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T. R. Rajakumari
Thanjavur
Thanjavur
Ranganayaki Rajayee (May 5,1922 – September 20, 1999), popularly known by her screen name T. R. Rajakumari, was an Indian film actress, Carnatic singer and dancer. She has been called the first "dream girl" of Tamil cinema.[1]Contents1 Early life 2 Film career 3 Later life and death 4 Partial filmography 5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Rajayee was born in 1922 in a family of carnatic musicians. Both her mother and her grandmother wanted Rajayee to become a singer and trained her in Carnatic music. Tamil movie director T. R. Ramanna is her brother who is married to Sakkubai.[citation needed] Film career[edit] Rajayee made her film debut as "T. R. Rajakumari" in the 1939 Tamil film Kumara Kulothungan which was an average grosser. Her second film Kacha Devayani (1941) was a hit and helped launch her career in movies
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Thanjavur
Thanjavur, formerly Tanjore,[1] is a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur
Thanjavur
is an important center of South Indian religion, art, and architecture. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples, which are UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, are located in and around Thanjavur. The foremost among these, the Brihadeeswara Temple, is located in the centre of the city. Thanjavur
Thanjavur
is also home to Tanjore painting, a painting style unique to the region. Thanjavur
Thanjavur
is the headquarters of the Thanjavur
Thanjavur
District. The city is an important agricultural centre located in the Cauvery Delta
Cauvery Delta
and is known as the " Rice
Rice
bowl of Tamil Nadu"
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Panam Padaithavan
Panam Padaithavan (Tamil: பணம் படைத்தவன்)is a Tamil language film starring M. G. Ramachandran in the lead role. The film was released in 1965. The film ran successfully at many centres for more than 100 days and declared a box office hit.[1] [2]Contents1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Around the movie 4 Song List 5 References 6 External linksPlot[edit] In India of the 60s... While making to Calcutta, accompanied with his young brother, Balu (Nagesh), for a championship of athlètisme, Raja (MGR), an accomplished sportsman, stemming from a rich rustic Tamil family, got acquainted with Shanti (K. R
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Randor Guy
Madabhushi Rangadorai[1][2] (born 8 November 1937[3][4]), better known by his pen name Randor Guy, is an Indian lawyer, columnist and film[5] and legal historian associated with the English language newspaper The Hindu.[6][1] He is also the official editor of the weekly column "Blast from the Past" that appears in The Hindu.Contents1 Early life 2 Work as a film historian 3 Films 4 Awards and felicitations 5 Books 6 Notes 7 ReferencesEarly life[edit] Randor Guy's original name was Rangadorai, but his pen name later became official.[7] He graduated in BSc and B. L. from Madras University[8] and commenced his career as a lawyer.[8][9] After practising as a lawyer for a short time, he quit his job and joined a firm called Paterson and Co. where he worked for five years. In 1976, he resigned to devote all his time to writing. Work as a film historian[edit] Guy has been writing books on history and films since 1967
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Maalai Malar
Malai Malar
Malai Malar
is daily evening Tamil newspaper. It is owned by Daily Thanti group.[1] It was founded by S. P. Adithanar
S. P. Adithanar
in 1977 at Coimbatore. Malai Malar
Malai Malar
has twelve editions published from Chennai, Vellore, Dindigul, Tanjore, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore, Erode, Madurai, Nagercoil, Pondicherry, Salem and Trichy.Dina Thanthi Thanthi TV Hello FMReferences[edit]^ "Hello FM". hello.fm
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S. S. Rajendran
