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Ragini (1937–1976) was an Indian danseuse and actress. She was the youngest of the famed Travancore Sisters; Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini.[1] She started her acting career in the mid-1950s along with her sister Padmini and has acted in movies of different Indian languages, including Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. The era of dance in Hindi cinema is considered to have begun with the entrance of Ragini and other South Indian actresses.[2] Ragini died of breast cancer in 1976. She had acted in many dramas also.[3]

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Portrait of Ragini
Born27 March 1937
Died30 December 1976 (aged 39)
Spouse(s)Madhavan Thampi
Parent(s)Gopala Pillai
Saraswathi Amma
RelativesShobana (niece)
Ambika Sukumaran
Vineeth (nephew)
FamilyLalitha (elder sister)
Padmini (elder sister)
Chandran (brother)


She was married to Madhavan Thampi. The couple had two daughters, Lakshmi and Priya.[3] Actress Sukumari was the trio's maternal first cousin. Malayalam actors Shobana, Ambika Sukumaran, Vineeth and Krishna are her relatives. Her husband left for the USA in 1972, but returned after his wife became ill from cancer.

Partial filmographyEdit



Year Film Role Notes
1957 Qaidi
1957 Payal
1957 Mr. X
1958 Sitamgar
1958 Mujrim
1958 Amar Deep Champa
1959 Amar Shaheed
1960 Kalpana
1960 Aai Phirse Bahar
1963 Shikari (1963 film) Rita Main lead
1963 Kinare Kinare Bharatanatyam Dancer (uncredited)
1963 Naag Rani
1963 Gehra Daag Dancer/Singer
1963 Yeh Dil Kisko Doon Sherry
1965 Aadhi Raat Ke Baad
1966 Pyaar Kiye Jaa
1976 Jai Jagat Janani



Year Film Role Notes
1957 Varadu Kaavali
1960 Parthiban Kanavu Valli In three languages, Tamil, Telugu and Sinhala


Year Film Role Notes
1959 Nrityeri Tale Tale Lone Bengali film


Year Film Role Notes
1960 Parthiban Kanavu Valli In three languages, Tamil, Telugu and Sinhala


  1. ^ Pandya, Haresh (2 October 2006). "Padmini Ramachandran, 74, Actress and Dancer". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 July 2009.
  2. ^ Gulzar; Nihalani, Govind; Chatterjee, Saibal (2008). Encyclopaedia of Hindi cinema. Encyclopædia Britannica (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  3. ^ a b "രാഗിണി:നടനകലയിലെ ലാവണ്യം".

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