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Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
(7 September 1925 – 24 December 2005) was a multilingual Indian film
Indian film
actress, director, music director, singer, producer, book writer and songwriter.[1][2] Widely known as the first female super star of Telugu cinema
Telugu cinema
and South Indian film Industry, she is also known for her works in Tamil cinema. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
in 2003 for her contribution in Indian cinema.[3] She was honored among "women in cinema" at the 30th International Film Festival of India.[4]


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Film career 2.2 Literary career 2.3 Philanthropy

3 Personal life 4 Awards 5 Filmography 6 Playback singer 7 Producer 8 Music director 9 Supervisor of music direction 10 See also 11 References 12 External links

Early life[edit] She was the third child to Saraswatamma and Bommaraju Venkata Subbaiah, in Doddavaram
village of Prakasam district, near Ongole, Andhra Pradesh. She grew up watching her father perform in various stage shows. Her father, Venkata Subbiah, was a lover of classical music and trained her in music from an early age.[5][6] Career[edit] Bhanumathi entered the film industry in 1939, and acted in over 200 films in Telugu and Tamil. She was also called as Ashtavadhani by the film industry people as she was a writer, actor, director, producer, singer, music director, editor and studio owner. She also had a good knowledge of astrology and philosophy.

Vara Vikrayam film poster, the debut film of Bhanumathi

Film career[edit] She made her debut in Telugu cinema
Telugu cinema
in 1939 as Kalindi (a 13 years old girl who is forced to marry an old man and ended her life by committing suicide) in Vara Vikrayam (Telugu), directed by C. Pullaiah. She had acted in Malathi Madhavam, Dharma Patni
Dharma Patni
and Bhaktimala. Her first popular film was Krishna Prema. Her next popular film was Swargaseema, a milestone film in her career. In Swargaseema, she played the role of a theater artist with negative shades who is after a married person for her personal benefits. Oho Pavurama song (sung by her) in Swargaseema
became a super hit and she was showered with offers. She later acted in many memorable movies like Chakrapani, Laila Majnu, Vipranarayana, Malliswari, Batasari
and Anthastulu. Her first film in Tamil was Ratnakumar
in the year 1949 along with the famous hero of those day P. U. Chinnappa. This film was directed by Krishnan-Panju. In 1953, she made her directorial debut with Chandirani
(made simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi). Her last film was made in 1998, entitled Pelli Kanuka. C. N. Annadurai
C. N. Annadurai
gave her a title "Nadippukku Ilakkanam" (Tamil: நடிப்புக்கு இலக்கணம்) (Grammar for acting) that suits her aptly. She was revered by almost all the actors she had worked with like N.T.Rama Rao, Sivaji Ganesan, M. G. Ramachandran, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Nagarjuna, Balakrishna, ChiranJeevi, Pawan Kalyan, Venkatesh for her bold and prolific versatility. One of her memorable movie in Tamil was Annai, in the year 1962 directed by Krishnan-Panju, where her acting was appreciated by all and also got the National Award for the film and for also performances in movies Anthasthulu and Palnati Yudham (1964) she received National Awards (Rashtrapati Award). She is the last recipient of Rashtrapati Award.[citation needed] Due to her rift with Aluri Chakrapani, she left her role in Missamma movie (Initially Bhanumathi was shot for some scenes in the movie befote being replaced by savitri rr) but after the release of the movie she watched and commented that "she lost a wonderful role but industry gained a talented actress like savitri" which showed her sportiveness and encouragement towards new actors. Due to clash with Aluri Chakrapani, she produced a satirical movie on him titled Chakrapani
which was a huge hit and became a classic in Tollywood for this movie she also worked as Music Director. For the movie Anthasthulu (1964), VB Rajendra Prasad had approached Bhanumathi for the role of Akkineni Nageswara Rao’s sister. She liked the subject and agreed to do the film immediately. The crew booked a room in "Ritz-Carlton" in Hyderabad and she didn’t want to waste money, so she offered to stay at Sarathi Studios, which had an open area and snakes. The next morning she woke up with her nails bitten by rats. The director decided to cancel the shoot, VB Rajendra Prasad rushed to see Bhanumathi applying iodine casually on the nails and asking when she could start work. While continuing with the shooting, she said, "If you cancel shoot for small things how will I be a Bhanumathi (which means ‘shining like the sun’ in Sanskrit)."[7] India's First Vice-President Sarvepalli RadhaKrishnan was a fan of her work. Telugu cinema
Telugu cinema
Veterans like Jamuna, Savitri and so many actresses cited her as an inspiration for entering into movies. she is widely recalled by her close associates as 'Epitome of Self-Respect and Versatility'. She is the only Female Film Studio owner in our country. She is called as Ashtavadhani by Tamil people. After seeing her performance in Ragoon Radha film C.N.Annadurai honoured her with title "Nadippukku llakkanam". In later years, she continued to act in pivotal roles in many hit movies like Tatamma Kala, Mangammagari Manavadu, Gadasari Atta sogasari Kodallu, Muddula Manavaralu, Bamma Maata bangaru Baata, Peddarikam
and Pelli kanuka. In Malliswari, Chakrapani, Chandirani, Vipranarayana
she played romantic, fun loving and playful characters. In movies like Tatamma Kala, Batasari, Chintamani, Annai and Mangammagari Manavadu
Mangammagari Manavadu
she played different type of roles and received accolades and movies like Swargaseema, Antastulu, Palnati Yuddham and Peddarikam
she played strong minded lady character roles with negative shades and done justice to the role proved that she was an accomplished actress who can easily portray both positive and negative roles with equal magnitude. She is first south Indian actress to receive Padma Awards Apart from being an exceptional actress, she was also a very talented musician. She is one of the fine actresses of Telugu film industry. She was adept in both Carnatic and Hindustani music. She gave voice to her songs despite it being the norm to use playback singers for actors. Some of her songs are still popular like Pilichina biguvatara, Kila Kila Navvulu, Oh Pavurama, Preme Nerama in Telugu and Azhagaana Ponn Naan, Vaarai Inbam Thaaraai, Nilaa Nilaa Odi Vaa, Thalai Vaari Poochoodi Unnai, Kannile Iruppathenna and Annai Enbadhu Neethaanaa in Tamil. She also provided music to a lot of her films.[8][9][10] During her later years, she served on various movie related organizations. She was a Member of State Film Awards Committee for two years. She was also a Visiting Professor at the Film Institute for one year. She was Member of Children Film Society for 5 years, from 1965 to 1970. In India, she was the first and the only woman to have owned a film studio, first actress to act in a dual role and the first woman to have directed a movie simultaneously in three languages. On occasion of World Women's day, Sakshi Sunday magazine listed the most successful women from every industry and she was listed in the one for those from the movie industry. It was also added that the present highly successful heroines could not reach the heights Bhanumathi reached and that it is an impossible task for anyone to reach her level of success. Literary career[edit] Bhanumati was also a talented writer with a number of short stories to her credit. Her autobiography Nalo Nenu was published in Telugu and later, released in English as Musings. Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
Sahitya Academy awarded her as the best short story writer for her popular short stories "Attagari Kathalu".[11] She was a Member of Lalit Kala Academy for 5 years, and Sahitya Academy, Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
for 10 years. She served as Director and Principal of the Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
Government Music College, Philanthropy[edit] She was an eminent social worker who was closely associated with a number of Social Service Organizations. She was the founder member and treasurer of Madras branch of Altrusa International Inc., Chicago
for lifelong starting from 1963. She was a life member of the 'Red Cross Society'. She established an educational institution named as "Dr. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
Matriculation School" at Saligramam, Chennai providing free education to the poor. Personal life[edit] During the shooting of the film Krishna Prema, she met P. S. Ramakrishna Rao, an assistant director for that film. He was a film producer, director and editor of Telugu and Tamil Films. The couple later married on 8 August 1943 and later launched a popular production company, Bharani Pictures on their son's name. She died at the age of 80 years in Chennai.[12][13] Awards[edit]

