P. A. Periyanayaki

P. A. Periyanayaki (April 14, 1927 – 1990) was an Indian playback singer and an actress who worked mainly in Tamil-language films. She also performed stage concerts as a Carnatic singer.

P. A. Periyanayaki
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Born(1927-04-14)April 14, 1927
Thiruvadhigai, Panruti, Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu
Died1990 (aged 62–63)
NationalityIndian
Known forPlayback Singer, actress
Parent(s)Mother: Adhilakshmi

Early lifeEdit

She hails from Thiruvadhigai near Panruti.[1] Her mother Adhilakshmi was a singer and was fondly called "Panruti Ammal" Periyanayaki is the youngest of Adhilakshmi's 3 children. Others are Balasubramanian and Rajamani. Adhilakshmi went to Sri Lanka with her 3 children and was performing music concerts there. When her health deteriorated, she returned to India with her children and settled in Chennai.

Periyanayaki studied up to 7th Standard in the C. S. M. School at Thiruvallikeni. [2]

Film careerEdit

In 1940, Periyanayaki's sister P. A. Rajamani got a chance to act in a Tamil film Urvashiyin Kadhal. P. A. Periyanayaki also got the chance to act and sing in that film[1] as a heavenly maiden. So she had to leave the school and had to go to Salem with her mother.

Periyanayaki trained in Carnatic music from her mother and from Pathamadai Sundara Iyer. She performed stage concerts.

She had a captivating voice and singing talent. Therefore she was able to enter the Tamil Cinema.

In 1941 AVM produced a full length comedy film Sabapathy. Periyanayaki performs a stage Carnatic music concert as a scene in the film. Apart from that, she sang 2 songs in this film.

She featured in Dharma Veeran (1941), En Manaivi (1942), Manonmani (1942), Panchamirtham (1942), Prabhavathi (1942), Sivalinga Satchi (1942), Mahamaya (1944), Vichitra Vanitha (1947), Vedhala Ulagam (1948), Geetha Gandhi (1949), Krishna Bakthi (1949) and Koondukili (1954).

She lent voice to heroine Rukmini in Sri Valli in 1945 for the first time as a playback singer. She sang all the songs overnight and the technicians had to work round the clock to get them ready for the film.[1]

She featured as Narada in Rukmangadhan and as Satyabhama in Krishna Bakthi.

She featured as the heroine in Ekambavanan (1947).

Some of her songsEdit

  • Thiruvadi Malarale – Raga: Desh, Film: Prabhavathi
  • Thirumaadhu Valar Ponnaadu, Vellimalaikedhiraai Vilangum Ezhumalaiyaan – Film: Prabhavathi
  • Yen Manam Kavarndha – Film: Lavanya (1951) Music: S. V. Venkatraman
  • Jeeviya Bhagyame, Vettunda Kaigal, Kanniye Maamari Thaaye, Arul Thaarum Deva Mathaave – Film: Gnana Soundari (1948), Music: S. V. Venkatraman
  • Chinthai Arindhu Vaadi – Film: Sri Valli , Lyricist: Papanasam Sivan, Music: R. Sudarsanam
  • Neeli Magan Nee Allavo – Raga: Karaharapriya, Film: Malaikkallan
  • Jeeva Oliyaaga – Film: Paithiyakaran, (playback for T. A. Mathuram)

FilmographyEdit

As Singer/ActressEdit

Year Film Role Director Banner Remarks
1940 Urvashiyin Kadhal C. V. Raman Parimala Pictures
Modern Theatres
First film
1940 Uthama Puthiran T. R. Sundaram Modern Theatres
1941 Dharma Veeran B. Sampathkumar Modern Theatres
1942 En Manaivi Sundar Rao Nadkarni AVM Productions not credited in the film
Manonmani T. R. Sundaram Modern Theatres
Panchamirtham Jithan Banerji Balaji-Eswar Films
Sivalinga Satchi S. Nodani Modern Theatres
1944 Mahamaya T. R. Raghunath Jupiter Pictures
Prabhavathi Kurathi T. R. Raghunath Krishna Pictures
1946 Sakata Yogam R. Padmanaban R. Padmanaban
1947 Ekambavanan B. N. Rao Saravanabhava Pictures Heroine against Kothamangalam Seenu
1947 Vichitra Vanitha K. Subramanyam Madras United Artists Corporation
1948 Vedhala Ulagam A. V. Meiyappan AVM Productions
1949 Geetha Gandhi Sarada K. Subramanyam Madras United Artists Corporation
Krishna Bakthi Satyabhama R. S. Mani Krishna Pictures
1954 Koondukili T. R. Ramanna R. R. Pictures

