into feature films and were commercially successful
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C. K. Saraswathi
Not to be confused with P. K. Saraswathi or C. R. Saraswathi C. K. Saraswathi is an Indian film actress who featured mainly in Tamil films. She was active in the field from 1945 till 1998. During the early days she featured in character roles and in comedy tracks. Later she became famous for her acting in negative character roles. Due to her physical appearance, she was mostly given the role of a mother in rich families
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Maharaja
Mahārāja (Sanskrit: महाराज, also spelled Maharajah, Moharaja) is a Sanskrit
Sanskrit
title for a "great ruler", "great king" or "high king".[1] A few ruled mighty states informally called empires, including Ranjit Singh, founder of the Sikh empire, and Maharaja
Maharaja
Sri Gupta, founder of the ancient Indian Gupta empire, but 'title inflation' soon led to most being rather mediocre or even petty in real power, while compound titles were among the attempts to distinguish some among their ranks
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Shanmugasundari
Shanmugasundari (1937 – 1 May 2012)[1][2] was a Tamil actress. she acted in more than 750 films. Her daughter T. K. Kala is also an actress and playback singer. She also appeared in comedy roles along with Vadivelu
Vadivelu
in many films.Contents1 Career1.1 Notable Filmography 1.2 Awards2 Comedy Track 3 Family 4 Death 5 Filmography 6 ReferencesCareer[edit] Shanmugasundari started her stage performances at the age of 5. She survived, nearly 45 years in the film industry and did more than 750 films. She was also a dubbing artist.[1] Notable Filmography[edit] Shanmugasundari acted along with M. G. Ramachandran
M. G. Ramachandran
in Idhayakkani, Neerum Neruppum, Kannan en Kadhalan and En Annan
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Veena
The veena (Sanskrit: वीणा, IAST: vīṇā), also spelled as vina or beena or bina, comprises a family of chordophone instruments of the Indian subcontinent.[1][2][3] Ancient musical instruments evolved into many variations, such as lutes, zithers and arched harps.[4] The many regional designs have different names such as the Rudra veena, the Saraswati
Saraswati
veena, the
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