- Nattiya Peroli Padmini - The Legendary actor
Nattiya Peroli Padmini was born on 12th June 1932 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. She was an Indian Film Actress, television Actress and great dancer who is known for her work in south Indian films and Hindi films. Padmini, with her elder sister Lalitha and her younger sister Ragini, were called the “Travancore sisters“.
Padmini, the multitalented Indian actress, started her career at the age of 14. She was cast in the role of a dancer in a film named Kalpana in the year 1948. With this super kick start her growth turned humongous that there was no looking back from then on. She was a tough competition to her contemporaries across the South Indian film industry, acting in various languages like Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam. And she was one of the highest paid actresses of the 1950s, 1960s and, 1970s. She reigned the industry for 30 years with her outstanding contributions, adding over 250 films to her kitty.
The Tamil movie Thillana Mohanambal is a cult classic movie of Tamil cinema which is remembered to this day. She always had a professional rivalry with actress Vyjayanthimala and their exceptional performances for the song ‘Kannum Kannum Kalandhu’ from the movie Vanjikottai Vaaliban is so popular that even the millennials love it. Her beautiful performance in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai was stupendous and made her a national star.
She has won many accolades for her dazzling show on the Silver screen. She received the Best classical dancer award from the Moscow youth festival in the year 1957 followed by the Kalaimamani award from the government of Tamil Nadu in the year 1958. And the certificate of merit for ‘Veerapandiya Kattabomman’ in the Afro-Asian film festival in the year 1960.
Post her marriage she took a stern decision to quit from her acting career and settle down in New Jersey, from where she established the oldest dancing school in America, ‘The Padmini school of fine arts’. She had a heart attack and died on 24th September 2006 in Chennai.