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(6 October 1940[2] – 26 March 2013) was an Indian film actress best known for her work in Malayalam
and Tamil films. She began acting at the age of 10.[3] In 2003, she was awarded the Padma Shri
Padma Shri
by the Government of India
for her contributions toward the arts.[4] She won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Tamil film Namma Gramam (2010).[5] Sukumari
died on 26 March 2013, following a heart attack while under treatment for burn injuries she received while lighting the pooja lamp at her residence in Chennai.[6]


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Death

4.1 Response

5 Partial filmography 6 Awards and honours 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Sukumari
was born on 6 October 1940 in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, to Malayali parents Madhavan Nair (a bank manager) and Sathyabhama Amma of Tharishuthala Valia Veedu in Kalkulam (in present-day Kanyakumari District). Sathyabhama Amma was the niece of Narayani Pillai Kunjamma, a famous beauty who spurned the king in favour of marrying the aristocratic landowner Kesava Pillai of Kandamath[7] Through her cousin, Ambika, she is related to the Travancore
Royal Family. She studied at Poojappura LP School until second grade; she then moved to Madras, where she studied until fourth forum.[8] She had four sisters (Rajakumari, Sreekumari, Jayasree and Girija) and one brother. Career[edit] She left home at a young age to study dance with her aunt (Kunjamma) Saraswathi Amma in Chennai, alongside her first cousins the Travancore Sisters: Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini (their mothers were sisters). She learned dance with the sisters and mastered dance forms such as Kerala Natanam, Kathakali, Bharathanatyam
etc. Before moving to Chennai
she started learning dance from her Valiyamma Karthyani Amma. She went for an all- India
tour with the sisters. Sukumari
was noticed by a director when she visited the sets of a film with Padmini, and she made her film debut in the lead role in the Tamil film Or Iravu.[9] She acted in various Malayalam
films of the black and white era, such as Udhyogastha, by P. Venu, Chettathi, Kusruthikkuttan, Kunjali Marakkar, Thacholi Othenan, Yakshi and Karinizhal. She later became popular after starring in various films of Priyadarshan
such as Poochakkoru Mookkuthi, Oodarathuammava Aalariyam, Boeing Boeing and Vandanam. She also appeared in various films directed by Balachandra Menon such as Manicheppu Thurannappol and Karyam Nissaram.[9] In later years, she played a major role in Nizhalkuthu
(2002), directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan.[10] She played many notable mother roles. She acted in films in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Simhala, Oriya and Bengali, and used her own voice in all languages without using dubbing artists. She starred in many television serials in Malayalam
and Tamil, including Swapnam, Thulabharam, Swamiye Saranamayyappa, Madhavam, Daivathinu Swantham Devootty, Vandanam, Mayamma, Sreeguruvaayoorappan, Malakhamar, Aakashadhoothu, Velankanni Mathavu, Megham, Manasi, Amma Thamburaatti, Amme Devi, Swarnamayooram, Avicharitham, Thalolam, Manthrakodi, Coimbatore Ammayi and so on. She appeared in many serials by Sreekumaran Thampi. She appeared in some advertisements and albums. She was a good singer. She conducted a few concerts. She participated in many stage shows, cultural programmes, public functions, performances and talk shows. She served as a judge on various popular reality shows, including Minnum Tharam and Idea Star Singer, both on Asianet, Comedy Festival on Mazhavil Manorama, Amma Ammayiyamma and Pachaka Rani both on Kairali TV. She acted in many short films, including the popular Sheetha Kaattu. Her Bengali movie with Gopi Krishna included seven dance numbers. She learned to play some musical instruments in her childhood, including the Mridangam
and Veena. She had featured in many Sinhala movies as a dancer. From the age of seven years, she danced on stages throughout India, U.S.A., Singapore, Malaysia, Ceylon, etc. She performed in different troupes such as "Dances of India" along with the Travancore
Sisters (Lalitha, Padmini, Ragini), Pushpanjali: Along with Mrs. Raja Sulochana (film artiste) she did more than 5000 stage shows, with Kuchala Kumari Troupe: Did about 1000 stage shows. She was an active stage drama artiste for the past 40 years in Mr. Y.G. Parthasarathy Troupe (1000 stage shows), Viveka Fine Arts Club: More than 5000 stage shows, directed by Cho. Ramaswamy. She attended many cultural stage shows all over the world in places like Singapore, Malaysia, Ceylon, Dubai, U.S.A., Germany, etc. Awards named " Sukumari
Smaraka Puraskaram" and "Faema Sukumari Puraskaram" have been instituted in her memory. Personal life[edit] Sukumari
married director A. Bhimsingh
A. Bhimsingh
in 1959. He died in 1978. She was 38 when her husband died. The couple had a son, Suresh, who has acted in films such as Amme Narayana, Yuvajanotsavam
and Cheppu, and is a professional doctor. Suresh got married to Uma, a costume designer. Suresh and Uma have a son named Vignesh.[11] Malayalam actors Ambika Sukumaran, Vineeth, Shobana
and Krishna are her relatives. Death[edit] On 26 March 2013, Sukumari
died from a cardiac arrest at a hospital in Chennai, where she was receiving treatments for burns she had sustained while lighting a traditional lamp at her residence in February 2013.[6][12][13][14] Response[edit]

