Veteran South and Hindi Cinema actress Padmini passed away
Yesteryear actress Padmini passed away on Sunday, 24 September at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai after suffering a heart attack. Padmini was born in Thiruvananthapuram on July 12 1932 and she died at the age of 74 years. This yesteryear actress began her career in 1949 with the Hindi film 'Kalpana'. She went on to do around 250 films in her career spanning 30 years. She married Dr.K T Ramachandran and moved to America after her marriage where she started the ‘Padmini School of Fine Arts’ in New Jersey, today this is one of the largest classical dance institutions in America.
Padmini was a trained classical dancer and was known as one of the famous ‘Travancore Sisters’. She began her career at the young age of 17 and went on to become a legendry actress. Apart from bollywood films the actress did several regional language films like Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. She achieved recognition in Hindi films after her film with Raj Kapoor in ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai’. She also did ‘Aashiq’ and ‘Mera Naam Joker’ with Raj Kapoor. In the south she acted with stalwarts like M G Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan. Her love for performing several dance forms made her give several live dance performances at the Rashtrapathy Bhavan in New Delhi, she also performed for several well renowned guests like Queen Elizabeth, Pandit Nehru, Sardar Patel, President Rajendra Prasad and Lady Mountbatten.
She won the Best Actress Award of the Film Fans Association in 1954, 1959, 1961 and 1966; she also won the ‘Kalia Mamany Award’ from the Tamil Nadu Government in 1958. She was also a brilliant dancer and won the ‘Best Classical Dancer Award’ from Moscow Youth Festival in 1957. She also won a Filmfare Award in 1985. Padmini will always be remembered for her tremendous contribution in acting as well as dancing in Indian Cinema.