Krishna Kumari (actress)

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T Krishna Kumari
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Born6 March 1933 (1933-03-06)
Naihati, West Bengal
DiedJanuary 24, 2018(2018-01-24) (aged 84)[1]
Bangalore, Karnataka
Spouse(s)Ajay Mohan Khaitan (1927- 2012, his death)
RelativesSowcar Janaki (sister),
Deepika Maiya (daughter)

T. Krishna Kumari (6 March 1933 – 24 January 2018)[2] was a leading Telugu actress of the 1960s and 1980s.[3] She was the sister of character actress Sowkar Janaki.

Krishna Kumari was a leading actress and a contemporary of Savitri. Her co-stars include legends N.T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Krishnam Raju, Dr. Rajkumar, Sivaji Ganesan, Kanta Rao, and Jaggayya. Krishna Kumari ruled the Telugu industry but also acted in Tamil and Kannada movies briefly.

Early life[edit]

Krishna Kumari was born in a Telugu Brahmin family at Naihati, West Bengal to Venkoji Rao and Sachi Devi. Her family hails from Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. Her sister, Sowkar Janaki was also a leading actress in Telugu and Tamil cinema.

Career[edit]

T. Krishna Kumari started her career with a small role in Pathala Bhairavi. She later played the role of a heroine for the first time in Navvithe Navaratnalu the same year. She featured as leading actress in several Tamil movies, notably Thirumbi Paar (1953), Manithan (1953), Azhagi (1953), Pudhuyugam (1954), Viduthalai (1954) and Thuli Visham (1954). Krishna Kumari then began to focus on Telugu cinema, which propelled her to superstardom. Her movies Bharya Bhartalu (1961), Vagdanam (1961), Kulagothralu (1962), Gudi Gantalu (1964) remain some of Telugu cinema's classics. In the early 60s, Krishna Kumari entered the Kannada film industry briefly, choosing to return to her preferred Telugu cinema within years. But in the short span of 5–6 years, she gave memorable performances, most of them co-starring Dr Rajkumar. In fact, her first ever award was for the Rajkumar starrer, Bhaktha Kanakadasa (1960). In Hindi, she acted in Kabhi Andhera Kabhi Ujala (1958). She was rechristened Rati but again, Hindi cinema held no attraction for Krishna Kumari. Although she had several offers in Hindi cinema, she returned to Madras. Her most successful movies have been with Akkineni Nageswara Rao, NT Rama Rao and also several mythological roles with Tadepalli Lakshmi Kantha Rao.[4]

Krishna Kumari acted in 150 Telugu films, and about 30 Tamil and Kannada films. Her repertoire won her fans across Indian states and the President's Award.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1969, Krishna Kumari married Ajay Mohan Khaitan, a businessman and journalist who had previously served as Editor of the Indian Express and was the founder of two magazines, Screen and Businessman. Ajay Mohan Khaitan had previously been married to another lady also named Krishna, who was the daughter of Ramnath Goenka, founder and owner of Indian Express. By his previous marriage, Ajay Mohan Khaitan was the father of two sons, including Vivek, who was adopted by Ramnath Goenka and given the name Viveck Goenka; he is presently running Indian Express.

After marriage, Krishna Kumari chose to step away from the arclights and moved to her husband's farmhouse near Bangalore, where she devoted herself to her family and developed her interests in cooking and gardening. Krishna Kumari and Khaitan had a daughter, Dipika; according to some reports, Dipika was adopted by the couple. Dipika married Vikram Maiya, who belongs to the same Kannada Brahmin community as Krishna Kumari and is the son of the Maiya family which owns the famous MTR restaurant in Bangalore and the MTR brand of ready-to-eat foods.

Ajay Mohan Khaitan died in 2012 aged 85. Krishna Kumari continued to live at her farmhouse in Bengaluru with her daughter Dipika Maiya, son-in-law Vikram Maiya and grandson, Pavan Maiya. She died on January 24, 2018 in Bengaluru from bone marrow cancer.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Language Character
1951 Navvithe Navaratnalu Telugu Meena
1951 Pathala Bhairavi Telugu Gandharva Kanya
1952 Priyuralu Telugu
1953 Thirumbi Paar Tamil
1953 Azhagi Tamil
1953 Manithan Tamil
1953 Pichi Pullayya Telugu Kantham
1954 Bangaru Papa Telugu Papa
1954 Pudhu Yugam Tamil
1954 Viduthalai Tamil
1954 Thuli Visham Tamil
1954 Karkottai Tamil
1954 Jaladurga Kannada
1956 Ilavelpu Telugu
1957 Vinayaka Chaviti Telugu Rukmini
1957 Veera Kankanam Telugu Rajini
1960 Deepavali Telugu Rukmini Devi
1960 Pelli Kanuka Telugu Geeta
1960 Nithya Kalyanam Paccha Thoranam Telugu Chand
1960 Bhakta Kanakadasa Kannada
1960 Umma Malayalam
1960 Aasha Sundari Kannada
1960 Dashavatara Kannada
1960 Shanti Nivas Malayalam
1961 Bharya Bharthalu Telugu Sharada
1961 Vagdanam Telugu Vijaya
1961 Srishaila Mahatma Kannada
1962 Swarna Gowri Kannada
1962 Kula Gothralu[6] Telugu Saroja
1962 Bhaktha Kabira Kannada
1962 Thendral Veesum Tamil
1962 Aasha Jeevulu Telugu
1963 Chaduvukunna Ammayilu Telugu Vasantha
1963 Lakshadhikari Telugu Padma
1963 Punarjanma Telugu Vasanthi
1963 Chandrakumara Kannada
1964 Doctor Chakravarthy Telugu Sridevi
1964 Gudi Gantalu Telugu
1965 Antastulu Telugu
1965 Sri Simhachala Kshetra Mahima Telugu Apsarasa Sirisha
1965 Uyyala Jampala Telugu
1965 Sati Savitri Kannada
1966 Sri Krishna Tulabharam Telugu Jambavathi
1966 Chilaka Gorinka Telugu
1967 Chikkadu Dorakadu Telugu
1967 Iddaru Monagallu Telugu
1967 Shri Krishnavataram Telugu
1967 Ummadi Kutumbam Telugu
1968 Vara Katnam Telugu
1968 Uyira Manama Tamil
1968 Tikka Sankarayya Telugu Susheela
1972 Manavudu Danavudu Telugu
1973 Neramu Siksha Telugu
1975 Yashoda Krishna Telugu Devaki
1976 Jyothi Telugu Vishali

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.mirchi9.com/movienews/veteran-actress-krishna-kumari-passes-away/
  2. ^ https://addieu.com/news/actor-krishna-kumari-passes-away-85/2967/
  3. ^ "Not ready for greasepaint". The Hindu. 30 June 2006. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  4. ^ "The original swashbuckler". The Hindu. 3 April 2009. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  5. ^ "My Mother T. Krishna Kumari". maiyapublishing.com. Archived from the original on 25 March 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Vizag's contribution to films". The Hindu. 27 January 2007. Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 2017-03-25.

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