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Following her death, several South Indian personalities offered their condolences. Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who had co-starred with Sukumari, said in a condolence message that Sukumari had left a unique imprint on South Indian cinema and theatre with her talents. Kerala's Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy
Oommen Chandy
called Sukumari
a "phenomenon in Malayalam
cinema". Actor and Minister for Cinema K.B. Ganesh Kumar said actors in the Malayalam
film industry had lost "the loving presence of a mother in the sets". Leader of the Opposition V. S. Achuthanandan called Sukumari's death a "huge loss for Indian cinema". Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee
Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee
president Ramesh Chennithala said Sukumari
would be remembered for "the diversity of characters that she gave life to". Communist Party of India
State Secretary Pannian Ravindran said Sukumari
was "an unforgettable acting genius". Union Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs K. V. Thomas described Sukumari
as an actor who conquered the film scene with her unique acting style.[15] South Indian Film Artistes Association president R. Sarathkumar
R. Sarathkumar
remembered the actress as being an inspiration to others. Actor and renowned television producer Raadhika Sarathkumar recalled Sukumari's many dance performances.[16] Actor and president of Association of Malayalam
Movie Artists Innocent said at a condolence meeting at Kochi that her death was an irreparable loss to Malayalam
film industry. South Indian film star Mohanlal
likened her death to the loss of "a mother, sister and a good friend". Speaker G. Karthikeyan
G. Karthikeyan
also expressed grief at her death.[17] Director Shaji Kailas
Shaji Kailas
deemed her loss an "irreparable one for the film industry".[18] Partial filmography[edit] Main article: Sukumari
filmography Awards and honours[edit]

Year Award Category Film Language Role

2003 Civilian awards Padma Shri

2011 National Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Namma Gramam Tamil Ammini Ammal

1974 Kerala State Film Awards Second Best Actress Chattakkari Malayalam Margarette (Maggie)

1979 Kerala State Film Awards Second Best Actress Various films Malayalam

1983 Kerala State Film Awards Second Best Actress Koodevide,Karyam Nissaram Malayalam Dr.Susan,Annie

1986 Kerala State Film Awards Second Best Actress Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil Malayalam Devaki

1990 Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film Awards Kalai Selvam Award


1991-1992 Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film Awards Kalaimamani


2000 Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film Awards Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan


2005 Filmfare Awards Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award

1998 Asianet
Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Samaantharangal Malayalam Aishu

2005 Asianet
Film Awards Lifetime Achievement Award

Malayalam,Tamil, Telugu & Kannada

2006 Asianet
Film Awards Best Supporting Actress


1979 Kerala Film Critics Award Best Supporting Actress Ezhunirangal Malayalam Sharada's mother

1982 Kerala Film Critics Award Best Supporting Actress Chiriyo Chiri Malayalam Sukumari

1985 Kerala Film Critics Award Best Supporting Actress Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil Malayalam Devaki

