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Pandari Bai
Pandari Bai
(Kannada: ಪಂಡರೀ ಬಾಯಿ; 18 September 1928 – 29 January 2003) was a prominent actress of South Indian languages films mostly in Kannada language
Kannada language
during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. She is considered Kannada
Kannada
cinema's first successful heroine.[1] She has the distinction of having acted as both heroine and mother to stalwarts such as Rajkumar, MGR and Sivaji Ganesan. She was the heroine in Rajkumar's debut movie Bedara Kannappa
Bedara Kannappa
and also Sivaji's debut movie Parasakthi.[2][3][4] She has acted in over 1,000 films in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.[5]

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Filmography 4 References 5 External links

Early life and education[edit]

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Born in Bhatkal, Karnataka, in present Uttara Kannada. Her father was a drawing master and a Harikatha
Harikatha
exponent, and also a stage actor. He taught her the art of Harikatha, thus even before she was ten years old, Pandari started giving Harikatha
Harikatha
performances. Career[edit] Pandaribai began her career in acting in plays based on mythological stories before making her film debut in 1943 with the Kannada
Kannada
language film, Vani. She shot to fame after appearing in the hugely successful 1954 Kannada
Kannada
film Bedara Kannappa
Bedara Kannappa
opposite another future star Rajkumar. In the film, she played the role of Neela, wife of Kanna (played by Rajkumar), a hunter. She established herself as a lead actress portraying a woman with a 'progressive' image assuming the burdens of a feudal patriarchy in films such as Sant Sakhu (1955) and Rayara Sose
Rayara Sose
(1957).[1] In 1959, she appeared in Abba Aa Hudugi, with her sister Mynavathi. The film is considered a landmark in Kannada cinema.[6] She went to act in around 1,500 films in other languages like Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi
Hindi
and enjoyed a long career span of nearly half a century. Her first film in Tamil Parasakthi directed by the duo directors Krishnan-Panju in the year 1952, where she paired with Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
was a grand success. She played lead roles in many movies and then switched over to character roles. Later in her career Pandari Bai
Pandari Bai
played the mother of stars older than her, most of whom had played the lead with her in her earlier years.[7] She also played as mother to actors like M. G. Ramachandran in Tamil and Rajesh Khanna
Rajesh Khanna
in Hindi, N.T. Ramarao in Telugu. Pandari Bai also acted in a couple of Kannada
Kannada
TV serials Amma and Manethana (1998–2000). Both of them were produced by her sister Mynavathy's Son's company Yantra Media.The last picture in her career was "Baaro Nanna Muddina Krishna" in Kannada
Kannada
which had Sashikumar as lead. Filmography[edit]

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Year Title of the film Language Role

