Friday, December 28, 2012

KOZHIKODE SANTHA DEVI








Kozhikode Santhadevi was an extraordinary talented artiste who gave life to numerous characters on stage and on screen for a career span of more than 55 years.She was born in Kozhikode in 1927 and entered theatre with the encouragement from her husband Kozhikode Abdul Khader, a well renowned playback singer.
Bharat Gopi
When Santha Devi entered as an artiste in plays in 1954, there were only a few female artistes elsewhere in Kerala at that time  during which female part where also handled by men.In the first professional drama troupe which she joined, she was the only female member. Because of her love towards acting profession; her  courage and backup received from her husband,  she could survive those situations.Later more female artistes  entered stage and screen and the scenario changed entirely.
Kozhikode Abdul Khader 
Kozhikode Santhadevi's first film was 'Ramu Kariat's Minnaminungu in 1957'.In films she used to appear in character roles and as mother of either hero or heroine.
For the role in film 'Yamanam' directed by  'Bharat Gopi' she got National Award for  Best Supporting Actress in 1992.
She won Kerala Film critic's Association Award in 1979.
She received Kerala Government Best Actress Award for Plays in 1983 for the 
play 'Deepasthambham Mahascharyam'.
She was recipient of the Best Actress Award for Plays by Kerala Government in the year 1968 and 1973 also.
Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award for Best Actress was given to her in 1978.
Her last film was 'Kerala Cafe' which contained 10 short films.She acted in one of them as an ailing mother who was abandoned by her son.
Kozhikode Santhadevi left this world on 20 November 2010.
Selected Filmography
Ninamaninja Kaalpadukal
Kuttikkuppayam
Murappennu
Mayor Nair
Kunjali Marakkar
Nagarame Nandi
Anweshichu Kandethiyilla
Mulkkireedam
Aval
Kadal
Thokkukal Kadha Parayunnu
Velutha Kathreena
Kuttyedathi
Sasthram Jayichu Manushyan Thottu
Udayam Kizhakku Thanne
Utharayanam
Aparadhi
Chuvanna Vithukal
Thakara

Neelathamara
Angadi
Sreekrishnaparunthu
Vellam
Yamanam
Dhanam
Kamaladalam
Narayam
Matma
Irattakuttikalude Achan
Ninneyum Thedi
Kattu Vannu Vilichappol
Neythukaran
Mizhi Randilum
Anandabhadram
Vilapangalkkappuram
Thalappavu
Mayabazar

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