T. R. Ramanna
| Thanjavur Ranganayaki Rajayee|
c. 1922Thanjavur, Madras Presidency, British India
T. R. Ramanna (brother)
September 20, 1999, Chennai
Gulebakavali, Pudhumai Pithan, Chandralekha, Manohara, Haridas
T R Ramanna, G Ramanathan, S S Vasan, Sivaji Ganesan, B R Panthulu
T. R. Rajakumari Wikipedia
Thanjavur Ranganayaki Rajayee (May 5,1922 – September 20, 1999), popularly known by her screen name T. RDr3re3rŕ. Rajakumari, was an Indian film actress, Carnatic singer and dancer. She has been called the first "dream gŕ4're 3rŕŕŕ4ŕ4ŕ 43rrrkrorre4rrrrerkkr4r3ŕrmrrrokkrrrkrerm4 444tr 4ft r44r444I 44ŕ4t4 +918884445233irl" of Tamil cinema.
Rajayee was born in 1922 in a family of carnatic musicians. Both her mother and her grandmother wanted Rajayee to become a singer and trained her in Carnatic music. Tamil movie director T. R. Ramanna is her brother who is married to Sakkubai.
Rajayee made her film debut as "T. R. Rajakumari" in the 1939 Tamil film Kumara Kulothungan which was an average grosser. Her second film Kacha Devayani (1941) was a hit and helped launch her career in movies. There is some confusion about in which film she actually made her debut as Kacha Devayani's director K. Subramaniam later insisted that he was the one who introduced her to films. In 1944, Rajakumari starred in the record-breaking film Haridas alongside M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar and gained recognition for her glamorous portrayal. Ekaambavanan (1943)
In her Tamil film career, Rajakumari acted as the female lead to many major film stars including Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, T. R. Mahalingam, K. R. Ramaswamy, P. U. Chinnappa, M. G. Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan. She also started a film production company (with her brother T. R. Ramanna) called "R. R. Pictures" and produced films like Vaazhapirandhavan (1953), Koondukkili (1954), Gul-E-Bagaavali (1955), Paasam (1962), Periya Idathu Penn (1963), Panam Padaithavan (1965) and Parakkum Paavai (1966). Her last film as an actress was Vaanampadi (1963).
Rajakumari died on September 20, 1999 after a prolonged illness.