T. R. Rajakumari
|Thanjavur Ranganayaki Rajakumari|
Thanjavur Ranganayaki Rajayee|
Thanjavur, Madras Presidency, British India
September 20, 1999 (aged 77)|
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Family||T. R. Ramanna (brother)|
Thanjavur Ranganayaki Rajayee (c. 1922 - d. September 20, 1999), popularly known by her screen name T. R. Rajakumari was a Tamil film actress, Carnatic singer and dancer. She has been called the first "dream girl" of Tamil cinema.
Rajayee was born in 1922 in a family of carnatic musicians. Both her mother and her grandmother wanted Rajayee to become a singer and trained her in Carnatic music. Tamil movie director T. R. Ramanna is her brother who is married to Sakkubai.
Rajayee made her film debut as "T. R. Rajakumari" in the 1939 Tamil film Kumara Kulothungan which was an average grosser. Her second film 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. In 1944, Rajakumari starred in the record-breaking film Haridas alongside M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar and gained recognition for her glamorous portrayal. Ekaambavanan (1943)
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).
Later life and death
Rajakumari died on September 20, 1999 after a prolonged illness.
|1941||Soorya Puthiri||Kothamangalam Seenu|
|1942||Sathi Suganya||C. Honnappa Bhagavathar|
|1942||Manonmani||P. U. Chinnappa|
|1943||Sivakavi||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||Ranjan, K. L. V. Vasantha|
|1946||Valmiki||C. Honnappa Bhagavathar, U. R. Jeevarathinam|
|1946||Vikatayogi||P. U. Chinnappa|
|1947||Pankaja Valli||P. U. Chinnappa|
|1948||Chandralekha||M. K. Radha|
|1949||Krishna Bakthi||P. U. Chinnappa|
|1949||Pavalakkodi||T. E. Varadhan|
|1950||Idhaya Geetham||T.R. Mahalingam|
|1950||Vijaya Kumari||K. R. Ramaswamy|
|1951||Vanasundari||P. U. Chinnappa|
|1952||Amarakavi||M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar|
|1953||En Veedu||Chittor V. Nagaiah|
|1953||Panakkaari||Chittor V. Nagaiah, M. G. Ramachandran|
|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. V. Sahasranamam, S. S. Rajendran|
- "தமிழ்ப்பட உலகின் முதல் கனவுக்கன்னி டி.ஆர்.ராஜகுமாரி". Malaimalar (in Tamil). 2 August 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
- Narayanan, Aranthai (2009). Aramba Kaala Tamil cinema (1931-1941). Vijaya Publications. p. 107.
- Randor Guy (23 October 2009). "Blast from the Past: Katcha Devayani 1941". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
- Guy, Randor (11 July 2008). "Blast From the Past : Haridas 1944". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
- ""கனவுக்கன்னி" டி.ஆர்.ராஜகுமாரி 5 சூப்பர் ஸ்டார்களுடன் நடித்தார்". Malaimalar. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
- "Obituary". Indian Express. September 21, 1999.
- "T. R. Rajakumari filmography". Jointscene.com. Retrieved 14 March 2010.