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P. A. Periyanayaki
|Born||14 April 1927|
Thiruvadhigai, Panruti, Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu
|Died||1990 (aged 62–63)|
|Known for||Playback Singer, actress|
P. A. Periyanayaki (14 April 1927 – 1990) was an Indian playback singer and actress who worked mainly in Tamil-language films. She also performed stage concerts as a Carnatic singer.
She hails from Thiruvadhigai near Panruti.  Her mother Adhilakshmi was a singer and was fondly called "Panruti Ammal" Periyanayaki is the youngest of Adhilakshmi's 3 children. Others are Balasubramanian and Rajamani. Adhilakshmi went to Sri Lanka with her 3 children and was performing music concerts there. When her health deteriorated, she returned to India with her children and settled in Chennai.
Periyanayaki studied up to 7th Standard in the C. S. M. School at Thiruvallikeni. 
In 1940, Periyanayaki's sister P. A. Rajamani got a chance to act in a Tamil film Urvashiyin Kadhal. P. A. Periyanayaki also got the chance to act and sing in that film  as a heavenly maiden. So she had to leave the school and had to go to Salem with her mother.
Periyanayaki trained in Carnatic music from her mother and from Pathamadai Sundara Iyer. She performed stage concerts.
She had a captivating voice and singing talent. Therefore, she was able to enter the Tamil Cinema.
In 1941 AVM produced a full-length comedy film Sabapathy. Periyanayaki performs a stage Carnatic music concert as a scene in the film. Apart from that, she sang 2 songs in this film.
She featured in Dharma Veeran (1941), En Manaivi (1942), Manonmani (1942), Panchamirtham (1942), Prabhavathi (1942), Sivalinga Satchi (1942), Mahamaya (1944), Vichitra Vanitha (1947), Vedhala Ulagam (1948), Geetha Gandhi (1949), Krishna Bakthi (1949) and Koondukili (1954).
She lent voice to heroine Rukmini in Sri Valli in 1945 for the first time as a playback singer. She sang all the songs overnight and the technicians had to work round the clock to get them ready for the film. 
She featured as Narada in Rukmangadhan and as Satyabhama in Krishna Bakthi.
She featured as the heroine in Ekambavanan (1947).
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|1940||Urvashiyin Kadhal||C. V. Raman||Parimala Pictures|
|1940||Uthama Puthiran||T. R. Sundaram||Modern Theatres|
|1941||Dharma Veeran||B. Sampathkumar||Modern Theatres|
|1942||En Manaivi||Sundar Rao Nadkarni||AVM Productions||not credited in the film|
|Manonmani||T. R. Sundaram||Modern Theatres|
|Panchamirtham||Jithan Banerji||Balaji-Eswar Films|
|Sivalinga Satchi||S. Nodani||Modern Theatres|
|1944||Mahamaya||T. R. Raghunath||Jupiter Pictures|
|Prabhavathi||Kurathi||T. R. Raghunath||Krishna Pictures|
|1946||Sakata Yogam||R. Padmanaban||R. Padmanaban|
|1947||Ekambavanan||B. N. Rao||Saravanabhava Pictures||Heroine against Kothamangalam Seenu|
|1947||Vichitra Vanitha||K. Subramanyam||Madras United Artists Corporation|
|1948||Vedhala Ulagam||A. V. Meiyappan||AVM Productions|
|1949||Geetha Gandhi||Sarada||K. Subramanyam||Madras United Artists Corporation|
|Krishna Bakthi||Satyabhama||R. S. Mani||Krishna Pictures|
|1954||Koondukili||T. R. Ramanna||R. R. Pictures|
|1940||Urvashiyin Kadhal||Tamil||Varuveer Magizhvudane||G. Ramanathan|
|Aaruyir Naathan Mananilai Maarida|
|1942||Manonmani||Tamil||Koodik Kondaduvom||T. A. Kalyanam||P. G. Venkatesan|
|1944||Prabhavathi||Tamil||Thirumaadhu Valar Ponnaadu|
|1945||Sri Valli||Tamil||Chinthai Arindhu Vaadi|| R. Sudarsanam |
Thuraiyur Rajagopala Sarma
|1947||Paithiyakaaran||Tamil||Jeeva Oliyaaga||M. S. Gnanamani|
|1948||Gnana Soundari||Tamil||Arul Thaarum Deva Maathaave||S. V. Venkatraman||Jikki|
|Kaadhalitthaalum Inbam Melaam||T. R. Mahalingam|
|Mana Mohanane||T. R. Mahalingam|