Kerala Film Critics Award Chalachithra Ratnam


2000 Kerala Film Critics Award Sprcial Award for Contribution to the Film Industry


2011 Kerala Film Critics Award Chalachitra Pratibha


1967 Kerala Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Various films Malayalam

1974 Kerala Film Critics Association Awards Special
Award Chattakkari Malayalam Margarette (Maggie)

1980 Kerala Film Critics Association Awards Best Character Actress


1981 Kerala Film Critics Association Awards Best Character Actress


1971 Films
Fans Association Awards – Madras Best Supporting Actress Thoraimugam Tamil

1974 Films
Fans Association Awards – Madras Best Supporting Actress Chattakkari Malayalam Margarette (Maggie)

1997 Prachodanam Award

2000 Gulf Malayalee Cine Awards All Rounder of the Millennium


2001 Kala Kairali Awards Special

2001 Dubai Kairali Kala Kendra Association Award Lifetime Achievement Award

2002 Bharath Cine Awards Tamil Thirai Ulaga Sagapthangal


2003 Parvathypadmam Puraskaram Lifetime Achievement Award

2004 Kerala Woman Beauticians Association: TV Serial Award Best Character Artist Avicharitham Malayalam

2007 SICA Award Lifetime Achievement Award

2007 P.S. John Endowment Award

2007 Malayala Chalachithra Parishad Lifetime Achievement Award


2007 Ernakulam Press Club Award Lifetime Achievement Award


2007 Kala Abu Dhabi Award Kala Ratnam Award

2007 Prem Nazir Award


2008 Mathrubhumi Amrita Film Awards Lifetime Achievement Award


2008 Nippon Paints Award Lifetime Achievement Award

2009 Telefest Award Best Actress Mizhikal Sakshi Malayalam Kooniamma/Nabisa

2009 Atlas Critic Award


2011 Bahadoor Award


2011 Act Puraskaram


Sangeetha, UK Award Abhinava Puraskaram

Trichur Nagar Sabha Award Jangiya Award


Prashasthi Pathram Acting with two generation actors in different languages

Kala Kairali, Chennai
Award Abhinaya Bharathi

2002 Soorya Stage & Film Society Honour Felicitation for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema

2002 Gurupooja, Soorya Festival Special
Honour Lifetime Achievement

Honour by Kaniyapuram Rail View Residence Association

ICCI Honour

Pravasa Bharathi Karma Ratna Award

2003 Ammayodoppam

2012 Honour by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry

2013 Honour by Friends of Arts & Culture Entertainments (FACE Dubai)

See also[edit]

Cinema of India


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National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress


Rohini Hattangadi
Rohini Hattangadi
(1984) Vijaya Mehta
Vijaya Mehta
(1985) Manjula Kanwar (1986) Surekha Sikri
Surekha Sikri
(1987) Uttara Baokar (1988) Manorama (1989) K. P. A. C. Lalitha (1990) Santha Devi
Santha Devi
(1991) Revathi
(1992) Neena Gupta
Neena Gupta
(1993) Surekha Sikri
Surekha Sikri
(1994) Aranmula Ponnamma
Aranmula Ponnamma
(1995) Rajeshwari Sachdev
Rajeshwari Sachdev
(1996) Karisma Kapoor
Karisma Kapoor
(1997) Suhasini Mulay
Suhasini Mulay
(1998) Sudipta Chakraborty and Sohini Haldar (1999) K. P. A. C. Lalitha (2000)


Ananya Khare (2001) Raakhee
(2002) Sharmila Tagore
Sharmila Tagore
(2003) Sheela (2004) Urvashi (2005) Konkona Sen Sharma
Konkona Sen Sharma
(2006) Shefali Shah
Shefali Shah
(2007) Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut
(2008) Arundathi Nag
Arundathi Nag
(2009) Sukumari
(2010) Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi (2011) Dolly Ahluwalia
Dolly Ahluwalia
and Kalpana (2012) Amruta Subhash
Amruta Subhash
and Aida El-Kashef (2013) Baljinder Kaur (2014) Tanvi Azmi
Tanvi Azmi
(2015) Zaira Wasim
Zaira Wasim

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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