Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Savithri PROFILE

Real Name          : Savitri
Date of Birth      : 6th December 1937
Place Of Birth   : Chirravur near Tenali in Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India
Father's Name  : Guraviah
Mother's Name: Subhadramma.
Siblings                             : Vijaya Chamundeswari and Sathish Kumar
Spouse                             : Gemini Ganesan
Studied Upto                   : Schooling
Previous Carrier            : theatre artiste
Introduced Film              : Pelli Chesi Choodu
Director                           : L. V. Prasad
Languages Acted          : Tamil and telugu
Awards Won                   : She was awarded with the title Kalaimamani by the Tamil Nadu State Government, Nati Siromani by the Andhra Yuvathi Mandali and with an apt title as Mahanati, She was crowned with title Nadigayar Thilakam (Greatest Actress) for her fine performances in tamil.

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Savithri - Tamil Actress Profile

Savitri or Savitri Ganesh was an actress, director and producer of films in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi languages. She was known for her liveliness and captivating performance and is still treated as the benchmark for action in Telugu movies. 

Savithri was born to Nissankaram Guraviah and Subhadramma in Chirravur in Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India, in 1937. She learned music and classical dance under Sista Purnayya Sasthri. She performed stage shows during her childhood. She later acted in 318 films in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi languages, with ten to twenty movies released per year. 

Savithri married Gemini Ganesh in 1953 and was blessed with two children Vijaya Chamundeswari and Sathish Kumar. Savithri was a strict, disciplined and compassionate as a mother. Since there was no availability of televisions at that time, she arranged a 16mm projector to show her films to kids. She would watch all the Hollywood movies and analyze them in an amazing manner. She loved Sophia Loren and Shirley MacLaine. 

She later directed some films herself. When she met the Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, she gave away all her jewels for the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. Savithri was a left-hander. Her favorite sports were cricket and chess. She used to play chess at home. She claimed that her favorite sports person was Gary Sobers. She was active in celebrity cricket matches. 

Her first offer 'Agni Pariksha' at age twelve in 1949. However she looked too young after screen tests and was soon dropped. She was selected for main role in the film 'Samsaram' by the banner 'Sadhana Chitra' in 1950. However she was replaced by Pushpalatha and she was given small role, as she was nervous to act with popular actor Nageswara Rao. She performed a dance in Pathala Bhairavi in 1951. Her first main roles was as a second heroine Pelli Chesi Choodu by L. V. Prasad in 1952. Her early popular roles are in Ardhangi and Missamma. 

She later acted in memorable Telugu films like Chandra Haram (1953), Devadasu (1953), Ardhangi (1955), Missamma(1955), Donga Ramudu (1955), Amara Deepam (1956), Todikodallu(1957), Mayabazaar (1957), Abhimanam(1958), Mangalya Balam(1958), Appu Chesi Pappu Kodu (1959), Muripinche muvvalu(1960), Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam (1960), Manchi Manasulu(1961), Aradhana (1962), Gundamma Katha (1962), Rakta Tilakam (1963), Mooga Manasulu (1963), Doctor Chakravarthi(1964), Poojaphalam (1964), Devatha(1965), Pandava Vanavasam (1965), Kanya Sulkam, Naadi Aada Janme, Prana Mitrulu (1967), Varakatnam (1968), Maro Prapancham (1970), Manase Mandiram(1971) and Jagan Mohini (1978). These movies are testimony to her versatile action skills. She got national award for the magnum opus movie Chivarakumigiledi. 

She gave some public performances as a child in Vijayawada. She worked in a theater company run by Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao. She also started her own company, the Navabharata Natya Mandali. Her best stage role was in Atma Vanchana written by Bucchi Babu. 

Savithri was a legendary actress in tamil film industry. She has paired opposite leading actors like Sivaji Ganesan, M.G.R in many films. She married Gemini Ganesh, while acting in 'Manam Pola Mangalyam'(1953) with him. Savithri's 100th film. Konjum Salangai' ('Muripinche Muvvalu') in Telugu also happened to be paired with Gemini Ganeshan. She was fondly called 'Nadigaiyar Thilagam' in tamil film industry. 