1943 Vani Kannada

1944 Haridas Tamil

1947 Bhakta Gora Kumbhara

1949 Bahar Hindi Malti

1950 Raja Vikrama

1951 Ek Tha Raja

Marmayogi Tamil

1952 Parasakthi Tamil

1953 Gumasta Telugu

Gumastha Tamil Susheela

Gunasagari

Pardesi

Poongothai

Thirumbi Paar

1954 Andha Naal Tamil Usha, wife of Rajan

Bedara Kannappa Kannada Neela, wife of Kanna

Manohara

Nallakalam Tamil

1955 Sodari

Bhakta Mallikarjuna

Sant Sakhu

Chella Pillai Tamil Anjalai

Vadina Telugu

1956 Bhakta Vijaya

Hari Bhakta

Kula Deivam

Renuka Mahatme

1957 Bhabhi Hindi Shanta

Rayaran Sose

Sati Nalayini

1958 Anbu Engey Tamil Amudha

Maalaiyitta Mangai Tamil Sarasu

Panchayat

1959 Alli Petra Pullai Tamil

Aval Yar

Chand

Abba Aa Hudugi

Engal Kula Daivi

Grihalakshmi

Naalu Veli Neelam

Nattukoru Nallavan

Paigham Hindi Parvati Ratan Lal

Pathirai Matru Thangam

Uthami Petra Rathinam Tamil

1960 Anbukkor Anni

Bhakta Shabari

Irumbu Thirai Tamil

Ivan Avanethan

Kurvanji

Pavai Vilakku

Raja Bhakti Tamil Princess Devasena

Thanthaikupin Thamayan

1964 Thaayin Madiyil Tamil Parvathi

Annapoorna Kannada Annapoorna

1965 C.I.D. Telugu Parvathi

1966 Chandhrodhayam Tamil Lakshmi

1967 Selva Magal Tamil Parvathi

1968 Jeevanaamsam (film) Tamil Meenakshi

1969 Adimaippenn Tamil Abirami Mangamma

1970 Nadu Iravil Tamil Ponni

1971 Iru Thuruvam Tamil

1971 Sabatham Tamil Lakshmi

1973 Gauravam Tamil

1974 Thirumangalyam Tamil

1974 Bangaarada Panjara Kannada Mother of Rajkumar

1982 Chalisuva Modagalu Kannada Mother of Ambika

1984 Apoorva Sangama Kannada Mother of Rajkumar

1986 Anuraga Aralithu Kannada Mother of Rajkumar

1987 Shruthi Seridaaga Kannada Mother of Rajkumar

1992 Mannan Tamil Mother of Rajinikanth

1992 Jeevana Chaitra Kannada Mother of Rajkumar

1993 Aakasmika Kannada Mother of Rajkumar

1994 Jai Hind Tamil Annai Maria Devi

Mahashakti Maye (1994) Manikantana Mahime (1993) Mannan (1992) Ramrajyadalli Rakshasaru (1990) Andha Oru Nimidam (1985) Arthamulla Asaigal (1985) Hosa Neeru (1985) Jhansi Rani (1985) Mel Maruvathur Adi Parasakthi (1985) Nyayada Kannu (1985) Pudhu Yugam (1985) Ragile Gundelu (Telugu, 1985) Sree Raaghavendar (1985) Amayakudu Kadu Aggi Bharothalu (1984) Idhey Naa Savaal (1984) Naga Bhairava (1984) Vasantha Geetam (1984) Vetri (1984) Adadani Saval (1983) Amarajeevi (1983) Amayakudu Kadhu Asadhyudu (Telugu, 1983) Dharma Poratam (Telugu, 1983) Ennai Paar Enn Azhagai Paar (1983) Kaliyuga Daivam (1983) Koteeshwarudu (1983) Lalitha (1983) Malargalile Aval Malligal (1983) Mayagadu (Telugu, 1983) Palletoori Pidugu (Telugu, 1983) Pralaya Garjanai (1983) Raagangal Maruvathillai (1983) Raghu Ramudu (1983) Saatchi (1983) Sasthi Viratam (1983) Shri Ranganeethulu (1983) Vellai Roja (1983) Thyagi (1982) Radha My Darling (1982) Ajit (1982) Chelisuva Modagalu (1982) Kalavari Samsaram
Kalavari Samsaram
(1982) Vayyari Bhamulu Vagalamari Bhartulu (1982) Chettaniki Kallu Levu (1981) Yeh Rishta Na Tootay (1981) Antha (1981) Chhaya (1981) Daari Thappinete Manishi (1981) Kanneer Pookal (1981) Keralida Simha (1981) Main Aur Mera Haathi (1981) Oru Iravu Oru Paravai (1981) Ramakrishnamanulu (1981) Rama Lakshman (1981) Sathyam Sundaram (1981) Taxi Driver (1981) Jyoti Bane Jwala
Jyoti Bane Jwala
(1980) Kottapeta Rowdy (1980) Bangaru Lakshmi (1980) Dharma Chakram (1980) Gajadonga (1980) Guru (1980) Hema Hemeelu
Hema Hemeelu
(1980) Mother (1980) Mr. Rajanikant (1980) Naan Potta Savaal
Naan Potta Savaal
(Tamil, 1980) Pennukku Yar Kaval (1980) Rama Parashurama (1980) Sardar Papa Rayudu (1980) Superman
Superman
(1980) Triloka Sundari (1980) Trilok Sundari (1980) Yamanukku Yaman (1980) Lok Parlok
Lok Parlok
(Hindi, 1979) Laxmi Pooja (1979) Burripalem Bullodu (1979) Dongalaku Saval (1979) Kadamai Nenjam (1979) Khiladi Krishnudu (1979) Naan Vaazha Vaippen (1979) Priya Bandhavi (1979) Sankhu Teertham (1979) Shringara Ramudu (1979)

Vetagadu
Vetagadu
(Telugu, 1979) Bandhipotu Mutha (1978) Chadurangam (1978) Devadasi (1978) Dongala Veta (1978) Dudubasavanna (1978) Kalanthakulu (1978) Kamatchiyin Karunai (1978) Kumkumam Kadhai Solgiradhu (1978) Lambadolla Ramadasu (Telugu, 1978) Lawyer Vishwanath (Telugu, 1978) Makkal Kural (1978) Moodu Puvvulu Aaru Kayalu (1978) Nindu Manishi (1978) Oru Veedu Oru Ulagam (1978) Prema Chesina Pelli (1978) Sahasavantudu (1978) Sommokadidhi Sokokadidhi
Sommokadidhi Sokokadidhi
(Telugu, 1978) Swargaseema (1978) Swarg Narak
Swarg Narak
(1978) Taxi Driver (1978) Unakkum Vazhvu Varum (1978) Vazhthungal (1978) Aarupushpangal (1977) Dongalaku Donga (1977) Eenati Bandham Yenatido (1977) Geetha Sangeetha (1977) Indru Pol Endrum Vazhga (1977) Maa Iddari Katha (1977) Manavadi Kosam (1977) Oke Raktham (1977) Palabhisekham (1977) Punitha Anthoniar (1977) Punniyam Seithaval (1977) Seeta Rama Vanavasam (Telugu, 1977) Thaliya Salangaiya (1977) Thani Kudithanam (1977) Uyarnthavargal (1977) Ramarajyamlo Rakthapasam (1976) America Ammayi (Telugu, 1976) Athirshtam Azhaikkirathu (1976) Avan Oru Charitram (1976) Badra Kali (1976) Bangaru Manishi (1976) Etharkum Thuninthavan (1976) Kaenelum Collectorum (1976) Lalitha (1976) Maa Daivam
Maa Daivam
(1976) Mugiyada Kathe (1976) Muthana Muthallava (1976) Muthyala Pallaki (1976) Neram Nadhikadu Akalidi (1976) Perum Pukazhum (1976) Raju Vedale (1976) Seetamma Santhanam (1976) Swami Drohulu (1976) Uthaman (1976) Uzhaikum Karangal (1976) Anna Dammula Katha (1975) Asthi Kosam (1975) Doctor Siva (1975) Idhayakkani
Idhayakkani
(1975) Katha Nayakuni Katha (1975) Moguda Pellamma (1975) Padmaragam (1975) Pallandhu Vazhga (1975) Pattikkaattu Raja (1975 Puttinti Gauravam (1975) Raktha Sambandhalu (1975) Ramuni Minchina Ramudu (1975) Santhanam Saubhagyam (1975) Thota Ramudu (1975) Alluri Seetharama Raju (Telugu, 1974) Avalum Penn Dhaney (1974) Devadasu (1974) Gumastavin Magal (1974) Janma Rahasyam (1974) Krishnaveni (1974) Netru Indru Nalai (1974) Onne Onnu Kanne Kannu (1974) Paadha Poojai (1974) Peddalu Marali (1974)

