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General Profile of Shobana  -   Bharathanatyam

Shobana Chandrakumar (Malayalam: ശോഭന), commonly known as Shobana, is an exponent of the Bharatanatyam dance and was a leading actress of Indian motion pictures. She was born into a Malayalam speaking family from Kerala, India. The veteran actress Ms Sukumari is an aunt from the paternal side .

Shobana acted for the first time in a leading role in the Malayalam motion picture April 18 in 1984, directed by Balachandra Menon. She also acted alongside the Malayalam actor Mammootty in the film Kanamarayathu (1984). Shobhana is an accomplished dancer of Bharatanatyam. She performed in Kuala Lumpur before the King and Queen of Malaysia. Shobhana's skilled execution of dance movements and her extraordinary beauty has led many people to consider her as the most beautiful South Indian actress from the 1980s through the 1990s. She is often equaled to the curvaceous beauty of Indian sculptures.

Shobhana has founded a school for classical Bharatanatyam dance in Chennai- kalarpana in 1994. The aim of Kalarpana is to organize annual festivals throughout India. This will include performances of nationally and globally known artistes to help raise funds that will be ploughed back into training talented artistes who are financially insecure. Under its umbrella, Kalarpana extend its support to the handicapped and the environmental movement.

Shobana is well recognized by her performance in the movie Rudra Veena (Telugu movie, 1988) with Chiranjeevi as a great dancer and Social reformer. She was also a part of Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai.

Films Acted

18-Apr
Kanamarayathu
Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove
Aviduthe Pole Ivideyum
Vasanthasena
Meenamasathile Sooryan
Azhiyatha Bandhangal
Eeran Sandhya
Thammil Thammil
Anubandham
Ee Shabdam Innathe Shabdam
Ayanam
Yaathra
Upahaaram
T. P. Balagopalan M.A.
Kunjattakilikal
Iniyum Kurukshethram
Ente Enteth Mathram
Abhayam Thedi
Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku
Nyayavidhi
Ee Kaikalil
Rareeram
Vrutham
Nadodikattu
Ithrayum Kaalam
Anantaram
Vicharana
Vellanakalude Nadu
Janmandaram
Aparan
Dhwani
Mukthi
Charithram
Innale
Iyer the Great
Sasneham
Kalikkalam
Vasthuhara
Ulladakkam
Kankettu
Oru Kochu Bhoomikukukkam
Pappayude Swantham Appoos
Maya Mayuram
Meleparambil Aanveedu
Manichitrathazhu
Pavithram
Commissioner
Thenmavin Kombathu
Pakshe
Minnaram
Vishnu
Manathe Vellitheru
Sindoora Rekha
Mazhayethum Munpe
Minnaminunginum Minnukettu
Kumkumcheppu
Aramanaveedum Anjoorekkarum
Hitler
Superman
Kalyana Kacheri
Kaliyoonjal
Agni Sakshi
Shradha
Valliettan
Mambazhakkalam
Makalkku
Sagar alias Jacky Reloaded
Mere Baap Pehle Aap
Apna Asmaan
Game
Dance Like a Man
Mitr, My Friend
Suryaputrulu
Rendilla Poojari
Rakshana
Ahankari
Hello Darling
Thalapathi
Rowdy Alludu
Rowdy Gari Pellam
Appula Appa Rao
April 1st Vidudhala
Champion
Asthram
Alludu Diddina Kapuram
Minor Raja
Manchiroju
Keechu Raallu
Neti Siddhartha
Alludugaru
Kokila
Nari Nari Naduma Murari
Siva
Rudraveena
Abhinandana
Idhu Namma Aalu
Muvva Gopaludu
Chaitnaya
Enakkul Oruvan
Mangala Nayaki
Rowdy Gari Teacher
Hello Darling Lachipadama
Tholi Poddu
Alludu Didina Kapuram
Hechharika
Chaitnya
Agni Sakshi
Nagajyothi

 
Family Background

Shobana is the daughter of Dr. Anandam and the late Mr Chandrakumar, who was the brother of the Travancore sisters. She is single and is involved in her dance school as well her creative pursuits full time. Shobana is the niece of the Travancore sisters Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini, Famous actor and renowned dancer Vineeth is related to her.

Musical Training

She did her dance training at the Chidambaram academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Her guru is the legendary Bharatanatyam dancer Chitra Visweswaran Shobhana is famed for her Abhinaya, a pivotal element in Bharatanatyam.

 
Awards & Titles

Shobana won her first National Film Award for Best Actress from the government of India in 1994. She received a second National award for best actress in the year 2001.

In January 2006, the Indian government honored Shobana with the Padma Shri award for her contributions to cinema and Bharatanatyam.