Kalathur Kannamma, Kai Kodutha Deivam, Thiruvilaiyadal, Navarathiri, Pasa Malar, Yaar Paiyyan, Paarthal pasi theerum, Padithal Mattum Podhuma, Karpagam, Karnan, Paava Mannippu are some of her memorable classics in tamil. 

She acted in few Hindi films like 'Bahut Din Huwe', 'Ghar Basake Dekho', 'Balaram Sri Krishna' and 'Ganga ki Leharen'. 

She had directed films like 'Chinnari Papalu', 'Chiranjeevi', 'Maathru Devatha' and 'Vintha Samsaram' in Telugu. 'Kuzhanthai Ullam' and 'Praptham' in Tamil. 

Awards: 

She got National Award for Best Actress in 1960 for her performance in the movie Chivaraku Migiledi. The movie was the telugu remake of Deep Jele Jai (1959), a bengali classic starring Suchitra Sen which also got remade in hindi later in 1969 as "Khamoshi" with Waheeda Rehman enacting the lead role. 

She was crowned with title Nadigayar Thilakam (Greatest Actress) for her fine performances in tamil.

She was awarded with the title Kalaimamani by the Tamil Nadu State Government, Nati Siromani by the Andhra Yuvathi Mandali and with an apt title as Mahanati. 

Name : Savithri 
Date Of Birth : 6, Dec, 1937 
Birth Of Place : Andhra Pradesh, India 
Languages Worked : Tamil, Telugu, Hindi 
Profession : Actress, Producer, Director 
Spouse : Gemini Ganesh (Actor) 
Interest : She learned Music and Classical Dancer 
Debut Film : 'Agni Pariksha' (1949) 

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Name: Savitri Ganeshan
Star Name:  Savitri
Star Title:  Nadigaiyar Thilagam
Mother Tongue:  Telugu
Date of Marriage: 1956
Date of Birth: 1937-12-06
Date of Death: 26 December 1981
Complexion: Fair
Eye Color: Black
Facts: She learned music and classical dance under Sista Purnayya Sasthri.
Facts: She worked in a theater company run by Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao.
Facts:  She also acted in a play Atma Vanchana by Buchi Babu.
Hair Color: Black
Debut Movie: Telugu - Pelli Chesi Choodu
School Info:  Kasturi Bai Memorial School,Vijayawada.
Filmography Back to Top


Aadarsham
(01-Jan-1952)
Telugu / Drama






Aaradhana - 1962
(16-Feb-1962)
Telugu / Drama






Aaradhana - 1976
(01-Jan-1976)
Telugu / Drama






Aathma Bandhuvu - 1962
(14-Dec-1962)
Telugu / Drama






Abhimanam
(26-Aug-1960)
Telugu / Drama






Adisaya Thirudan
(01-Jan-1959)
Tamil / Drama






Agathiyar
(15-Jan-1972)
Tamil / Drama






Agni Pariksha - 1951
(01-Jan-1951)
Telugu / Drama






Amar Prem - 1960
(01-Jan-1960)
Hindi / Drama






Amara Deepam
(29-Jun-1956)
Tamil / Drama






Amara Prema
(01-Jan-1978)
Telugu / Drama






Amaradeepam
(01-Jan-1956)
Telugu / Drama






Amma Mata
(25-Feb-1972)
Telugu / Drama






Anaganaga Oka Thandri
(01-Jan-1974)
Telugu / Drama






Anbu Magan - 1961
(27-Jan-1961)
Tamil / Drama






Andhrikantemonagadu
(01-Jan-1985)
Telugu / Drama






Annaiyin Aanai
(04-Jul-1958)
Tamil / Drama






Annavin Asai
(04-Mar-1966)
Tamil / Drama






Antharangam - 1975
(12-Dec-1975)
Tamil / Family - Drama






Anthony Punnyavaalan
(01-Jan-1978)
Malayalam / Drama






Apne Huye Paraye
(01-Jan-1964)
Hindi / Thriller - Drama






Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu
(14-Jan-1959)
Telugu / Comedy - Drama






