Lalitha (actress)

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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.


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






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

See also

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