Saturday, June 9, 2012


P.Bhanumathi was a genius South Indian actress who acted  mainly in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.
She earned fame as the 'Multi faced Queen of Indian Cinema' and also the titles "Swarna
Kanganam' Kalaimamani ,Ashta Vadhani' were bestowed on her.She was Producer,Writer,Director,Studio Owner,Music Director and Singer.
Dr.P.Bhanumathi was born at Doddav eram Village,near Ongole in Andhra Pradesh on 7 Sept.1925.
Her father was Bommaraju Venkita Subbaiah and Mother was Saraswatamma.She was married to P.S.Ramakrishna Rao and her son is A.Bharani.
She owned the film studio 'Bharani Studios' along with her husband.The studio is in her son's name.
Bhanumathi entered film field at the age of 14 in the year 1939 with the Telugu film 'Vara Vikrayam'.
She entered Tamil film arena with the film 'Raja Mukthi' acting along Thyagaraja Bhagavathar
in 1948.
She met P.S.Ramakrishna Rao on the sets of film 'Krishna Prema' in1942 and they got married
against her father's will.Ramakrishna Rao had no objection to continue the profession of Bhanumathi and  extended all support also.
Bhanumathi learned Carnatic and Hindusthani Music and and was an exponent of both.
She used to sing in films occasionally and have sung in 26 films altogether in her career.
For several films she worked as Music Composer also.
She co-starred with legendary actors like NTR, MGR, and Sivaji Ganesan in maximum number
of films during that time.
Her earlier movies "Apoorva Sahodargal, Alibaba, Nalla Thambi" were all entertainers  but
later she acted several  challenging roles  in  films like 'Rangoon Radha' and 'Ambikapathi' and proved
that she could manifest emotional roles superbly.
She was brilliant in learning languages and dubbed for Hindi films like 'Nishan' and Shamsher' with thespian Ashok Kumar picking up easily the dialogues.
She created history in 1953 by the embodiment of her film 'Chandrani' and won the hearts
of millions of people especially women.She produced,directed,acted in dual roles,
 and sang in that film.That film was made in Tamil,Telugu , Hindi and 
released all over India which was a success at the box office.Her unprecedented attempt  in this

venture was not made practical by any woman in India till then and received much critical acclaim.
She  started music composition in the year 1954 with the film 'Chakrapani'.
Bhanumathi served as the member of Children's  Film Society from 1965 to 75.
She was member of Lalit Kala Academy for 5 years.
She served as member of Andhra Pradesh Sahithya Academy for 10 years.
She served in Red Cross Society of India.
She served in State Film Award Committee for 2 years.
She  served as the Principal of Chennai Govt. Music College from 1985 to 88.
She got National Award as Best Actress in 1965 for film 'Anthastulu'.
She got National Award as Best Actress in 1966 for film ' Palanti Yudham'.
She got National Award as Best Actress in 1969 for Tamil film 'Annai'.
In the year 1969 she received 'Padma Shri'.
In the year 1975 she was honored by Andhra University Visakhapatnam by giving 'Doctorate'.
In the year 1981 she received  Best Director-Nandi Award
In the year 1983 she was bestowed by 'Kalaimamani Award' by Tamil Nadu Government. 
In the year 1984 Honorary Doctorate-Sri Venkiteswara University, Tirupathi.
In the year 1994 she received National Award as Best Writer for her Autobiography
'Nalo Nenu'.
In the year 2001 she received NTR Award from Government of Andhra Pradesh.
In 2003 she was given 'Padma Bhushan' by Government of India.
Dr.P.Bhanumathi Passed away on 24 Dec. 2005.
Selected filmography
Garuda Garvabhangam
Krishna Prema
Raja Mukti
Nalla Thambi
Laila Majnu
Apoorva Sahodarargal
Alibabvum Narpathu Thirudargalum
Alibaba 40 Dongalu
Malai Kallan
Makkale Petra Magarasi
Manamagan Thevai
Varudu Kavali
Rani Lalitangi
Nadodi Mannan
Raja Bhakti
Kalai Arasi
Kanji Thalaivan
Poovum Pottum

1 comment:

  1. Very nice to read aboutAmma's multitalents in all her careers.Thanks a lot for giving.When i read this each and every word make me confident in my mind.Wonderful Genius and legend in her own life.I am proud to say that iam the rasigai mahal of Amma.