Ardhangi - 1955
(01-Jan-1955)
Telugu / Drama






Ashwathama
(01-Jan-1979)
Malayalam / Drama






Aswathama
(28-Jul-1988)
Telugu / Drama






Ayiram Roopai
(03-Dec-1964)
Tamil / Drama






Baghdad Perazhagi
(25-Oct-1973)
Tamil / Drama






Bahut Din Huwe...
(01-Jan-1954)
Hindi / Adventure - Fantasy






Balram Shri Krishna
(01-Jan-1968)
Hindi / Drama






Banda Ramudu
(06-Nov-1959)
Telugu / Drama - Family






Bandha Pasam
(27-Oct-1962)
Tamil / Drama






Bandhavyalu
(15-Aug-1968)
Telugu / Drama






Bhagya Devata - 1959
(23-Oct-1959)
Telugu / Drama






Bhagya Devathai
(01-Jan-1959)
Tamil / Drama






Bhakta Potana - 1966
(06-May-1966)
Telugu / Musical - Drama






Bhale Ammailu - 1957
(06-Aug-1957)
Telugu / Drama






Bhale Ramudu - 1956
(06-Apr-1956)
Telugu / Musical - Drama






Brathuku Teruvu
(06-Feb-1953)
Telugu / Family - Drama






C.I.D Shankar
(01-May-1970)
Tamil / Drama - Action






Chaduvukunna Ammayilu
(10-Apr-1963)
Telugu / Drama






Chandraharam
(01-Jan-1954)
Tamil / Drama






Chandraharam - 1954
(06-Jan-1954)
Telugu / Musical - Drama






Charana Daasi
(20-Dec-1956)
Telugu / Drama






Chellapillai
(24-Jun-1955)
Tamil / Drama






Chinnari Papalu
(14-Aug-1968)
Telugu / Drama






Chiranjeevi - 1969
(01-Jan-1969)
Telugu / Drama






Chivaraku Migiledi
(01-Jan-1960)
Telugu / Family - Drama






Circus Ramudu
(01-Mar-1980)
Telugu / Action - Drama






Daanveer Karna
(01-Jan-1965)
Hindi / Drama






Deepavali - 1960
(22-Dec-1960)
Telugu / Musical - Drama






Devadas - 1953
(11-Sep-1953)
Tamil / Drama






Devadasu - 1953
(26-Jun-1953)
Telugu / Romance - Drama






Devatha - 1965
(24-Jul-1965)
Telugu / Drama






Doctor Chakravarthy
(10-Jul-1964)
Telugu / Family - Drama






Donga Ramudu - 1955
(01-Oct-1955)
Telugu / Family






Ek Chitthi Pyar Bhari
(01-Jan-1985)
Hindi / Drama






Ellam Unakkaga
(01-Jul-1961)
Tamil / Drama






Ellorum Vazha Vendum
(01-Jan-1962)
Tamil / Drama






Enga Veettu Mahalakshmi - 1957
(01-Feb-1957)
Tamil / Drama






Engal Thai
(31-Aug-1973)
Tamil / Drama






Errakota Veerudu
(01-Jan-1973)
Telugu / Drama






Gali Patalu
(01-Mar-1974)
Telugu / Drama






Ganga Ki Lahren
(01-Jan-1964)
Hindi / Drama - Comedy






Gorintaku - 1979
(19-Oct-1979)
Telugu / Drama






Gunasundari
(16-Dec-1955)
Tamil / Village Subject






Hello Mr.Zamindar
(14-May-1965)
Tamil / Drama






Indra En Selvam
(01-Jan-1962)
Tamil / Drama






Intiguttu
(31-Oct-1958)
Telugu / Drama






Iru Sagodharigal
(01-Jan-1957)
Tamil / Drama






Jakkamma
(14-Sep-1972)
Tamil / Drama






Jeevithalu
(01-Jan-1968)
Telugu / Drama






Jyothi - 1954
(01-Jan-1954)
Telugu / Drama






Jyothi Lakshmi
(07-Dec-1973)
Telugu / Drama






Kadan Vangi Kalyanam
(17-Sep-1958)
Tamil / Drama






Kai Kodutha Deivam
(18-Jul-1964)
Tamil / Drama






Kalasivunte Kaladu Sukham
(08-Sep-1961)
Telugu / Drama






Kalathur Kannama
(12-Aug-1960)
Tamil / Family - Drama






Kalyanam Pannippar
(15-Aug-1952)
Tamil / History






Kanchukota
(22-Mar-1967)
Telugu / Drama






Kandan Karunai
(01-Jan-1967)
Tamil






Kanna Thalli
(26-Aug-1972)
Telugu / Drama






Kanyashulkam
(26-Aug-1955)
Telugu / Drama






Kappalottiya Thamizhan
(01-Jan-1961)
Tamil / Drama






Karna
(01-Jan-1963)
Telugu / Drama - Action






Karnan
(14-Jan-1964)
Tamil / Drama
(1)





Karpagam
(15-Nov-1963)
Tamil / Family - Drama






Karpukkarasi
(14-Jun-1957)
Tamil / Drama






Karthava Rayuni Katha
(18-Oct-1958)
Telugu / Drama






Kathavarayan - 1958
(07-Nov-1958)
Tamil / Drama






Kathiruntha Kangal
(29-Aug-1962)
Tamil / Drama






Kodalu Diddina Kapuram
(21-Oct-1970)
Telugu / Family - Drama






Kodarikam
(01-Jan-1953)
Telugu / Drama






Komathiyin Kaadhalan
(01-Sep-1955)
Tamil / Drama






Konjum Salangai
(14-Jan-1962)
Tamil / Romance - Family






Kudumba Gowravam
(12-Feb-1958)
Tamil / Drama






Kumkuma Rekha
(01-Jan-1960)
Telugu / Drama






Kuravanchi
(04-Mar-1960)
Tamil / Drama






Kutumba Gauravam
(07-Nov-1957)
Telugu / Drama






Kuzhandai Ullam
(14-Jan-1969)
Tamil / Drama






M.L.A.
(19-Sep-1957)
Telugu / Drama






Maa Babu
(22-Dec-1960)
Telugu / Drama






Maa Inti Devudu
(01-Jan-1975)
Telugu / Drama






Maaman Magal - 1955
(04-Oct-1955)
Tamil / Drama






Madhar Kula Manickam
(20-Dec-1956)
Tamil / Drama






Mahadevi
(22-Nov-1957)
Tamil / Drama
(1)