Sedapatti Suryanarayana Rajendran Thevar, commonly known by his stage name S. S. Rajendran (SSR) (Tamil: எஸ். எஸ். ராஜேந்திரன்; January 1928 – 24 October 2014), was an Indian film actor, director, producer and politician.Contents1 Film career 2 Political life 3 Personal interest 4 Death 5 Filmography5.1 Actor6 References 7 External linksFilm career[edit] Rajendran made his acting debut with the 1952 film Parasakthi,[1] directed by the directing duo Krishnan-Panju, with the character Gnanasekharan.[citation needed] He followed with Mudhalali, President Panchatcharam,[2] Pillai Kani Amudhu, Thalai Koduthan Thambi, Thedi Vandha Selvam, C. N. Annadurai's Edhayum Thangum Idhayam, M. Karunanidhi's Avan Pithana, Poompuhar
Poompuhar
and Modern Theatres
Modern Theatres
Kumudham. SSR acted with M. G. Ramachandran
M. G

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M. R. Radha
Madras
Madras
Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan Naidu (14 April 1907 – 17 September 1979), popularly known by his stage name, M. R. Radha, was an Indian film actor and politician. He was given the title of "Nadigavel" (Spearhead of acting / frontrunner /torchbearer) by E.V.R. Periyar in a stage, for his acting prowess. After a successful career on stage in his early years, he acted in films from the 1930s to the 1970s, and then, giving up films, he went back to his first love, the stage.[citation needed]Contents1 Career 2 MGR Shooting incident 3 Death 4 Personal life 5 Filmography 6 References 7 External linksCareer[edit] Radha left his home at an early age due to a quarrel with his mother in which she declined to give an extra piece of fish to eat.[citation needed] Radha was a popular theatre artist who performed in more than 5000 stage shows
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Padmini (actress)
Padmini (12 June 1932 – 24 September 2006)[1][2][3] was an Indian actress and trained Bharathanatyam
Bharathanatyam
dancer, who acted in over 250 Indian films.[1] She acted in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi language films. Padmini, with her elder sister Lalitha and her younger sister Ragini, were called the " Travancore
Travancore
sisters".[4] Padmini was born and raised in Thiruvananthapuram, in what was then the princely state of Travancore
Travancore
(now the Indian state of Kerala). She was the second daughter of Sree Thankappan Pillai and Saraswathi Amma, both coming from noble Nair families.[1] Her sisters Lalitha and Ragini, were also well known film actresses. Together, the three were known as the Travancore
Travancore
sisters.[4] Padmini and her sisters learnt Bharathanatyam
Bharathanatyam
from Thiruvidaimarudur Mahalingam Pillai
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M. N. Nambiar
Manjeri Narayanan Nambiar (7 March 1919 – 19 November 2008), known as M. N. Nambiar, was a film actor in Tamil cinema
Tamil cinema
who dominated the industry in the role of villain for around 50 years. Also known as Nambiar swami or Maha Guruswami, he was also a spiritual leader who pioneered the movement of taking pilgrims to Sabarimala.Contents1 Early life 2 Film career 3 Partial filmography 4 Television 5 Death 6 Tributes 7 References 8 External linksEarly life[edit] M. N. Nambiar
M. N. Nambiar
was a born on 7 March 1919. At Kandakkai Mayyil Kannur. While still a child, his father died and so he moved to live and study in Ooty
Ooty
with his elder sister and brother-in-law.[1] He became interested in acting when he was 13 and he joined Nawab Rajamanikkam's troupe
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G. Varalakshmi
G. Varalakshmi, born Garikapati Varalaxmi (27 September 1926 – 26 November 2006[1]), was a veteran Telugu and Tamil actress, stage artist, singer and director. She is well remembered for her arrogant roles in movies like Drohi and Letha Manasulu.Contents1 Biography 2 Filmography2.1 Actress 2.2 Director3 References 4 External linksBiography[edit] Varalakshmi was born in 1926 in Ongole, Andhra Pradesh, India to a Telugu Brahmin
Brahmin
family. She left home to act on stage in Vijayawada, when she was 11 years old. She acted along with drama artists Thungala Chalapathi and Dasari Kotiratnam and became popular for her roles in plays like Sakkubai and Rangoon Rowdy. Her first movies are Barrister Parvatheesam, produced by Raghupathy Prakash, and Bondam Pelli, produced by H. M. Reddy, when she was 14 years old. These two movies were released together as a two-in-one movie