Civilian honors

Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
in 2001[14] Padma Shri
Padma Shri
in 1966[14]

Rashtrapati Award
Rashtrapati Award
in acting

Annai in 1962 Antastulu
in 1965 Palnati Yuddham in 1966

National Film Awards

Government National Award for Best writer for the book "Nalo Nenu" an autobiography in 1994.

Filmfare Awards South

Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South (1987)[15]

Nandi Awards

Raghupathi Venkaiah Award, from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, in 1985 Nandi Award for Best Director in 1986 NTR National Award, from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, in 2000

Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film Awards

Tamil Nadu State Film Honorary Award - Arignar Anna Award in 1992

State Awards

(connoisseur of arts), Government of Tamil Nadu, in 1983

Other honors

Kalaprapoorna, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, in 1975 Honorary Doctorate, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi, in 1984 Raja-Lakshmi Award
Raja-Lakshmi Award
for the year 1998 from Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai Annadurai honoured her with a title "Nadippukku Ilakkanam" for her remarkable performance in "Rangoon Radha" She was one of the dignitaries been honored by Andhra Pradesh government at the time of state formation in 1956.

Filmography[edit] This is partial list of her films.

Year Film Language Character Co-Star Song Music Banner

1939 Vara Vikrayam Telugu Kalindi Chittor V. Nagaiah

Prabhala Satyanarayana East India Film Company

1939 Santhana Devan Tamil

G. M. Basheer * Maarudhale Yaavum * Dayaa Nithiye G. Rajagopal Naidu Modern Theatres

1940 Malathi Madhavam Telugu

East India Film Company

1941 Bhaktimala Telugu Radha

Bhaskar Films

1941 Dharmapatni Tamil

Famous Films

1941 Dharmapatni Telugu

* Anuraagam Leka Anandamunda * Nilu Niluma Neelavarnaa

Famous Films

1943 Garuda Garvabhangam Telugu


1943 Krishna Prema Telugu Chandravali

* Ekkadunnaave Pillaa ekkadunnaave (with Addanki) * Oogave Oogave Uyyaalaa Galipenchala Narasimha Rao Famous Films & Star Combines

1944 Tahsildar Telugu Kamala

1945 Swarga Seema Telugu Subbi/Sujatha Devi Chittor V. Nagaiah * Oho Ho Pavurama * Oho Tapodhana * Madhura Vennelareyi (with Ghantasala) * Manchidinamu Nede Chittor V. Nagaiah Vijaya Studios

1946 Gruhapravesam Telugu Janaki

Sarati Films

1947 Ratnamala Telugu Ratnamala C. S. R. Anjaneyulu * Anandadayini * Madana C. R. Subburaman Bharani Pictures

1948 Raja Mukthi Tamil Kannika M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar * Sarasa Sallabam Seiyya Arugil Vaarumaiyya * Swami Arunkanigal Ivaiye Paareer (with M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar) * Sandhoshamaai Anbar Varuvaaradi (with M. L. Vasanthakumari) C. R. Subburaman Narendra Pictures

1949 Laila Majnu Telugu Laila A. Nageswara Rao * Neevene Naa Chaduvu (with Ghantasala) & P. Leela) * Aaha Pahliyanchega * Viri Tavula Lona (with Ghantasala) * Chera Raavo (with Ghantasala) * Raavo Naanu Marachitivo (with Ghantasala) * Ninu Basi Povudana * Preme Neramounaa * Chelunigani Nijamidani Telupuma O Jaabili (with Ghantasala) * Taanedano C. R. Subburaman Bharani Pictures

1949 Laila Majnu Tamil Laila A. Nageswara Rao * Nee Thaane Ennasai (with Ghantasala & P. Leela) * Aaha Palan Vandhadhe * Iga Vaazhvinil Kaadhal Mahajothiye Maarumaa (with Ghantasala) * Jothi Minnum (with Ghantasala) * Vaaraayo Enai Marandhanaiyo (with Ghantasala) * Unnai Paarkka Pogirenaa Oru Maasilladha Kaif * Premaithaan Polladhaa * Enadhu Uyir Urugum Nilai Solluvaai Nee Vaanmathi (with Ghantasala) C. R. Subburaman Bharani Pictures

