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Veteran actress Padmini passes away

Legendary South Indian film actress Padmini died of a heart attack in Chennai last night. Padmini profile

india Updated: Oct 01, 2006 02:39 IST
United News of India
United News of India

One of the south Indian legendary Bharatnatyam dancers and film actor Padmini died of a heart attackin Chennailate on Sunday night.

The legendary actress, who was among the first heroines to make it to Kollywood in the south, breathed her last at Apollo Hospital. She was 74.

Padmini, who was the second of the famous 'Travancore Sisters' along with Lalitha and Ragini, made her last public appearance at a function organised by Kollywood on Saturday night to felicitate Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.

Padmini acted in more than 250 films in Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Telugu and Kannada for decades since 1949.

Born in Poojappura in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, on June 12, 1932, Padmini made here debut in Hindi film 'Kalpana'. Her first Tamil film was 'Manamagal'(1950) made by another legend NS Krishnan.

Padmini paired with thespian, the late Sivaji Ganeshan in many films and also with MG Ramachandran. Padmini made a name for herself in Hindi cinema by pairing with showman Raj Kapur in 'Jish Des Mein GangaBehtiHai.'

First Published: Sep 25, 2006 10:04 IST