Krishna Kumari (actress)

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Krishna Kumari
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Born6 March 1933 (1933-03-06)
Died24 January 2018(2018-01-24) (aged 84) [1]
OccupationActress
Years active1951–1976
Spouse(s)
Ajay Mohan Khaitan
(m. 1969;died 2012)
Relatives Sowcar Janaki (sister)

T. Krishna Kumari (6 March 1933 – 24 January 2018) was an Indian actress. She worked predominantly in Telugu films, in addition to Tamil and Kannada films in the 1950s and 1960s. [2] She was the sister of South Indian actress Sowkar Janaki.

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She starred in over 110 films in her career, most notably Bangaru Papa (1955), Pelli Kanuka (1960), Bharya Bhartalu (1961), Vagdanam (1961), Kula Gotralu (1962), Aggi Pidugu (1964),  Doctor Chakravarty (1964), Gudi Gantalu (1964), Antastulu (1965),   Manavudu Danavudu (1972), Neramu Siksha (1973), and Yashoda Krishna (1975). Her co-stars include N.T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Krishnam Raju, Dr. Rajkumar, Sivaji Ganesan, Kanta Rao, and Jaggayya. [3]

Early life

Krishna Kumari was born on 6 March 1933 a Kannada-speaking [4] Madhwa Brahmin family [5] at Naihati, West Bengal to T. Venkoji Rao and Sachi Devi. Her family hails from Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. Owing her father's work, Kumari was schooled at Rajahmundry, Madras, Assam and Calcutta. She completed her matriculation is Assam. [6] Her sister, Sowkar Janaki is also an actress. [7]

Career

T. Krishna Kumari started her career with a small role in Pathala Bhairavi (Telugu) and Gunasagari (Kannada). 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), Pudhu Yugam (1954), Viduthalai (1954) and Thuli Visham (1954). Krishna Kumari then began to focus on Telugu cinema, which propelled her to stardom. Her movies "Pelli Meeda Pelli (1959)", 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. [8] [9]

Krishna Kumari acted in 150 Telugu films, and about 30 Tamil and Kannada films. Her repertoire won her fans across Telugu states and the President's Award. [10]

Personal life

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. [11]

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. [12] Dipika married Vikram Maiya, the son of the Maiya family which owns the famous MTR restaurant in Bangalore and the MTR brand of ready-to-eat foods. [13]

Ajay Mohan Khaitan died in 2012 aged 85. Krishna Kumari continued to live at her farmhouse in Bengaluru with her daughter, son-in-law and grandson.

Death

Krishna Kumari died on 24 January 2018, in Bangalore from bone marrow cancer. [14] [15]

Filmography

YearTitleRole(s)Language(s)NotesRef.
1951 Navvithe Navaratnalu Meena Telugu [16]
Pathala Bhairavi Gandharva Kanya [17]
1952 Priyuralu
1953 Thirumbi Paar Tamil [18]
Azhagi
Manithan [19]
Pichi Pullayya KanthamTelugu [20]
1954 Bangaru Papa Papa
Pudhu Yugam Tamil
Viduthalai
Thuli Visham
Karkottai
Jaladurga Kannada
1956 Ilavelpu Telugu
1957 Vinayaka Chaviti Rukmini
Veera Kankanam Rajini
Vaddante PelliVidyavathi
1960 Deepavali Rukmini Devi
Pelli Kanuka Geeta
Abhimanam Kamala
Nithya Kalyanam Paccha Thoranam Chand
Bhakta Kanakadasa Kannada
Umma Malayalam
Aasha Sundari Kannada
Dashavathara
Santhi Nivasam RaaginiTelugu
1961 Bharya Bhartalu Sharada [21]
Vagdanam Vijaya
Sampoorna Ramayana Mandodari Hindi
Shri Shaila Mahathme Kannada
1962 Swarna Gowri
Kula Gothralu SarojaTelugu [22]
Mahathma Kabir Kannada
Thendral Veesum TamilSimultaneously shot & produced in Telugu and Tamil
Aasha Jeevulu Telugu
1963 Chaduvukunna Ammayilu Vasantha
Lakshadhikari Padma
Punarjanma Radha
Chandrakumara Kannada
Bandipotu MandaramalaTelugu
1964 Doctor Chakravarthy Dr. SrideviTelugu
Gudi Gantalu Kasthuri
1965 Antastulu Mala
Sri Simhachala Kshetra Mahima Apsarasa Sirisha
Uyyala Jampala (1965 film)
Sathi Savithri Kannada
1966 Sri Krishna Tulabharam JambavathiTelugu
Chilaka Gorinka K. Usha Devi
1967 Chikkadu Dorakadu Padmavathi Devi
Iddaru Monagallu
Shri Krishnavataram Lakshana
Ummadi Kutumbam Sarada
Pedda Akkayya
Vasantha Sena Vasantha Sena
Punyavathi Shanti
Bhuvana Sundari Katha Bhuvana Sundari
Rahasyam Rajyalakshmi
1968 Vara Katnam Sujatha
Uyira Maanama Russian womanTamil
Tikka Sankaraiah SusheelaTelugu
Nindu Samsaram Jyothi
Pedarasi Peddamma Katha Nagakanya
1971 Sampoorna Ramayanam Mandodari
Varalakshmi Vratam
1972 Manavudu Danavudu
Bharya Biddalu Susheela
1973 Neramu Siksha
1975 Yashoda Krishna Devaki
Gunavanthudu
1976 Jyothi Vishali
Secretary Dr. Vijayalakshmi
1986 Veer Eklavya Hindi [23]
2003 Fools TeluguSpecial appearance [24]

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