1949 Nallathambi Tamil Pushpa N. S. Krishnan * Enadhu Uyir Egypttu * Malarthanil Oru Azhagu Mayil (with Ghantasala) * Varuvaare Dear Varuvaare * Naan Vanangum Deivam C. R. Subburaman NSK Films & Uma Pictures

1949 Raksha Rekha Telugu Princess Kalavathi A. Nageswara Rao * Oho Rajasukumara * Abhayammu Neevegaa * Jeevana Doli (with Ghantasala) Ogirala Ramachandra Rao
Ogirala Ramachandra Rao
& H. R. Padmanabha Sastri

R. Padmanabhan Productions

1949 Devamanohari Tamil Devamanohari C. Honnappa Bhagavathar

G. Ramanathan Arkays Pictures

1949 Apoorva Sagodharargal Tamil Kanchana M. K. Radha * Aaha Aaduvene Geetham Paaduvene (with T. A. Mothi) * Laddu Laddu Mittai Venumaa * Maanum Mayilum Aadum Solai * Manamohaname Vana Vaasame S. Rajeswara Rao Gemini Studios

1949 Apoorva Sahodaralu Telugu Ranjana M. K. Radha * Aaha Sukhadayi (with T. A. Mothi) S. Rajeswara Rao Gemini Studios

1949 Nishaan Hindi Kanchana M. K. Radha

S. Rajeswara Rao Gemini Studios

1949 Rathnakumar Tamil

P. U. Chinnappa
P. U. Chinnappa
Bhagavathar * Ganavaangale Vaango (with P. U. Chinnappa) * Andhi Nerame Inbame (with P. U. Chinnappa) * Sollarum Anandam Enadhu Vaazhvil Indre Duraiye (with P. U. Chinnappa) * Ananda Vellam (with P. U. Chinnappa) * Varattum, Vandhaal Vazhi Solven * Nin Paadham Varave Thaaye Nee Dhayai Purivaaiye * Vizhudhu Vittu Thazhaithongi * Muzhuthunnai Nambinen * Aadavar Kaadhal Idhudhaano G. Ramanathan & C. R. Subburaman Murugan Talkies

1950 Maya Rambha Telugu

1951 Malleeswari Telugu Malleeswari N. T. Rama Rao * Manasuna Mallera Maalaloogene * Parugulu Teeyali O Gittalu Urakalu Veyali (with Ghantasala) * Pilachina Biguvatara Auraura * Eda Thanunnado Baava (with Ghantasala) Adepalli Rama Rao & S. Rajeswara Rao Vijaya Studios

1951 Mangala Telugu Mangala Ranjan

M. D. Parthasarathy Gemini Studios

1951 Mangla Hindi Mangala Ranjan

M. D. Parthasarathy Gemini Studios

1952 Prema Telugu Mothi A. Nageswara Rao * Divya Premaku Satiaune (with Ghantasala) * Aagavoyi Maraja * Oh Hayiga * Pelliyanta Pelliyanta * Priyuni Baase * Rojuku Roju (with Ghantasala* Ee Lokamantha * Neeti Leni Lokamaa* Hayi Jeevithame C. R. Subburaman Bharani Pictures

1952 Kaadhal Tamil Mothi A. Nageswara Rao * Inba Kaaviyam Aagum Vaazhve (with Ghantasala) * Jeevidhamellaam (with Ghantasala) * Aahaa Inbame Aahaa Engume Aahaa Pongudhe * Kanavu Thaano Ninaivu Yaavum Kaanal Neeraamo C. R. Subburaman Bharani Pictures

1952 Rani[16] Tamil Rani/Ranjani S. Balachander * Naane Gnaaniyar * Madhi Mayangum Malar Vanam * Karugi Pugaiyum Pugaiye * Unmaiyillaadha Ulagile * Samayam Vaachchadhu * Cheeppu Chunukkani Chimini * Samarasam Nilaiperum (with C. R. Subburaman C. R. Subburaman Jupiter Pictures

1952 Rani[16] Hindi Rani/Ranjani Anoop Kumar

C. R. Subburaman Jupiter Pictures

1953 Chandirani Tamil Champa & Chandi N. T. Rama Rao * En Vaazhvinile Naan Magizhum Naal Iidhuve Thaan * Innadhendru Ariyaamal * En Vaazhvellaam Siraivaasamo * Nilaa Nilaa Odi Vaa Nillaamal Odi Vaa * Vaan Meedhile Inba Then Maari Peyuthe (with Ghantasala) * Meow Meow C. R. Subburaman, Assistants: M. S. Viswanathan
M. S. Viswanathan
& T. K. Ramamoorthy Bharani Pictures

1953 Chandirani Telugu Champa & Chandi N. T. Rama Rao * Eeroju Bhale Roju Ide Prema Idena * Enduko Teliyani Ennadu Anukoni Ee Sambaraalemiti * Evaraalakinturu Naamora Enaleni Vedana * Kilaa Kilaa Navvulaa Kurisene Vennelaa * O Taraka (with Ghantasala) * Meow Meow C. R. Subburaman, Assistants: M. S. Viswanathan
M. S. Viswanathan
& T. K. Ramamoorthy Bharani Pictures

1953 Chandirani Hindi Champa & Chandi Dilip Kumar

C. R. Subburaman, Assistants: M. S. Viswanathan
M. S. Viswanathan
& T. K. Ramamoorthy Bharani Pictures

1954 Aggi Ramudu Telugu Saradha N. T. Rama Rao

S. M. Subbaiah Naidu Pakshiraja Studios

1954 Malaikkallan Tamil Poonkothai M. G. Ramachandran * Unnai Azhaithathu Yaaro * Pengale Ulangalile * Nalla Sagunam Nokki * Naane Inba Roja * Naalai S. M. Subbaiah Naidu Pakshiraja Studios

1954 Chakrapani Telugu Malati A. Nageswara Rao * Pakkala Nilabadi Kolichemu * Uyyala Jampalaloogaravaya * O Malathi Lata * Mella Mellaga P. Bhanumathi Bharani Pictures