Maheswari
(13-Nov-1955)
Tamil / History






Mamaku Tagga Alludu
(09-Dec-1960)
Telugu / Drama - Family






Manamalai - 1958
(01-Jan-1958)
Tamil / Drama






Manampol Maangalyam
(01-Nov-1953)
Tamil / Drama






Manase Mandiram
(06-Oct-1966)
Telugu / Drama






Manchi Manasulu - 1962
(11-Apr-1962)
Telugu / Drama






Mangalya Balam - 1959
(01-Jan-1958)
Telugu / Drama






Manithan Maravillai
(01-Jan-1962)
Tamil / Romance - Family






Manjal Mahimai
(14-Oct-1959)
Tamil / Drama






Manushulu Mattibommalu
(31-May-1974)
Telugu / Drama






Manushulu-Mamathalu
(03-Sep-1965)
Telugu / Drama






Maro Prapancham
(10-Apr-1970)
Telugu / Drama






Matrudevatha
(07-Nov-1969)
Telugu / Drama






Maya Bazaar - 1957
(12-Apr-1957)
Tamil / Drama






Maya Bazaar - 1957
(27-Mar-1957)
Telugu / Epic/Historical - Comedy






Maya Sundari
(01-Jan-1967)
Hindi / Fantasy






Menarikam
(01-Jan-1954)
Telugu / Drama






Missamma - 1955
(12-Jan-1955)
Telugu / Comedy - Drama






Missiyamma
(14-Jan-1955)
Tamil / Drama






Monagallaku Monagadu
(01-Jan-1966)
Telugu / Drama






Mooga Manasulu
(30-Jan-1964)
Telugu / Family - Drama






Moogajeevulu
(01-Jan-1968)
Telugu / Drama






Mugguru Ammailu
(01-Jan-1974)
Telugu / Drama






Nadee Aada Janme
(07-Jan-1965)
Telugu / Drama






Nammina Bantu - 1960
(07-Jan-1960)
Telugu / Drama - Family






Narthanasala
(11-Oct-1963)
Telugu / Drama - Musical






Navarathiri
(03-Nov-1964)
Tamil / Drama
(1)