|Kanniye Maamari Thaaye|
|Enna Payan Adaindhene|
|1948||Vedhala Ulagam||Tamil||Azhagumigum Pavalaratham Vaitthu||R. Sudarsanam|
|Ezhil Annam Vadivaagi Eduthheginen|
|Saantham Kolvaai En Sagodhariye|
|1949||Inbavalli||Tamil||Jagadhaambaa||G. Ramanathan||P. Leela|
|Anbe Perum Nidhiye||T. R. Mahalingam|
|Yaar Umai Polae|
|Dheiva Sodhanai Thaano|
|Innum Vara Kaanene|
|1949||Ratnakumar||Tamil||Nam Vaazhvenum Solaiyil||G. Ramanathan & C. R. Subburaman||P. U. Chinnappa|
|Aaha Enadi Kiliye|
|1950||Beedala Patlu||Telugu||Chilukaraajaa Neeku Pelli||S. M. Subbaiah Naidu & G. Aswathama|
|Thiruchi Loganathan & M. L. Vasanthakumari|
|1950||Ezhai Padum Padu||Tamil||Oo Kiliye Aasai Kiliye||S. M. Subbaiah Naidu|
|Vaanamudhe Ondraai||Thiruchi Loganathan & M. L. Vasanthakumari|
|Kanivudan Thirumbiye Paarum|
|1950||Ithaya Geetham||Tamil||Juma Juma Jum Jum||S. V. Venkatraman||P. Leela|
|Janani Sri Goweri Dhesam|
|1950||Prasanna||Malayalam||Sneham Thookum||M. S. Gnanamani|
|1951||Lavanya||Tamil||Idhu Mun Seydha Vinaiyo||S. V. Venkatraman|
|Yezhai Ennidam Umadhu Manamum|
|Thoodhu Nee Sellaayo Mugile|
|1951||Sarvadhikari||Tamil||En Andha Kadai Sarakkum||S. Dakshinamurthi||S. Dakshinamurthi|
|1951||Singari||Tamil||Paalu Paalu Pasum Paalu|| T. A. Kalyanam,|
S. V. Venkatraman &
T. R. Ramanathan
|1951||Sudharshan||Tamil||Unnai Kandu Mayamngaadha Pergal Undo||G. Ramanathan|
|Ulagame Sandhai Koottamada.... Paaril Sandhai Koottam|
|1951||Vanasundari||Tamil||Pennin Inbam Naadida Vaareer|| S. V. Venkataraman &|
C. R. Subburaman
|K. V. Janaki|
|Deeyo Deeyo Deeyaalo||K. V. Janaki & P. Leela|
|Vandu Pola Aadi Sellum Odame||P. Leela|
|Inbamaaga Paaduvom||P. Leela|
|Oh chinthayil En|
|1952||Kanchana||Malayalam||Oh Vaanin Mele||S. M. Subbaiah Naidu|
|1952||Kanchana||Tamil||En Vaazhve Sogam Aaguma||S. M. Subbaiah Naidu|
|O Aasai Rajaa|
|Azhagu Nilaa Vaa Vaa|
|Chella Kiliye Chezhundhene|
|Inba Padaginile Thunba Puyal|
|Ullam Kavarndha En||K. R. Ramasamy|
|1952||Kanchana||Telugu||Idenaa Prematirenaa||S. M. Subbaiah Naidu|
|O Etham Ekkene Tokkedaa|
|1952||Puratchi Veeran||Tamil||Kaadhal Kanave.... En Kannil||Shankar–Jaikishan||Thiruchi Loganathan|
|Thulli Paaru Jodhiyaa|
|Un Aasai Maaraadhae|
|1952||Singari||Telugu||Palu Palu Moratu Maganike|| T. A. Kalyanam,|
S. V. Venkatraman &
T. R. Ramanathan
|1953||Ammalakkalu||Telugu||Penugonu Manasula|| G. Ramanathan,|
C. R. Subburaman &
|A. M. Rajah|
|Oo Neeve Naa Prema|
|Undaloi Undaloi||A. P. Komala|
|1953||Kodarikam||Telugu||Leela Hallo, Leela Open||C. N. Pandurangan||A. P. Komala & U. R. Chandra|
|1953||Mamiyar||Tamil||Leela Hallo, Leela Open||C. N. Pandurangan||A. P. Komala & U. R. Chandra|
|1953||Marumagal||Tamil||Kanavilum Nanavilum Inai Piriyaadha|| G. Ramanathan,|
C. R. Subburaman &
|A. M. Rajah|
|Chinna Chinna Veedu Katti|
|Oo Neethaan En Sondham|
|Pesaadha Maounam Aamo|
|Aanukkoru Penn Pillai||A. P. Komala & A. G. Rathnamala|
|Laali Suba Laali||C. R. Subburaman|
|1953||Ponni||Tamil||Aangalai Pola Penngal||S. M. Subbaiah Naidu|
|Madhimuga Radhi Ena|
|Aaduvome Oonjal Aaduvome|
(Baama Vijayam dance drama)
|(Radha) Jayalakshmi, C. B. Radha and & A. P. Komala|
|1953||Prapancham||Telugu||M. S. Gnanamani & T. Poornananda|
|1953||Ulagam||Tamil||Thetkathi Kallanadaa||M. S. Gnanamani|
|1954||Aggi Ramudu||Telugu||Raa Raa Yashodanandana||S. M. Subbaiah Naidu|
|1954||Koondukkili||Tamil||Yaar Vanthennai Edhirtthaalum||K. V. Mahadevan|
|Enakku Theriyala Nijama|
|1954||Kudumbam||Tamil||Pudhumalar Roja Naaney||S. Rajeswara Rao|
|1954||Malaikkallan||Tamil||Neeli Magan Nee Allavaa||S. M. Subbaiah Naidu|
|O Ammaa O Aiyaa|
|1955||Doctor Savithri||Tamil||Naayagar Pakshamadi||G. Ramanathan||A. P. Komala|
|1955||Gomathiyin Kaadhalan||Tamil||G. Ramanathan|
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