Chittajallu Rajeevalochana (15 August 1935 – 5 March 2013), better known as Rajasulochana, was an Indian classical dancer and actress.[1] She has acted in more than 300 Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi language films.[2]

Pilliarchetty Rajeevalochana

(1935-08-15)15 August 1935
Died5 March 2013(2013-03-05) (aged 77)
  • Classical dancer
  • actress
Years active1950s to 1970s
SpouseC. S. Rao

Early life edit

She was born on 15 August 1935 in Bezawada (now Vijayawada), in Andhra Pradesh. Her father, Pilliarchetty Bhakthavatsalam Naidu worked in Indian Railways and was transferred to Madras as PA to the General Manager of M&SM Railway. At school, her name was recorded in error as Rajasulochana.[3]

Career edit

She learned Indian classical dance from Lalithamma, K. N. Dhandayuthapani Pillai, Acharyulu and Vempati Chinna Satyam, Krishnakumar, Vishnu Vysarkar, and Kalamandalam Madhavan.

The Kannada stage and screen maestro H. L. N. Simha gave her an acting opportunity in Gunasagari (Kannada, 1953), produced by Gubbi Veeranna. Subsequently, she acted in about 274 films in all South Indian languages. She acted with all the leading stars of South Indian cinema such as M. G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, N. T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Rajkumar, S. S. Rajendran, Prem Nazir, A. P. Nagarajan and M. N. Nambiar.

Pushpanjali Nritya Kala Kendram edit

She founded the dance school "Pushpanjali Nritya Kala Kendram" in 1961 in Chennai. It has trained many students in Indian classical dance forms and celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1986. She gave many dance performances in India and abroad and got critical acclaim for the dance dramas.

Personal life edit

She had a son out of her first marriage and after it ended in a divorce, she married actor-director C. S. Rao and had twin daughters. One daughter lives in Chennai. The other twin daughter and son live in Chicago, Illinois.

Death edit

Rajasulochana died in Chennai on 5 March 2013 at the age of 77.[4] Condoling her death, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said the actress had left an imprint for herself in the film industry. She was engaged in creating artistes in her dance school "Pushpanjali Nrithya Kala Kendram" here, Jayalalithaa said.[5]

Partial filmography edit

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1990s edit

References edit

  1. ^ Soman, Sandhya (5 March 2013). "Veteran actress Rajasulochana passes away in Chennai". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  2. ^ Guy, Randor (2 September 2011). "Memories linger". The Hindu.
  3. ^ Guy, Randor (5 March 2013). "The queen of the screen". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  4. ^ "Veteran actress Rajasulochana passes away". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Veteran South Indian actress Rajasulochana dies at 77". 5 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Cherapakura Chedevu (1955)". Retrieved 7 January 2024.
  7. ^ "Srivaru Maavaru (1973)". Retrieved 28 March 2024.
  8. ^ "Mahalakshmi (1980)". Retrieved 21 May 2023.
  9. ^ "Bebbuli (1980)". Retrieved 18 January 2024.
  10. ^ "Mayaladi (1985)". Retrieved 17 December 2023.
  11. ^ "Vishwanatha Nayakudu (1987)". Retrieved 1 February 2024.

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