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Full Name  Damayanthi
Role  Film actress
Name  Santha Devi

Years active  1954–2010
Occupation  Actress
Spouse  Kozhikode Abdul Kader
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Born  1927Kozhikode
Died  November 20, 2010, Kozhikode
Children  Suresh Babu, Kader Sathyajith
Parents  Thottathil Kannakkuruppu, Karthiyayani Amma
Movies  Nirmalyam, Kerala Cafe, Devi, Iruttinte Athmavu, Ghoshayaathra
Similar People  Kozhikode Abdul Kader, M T Vasudevan Nair, Bharath Gopi, P Bhaskaran, G S Vijayan

Damayanthi (1927 – 20 November 2010), better known by her stage name Kozhikode Santha Devi, was an Indian Malayalam film and stage actress. In a career spanning about sixty years, she acted in more than 1000 plays and about 480 films.

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Biography

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Santha Devi was born in Kozhikode in a then well known tharavadu called Thottathil in 1927 as the daughter of Thottathil Kannakkuruppu and Karthiyayani Amma as the seventh daughter of their 10 children. She did her studies from Sabha school and then B.E.M school.

She made her debut as an actress through a 1954 drama Smarakam written by Vasu Pradeep and directed by Kundanari Appu Nair. She made her cinema debut in Minnaminungu (1957) directed by Ramu Karyat. She has acted in over 480 movies including Moodupadam, Kuttikkuppayam, Kunjalimaraykkar, Iruttinte Athmavu, Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans and Adwaitham. Kerala Cafe, produced by director Ranjith, was her last movie where she enacted the role of a forlorn grandmother with no one to look after her. Besides movies, she was also active in television serials. Her most memorable roles are from Manasi and Minnukettu.

Santha Devi died on 20 November 2010 evening in a private hospital in Kozhikode.

Family

She had 9 other siblings, 5 brothers and 4 sisters. All of her brothers were in Air Force and Military services.She got married at the age of 18 with her uncle's son Balakrishnan who was a Railway guard, but the relationship did not last long. He left Santha Devi after the couple had a son. Later, she got married to Kozhikode Abdul Kader, a popular Malayalam playback singer. She has two sons, Suresh Babu and the late Sathyajith.

Awards

She won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Yamanam (1992) directed by Bharath Gopi. She has received the Kerala State award for best Stage actress in 1968 for her role in Kudukkukal. In 1968, she received award from Thrissur Fine Arts Society and in 1973 she received best actress award again. In 1978, her acting in Ithu bhoomiyanu and Inquilabinte makkal fetched her Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Acamedy's award for best actress. She won the Kerala Film Critics Association Award in 1979 and Kerala State Award for Best Actress in State plays in 1983 for Deepasthambham Mahashcharyam.

In 1992 she got Film critics award again. Santha Devi was awarded Premji award and later in 2005 the lifetime achievement award from Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi.

Dramas (partial)

  • Kudukkukal
  • Smaarakam
  • Deepasthambham Mahaascharyam
  • Inquilaaabinte Makkal
  • Ithu Bhoomiyaannu
  • Filmography