Navarathri
(29-Mar-1966)
Telugu / Drama






Neeya Naana
(01-Jan-1962)
Tamil / Drama






Nijangal
(24-Dec-1982)
Tamil / Drama






Nindu Dampathulu
(04-Feb-1971)
Telugu / Drama






Nirdoshi - 1967
(02-Mar-1967)
Telugu / Drama - Crime






Paasamalar
(27-May-1961)
Tamil / Drama






Padithal Mattum Pothuma
(01-Jan-1962)
Tamil / Drama






Palletoru
(01-Jan-1952)
Telugu / Drama






Panai Pidithaval Bhakkiyasali
(10-Jan-1958)
Tamil / Drama






Pandava Vanavasam
(14-Jan-1965)
Telugu / Epic/Historical






Parisu
(15-Nov-1963)
Tamil / Drama






Parivartana - 1954
(01-Sep-1954)
Telugu / Drama






Parobakaaram
(25-Sep-1953)
Tamil / Drama






Paropakaram
(25-Sep-1953)
Telugu / Family - Drama






Parthal Pasi Theerum
(14-Jan-1962)
Tamil / Romance - Drama






Patala Bhairavi - 1951
(15-Mar-1951)
Telugu / Family - Drama






Patha Kaanikkai
(14-Jul-1962)
Tamil / Drama






Pathi Bakthi - 1958
(01-Jan-1958)
Tamil / History






Pattaliyin Vetri
(19-Feb-1960)
Tamil / Drama






Pava Mannippu
(16-Mar-1961)
Tamil / Drama






Pelli Chesi Choodu
(29-Feb-1952)
Telugu / Comedy - Drama






Pempudu Koduku
(11-Nov-1953)
Telugu / Family - Drama






Pennin Perumai
(17-Feb-1956)
Tamil / Drama






Petha Manam Pithu
(14-Jan-1973)
Tamil / Drama






Pethamdaarlu
(30-Apr-1971)
Telugu / Drama






Pooja
(01-Jan-1975)
Telugu / Drama






Poojaphalam
(01-Jan-1964)
Telugu / Drama






Poolmala
(01-Jan-1973)
Telugu / Drama






Prana Mithrulu
(05-May-1967)
Telugu / Drama - Musical






Praptham
(14-Apr-1971)
Tamil / Drama






Prathivratha
(01-Jan-1964)
Telugu / Drama






Pratigna - I
(01-Jan-1953)
Telugu / Drama






Pratigna - II
(01-Jan-1953)
Telugu / Drama






Prema Pasam - 1956
(21-Mar-1956)
Tamil / Drama






Priyuralu - 1952
(01-Jan-1952)
Telugu / Drama






Punitha Anthoniyar
(19-Aug-1977)
Tamil / Drama






Puthiya Pathai - 1960
(17-Nov-1960)
Tamil / Drama






Puthu Vellam
(21-Feb-1975)
Tamil / Drama






Puttinillu Mettinillu
(12-Jul-1973)
Telugu / Drama






Rakta Pushpam
(01-Jan-1970)
Malayalam / Drama






Raktha Sambandham
(01-Nov-1962)
Telugu / Drama






Ratha Thilagam
(01-Jan-1963)
Tamil / Drama






Sabhash Bebi
(21-Sep-1972)
Telugu / Drama






Sabhash Papanna
(18-Sep-1972)
Telugu / Drama






Samsaram - 1950
(29-Dec-1950)
Telugu / Musical - Drama






Sankranti