Ramaiah Thandri (1974) Thayi Pirandhal (1974) Thirumangalyam (1974) Gauravam (1973) Hemareddy Mallamma (1973) Nee Ulla Varai (1973) Neramu Siksha (1973) Annamitta Kai (1972) Aval (1972) Bandagi (1972) Daiva Sankalpam (1972) Dhakam (1972) Apna Desh(1972) Hridayasangama (1972) Kodalu Pilla (1972) Marapurani Talli (1972) Mathru Murthi (1972) Nijam Nirupistha (1972) Pandanti Kapuram (1972) Ranganna Sabatham
Sabatham
(1972) Rivaaj (1972) Shehzada (1972) Thavaputhalvan (1972) Vasantha Maligai (1972) Rakhwala (1971) Anugraha (1971) Bandhavya (1971) Bhale Rani (1971) Ganga Tera Pani Amrit (1971) Mahadimane (1971) Namma Baduku (1971) Pratidhwani (1971) Sampoorna Ramayanam (1971) Aparajithe (1970) Bhale Jodi (1970) Muru Muttugalu (1970) Bhagirathi (1969) Chowkada Deepa (1969) Gejje Pooje (1969) Madhura Milana (1969) Manashanti (1969) Namma Makkalu (1969) Deiva Magan (1969) Nam Naadu (1969) Nanha Farishta (1969) Odahuttidavaru (1969) Suvarnabhoomi (1969) Amma (1968) Anbu Vazhi (1968) Palamanasulu (1968) Pudhiya Bhoomi (1968) Raaz (1967 film)
Raaz (1967 film)
(1967) Anuradha (1967) Penn Entral Penn (1967) Premalopramadam (1967) Punyavati (1967) Shri Purandaradasaru (1967) Belli Moda
Belli Moda
(1967) Laadla (1966) Motor Sundaram Pillai (1966) Nadu Iravil
Nadu Iravil
(1966) Sandhya Raga (1966) Shri Kannika Parameshwari Kathe (1966) Bettada Huli (1965) Chandrahasa
Chandrahasa
(1965/II) Maha Sathi (1965) Mahasati Ansuya (1965) Satya Harishchandra (1965) Annapurna
Annapurna
(1964) Muriyada Mane (1964) Navajeevana (1964) Pathiye Daiva (1964) Pratigne (1964) Shree Guruvayoorappan (1964) Sant Tukaram (1963) Shri Ramanjaneya Yuddha (1963) Sri Sivarathri (1963) Indra En Selvam (1962) Punithavathi (1962) Tejaswini (1962)

References[edit]

^ a b Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen (10 July 2014). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-135-94325-7.  ^ "Remembering Pandari Bai". Screen. 21 February 2003.  ^ " Pandari Bai
Pandari Bai
dies at 73". The Times of India. 29 January 2003.  ^ " Pandari Bai
Pandari Bai
dead". The Hindu. 30 January 2003.  ^ "Tribute to Pandari Bai". Deccan Herald. 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2013-05-24.  ^ "A rousing end planned for H.L.N. Simha's birth centenary fete". The Hindu. 21 July 2004. Retrieved 7 October 2014.  ^ "Actress who glowed with inner beauty". The Hindu. 14 February 2003. 

External links[edit]

Pandari Bai
Pandari Bai
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Filmfare Award South for Lifetime Achievement

1983–1989

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
Ilaiyaraaja
(1989)

1990–1999

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)

2001–2010

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
Thilakan
& Sukumari
Sukumari
(2005) Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
& P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(2006) Sivakumar
Sivakumar
& Jaya Prada
Jaya Prada
(2007) Veturi Sundararama Murthy
Veturi Sundararama Murthy
(2008) Ambareesh & KPAC Lalitha (2009) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
& Jayasudha (2010)

2011–present

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

.