As Playback singerEdit

Year Film Language Song Music Director Co-Singer
1940 Urvashiyin Kadhal Tamil Varuveer Magizhvudane G. Ramanathan
Aaruyir Naathan Mananilai Maarida
Aanandham Idhile Puruvarus
1942 Manonmani Tamil Koodik Kondaduvom T. A. Kalyanam P. G. Venkatesan
1944 Prabhavathi Tamil Thirumaadhu Valar Ponnaadu
Vellimalaikedhiraayi Vilangum
1945 Sri Valli Tamil Chinthai Arindhu Vaadi R. Sudarsanam
Thuraiyur Rajagopala Sarma
1947 Paithiyakaaran Tamil Jeeva Oliyaaga M. S. Gnanamani
1948 Gnana Soundari Tamil Arul Thaarum Deva Maathaave S. V. Venkatraman Jikki
Kaadhalitthaalum Inbam Melaam T. R. Mahalingam
Mana Mohanane T. R. Mahalingam
Jeeviya Bhagyame
Vettunda Kaigal
Kanniye Maamari Thaaye
Enna Payan Adaindhene
Kula Maamani
1948 Vedhala Ulagam Tamil Ezhil Annam Vadivaagi Eduthheginen R. Sudharsanam
Saantham Kolvaai En Sagodhariye
1949 Inbavalli Tamil Jagadhaambaa G. Ramanathan P. Leela
Anbe Perum Nidhiye T. R. Mahalingam
Yaar Umai Polae
DHeiva SoDhanai Thaano
Innum Vara Kaanene
1949 Ratnakumar Tamil Nam Vaazhvenum Solaiyil G. Ramanathan & C. R. Subburaman P. U. Chinnappa
Aaha Enadi Kiliye
1950 Beedala Patlu Telugu Kanikaramadi Kaladeni S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1950 Ezhai Padum Padu Tamil Oo Kiliye Aasai Kiliye S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Vaanamudhe Ondraai Thiruchi Loganathan & M. L. Vasanthakumari
Kanivudan Thirumbiye Paarum
1950 Ithaya Geetham Tamil Juma Juma Jum Jum S. V. Venkatraman P. Leela
Janani Sri Goweri Dhesam
1950 Prasanna Malayalam Sneham Thookum M. S. Gnanamani
1951 Lavanya Tamil Idhu Mun Seydha Vinaiyo S. V. Venkatraman
Yezhai Ennidam Umadhu Manamum
Thoodhu Nee Sellaayo Mugile
1951 Sarvadhikari Tamil En Andha Kadai Sarakkum S. Dakshinamurthi S. Dakshinamurthi
1951 Singari Tamil Paalu Paalu Pasum Paalu T. A. Kalyanam,
S. V. Venkatraman &
T. R. Ramanathan
1951 Sudharshan Tamil Unnai Kandu Mayamngaadha Pergal Undo G. Ramanathan
Ulagame Sandhai Koottamada.... Paaril Sandhai Koottam
1951 Vanasundari Tamil Pennin Inbam Naadida Vaareer S. V. Venkataraman &
C. R. Subburaman
K. V. Janaki
Deeyo Deeyo Deeyaalo K. V. Janaki & P. Leela
Vandu Pola Aadi Sellum Odame P. Leela
Inbamaaga Paaduvom P. Leela
1952 Desabhakthan Malayalam Sahaayamaare Baale Shankar-Jaikishan
Oh chinthayil En
1952 Kanchana Tamil En Vaazhve Sogam Aaguma S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
O Aasai Rajaa
Inimel Orupothum
Azhagu Nilaa Vaa Vaa
Chella Kiliye Chezhundhene
Inba Padaginile Thunba Puyal
Ullam Kavarndha En K. R. Ramaswamy
1952 Kanchana Malayalam Oh Vaanin Mele S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Niraasha Maathramaay
1952 Puratchi Veeran Tamil Kaadhal Kanave.... En Kannil Shankar-Jaikishan Thiruchi Loganathan
Men Thendralile
Thulli Paaru Jodhiyaa
Un Aasai Maaraadhae
1953 Mamiyar Tamil Leela Hallo, Leela Open C. N. Pandurangan A. P. Komala & U. R. Chandra
1953 Marumagal Tamil Kanavilum Nanavilum Inai Piriyaadha G. Ramanathan,
C. R. Subburaman &
Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy
A. M. Rajah
Chinna Chinna Veedu Katti
Oo Neethaan En Sondham
Pesaadha Maounam Aamo
Aanukkoru Penn Pillai A. P. Komala & A. G. Rathnamala
Laali Suba Laali C. R. Subburaman
1953 Ponni Tamil Aangalai Pola Penngal S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Madhimuga Radhi Ena
Aaduvome Oonjal Aaduvome
(Baama Vijayam dance drama)
(Radha) Jayalakshmi, C. B. Radha and & A. P. Komala
1953 Ulagam Tamil Thetkathi Kallanadaa M. S. Gnanamani
1954 Aggi Ramudu Telugu Raa Raa Yashodanandana S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Panthulu Panthulu
1954 Koondukkili Tamil Yaar Vanthennai Edhirtthaalum K. V. Mahadevan
Enakku Theriyala Nijama
1954 Kudumbam Tamil Pudhumalar Roja Naaney S. Rajeswara Rao
1954 Malaikkallan Tamil Neeli Magan Nee Allavaa S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
O Ammaa O Aiyaa
1954 Nanban Tamil G. Ramanathan
1955 Doctor Savithri Tamil Naayagar Pakshamadi G. Ramanathan A. P. Komala
1955 Gomathiyin Kaadhalan Tamil Sirpa Kalai Vizhaavin G. Ramanathan P. Leela, (Radha)Jayalakshmi & T. V. Rathinam

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Guy, Randor (December 28, 2007). "Sri Valli – 1945". The Hindu. Archived from the original on August 25, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "இசைக்குயில் பி. ஏ. பெரியநாயகி" [Music Cuckoo P. A. Periyanayaki]. Pesum Padam (in Tamil): 10–14. February 1948.

External linksEdit

Songs in her very first film Urvashiyin Kadhal