1955 Vipranarayana Telugu Devadevi A. Nageswara Rao * Anuraagalu Dhooramu (with A. M. Rajah) * Endhukoyi Thotamali * Evvade Athadevvade * Madhura Madhuramee (with A. M. Rajah) * Nanu Vidanaadakura * Raa Raa Naa Swamy * Ranga Rangayani * Saavirahe Thava Dheena * Thillana * Yela Naapai Dhaya Choopavu * Slokams S. Rajeswara Rao Bharani Pictures

1955 Vipranarayana Tamil Devadevi A. Nageswara Rao * Malaril Madhuvellaam (with A. M. Rajah) * Ini Aagatha Sogam (with A. M. Rajah) * Naayagane Jaya Geeta Radha S. Rajeswara Rao Bharani Pictures

1955 Kalvanin Kadhali Tamil Kalyani Sivaji Ganesan * Manadhil Urudhi Vendum (with T. M. Soundararajan) * Nallathor Veenai Seidhe * Alli Malar Solai Inba Valli Ival Thaane * Veyilukketha Nizhalundu (with Ghantasala) G. Govindarajulu Naidu & Ghantasala Revathi Productions

1956 Alibabavum Narpadhu Thirudargalum Tamil Marjina M. G. Ramachandran * Maasila Unmai Kaadhale (with A. M. Rajah) * Azhagaana Ponnu Naan * Unnaivida Maatten * Anbinaale Aalavandha * En Aattamellaam S. Dakshinamurthy Modern Theatres

1956 Alibaba 40 Dongalu Telugu Marjina M. G. Ramachandran

S. Dakshinamurthy Modern Theatres

1956 Chintamani Telugu Chintamani

1956 Madurai Veeran Tamil Princess Bommi M. G. Ramachandran * Avarkkum Enakkum G. Ramanathan Krishna Pictures

1956 Rangoon Radha Tamil Rangam Sivaji Ganesan * Thalai Vaari Poochoodi Unnai * Kaatril Aadum Mullaikkodiye * Thamizhe Thene Kanne Thaalelo * Kaiyil Pirambedutthu (with N. S. Krishnan) T. R. Papa Mekala Pictures

1956 Tenali Ramakrishna Telugu Rangasaani N. T. Rama Rao
N. T. Rama Rao
& A. Nageswara Rao * Kannulu Ninde Kannela Vinna Mannanaleera Raja * Teerani Naa Korikale Teerenu Ee Roju Viswanathan Ramamoorthy Vikram Productions

1956 Tenali Raman Tamil Krishnasani N. T. Rama Rao
N. T. Rama Rao
& Sivaji Ganesan * Kangalil Adidum Penmaiyin Nadagam * Kannamirandum Minnidum Annam * Pirandha Nal Mannan Pirandha Nal * Vinnulagil Minni Varum Tharagaiye Po Po Viswanathan Ramamoorthy Vikram Productions

1956 Sadhaaram Tamil Sadharam Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
& K. R. Ramaswamy * Ponggi Varum Pudhu Nilave (with T. M. Soundararajan) * Enggum Oli Veesudhe Ennai Thedi (with A. P. Komala & A. G. Rathnamala) * Thaaye Ezhai Mugam G. Ramanathan Kasturi Films

1956 Thaaikkuppin Thaaram Tamil Sivakami M. G. Ramachandran * Aaha Nam Aaasai Niraiveruma (with T. M. Soundararajan) * Asaindhaadum Thendrale * En Kaadhal Inbam (with A. M. Rajah) K. V. Mahadevan Devar Films

1956 Rambaiyin Kaadhal Tamil Ramba K. A. Thangavelu * Kannaala Vaazhvile Kaadhal Poithaana * Kannaala Vaazhvile Kaadhal Poithaana (with P. Suseela) * Aadavaareer Indre Aadavaareer T. R. Papa Kalpana Pictures

1957 Makkalai Petra Magarasi Tamil Rangamma Sivaji Ganesan * Sonna Pechcha Ketkanum * Vandhadhu Yaar Endru Theriyuma * Poravale Poravale (with T. M. Soundararajan) K. V. Mahadevan Sri Lakshmi Pictures

1957 Manamagan Thevai Tamil Banumathi Sivaji Ganesan * Nenjinile Pugundhu * Yengo Kulukku Thalukku Thevalaiya * Velavare Ummai Thedi * Vennila Jothiyai Veesuthe (with Ghantasala & Pithapuram Nageswara Rao) * Naanthaan Un Kaadhalan (with Seerkazhi Govindarajan) * Krishna Nee Begane Vaarai G. Ramanathan Bharani Pictures

1957 Varudu Kavali Telugu Banumathi K. Jaggaiah * Andachandaala O Taarakaa (with Ghantasala & Pithapuram Nageswara Rao) G. Ramanathan Bharani Pictures

1957 Rani Lalithangi Tamil Lalithangi Sivaji Ganesan * Inbam Perinbam * Madhunilai Maaradha Manadhodu * Ennai Ariyaamal Thulludhu Manam G. Ramanathan TNR Productions

1957 Ambikapathy Tamil Princess Amaravati Sivaji Ganesan * Kannile Iruppathenna Kanni * Maasila Nilave Nam (with T. M. Soundararajan) * Vaadaa Malare (with T. M. Soundararajan) G. Ramanathan ALS Productions

1957 Nala Dhamayanthi Telugu Dhamayanthi Kemparaj Urs * B. Gopalam Kemparaj Productions

1957 Sarangadhara Telugu Chitrangi Devi N. T. Rama Rao * Adugadugo Alladugo * Manasemo Maatalo Dinusemo * Raja Naaraja * Allana Gaadhiraajasutudarmili (with Ghantasala) G. Ramanathan Minerva Pictures

1958 Sarangadhara Tamil Chitrangi Devi Sivaji Ganesan * Arpudha Kaatchi Ondru Kanden * Kannaal Nalla Paaru (with A. P. Komala & K. Rani) * Vandhiduvaar Avar En Manam Pole G. Ramanathan Minerva Pictures