(10-Oct-1952)
Telugu / Drama






Santhanam - 1955
(07-Aug-1955)
Telugu / Drama






Seetha - 1967
(23-Jun-1967)
Tamil / Drama






Shanti - 1952
(15-Feb-1952)
Telugu / Drama






Shantinivasam
(01-Jan-1960)
Telugu / Drama






Siri Sampadalu
(19-Sep-1962)
Telugu / Drama






Sowbhagyavathi
(22-Oct-1957)
Tamil / Drama






Sri Krishna Pandaviyam
(13-Jan-1966)
Telugu / Drama - Musical






Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam - 1960
(09-Jan-1960)
Telugu / Devotional - Musical






Sugam Enge
(09-Sep-1954)
Tamil / Drama






Sumangali - 1965
(01-Jan-1965)
Telugu / Drama






Suputhrudu
(29-Jan-1971)
Telugu / Drama






Suryakanthi
(15-Aug-1973)
Tamil / Drama






Talli Prema - 1968
(09-Apr-1968)
Telugu / Drama






Thaikku Oru Pillai
(05-Dec-1972)
Tamil / Drama






Thalli Thandrulu - 1970
(15-Jul-1970)
Telugu / Drama






Thattungal Thirakapadum
(17-Jun-1966)
Tamil / Drama
(1)





Theerpu
(01-Oct-1975)
Telugu / Drama






Thirudatha Thirudan
(24-Jul-1970)
Tamil / Drama






Thirumanam
(18-Jul-1958)
Tamil / Drama






Thiruvarutchelvar
(28-Jul-1967)
Tamil / Drama






Thiruvilaiyadal - 1965
(31-Jul-1965)
Tamil / Drama






Thobuttuvulu
(01-Jan-1963)
Telugu / Drama






Thooya Ullam
(14-Jan-1961)
Tamil / Drama






Thulasi - 1974
(24-May-1974)
Telugu / Drama






Todi Kodallu
(11-Jan-1957)
Telugu / Family - Drama






Ummadi Kutumbam
(20-Apr-1967)
Telugu / Romance - Family






Uttama Illalu
(18-Apr-1974)
Telugu / Drama






Vadhina
(09-Aug-1955)
Telugu / Drama






Vadivukku Valaikappu
(07-Jul-1962)
Tamil / Drama






Vaikuntapaali
(01-Jan-1975)
Telugu / Drama






Vallavanukku Vallavan
(28-May-1965)
Tamil / Drama






Vananga Mudi
(12-Apr-1957)
Tamil / Drama






Vanjam
(05-Dec-1953)
Tamil / History






Varakatnam
(09-Jan-1968)
Telugu / Drama






Vattathukkul Sathuram
(28-Jul-1978)
Tamil / Drama






Veettu Mappillai
(30-Jun-1973)
Tamil / Drama






Velugu Needalu - 1961
(06-Jan-1961)
Telugu / Drama






Vettaikaran - 1964
(14-Jan-1964)
Tamil / Drama






Vichithra Dampathyam
(16-Apr-1971)
Telugu / Drama






Vichitra Kutumbam
(28-May-1969)
Telugu / Musical - Family






Vimala
(11-Aug-1960)
Telugu / Drama






Vintha Samsaram
(14-Apr-1971)
Telugu / Drama






Yar Paiyan
(26-Jul-1957)
Tamil / Drama
(1)

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