Sudha Chandran at Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary celebration
21 September 1964 |
Early life and education
Sudha Chandran was born to Tamil-Brahmin parents in Kannur, Kerala on 21 September 1964. She earned her B.A from Mithibai College, Mumbai and subsequently an M.A in Economics. In 1981, on June 5, while traveling from Mumbai for a pilgrimage via the Scindia School in Tamil Nadu, she met with an accident in which she was wounded. The doctors missed a wound on her ankle and plastered the leg. After two weeks, Chandran returned to Madras for a checkup and doctors realized that the wound was now infected and a gangrene had formed and there was no alternative other than to amputate her leg. Chandran says that this period was the toughest time of her life. She subsequently overcame her disability with the help of a prosthetic 'Jaipur foot', becoming one of the most highly acclaimed dancers of the Indian subcontinent. She received invitations from all over the world for performances. She was honored with various awards. She performed as far away from home as Europe, Canada and the Middle East. Soon after she catapulted to fame and recognition by venturing into the world of films and television. She gained fame after the tragic incident. Now she has become an inspiration to many.
The 1984 Telugu film Mayuri, in which she plays herself, was inspired by her life story. The 1986 film Nache Mayuri was a Hindi remake of the Telugu original. She came to be known as Mayuri girl after that.
She is married to Ravi Dang in 1986. The couple have no children.
- Special Jury Award : Mayuri - 1986
- The Great Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress in a negative role : Tumhari Disha - 2005
- Never-say-die attitude: BACK ON THE BIG SCREEN - Sudha Chandran 'The Hindu'