T. R. Rajakumari

Thanjavur Radhakrishnan Rajayee (5 May 1922 – 20 September 1999), popularly known by her screen name T. R. Rajakumari, was an Indian film actress, Carnatic singer and dancer. She has been called the first "dream girl" of Tamil cinema.[1]

Thanjavur Radhakrishnan Rajakumari
TR Rajakumari Sivakavi 1943.jpg
T. R. Rajakumari in Sivakavi (1943).
Born
Thanjavur Radhakrishnan Rajayee

5 May 1922
Died20 September 1999 (age 77)
Years active1936–1963
Parent(s)Father: Radhakrishnan
Mother: Ranganayaki
FamilyT. S. Damayanthi (Sister),
T. D. Kusalakumari (niece),
T. R. Ramanna (brother)

Film careerEdit

Rajayee made her film debut in "Kumara Kulothungan" which was produced in 1938–39 but was released in 1941 after Kacha Devayani. In the initial ads her name appeared as T. R. Rajayee but later in the film she was credited as T. R. Rajalakshmi. Her second film was Mandharavathi directed by D.S. Marconi was also released in 1941.[2] Kacha Devayani (1941) was a hit and helped launch her career in movies. There is some confusion about in which film she actually made her debut as Kacha Devayani's director K. Subramaniam later insisted that he was the one who introduced her to films.[3][4] In 1944, Rajakumari starred in the record-breaking film Haridas alongside M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar and gained recognition for her glamorous portrayal.[5]

In her Tamil film career, Rajakumari acted as the female lead to many major film stars including Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, T. R. Mahalingam, K. R. Ramaswamy, P. U. Chinnappa, M. G. Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan. She also started a film production company (with her brother T. R. Ramanna) called "R. R. Pictures" and produced films like Vaazhapirandhavan (1953), Koondukkili (1954), Gul-E-Bagaavali (1955), Paasam (1962), Periya Idathu Penn (1963), Panam Padaithavan (1965) and Parakkum Paavai (1966). Her last film as an actress was Vaanampadi (1963).[6]

Later life and deathEdit

Rajakumari died on 20 September 1999 after a prolonged illness.[7]

Partial filmographyEdit

Year Title[8] Role Co-Star Notes
1939 Kumara Kulothungan
1941 Kacha Devayani Devayani
1941 Mandharavathi
1941 Soorya Puthiri Kothamangalam Seenu
1942 Sathi Suganya C. Honnappa Bhagavathar
1942 Manonmani Manonmani P. U. Chinnappa
1943 Sivakavi Vanji M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, S. Jayalakshmi
1943 Kubera Kuchela P. U. Chinnappa
1944 Haridas Haridas' mistress M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, N. C. Vasanthakokilam
1944 Prabhavathi C. Honnappa Bhagavathar
1945 Saalivaahanan Chandralekha Ranjan, K. L. V. Vasantha
1946 Valmiki C. Honnappa Bhagavathar, U. R. Jeevarathinam
1946 Vikatayogi P. U. Chinnappa
1947 Pankajavalli P. U. Chinnappa
1948 Chandralekha Chandralekha M. K. Radha, Ranjan
1949 Krishna Bakthi Devakumari P. U. Chinnappa
1949 Pavalakkodi Pavalakkodi T. E. Varadhan
1950 Ithaya Geetham Thara T.R. Mahalingam
1950 Vijayakumari K. R. Ramaswamy
1951 Vanasundari Vanasundari P. U. Chinnappa
1952 Amarakavi M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar
1953 Anbu Thangam Sivaji Ganesan
1953 En Veedu Chittor V. Nagaiah
1953 Panakkaari Chittor V. Nagaiah, M. G. Ramachandran
1953 Vazha Pirandavan
1954 Manohara Vasanthasenai Sivaji Ganesan
1955 Rajakumari
1955 Gulebagavali M. G. Ramachandran, G. Varalakshmi
1957 Pudhumai Pithan M. G. Ramachandran, B. S. Saroja
1957 Thangamalai Ragasiyam Sivaji Ganesan, M. N. Nambiar
1959 Thanga Padhumai Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini
1962 Paasam M. R. Radha, M. G. Ramachandran
1963 Vanambadi S. S. Rajendran, S. V. Sahasranamam
1963 Periya Idathu Penn Gangamma, Murugappan's elder sister M. G. Ramachandran, Saroja Devi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "தமிழ்ப்பட உலகின் முதல் கனவுக்கன்னி டி.ஆர்.ராஜகுமாரி" [T. R. Rajakumari, the first dream girl of Tamil cinema]. Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 2 August 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  2. ^ Guy, Randor (22 March 2014). "Kumara Kulothungan (1941)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  3. ^ Narayanan, Aranthai (2009). Aramba Kaala Tamil cinema (1931–1941). Vijaya Publications. p. 107.
  4. ^ Randor Guy (23 October 2009). "Blast from the Past: Katcha Devayani 1941". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  5. ^ Guy, Randor (11 July 2008). "Blast From the Past : Haridas 1944". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  6. ^ ""கனவுக்கன்னி" டி.ஆர்.ராஜகுமாரி 5 சூப்பர் ஸ்டார்களுடன் நடித்தார்". Malaimalar. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Actress Rajkumari dies at 79". The Indian Express. 21 September 1999. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  8. ^ "T. R. Rajakumari filmography". Jointscene.com. Retrieved 14 March 2010.

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