1958 Nadodi Mannan Tamil Madhana M. G. Ramachandran * Sammadhamaa Naan Ungal * Summaakkidandha Nilathai Koththi (with T. M. Soundararajan) S. M. Subbaiah Naidu Emgeeyar Pictures

1959 Manimekalai Tamil Manimekalai T. R. Mahalingam * Kangalin Vennilave (with T. R. Mahalingam) * Inbam Inbam Inbam Indha Ulaginile * Ulagame Oru Sirachchaalai * Aadhaaram Unnai Allaaal G. Ramanathan Shekhar Art Film Enterprise

1959 Nala Dhamayanthi Tamil Dhamayanthi Kemparaj Urs * Sarasam Seiyadhe Maname * Jai Bavani Dhayaarpari * Nan kanda Koyil Endha B. Gopalam Kemparaj Productions

1960 Raja Bakthi Tamil Madharasai Sivaji Ganesan, Vyjayanthimala None G. Govindarajulu Naidu Revathi Productions

1960 Raja Desingu Tamil Ranibhai M. G. Ramachandran * Sarasaraani Kalyani (with C. S. Jayaraman) * Iyalodu Isai Pole (with C. S. Jayaraman) G. Ramanathan Krishna Pictures

1961 Batasari Telugu Madhavi A. Nageswara Rao * Kanulakudoche Chetikandani Endamavulunnai (with Jikki) * Lokamerugani Baala Deeni Pokada Chitramu Chaala * O Batasari
Nanu Maruvakoyi * Kanera Kamandhulai Manera Unmadulai Master Venu Bharani Pictures

1961 Kaanal Neer Tamil Madhavi A. Nageswara Rao * Kannil Therindhum Kaikku Varaatha (with Jikki) * Ulagam Theriyaa Payire * Anbaana Enname Paavama * Vazhi Thedi Vandhaai Master Venu Bharani Pictures

1962 Annai Tamil Savithri S. V. Ranga Rao * Annai Embadhu Neethaana * Poovaagi Kaayaagi R. Sudharsanam AVM Productions

1963 Kalai Arasi Tamil Vani & Valli M. G. Ramachandran * Singara Vaa Vaa * Kalaiye Un Ezhil Meni (with Seerkazhi Govindarajan) * Aasai Vaikkiara Idam (with Jikki) * Ninaikkum Podhu Nenjum Kannum K. V. Mahadevan Sarodi Brothers

1963 Anuragam

* Sannajaji Teeveloi Sampenga Poovuloi Pendyala Nageswara Rao

1963 Arivaali Tamil Manorama Sivaji Ganesan * Koovatha Inbakkuyil * Venkata Ramana * En Kobam Pollathadhu (with T. M. Soundararajan) S. V. Venkatraman A. T. K. Productions

1963 Penchina Prema Telugu Savithri S. V. Ranga Rao * Annai Embadhu Neethaana * Poovaagi Kaayaagi R. Sudharsanam AVM Productions

1963 Kaanchi Thalaivan Tamil Chola Kumari M. G. Ramachandran * Mayangatha Manamyaavum Mayangum K. V. Mahadevan Mekala Pictures

1964 Bobbili Yudham Telugu Mallamma N. T. Rama Rao * Srikara Karunalavala Venugopala * Ooyalalooginadoyi S. Rajeswara Rao Republic Productions

1964 Vivaha Bandham Telugu Bharati N. T. Rama Rao * Vinnava Vinnava Manasulona Dagivunna Madhurageeti * ""Neetilona Ningilona (with P. B. Srinivas) * Nagumomu Ganaleni * Alumagalu Vidipoyenanthane * ""Neetilona Ningilona (pathos) (with P. B. Srinivas) M. B. Sreenivasan
M. B. Sreenivasan
& P. Bhanumathi Navayuga Films

1965 Antastulu Telugu Rani A. Nageswara Rao * Dulapara Bulloda Dummu Dulapara Bulloda * Vinara Vissanna Ne Vedam Cheputa Vinaranna K. V. Mahadevan Jagapathi Art Productions

1965 Thodu Needa Telugu Lakshmi N. T. Rama Rao * Enno Ratrulu Vastayi Kaani Idiye Toli Reyi * When I was just a little girl — I asked my mother what will I be K. V. Mahadevan Vijayabhatt Movies

1966 Palnati Yuddham Telugu Nagamma N. T. Rama Rao * Jaya Sambho S. Rajeswara Rao Sri Anuroopa Films

1967 Grihalakshmi Telugu Laxmi

* Laali Laali Gopala Bala Laali Laali * Melukovayya Kaveti Ranga Sriranga

1967 Pattathu Rani Tamil

Gemini Ganesan * Munnale Oru Ponnu * Sitthan Pokku Sivan Pooku T. K. Ramamoorthy

1967 Nai Roshni Hindi Padma Kumar Ashok Kumar None Ravi Vasu Films

1967 Punyavathi Telugu Padmavathi S. V. Ranga Rao None Ghantasala Vasu Films

1968 Poovum Pottum Tamil Padmavathi S. V. Ranga Rao None R. Govardhanam Vasu Films

1971 Mattilo Manikyam Telugu Lalitha Chalam * Saranam Nee Divya Charanam Satyam

1972 Anta Mana Manchike Telugu Savitri

1973 Kattila Thottila Tamil Dr. Meenakshi Gemini Ganesan

V. Kumar Arul Films

1973 Vichitra Vivaham Telugu

* Ammayilu Abbayilu Naa Matalo Nijam Vintara Meeru

1974 Ammayi Pelli Telugu Dr. Meenakshi N. T. Rama Rao * Vandanamu Raghunandana * Naa Kanula Mundara Nuvvunte * Ee Jeevitam Intenaa * Radhika Krishna P. Bhanumathi & Satyam Bharani Pictures

1974 Tatamma Kala Telugu Ravamma N. T. Rama Rao * Evaranukunnaru * Ayyalali Muddulayyalali * Korameesam Kurroda (with Ghantasala) S. Rajeswara Rao Ramakrishna Cine Studios

