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Dr. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
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Dr.Bhanumathi Ramakrishna

Name Dr.P. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
Birth Name Paluvayi Bhanumathi
Titles * Swarna Kanganam
* Multifaced Queen of the Indian screen
* Kalaimamani
* Bhakukala Dheerati Sreemathi
* Nadippukku Ilakkanam
*
Ashtavadhani
Profession Actress, Writer, Director, Producer, Studio Owner, Music Director and Singer
Date of Birth 7 September 1925 
Date of Demise 24 December 2005 
Birth Place Doddavaram village near Ongole Andhra Pradesh 
Nationality  Indian
Mother Tongue Telugu
Family Father : Bommaraju Venkata Subbaiah
Mother : Saraswatamma
Spouse : P.S. Ramakrishna Rao (film producer, director and editor of Telugu and Tamil Films)
Son : Dr. Bharani
A grand son and a grand daughter
Marriage Date 8 August 1943
Introduced by Sri Chintajallu.Pullaih (popularly called as C.Pulliah)
Film Debut

Film: Telugu - Varavikrayam (1939) at a very early age of 13.
         Tamil - "Rajamukthi" (1948) with M.K. Thygaraja Bagavathar.
Singer:
Varavikrayam (1939)
Producer: Ratnamala (1947)
Writer: Prema (1952)
Director: Chandirani (1953)
Composer: Chakrapani (1954)

Chandi-rani * In 1953 she performed a dual role in the movie "Chandi-rani".
* It was simultaneously made in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi and was released on the same day all over India
* She created history by becoming the first woman in the history of Indian Cinema who directed, produced, sang and acted in that movie.
Music * Her father was her first Guru.
* Was good at singing both Carnatic and Hindustani Music
* Has sung many english songs.
* She also served as Principal of the Government College of Music in Madras (now Chennai), from 1985 to 1988.
Husband * She met him during the shooting of the movie "Krishna Prema" in the year 1942.
* He was the assistant director of that movie.
* Married him against her father's wishes.
Owned Along with her husband she founded Bharani Studios and Bharani Pictures both named after her son.
Children's film She produced a Children's feature colour film titled "BHAKTHA DHURUVA MARKADEYA" in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam with artists of under sixteen, which was a huge success
Air travel Had a terrible fear of flying
Member of *  Children's Film Society (1965-1970)
*  Lalith Kala Academy for 5 years
*  Andhra Pradesh Sahitya Academy for 10 years
* Madras Branch of Altrusa International Inc., Chicago
* Red Cross Society
* State Film Awards Committee for two years
Awards

* 2003 -Awarded Padma Sri & Padma Bhushan by the Government of India

* 2001 - NTR award, from the Government of Andhra Pradesh

* 1998 - Raja-Lakshmi Award from Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai.

* 1996 - "Mangiar Ratna" award by K.K.Nagar Lion's Club.

* 1994 - Government National Award for Best writer for the book "Nalo Nenu" an autobiography.

* 1994 - London Doctors Association honoured her as a 'Great Artiste.'

* 1986 -  Best Director, Nandi Award

* 1985 - Awarded the prestigious Raghupathy Venkaiah award by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh.

* 1984 - Honorary Doctorate, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi

* 1983 - Kalai Maamani, Government of Tamilnadu

*  1975 - Honorary Doctorate, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam

* 1969 - Padma Shri award from the Government of India

* National Award  for Best Actress, Annai (Tamil)

* 1966 - National Award for Best Actress, Palnati Yuddham (Telugu)

* 1965 - National Award Winner as Best Actress, Anthastulu (Telugu)

* The Karnataka Director's Association have honoured her as "First Senior Lady Director"

* Annadurai honoured her with a title "Nadippukku Ilakkanam" for her remarkable performance in "Rangoon Radha"

Devotee * She is ardent devotee of Shri Jagadguru Abhinava Vidyateertha Swamiji  of Sringeri, who bestowed her with the blessing of Sri Vidya Vupasana 32 years back.
Autobiography * Her autobiography, Naalo Neno (1993)
* Her collection of short stories about mother in laws, Attagari Kathalu won her the Sahitya Academy award in 1966 later
released in English as 'Musings'.
School She established an educational institution named as "Dr. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna Matriculation School" at Saligramam, Chennai providing free education to the poor.
Facts * As an extremely versatile actress she was equally adept at social dramas, mythologicals, comedies as well as adventure and swashbucking films.

* She is best remembered for her brilliant renderings of Thyagaraja's kirtis and Purandaradasa's bhajans.

* Was paid Rs.350/- for her first movie

* Her film Alibabavum Narpatha Thirudargalum was the first South Indian film produced in Gevacolor

*  Tanguturi Surya Kumari's entry into cine field inspired her father to make Bhanumati as an actress.

* She had acted in more than 100 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi.

* She is the only lady in India who was a Studio Owner, Producer, Directress, Writer, Music Director and also a great singing cine-artiste.

* A good painter, Astrologer and a great Philosopher.

* Her autobiography was made into a teleserial.

* She was a great cook.

* Dr. Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan was a great fan of her. Other noted fans of her include Bejawada Gopal Reddy, PV Rajamannar, Kodavaganti Kutumba Rao and Chakrapani.

 * First lady recipient of State Honours  after the formation of Andhra Pradesh state

* Was v
isiting Professor to the Film Institute for one year.

* Suffered from chronic diabetes

About her Dr.J. Jayalalithaa : " The most versatile and multi-faceted genius who adorned the world of art and letters and shone brilliantly in the firmament of Indian films. Her achievements as an actress, gifted musician, accomplished singer, film producer, prolific writer, film director, music director and studio owner made her stand out as a colossus in the film world."

Manorama : "I am happy to have sung with Bhanumathi in the film Ippadiyum Oru Pen. I was fortunate to be able to sing with ... she appreciated and blessed me after hearing my song. She was a doyen among the stars."

Producer M. Saravanan : "It was like walking on a razor's edge. We felt only she could do it and she did it with great maturity. We would not have done the role with any other person. When Annai was made in Hindi, Nirupa Rai did the role. But, when we wanted to do it in Telugu all the distributors wanted P. Banumathi to do it. But, she had retired by then. As she was not able to do it we did not make the film at all."

Actor Ravichandran : "She had a knowledge of all departments in film-making. She also knew astrology and palmistry. We used to discuss our future with her and spend a lot of time. Her husband Ramakrishna also used to come to the set and when all the three of us were together, we had a great time."

Actor Prashanth : "For me she was a legend. She acted as my grandmother in the film. After the shooting also I used to visit her often and talk to her. She felt I had a great future. Having seen her as a dynamic woman and I could not bear to see her in failing health."
Quote "The most important thing in one's life is contentment, because it does not come so easily. Today, when I look back, I feel there is nothing left to be achieved, thanks to the blessings of my father, my husband and god."

Courtesy: Web Resources
Compiled by: PS and Gayathri

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