    Actress
    2010
    Annarakkannanum Thannalayathu as
    Valiyathan and Cheriyathan's Mother
    2009
    Malayali as
    Ammini
    2009
    Kerala Cafe as
    Manikantan's Mother (segment "Bridge")
    2008
    Vilapangalkkappuram
    2008
    Maya Bazar
    2008
    Thalappavu as
    Trader Woman
    2007
    Nottam as
    Jankiyamma
    2006
    Prajapathi
    2005
    Ullam as
    Muthassi
    2004
    Akale as
    Typing Teacher
    2004
    Freedom
    2003
    Ammakilikkoodu as
    Lakshmi
    2003
    Mizhi Randilum as
    Muthassi
    2003
    Padam Onnu Oru Vilapam
    2003
    Kilichundan Mampazham
    2002
    Ee Bhargavi Nilayam
    2002
    Neythukaran
    2001
    Kattuvannuvilichapol
    2001
    Ninneyum Thedi
    1998
    Chenapparambile Aanakkariyam
    1998
    Magician Mahendralal from Delhi
    1998
    Oro Viliyum Kathorthu
    1997
    Irattakuttikalude Achan as
    Madhavi Amma
    1997
    Suvarna Simhaasanam as
    Amina
    1996
    Harbour
    1996
    Madamma
    1996
    Mahatma
    1995
    Sundarimare Sookshikkuka as
    Saraswathi Raveendran
    1995
    Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Njanum as
    Mother at the Orphanage
    1995
    No: 1 Sneha Theeram Bangalore North as
    Mother of Hema (Priya Raman)
    1995
    Oru Abhibhashakante Case Diary as
    Nani Amma
    1995
    Chantha
    1994
    Chukkan as
    Mother of Gayathri
    1994
    Malappuram Haji Mahanaya Joji as
    Kunjalikkutty's Mother
    1994
    Pingami as
    Sister
    1994
    Tharavadu as
    Mother of Zareena
    1994
    Bharanakoodam as
    Manju's Maid
    1993
    Avan Ananthapadmanabhan
    1993
    Gazal as
    Kondotti Ammayi
    1993
    Khoshayathra as
    Itheyiumma
    1993
    Magrib as
    Kunjamma
    1993
    Narayam as
    Mother of a Fish-seller (Jagadish)
    1993
    Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans
    1993
    Aagneyam as
    Beeyathu
    1992
    Daivathinte Vikrithikal
    1992
    Kamaladalam as
    Mother of Nandagopan
    1992
    Mahanagaram
    1991
    Aakasha Kottayile Sultan as
    Kesavan Kutty's Mother
    1991
    Daivasahayam Lucky Centre as
    Mother of Anil
    1991
    Dhanam as
    Mother of Aboobacker (Murali)
    1991
    Kakkathollayiram
    1991
    Parallel College
    1990
    Aye Auto as
    Mother of Sunnykutty
    1990
    Brahma Rakshass as
    Fathima
    1990
    Sasneham as
    Principal of school where the Kurians teach
    1990
    No: 20 Madras Mail as
    Mother Superior
    1989
    Asthikal Pookunnu as
    Itti
    1989
    Naaduvazhikal as
    Kozhy's Mother
    1989
    Chanakyan as
    Johnson's Mother
    1989
    Carnival as
    Gouri's Mother
    1988
    Doore Doore Oru Koodu Kootam
    1988
    Kanakambarangal as
    Mother of Sreedevi
    1988
    Oohakachavadam
    1988
    Oormayilennum
    1988
    Padippura as
    Kalyani Amma
    1988
    Nineteen Twenty One as
    Beevathu
    1988
    Dhinarathrangal as
    Naniyamma
    1987
    P.C. 369
    1987
    Nadodikkattu as
    Dasan's Mother
    1986
    Rithubhedam
    1985
    Kaiyum Thalayum Purathidaruthu
    1985
    Dheivatheyorthu
    1985
    Anu Bandham as
    Karthyayani
    1984
    Vellam
    1983
    Maniyara as
    Kunjaleema
    1983
    Surumayezhutiya Kannukal
    1982
    Mylanji
    1981
    Elaneer as
    Mother of Radha (Jolly)
    1980
    Chora Chuvanna Chora
    1980
    Chaakara as
    Subhadra
    1980
    Vilkkanundu Swapnangal
    1980
    Angaadi as
    Amina
    1979
    Neela Thamara (as Kozhikode Santha Devi)
    1979
    Thanthulli
    1979
    Thakara as
    Subhashini's Mother
    1978
    Avar Jeevikkunnu
    1978
    Mannu as
    Mother of Krishnan Nair
    1978
    Paadasaram as
    Pulluvathi Kochukaali
    1977
    Aparadhi as
    Madhaviyamma
    1977
    Chuvanna Vithukal
    1977
    Yatheem
    1976
    Njaaval Pazhangal
    1976
    Udayam Kizhakkuthanne
    1975
    Niramaala
    1974
    Uttarayanam
    1973
    Darshanam
    1973
    Sasthram Jayichu Manushyan Thottu as
    Mother of Sulochana
    1972
    Ini Oru Janmam Tharu
    1971
    Kuttiyedathi as
    Meenakshi
    1971
    Ummachu
    1971
    Vidhyarthigale Ithile Ithile
    1969
    Anaachadanam
    1968
    Asuravithu as
    Madhavi
    1968
    Kadal
    1968
    Thokkukal Katha Parayunnu
    1967
    Ashwamedham as
    Lakshmi
    1967
    Awal
    1967
    Nagarame Nandi
    1966
    Iruttinde Athmavu as
    Parukkutty Amma (Mother of Velayudhan)
    1966
    Kunjali Marakkar
    1966
    Mayor Nair
    1965
    Murappennu as
    Madhavi Amma
    1964
    Devaalayam
    1964
    Kutti Kuppayam
    1963
    Kalyanin Kanavan
    1963
    Moodupaddam as
    Kadeesumma the mother of Alikutty and Amina
    1963
    Ninamaninja Kaalpaadukal
    1957
    Minnaminungu
    1954
    Sandehi

    References

    Santha Devi Wikipedia