1974 Pathu Madha Bandham Tamil

S. A. Asokan

Shankar-Ganesh Sri Navaneetha Films

1975 Ippadiyum Oru Penn Tamil

Sivakumar, Devika * Sarigamapa Paattu Paadunga * Agapatta Varayil (with Manorama) P. Bhanumathi Bharani Pictures

1977 Manavadi Kosam Telugu

1984 Bhakta Dhruva Markandeya Tamil

1984 Mangamma Gari Manavadu Telugu Mangamma Nandamuri Balakrishna, Suhasini * Sree Suryanarayana Meluko (with Vani Jayaram) K. V. Mahadevan Bhargav Art Productions

1986 Muddula Manavaraalu Telugu

1986 Kannukku Mai Ezhuthu Tamil

Sujatha, Sarath Babu * Vaadaa Malliye Naan Sooda Mullaiye[17] Ilaiyaraaja Blue Moon Movies

1987 Attagaru Zindabad Telugu Rajeshwari Kalyan Chakravarthy Nandamuri

Bharani Pictures

1988 Attagaru Swagatham Telugu

1990 Bamma Maata Bangaru Baata Telugu Rajyalakshmamma Rajendra Prasad, Gauthami * Dilli Ki Raja Aina Bamma Maata Bangaru Baata * Maa Palle Gopaluda (with S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
& P. Suseela Chandrabose AVM Productions

1992 Peddarikam Telugu Adusumilli Basavapunnamma Jagapati Babu, Sukanya None Raj-Koti Sri Surya Movies

1992 Perivayar Tamil

Jagapati Babu, Sukanya None Raj-Koti Sri Surya Movies

1992 Samrat Ashok Telugu

1992 Chembaruthi Tamil Bhuvaneswari Prashanth, Roja * Sembaruthi Poovu (with S. Janaki
S. Janaki
& Mano) Ilaiyaraaja Motherland Movies

1992 Chamanthi Telugu Bhuvaneswari Prashanth, Roja

Ilaiyaraaja Motherland Movies

1998 Pelli Kanuka Telugu Savithramma Jagapati Babu * Bangaru Bommaki (with S. P. Balasubrahmanyam) M. M. Keeravani N. V. S. Creations

Playback singer[edit] Bhanumati gave her voice for herself and many actors to sing many songs.[18]

Year Film Songs

1939 Vara Vikrayam

1941 Dharma Patni Anuraagam Leka Anandamunda Nilu Niluma Neelavarnaa

1943 Krishna Prema

1945 Swarga Seema Oho Ho Pavurama, Oho Tapodhana

1949 Laila Majnu Preme Neramouna Maapai Ee Pagela

1951 Malliswari Manasuna Mallera Maalaloogene Parugulu Teeyali O Gittalu Urakalu Veyali (with Ghantasala) Pilachina Biguvatara Auraura Eda Thanunnado Baava (with Ghantasala)

1952 Prema Divya Premaku Satiaune (with Ghantasala)

1953 Chandirani Eeroju Bhale Roju Ide Prema Idena Enduko Teliyani Ennadu Anukoni Ee Sambaraalemiti Evaraalakinturu Naamora Enaleni Vedana Kilaa Kilaa Navvulaa Kurisene Vennelaa O Taraka (with Ghantasala)

1954 Chakrapani Pakkala Nilabadi Kolichemu Uyyala Jampalaloogaravaya O Malathi Lata Mella Mellaga

1954 Vipra Narayana Raa Raa Naa Swamy

1956 Chintamani

1956 Tenali Ramakrishna Kannulu Ninde Kannela Vinna Mannanaleera Raja Teerani Naa Korikale Teerenu Ee Roju

1961 Batasari Oh Baatasaari Nanu Maruvakoyi

1963 Anuragam Sannajaji Teeveloi Sampenga Poovuloi

1964 Bobbili Yuddham Srikara Karunalavala Venugopala

1964 Vivaha Bandham Vinnava Vinnava Manasulona Dagivunna Madhurageeti

1965 Antastulu Dulapara Bulloda Dummu Dulapara Bulloda Vinara Vissanna Ne Vedam Cheputa Vinaranna

1965 Todu Needa Enno Ratrulu Vastayi Kaani Idiye Toli Reyi When I was just a little girl — I asked my mother what will I be

1967 Grihalakshmi Laali Laali Gopala Bala Laali Laali Melukovayya Kaveti Ranga Sriranga

1971 Mattilo Manikyam Saranam Nee Divya Charanam

1973 Vichitra Vivaham Ammayilu Abbayilu Naa Matalo Nijam Vintara Meeru

1974 Ammayi Pelli Vandanamu Raghunandana Sethu Bandhana Bhakta Chandana

1984 Mangamma Gari Manavadu Sree Suryanarayana Meluko (with Vani Jayaram)

1986 Muddula Manavaralu

1986 Kannukku Mai Ezhuthu Vaadaa Malliye Naan Sooda Mullaiye[17]

1990 Bamma Maata Bangaru Baata Dilli Ki Raja Aina Bamma Maata Bangaru Baata

1998 Pelli Kanuka


Ratnamala Prema Chakrapani
(1954) Laila Majnu Batasari Vipra Narayana

Music director[edit]

(1954) Ippadiyum Oru Penn
Ippadiyum Oru Penn

Supervisor of music direction[edit]

Vichitra Vivaham (1973)

See also[edit]

Raghupathi Venkaiah Award


^ Maheeneni. "Welcome to Abhinethri.com — Exclusive photo of Legendary Actress Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
from NTR Starrer Classic Movie Malliswari (1951)..."  ^ "Telugu Cinema Etc — Idlebrain.com".  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-03.  ^ "Directorate of Film Festival" (PDF).  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 May 2006. Retrieved 2006-05-19.  ^ "The Hindu : Front Page : Veteran actress Banumathi passes away".  ^ "'I could not make a good movie for my son'". The Hindu.  ^ ILA Raja. "Binarywaves".  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-21.  bhanumathi.24by7music.com ^ http://techsri.wordpress.com/2009/05/01/attagari-kathalu Attagari Kathalu ^ "Attagari Kathalu". Sriram's Weblog.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 May 2006. Retrieved 2006-05-19.  Songs ^ http://www.greatandhra.com/ganews/viewnews.php?id=1696&cat=1&scat=18 News ^ a b "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.  ^ "Lifetime Achievement Award (South) winners down the years..." filmfare.com.  ^ a b Randor Guy. "Rani (1952) review by Randor Guy in The Hindu". The Hindu.  ^ a b "Vaada malliyey — Kannukku mai ezhuthu — Music by Maestro Ilaiyaraaja". Archived from the original on 8 August 2014.  ^ "New Page 1". 

