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Bhanumathi Ramakrishna

General Profile of Bhanumathi Ramakrishna  -   Cine Artist

Dr. Paluvayi Bhanumathi Ramakrishna was a noted Indian film actress, director, music director, singer, producer, book writer and songs writer. Most of her works are in Telugu and Tamil languages.

Bhanumathi entered the film industry in 1935, and acted in over 200 films in Telugu and Tamil. She was also called as Ashtavadhani by the film industry people. She also had a good knowledge of Astrology and philosophy. She grew up watching her father performing stage shows. Her father, Venkatasubbiah, was a staunch lover of classical music and gave her early training in music.

She made her debut in Telugu cinema in 1939 as Kalindi in Vara Vikrayam (Telugu), directed by C. Pullaiah. She had acted in Malathi Madhavam, Dharma Patni and Bhaktimala. Her first popular film was Krishna Prema. Her next popular film was Swargaseema, a milestone film in her career.

She later acted in many memorable movies like Chakrapani, Laila Majnu, Vipranarayana, Malliswari, Batasari and Anthastulu. In 1953, she made her directorial debut with Chandirani (made simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi). Her last film was made in 1998, entitled Pelli Kanuka. C. N. Annadurai gave her a title "Nadippukku Ilakkanam" (means Grammar for acting) that suits her aptly.

Apart from being an exceptional actress, she was also a very talented musician. She is one of the fine actress of Telugu film industry. She was adept in both Carnatic and Hindustani music. She gave voice to her songs despite it being the norm to use playback singers for actors. Some of her songs are still popular like Pilichina biguvatara, Kila Kila Navvulu, Oh Pavurama, Preme Nerama. She also provided music to a lot of her films.

During her later years she served on various movies related organizations. She was a Member of State Film Awards Committee for two years. She was also a Visiting Professor at the Film Institute for one year. She was Member of Children Film Society for 5 years, from 1965 to 1970.

Bhanumati was also a talented writer with a number of short stories to her credit. Her autobiography Nalo Nenu was published in Telugu and later, released in English as Musings. Andhra Pradesh Sahitya Academy awarded her as the best short story writer for her popular short stories "Attagari Kathalu". She was a Member of Lalit Kala Academy for 5 years, and Sahitya Academy, Andhra Pradesh for 10 years. She served as Director and Principal of the Tamil Nadu Government Music College, Chennai for three years.

She was an eminent social worker who was closely associated with a number of Social Service Organizations. She was the founder member and treasurer of Madras branch of Altrusa International Inc., Chicago for lifelong starting from 1963. She was a life member of the 'Red Cross Society'. She established an educational institution named as "Dr. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna Matriculation School" at Saligramam, Chennai providing free education to the poor.

Films Acted

Vara Vikrayam
Malathi Madhavam
Bhaktimala
Dharmapatni
Dharmapatni
Garuda Garvabhangam
Krishna Prema
Tahsildar
Swargaseema
Gruhapravesam
Ratnamala
Raja Mukthi
Laila Majnu
Laila Majnu
Nallathambi
Raksharekha
Devamanohari
Apoorva Sagodharargal
Apoorva Sahodaralu
Nishaan
Rathnakumar
Maya Rambha
Malleeswari
Mangala
Mangala
Prema
Kadhal
Rani[1]
Rani[2]
Chandirani
Chandirani
Chandirani
Aggi Ramudu
Malaikkallan
Chakrapani
Vipranarayana
Vipranarayana
Kalvanin Kadhali
Alibabavum Narpadhu Thirudargalum
Alibaba 40 Dongalu
Chintamani
Madurai Veeran
Rangoon Radha
Tenali Ramakrishna
Tenali Raman
Sadharam
Thaaikkuppin Thaaram
Rambaiyin Kaadhal
Makkalai Petra Magarasi
Manamagan Thevai
Varudu Kavali
Rani Lalithangi
Ambikapathy
Nala Damayanti
Sarangadhara
Sarangadhara
Nadodi Mannan
Manimekalai
Raja Bakthi
Raja Desingu
Batasari
Kaanal Neer
Annai
Kalai Arasi
Anuragam
Arivaali
Penchina Prema
Kanji Thalaivan
Bobbili Yudham
Vivaha Bandham
Antastulu
Todu Needa
Palnati Yudham
Grihalakshmi
Poovum Pottum
Mattilo Manikyam
Anta Mana Manchike
Kattila thottila
Vichitra Vivaham
Ammayi Pelli
Tatamma Kala
Ippadiyum Oru Penn
Pathu Maadha Bandham
Manavadi Kosam
Mangamma Gari Manavadu
Muddula Manavaraalu
Attagaru Swagatham
Bamma Maata Bangaru Baata
Chamanthi
Peddarikam
Samrat Ashok
Chembaruthi
Pelli Kanuka

 
Family Background

She was born as third child to Saraswatamma and Bommaraju Venkata Subbaiah, in Doddavaram village of Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh. During the shooting of the film Krishna Prema, she met P. S. Ramakrishna Rao, an assistant director for that film. He was a film producer, director and editor of Telugu and Tamil Films. The couple later married on 8 August 1943 and later launched a popular production company, Bharani Pictures on their son's name. She died at the age of 80 years in Chennai.

 
Awards & Titles

Bhanumati was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian recognition by the Government of India.

Padma Shri, in 1966

Rashtrapati Award from Govt of India for Best Actress - Antastulu, Palanati Yuddham

Kalaprapoorna, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, in 1975

Kalaimamani (connoisseur of arts), Government of Tamilnadu, in 1983

Honorary Doctorate, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi, in 1984

Raghupathi Venkaiah Award, from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, in 1986

Best Director, Nandi Award, in 1986

Raja-Lakshmi Award for the year 1998 from Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai

NTR National Award, from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, in 2000

Padma Bhushan, prestigious national award in 2003

She won the National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema for her Naalo Nenu in 1994.