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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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U. R. Jeevarathinam
U. R. Jeevarathinam
U. R. Jeevarathinam
(Tamil: யூ. ஆர். ஜீவரத்தினம்) was a famous Tamil actress, singer, producer and playback singer. Most of her works are in Telugu and Tamil languages.Contents1 Early life 2 Career Life 3 Personal life 4 Filmography4.1 Actress 4.2 Playback Singer 4.3 Producer5 ReferencesEarly life[edit] Born in Unjalur, Erode, Madras Presidency
Madras Presidency
in British India
British India
to Subramaniam and Kunjammaal. She was very much interested in music right from the time of her school days and could sing very well also. K. S. Angamuthu, a very popular comedian of that time helped her to join the Krishna Drama Company at the age of 9. She had tutelage of carnatic music from Kailasa Bhagavathar and Kunnakkudi Venkatrama Iyer
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Ranjan (actor)
Ranjan (Real name: Ramanarayana Venkataramana Sarma[1]) (2 March 1918 – 12 September 1983) was an Indian film actor, singer, journalist and writer. He debuted in the 1941 movie Ashok Kumar, but gained fame in S. S. Vasan's 1948 magnum opus Chandralekha.Contents1 Early life 2 Family 3 Death 4 Filmography 5 Notes 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Ranjan was born Ramanarayana Venkataramana Sarma in Mylapore, Madras in 1918.[2] His family hailed from the town of Srirangam.[3] Ranjan had his schooling in Madras
Madras
and received an M. Lit degree from Madras University. While studying in college, he participated in a number of stage plays. Coincidentally, an employee of Gemini Studios, Veppattur Kittu was present at one of his plays. Impressed by Ranjan's performance, Kittu suggested his name to P. G. Raghavachari, who cast him in the M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar-starrer Ashok Kumar, in which he played the role of Gautama Buddha
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Madras Presidency
FlagThe Madras
Madras
Presidency in 1919Historical era New Imperialism •  Established 1652 •  Disestablished 1947Colonial IndiaImperial entities of IndiaDutch India 1605–1825Danish India 1620–1869French India 1668–1954Portuguese India (1505–1961)Casa da Índia 1434–1833Portuguese East India Company 1628–1633British India (1612–1947)East India Company 1612–1757Company rule in India 1757–1858British Raj 1858–1947British rule in Burma 1824–1948Princely states 1721–1949Partition of India1947v t eThe Madras
Madras
Presidency, or the Presidency of Fort St. George, and also known as Madras
Madras
Province, was an administrative subdivision (presidency) of British India
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N. C. Vasanthakokilam
Nagapattinam
Nagapattinam
Chandrashekharan Vasanthakokilam (1919 – 7 November 1951) was a Carnatic singer and actress. Her work included the performances of kritis by Tyagaraja
Tyagaraja
and Muthuswami Dikshitar
Muthuswami Dikshitar
and in the years after Indian independence, she helped popularise the famous mystic poet of Tamil Nadu, Kavi Yogi Maharishi Dr. Shuddhananda Bharati's songs. She died of tuberculosis in 1951.[1]Contents1 Early life 2 Her Music 3 Film Songs 4 Acting career 5 Personal life 6 References 7 External linksEarly life[edit] NCV was born as Kamakshi in Irinjalakkuda, Cochin State
Cochin State
of British India, the present Kerala. Her family then shifted to Nagapattinam. Her father, Chandrashekhara Iyer sent her under the tutelage of Nagapattinam
Nagapattinam
'Jalra' Gopala Iyer, an accompanist in Harikatha performances
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S. Jayalakshmi
Sundaram Jayalakshmi (25 July 1920 - 21 July 2007) was a Tamil film actress and singer who played lead parts in movies of the 1930s and 1940s. Starting her film career with Seetha Kalyanam in 1934, she acted in about a dozen movies, her most remembered role being in the 1943 movie Sivakavi. She is the sister of musicians S. Rajam and S. Balachander.Contents1 Early life 2 Death 3 References 4 External linksEarly life[edit] Jayalakshmi was born on 25 July 1920 in Madras to lawyer V. Sundaram Iyer and his wife Parvathi. In 1933, when V. Shantaram
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