T. G. Kamala Devi (born Thota Govindamma; 29 December 1930 – 16 August 2012), also known as Kamala Chandra Babu, was an Indian dubbing artist, playback singer and actor who primarily contributed to Telugu cinema as well as a few Tamil films.[2] She was also a former professional level billiards player who won the Indian Women Billiards title twice.[3] She died of a brief illness at Chennai on 16 August 2012.[4]

T. G. Kamala Devi
Thota Govindamma

29 December 1930[1]
Died16 August 2012(2012-08-16) (aged 81)
Other namesKamala Devi, Kamala Chandra Babu, A. Kamala Chandra Babu

Biography Edit

She was born in Karvetinagaram, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh. Her original birth name was Thota Govindamma and she later changed her name to T. G. Kamala Devi after entering the film industry. The initials "T. G." in her name represent her birth name.[2] She married Avula Chandra Babu in 1946 and had a son named Avula Jaychander with him.[5]

Film career Edit

Acting Edit

She was in a drama company and acted in some male and female roles in her early days. She received many medals for her performances. She then shifted to the cinema field and acted in about 30 films, most of them being minor supporting roles.

Singer Edit

She has sung several songs In Telugu and Tamil films like the Telugu-Tamil Film Pathala Bhairavi wher in Telugu she sang 'Ithihasam Vinaara' or the tamil version Ithikasam Kaetarra

Dubbing artist Edit

She also was a popular dubbing artist and has lent her voice to actors such as Padmini, B. Saroja Devi, Lalitha and many more.[2]

Cue sports Edit

Kamala was one of the earliest women cue sport players in India.[1] When the then reigning snooker world champion Horace Lindrum visited Chennai at the invitation of the Andhra Maha Sabha in 1954, circumstances led Kamala to pick up the cue and provide Mrs. Lindrum a woman opponent to play against.[6] Soon enough, she made her way to state and national-level tournaments. Since then, she played in various open tournaments in Billiards & Snooker as the only woman player at that time, competing with men at Chennai, Vijayawada and Bangalore. She won the Indian National Billiards Women titles in 1991 and 1995.[7] She had the unique opportunity of playing exhibition matches at Bangalore and Mysore with the then World Billiards Champion Bob Marshall. She won both her billiards national titles at the age of 62 and 66 representing the Tamil Nadu state.[7]

Awards Edit

  • Nataka Kala Prapoorna was awarded to her by the Andhra Pradesh Nataka Academy.

Titles Edit

  • National Billiards Champion: 1991,[8] 1995

Filmography Edit

Year Film Language Character
1941 Dakshayagnam Telugu
1942 Bala Nagamma Telugu
1946 Mugguru Maratilu Telugu
1947 Kanjan Tamil Amaravathi
1949 Gunasundari Katha Telugu
1951 Malliswari Telugu Jalaja
1951 Patala Bhairavi Telugu Veera Katha Performer
1951 Patala Bhairavi Tamil Veera Katha Performer
1952 Palletooru Telugu
1954 Thodu Dongalu Telugu
1954 Chakrapani Telugu
1959 Illarikam Telugu
1961 Velugu Needalu Telugu
1961 Thoolya Ullam Tamil
1964 Bhakta Ramadasu Telugu
1965 Bangaru Panjaram Telugu
1967 Kanchu Kota Telugu
1968 Asadhyudu Telugu
1968 Bangaru Sankellu Telugu
1969 Kathanayakudu Telugu
1969 Gandikota Rahasyam Telugu
1970 Pettandarlu Telugu
1975 Abhimanavathi Telugu
1984 Kutumba Gowravam Telugu
1986 Ide Naa Samadhanam[9] Telugu

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "Cue artist Kamala Chandra Babu dies at age 82 | GantDaily.com". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "T G Kamala Devi". Gurthukostunayyi. Maa TV. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  3. ^ "A. Kamala Chandra Babu passed away". Cue Sports India. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Actor, singer Kamala Devi passes away". Deccan Chronicle. 17 August 2012. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Actress cum playback singer T G Kamala Devi dies at 83".
  6. ^ Ninan, Susan (12 November 2011). "A champion lost in her own world". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Former cue sport player Kamala Chandra Babu passes away". The Times of India. 17 August 2012. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  8. ^ M. L. Narasimham (18 August 2012). "A woman of many talents". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 21 January 2020. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  9. ^ FilmiClub. "Ide Naa Samadhanam (1986) Complete Cast & Crew". FilmiClub. Retrieved 21 April 2023.

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