External links[edit]

Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
on IMDb

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 52625802 LCCN: n89184386 ISNI: 0000 0001 1444 1091

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Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
award recipients (2000–09)


V. K. Aatre Anil Agarwal Ram Narain Agarwal Sharan Rani Backliwal Swami Kalyandev Veerendra Heggade Pavaguda V. Indiresan Wahiduddin Khan B. B. Lal Raghunath Anant Mashelkar H. Y. Sharada Prasad Rajinikanth Begum Aizaz Rasul Radha Reddy Raja Reddy Pakkiriswamy Chandra Sekharan Karamshi Jethabhai Somaiya S. Srinivasan Ratan Tata Harbans Singh Wasir


Dev Anand Viswanathan Anand Amitabh Bachchan Rahul Bajaj B. R. Barwale Balasaheb Bharde Boyi Bhimanna Swadesh Chatterjee Baldev Raj Chopra Ashok Desai K. M. George Bhupen Hazarika Lalgudi Jayaraman Yamini Krishnamurthy Shiv K. Kumar Raghunath Mohapatra Arun Netravali Mohan Singh Oberoi Rajendra K. Pachauri Abdul Karim Parekh Amrita Patel Pran Aroon Purie B. V. Raju Bhanumathi Ramakrishna Sundaram Ramakrishnan Chitranjan Singh Ranawat Palle Rama Rao Raj Reddy Kum Uma Sharma L. Subramaniam Naresh Trehan


Gary Ackerman H. P. S. Ahluwalia Prabha Atre Sushantha Kumar Bhattacharyya Chandu Borde Eugene Chelyshev Pravinchandra Varjivan Gandhi Shobha Gurtu Henning Holck-Larsen Zakir Hussain B. K. S. Iyengar Faquir Chand Kohli V. C. Kulandaiswamy Gury Marchuk Jagat Singh Mehta Ismail Merchant Mario Miranda Frank Pallone Ramanujam Varatharaja Perumal Natesan Rangabashyam Maharaja Krishna Rasgotra Habib Tanvir Kottayan Katankot Venugopal Nirmal Verma K. J. Yesudas


Teejan Bai Ammannur Madhava Chakyar Prabhu Chawla Herbert Fischer Jamshyd Godrej Coluthur Gopalan K. Parasaran B. Rajam Iyer Shri Krishna Joshi Madurai Narayanan Krishnan Rajinder Kumar Ramesh Kumar Purshotam Lal Sitakant Mahapatra Bagicha Singh Minhas Subhash Mukhopadhyay P. S. Narayanaswamy Arcot Ramachandran Trichur V. Ramachandran Kantilal Hastimal Sancheti T. V. Sankaranarayanan Naseeruddin Shah T. V. R. Shenoy Jagjit Singh Ram Badan Singh Hari Shankar Singhania Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman Narayanan Srinivasan Padma Subrahmanyam Swapna Sundari O. V. Vijayan Herbert Alexandrovich Yefremov


Thoppil Varghese Antony Soumitra Chatterjee Chandrashekhar Shankar Dharmadhikari Gulzar Sardara Singh Johl M. V. Kamath Komal Kothari Yoshirō Mori Gopi Chand Narang Govindarajan Padmanaban Poornima Arvind Pakvasa Vishnu Prabhakar N. Rajam C. H. Hanumantha Rao Thiruvengadam Lakshman Sankar T. N. Seshagopalan Bijoy Nandan Shahi Krishna Srinivas Alarmel Valli


Sardar Anjum Andre Beteille Chandi Prasad Bhatt Tumkur Ramaiya Satish Chandran Mrinal Datta Chaudhuri Yash Chopra Manna Dey Irfan Habib Yusuf Hamied Qurratulain Hyder Tarlochan Singh Kler Anil Kohli Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Mrinal Miri Hari Mohan Brijmohan Lall Munjal M. T. Vasudevan Nair Azim Premji Balraj Puri Syed Mir Qasim A. Ramachandran G. V. Iyer Ramakrishna V. S. Ramamurthy K.I.Varaprasad Reddy K. Srinath Reddy Girish Chandra Saxena Narasimhiah Seshagiri Mark Tully


Jaiveer Agarwal P. S. Appu Shashi Bhushan Ganga Prasad Birla Grigory Bongard-Levin Lokesh Chandra Chiranjeevi Dinesh Nandini Dalmia Tarun Das Madhav Gadgil A. K. Hangal Devaki Jain Kamleshwar Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan Sabri Khan Ghulam Mustafa Khan Shanno Khurana Gunter Kruger P. Leela K. P. P. Nambiar Nandan Nilekani Sai Paranjpye Deepak Parekh M. V. Pylee Subramaniam Ramadorai N. S. Ramaswamy Pavani Parameswara Rao Ramakanta Rath V. Shanta Hira Lall Sibal Billy Arjan Singh Jasjit Singh Vijaypat Singhania K. G. Subramanyan K. K. Talwar Vijay Shankar Vyas Dušan Zbavitel


