Raja Sulochana


Name ‘Kalaimamani’ Raja Sulochana
Given Name Rajeevalochana 
Profession Dancer and Actor
Date of Birth 15 August 1934
Birth Place Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
School N.K.T.Girls High School, Triplicane, Chennai
Languages known Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi
Family Father: Bakthavachalam Naidu
Mother:Devaki amma
Husband:C.S.Rao (film director)
Father-in-law: Director Pulliah
Mother-in-law: Shantha kumari
Son: Shyam P.Sundar
Daugters(twins): Shree Guruswamy, Devi Krishna
Grandchildren: Ganesh Sundar, Varun Krishna, Vindhya Krishna, Vikram Guruswamy, Maya Guruswamy
Debuts Kannada: kuna sakari
Telugu: Antha Manavallu
Hindi:’Naya aadmi’
Malayalam: Manasakshi
Firsts * as a heroine: Manasakshi
Last film ‘Ilanjodigal’ tamil film
Inspiration for Dance Lalitha, Padmini and  Kumari kamala’s dance in “Vedala Ulagam”  
Gurus’ Kathakali: Kalamandalam Madhavan
Was discovered by Director H.L.Simha
Taught her to speak dialogues with perfect modulation Puthaneri Subramaniam 
ushapanjali Nritya Kala Kendram Her own dance school started in 1961. Has branches in Madipakkam and Sriram nagar, chennai. Students are taught dance and music. Celebrated its silver anniversary in 1988.
She also started a dance school in US.
Never Had her voice dubbed in films
Brahma Kumari Sangam She performed the early morning prayer of Self Realisation and it was telecasted directly by the Singapore TV
Regret  Not becoming a graduate
Greatly admired Satyanarayana Sarma’s ‘Bama Kalapam’
Some of the Dance Dramas performed by her
  • ‘Bama Kalapam’  she performed the same dance with Actress Sukumari and lost herself in the emotions of her character.
  • ‘Srinivasa Kalyanam’- performed in the form of a ballet. 
  • Ashtalakshmi Vaibhavam
  • ‘GnanaPalam’
  • ‘World is One’
  • ‘Navadurga’
  • ‘Ramayanam’
  • ‘Arthanareeswarar’
  • ‘Mohin Basmasura’
  • ‘Simma Nandhini’
  • Welcome Dance for the 1985-86 film festival
  • Rama Temple fund raising program in Chicago, USA
    Performed many dance programs in USA
Awards * Tamil Nadu awarded the title ‘ Kalaimamani’
Art of Living  Learnt ‘Art of Living’ from ‘Ravishankar Guruji’. Athma Gnana Yoga had really helped her a lot.
Knows Reiki’s self healing, Sahaj Yoga
Not interested Her children have not shown any interest in the film business
USA  (Ballet and solo) class instructor in an American University which she did not pursue later.
* Her son and daughter are well settled here and she spends most of her time here.
Selection Team She was on the selection team which selected Saroja devi as a heroine for one of MGR’s films
egative role in the film ‘idayakani’
Member of  State Award Selection committee
Favourites   colour: orange. Other colours yellow, pink and white
food: strictly vegetarian
dresses: saree, salwar
Favourites from the film world Hero: Not anyone in particular
For acting: Sivaji Ganesan
Play back singer: S. Varalakshmi
Heroines: Savitri, Anjali, Ragini
Favourite Location hill spots near hyderabad
TV  Not interested in the tele serials.
Likes  *to spend her time in dance. 
*to watch her students, children and grandchildren perform
Wants to spend her vacation cruising
Best Friend Ragini
Interests She was the architect of her house built in Madipakkam. Knows Vastu very well. Fine arts and interior decorating is her favourite pastime.
Director She directed the Dance drama’ Srinivasa Kalyanam’
Member  Life Member:Helpage India, Red cross 
Executive Membership: Andhra Pradesh Sangeetha Natak Academy.
Western dance (fox trot, waltz, quick steps, ramba, samba)
Participated  in programmes to boost the morale of soldiers in the war front along with the leading film stars of that time.
Happy moment When she performed ‘Konna Kalabam’ before the then President. Radhakrishnan.
Sad moment in life Giving birth to a  premature baby which did not survive. 
Abroad She had given her dance performances in Rangoon, Bangkok, Saigon, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lanka, Toronto,  USA
Quote “God is one. Happiness is the most important ingredient in life.”

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