Lalitha (actress)

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Lalitha
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Born
Lalithambika

16 December 1930 [1]
Died1982 (aged 5152)
Spouse(s)Sivasankaran Nair
Parent(s)Thangappan Pillai
Saraswathi Amma
Relatives Shobana (niece)
Ambika Sukumaran
Vineeth (nephew)
Sukumari (cousin)
Family Padmini (sister)
Ragini (sister)
Chandran (brother)Krishna (grandson)

Lalitha (16 December 1930 – 1982) was an Indian actress and dancer. She was the eldest of the "Travancore Sisters"—Lalitha, Padmini, and Ragini. [2] She started her acting career in the 1948 Tamil film Adhithan Kanavu [3] and has acted in movies of different Indian languages including Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. [4] [5] She entered films before her sisters, concentrating more on Malayalam films, and was mostly cast in vamp roles.

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Personal life

She was born to Thangappan Pillai and Saraswathi Amma on 16 December 1930 at Thiruvananthapuram. [6] She is the aunt of actress Shobana. [7] Malayalam actress Ambika Sukumaran is her relative. Actress Sukumari was the trio's maternal first cousin. Malayalam actor Krishna is her grandson. [8]

Partial filmography

Malayalam

Tamil

Telugu

Hindi

Sinhala

  • Surasena (1957)
  • Kapati Arakshakaya (1948) (Choreography only)

See also

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