Javed Akhtar Gabriel Chiramel Ela Gandhi Saroj Ghose V. Mohini Giri Somnath Hore Jamshed Jiji Irani Gurcharan Singh Kalkat N. Mahalingam Prithipal Singh Maini Tyeb Mehta Rajan and Sajan Mishra Rajan and Sajan Mishra Sunil Mittal Ramankutty Nair Gopaldas Neeraj Indra Nooyi Kavalam Narayana Panicker Bhikhu Parekh Syed Mohammad Sharfuddin Quadri Vilayanur S. Ramachandran Tapan Raychaudhuri S. H. Raza Jeffrey Sachs Chandra Prasad Saikia L. Z. Sailo Shiv Kumar Sarin Shriram Sharma Manju Sharma T. N. Srinivasan Osamu Suzuki K. T. Thomas


Mian Bashir Ahmed Kaushik Basu Shayama Chona Jagjit Singh
Jagjit Singh
Chopra Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar Chandrashekhar Dasgupta Asis Datta Meghnad Desai Padma Desai Sukh Dev Nirmal Kumar Ganguly B. N. Goswamy Vasant Gowarikar Baba Kalyani K. V. Kamath Inderjit Kaur Ravindra Kelekar Asad Ali Khan Dominique Lapierre D. R. Mehta Shiv Nadar Suresh Kumar Neotia T. K. Oommen K. Padmanabhaiah Vikram Pandit V. Ramachandran Sushil Kumar Saxena Amarnath Sehgal Jasdev Singh Sri Lal Sukla P. Susheela S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan Yuli Vorontsov Sunita Williams Ji Xianlin


Isher Judge Ahluwalia Inderjit Kaur Barthakur Shamshad Begum Abhinav Bindra Shanta Dhananjayan V. P. Dhananjayan Ramachandra Guha Shekhar Gupta Khalid Hameed Minoru Hara Jayakanthan Thomas Kailath Sarvagya Singh Katiyar G. Krishna R. C. Mehta A. Sreedhara Menon S. K. Misra A. M. Naik Satish Nambiar Kunwar Narayan Nagnath Naikwadi Kirit Parikh Sam Pitroda C. K. Prahalad Gurdip Singh Randhawa Brijendra Kumar Rao Bhakta B. Rath C. S. Seshadri V. Ganapati Sthapati Devendra Triguna Sarojini Varadappan

# Posthumous conferral

1954–1959 1960–1969 1970–1979 1980–1989 1990–1999 2000–2009 2010–2019

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Raghupathi Venkaiah Award


1980: L. V. Prasad
L. V. Prasad
(director and producer) 1981: P. Pullaiah and Santha Kumari
Santha Kumari
(director and producer) 1982: B. A. Subba Rao
B. A. Subba Rao
(director, producer and writer) 1983: M. A. Rahman 1984: Kosaraju Raghavaiah Choudary (lyricist, poet and actor) 1985: Bhanumati (actor, producer, singer, music director, and writer) 1986: Bapu and Mullapudi Venkata Ramana 1987: B. Nagi Reddy (producer) 1988: D. V. S. Raju (producer) 1989: Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(actor) 1990: Dasari Narayana Rao
Dasari Narayana Rao
(actor, director, and producer)


1991: Kasinathuni Viswanath
Kasinathuni Viswanath
(Film director) 1992: S. Rajeswara Rao (composer) 1993: D. Madhusudhana Rao (producer) 1994: Anjali Devi
Anjali Devi
(actress) 1995: Kovelamudi Surya Prakash Rao (actor, cinematographer, director, producer) 1996: Inturi Venkateswara Rao 1997: V. Madhusudhan Rao 1998: Gummadi Venkateswara Rao (actor) 1999: Santha Kumari
Santha Kumari
(actress and producer) 2000: Kanta Rao
Kanta Rao
(actor, producer)


2001: Allu Rama Lingaiah (actor) 2002: P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(playback singer) 2003: V. B. Rajendra Prasad (producer) 2004: Krishnaveni (actress and producer) 2005: M. S. Reddy (producer, writer, and director) 2006: Daggubati Rama Naidu (producer, actor) 2007: Tammareddy Krishna Murthy (producer) 2008: Vijaya Nirmala (actress, producer and director) 2009: K. Ragava (producer) 2010: M. Balaiah (actor, producer and director) 2011: Kaikala Satyanarayana (actor, producer and director) 2012: Kodi Ramakrishna
Kodi Ramakrishna
(director) 2013: Vanisri (actress) 2014: Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
(actor) 2015: Eswar (publicity designer, writer) 2016: Chiranjeevi
(actor, producer)

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Filmfare Award South for Lifetime Achievement


S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1983) Sowcar Janaki
Sowcar Janaki
(1984) Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1985) Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair (1986) Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
(1987) Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(1988) Ilaiyaraaja


Padmini (1990) M. T. Vasudevan Nair (1991) L. V. Prasad
L. V. Prasad
(1992) Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
(1993) K. Balachander, Kasinathuni Viswanath, B. Saroja Devi, Madhu, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Soumitra Chatterjee
Soumitra Chatterjee
(1994) Nagesh & Manorama (1995) Krishna & Sharada (1996) Nedumudi Venu
Nedumudi Venu
& S. Janaki
S. Janaki
(1997) Allu Rama Lingaiah & Lakshmi (1998) Pandari Bai
Pandari Bai
& Mugur Sundar (1999) D. Ramanaidu & Sheela (2000)


M. S. Viswanathan
M. S. Viswanathan
& Dasari Narayana Rao
Dasari Narayana Rao
(2001) Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao & Vishnuvardhan (2002) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
& Vijayashanti (2003) K. R. Vijaya & Ramoji Rao (2004) Thilakan
& Sukumari
(2005) Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
& P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(2006) Sivakumar
& Jaya Prada
Jaya Prada
(2007) Veturi Sundararama Murthy
Veturi Sundararama Murthy
(2008) Ambareesh & KPAC Lalitha (2009) Chiranjeevi
& Jayasudha (2010)


S. P. Muthuraman
S. P. Muthuraman
& Seema (2011) Bapu & Vani Jairam
Vani Jairam
(2012) Balu Mahendra
Balu Mahendra
& Jayabharathi
(2013) I. V. Sasi
I. V. Sasi
& Raadhika (2014) Mohan Babu (2015) Vij