Padma Khanna (born 10 March 1949) is an Indian actress, dancer and director. She appeared mainly in Hindi and Bhojpuri films in the 1970s and 1980s. She is most remembered for her role in the film Saudagar with Amitabh Bachchan and also as Queen Kaikeyi in Ramanand Sagar's epic series Ramayan (1987–1988). She has acted in two Telugu films with N. T. Rama Rao Desoddarakulu and Rajaputra Rahasyam.
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Khanna started her Kathak training when she was about 7, from Pandit Birju Maharaj.She was born in Banares and was introduced to Bollywood under the suggestions of actresses Padmini and Vyjayanthimala.
Khanna debuted as an actress in the 1962 Bhojpuri film Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo. She got her break in 1970 when she played a cabaret dancer in Johnny Mera Naam. She often played dancers, appearing in films like Loafer, Jaan-E-Bahaar and Pakeezah in which she acted as a double for Meena Kumari in the opening sequence and the songs Chalo Dildaar Chalo and Teer-E-Nazar Dekhenge. In the 1980s, she played Queen Kaikeyi in Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan which aired on Doordarshan.
In 2008, she choreographed and acted in a musical based on the epic Ramayana with 64 actors and dancers at Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, directed by her husband, Jagdish L. Sidana.She also directed a Bhojpuri film, Nahir Hutal Jaya (2004).
She was married to the late film director Jagdish L. Sidana.The couple moved to the state of New Jersey in United states in the 1990s where they opened a kathak academy. Khanna's adult children help her to run the academy.
Arrah is a city and a municipal corporation in Bhojpur district in the Indian state of Bihar. The name is also sometimes transliterated as Ara. It is the headquarters of Bhojpur district, located near the confluence of the Ganges and Sone rivers, some 24 mi (39 km) from Danapur and 36 mi (58 km) from Patna.
Dipika Chikhlia Topiwala is an Indian actress known for playing Devi Sita in Ramanand Sagar's television serial Ramayan and for acting in other Indian TV serials. She was also known for her debut film Sun Meri Laila (1983), opposite Raj Kiran and three Hindi films with Rajesh Khanna, which were Rupaye Dus Karod, Ghar Ka Chiraag and Khudai. She did one Malayalam film Ithile Iniyum Varu (1986), with Mammootty, her Kannada hits were Hosa Jeevana (1990) with Shankar Nag and Indrajith (1989) with Ambarish. She had one Tamil hit film, Nangal (1992), with Prabhu, and one Bengali hit film, Asha O Bhalobasha (1989), opposite Prosenjit Chatterjee. She also had acted in few Gujarati movies like Jode Rahejo Raj and Laju Lakhan, opposite Gujarati Super Star Naresh Kanodia.
Ramayan is an Indian Hindi-language mythological television series based on ancient Indian Sanskrit epic of the same name. The show was originally aired between 1987 and 1988 on DD National. It was created, written, and directed by Ramanand Sagar. The show is primarily based on Valmiki's Ramayan and Tulsidas' Ramcharitmanas. Other sources used were: Tamil Kamb Ramayan, Marathi Bhavarath Ramayan, Bengali Krutivas Ramayan, Telugu Shri Rangnath Ramayan, Kannada Ramchandra Charit Puranam, Malayalam Adhyatma Ramayan, Urdu Ramayan by Chakbast.The series had a viewership of 82 per cent, a record high for any Indian television series. Each episode of the series reportedly earned DD National ₹ 40 lakh.
Luv Kush is an Indian television series created, written, produced, and directed by Ramanand Sagar. It is a follow-up Ramayan, featuring mostly the same cast and production crew. Luv Kush covers the last book — the Uttara Kanda — of the ancient Indian epic Ramayana, following Rama's coronation, especially focusing on his children, twins Kush and Lav.
Chitragupt Shrivastava, better known as Chitragupt, was an Indian film music director in Hindi cinema and Bhojpuri cinema.
Media in Bihar started with Biharbandhu, the first Hindi newspaper published there.
Cinemas in Bhojpuri language are predominantly produced in the Indian state of Bihar. Bihar also has relatively smaller Maithili, Angika, and Magahi film industries.
Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo is a Bhojpuri film released in 1963 directed by Kundan Kumar. It was the first-ever Bhojpuri film, and starred Kumkum, Ashim Kumar and Nazir Hussain. It had music by Chitragupta, lyrics by Shailendra and songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi.
Bhojpuri cinema is the Indian filmmaking industry of Bhojpuri-language based in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, India. Bhojpuri movie industry popularly called Bhojiwood is a burgeoning behemoth, a Rs 2000 crore industry that is fast moving past the likes of A Listers like Ravi Kishen and Manoj Tiwari, and breaking fresh ground and creating new milestones.
Jaan-e-Bahaar is a 1979 Bollywood film directed by Prakash Kapoor. Playback is by Mohammad Rafi.
Hindi wedding songs are a major genre of Bollywood songs. They often form the backdrop of some very memorable emotional or joyful scenes in Hindi movies. They are often played during Indian, and other South Asian weddings.
Kumkum, born Zaibunnisa, was an Indian film actress from Hussainabad in Sheikhpura district, Bihar.
Leela Mishra was an Indian film actress. She worked as a character actor in over 200 Hindi films for five decades, and is best remembered for playing stock characters such as aunts. She is best known for her role of "mausi" in the blockbuster Sholay (1975), Dil Se Mile Dil (1978), Baton Baton Mein (1979), Rajesh Khanna films such as Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein, Aanchal, Mehbooba, Amar Prem and Rajshri Productions hits such as Geet Gaata Chal (1975), Nadiya Ke Paar (1982) and Abodh (1984). Her career's best performance was in Naani Maa in 1981, for which she received Best Actress award at the age of 73.
Nazir Hussain was an Indian film actor, director and screenwriter. He was famous as a character actor in Hindi cinema and acted in almost 500 films. Dev Anand starred in a large proportion of the films he acted in.
Kalpana Patowary is an Indian playback and folk singer from Assam. She sings in 30 languages and has many folk and popular songs to her credit, while Bhojpuri music has been her most dedicated foray. In his book, Cinema Bhojpuri, Avijit Ghosh lauds Patowary for her "remarkable contribution" to Bhojpuri film music. "Gifted with a rich, powerful and sensuous voice, the singer from Assam is almost considered mandatory for any film's score," he writes.
The 27th Annual Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards were held in 1964, honoring the best in Indian cinema in 1963.
Ravindra Jain was an Indian music composer, lyricist and playback singer. He started his career in the early 1970s, composing for hit movies such as Chor Machaye Shor (1974), Geet Gaata Chal (1975), Chitchor (1976) and Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978). He composed music for many films and TV shows based on Hindu epics, including Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan (1987). He was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award of the Republic of India in 2015 for his contribution to arts.
Pakeezah is a 1972 film directed by Kamal Amrohi. The film is remembered as one of the most elaborate musicals of Indian Cinema.
Bhojpuri music is a form of Hindustani Classical Music and includes a broad array of Bhojpuri language performances in distinct style, both traditional and modern. This from of music is mostly created in Indian states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and other countries like Nepal, Suriname, Guyana, Netherlands, Mauritius and other Caribbean Islands.