1941 – Age 25
“Profile of Ellis R. Dungan by Randor Guy : In 1941, Rao went to Calcutta a make a Tamil musical of historic interest.
A mythological, Savitri, attracted considerable attention. The title role was played by the Marathi and Hindi star, Shantha Apte. Making her act in a Tamil film was a daring move made by Rao, which generated public interest in the film even during its making. Unlike the artistes of today, she insisted on speaking and singing in Tamil. Rao sent a Tamil tutor to Pune to get her to learn the language. The project was put on the backburner for nearly a year until Shantha Apte was ready to speak and sing on her own. Such was her devotion to her profession.
Another innovative feature, which raised public interest, was Rao’s move to cast M. S. Subbulakshmi in the male role of Narada. M.S. was always popular and her role as the male sage became the talk of the town. Savitri had many songs, mostly sung by M.S. and some by Shantha Apte. Music was by Papanasam Sivan and Kamaldas Gupta. ”
Founding of Kalki magazine as a result of funds from Savithri
Meets Chinani Mami (Narayani Mahadevan) who becomes a lifelong friend.
Move to Kalki Gardens at 20 Guruswamy Mudaliar Road, formerly called Sladen Gardens.”Enraptured by tales of the Mahatma’s walks outdoors and councils indoors, T.Sadasivam had bought Sladen Gardens from Mammen Mappillai, through the agency of `Aryabhavan’ Sharma, to house the Kalki magazine. The first floor became his home.
Benefit Concerts for Kasturba Memorial Fund
Letter from Gandhiji thanking MS
1945 – Age 29
Meera released in Tamil on Deepavali day
The making of “Meera” was studded with interesting incidents. ‘Kalki’ Krishnamurthy, who wrote the script and a few of the immortal songs, accompanied the crew and recorded the episodes. Excerpts, translated by GOWRI RAMNARAYAN.
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1947 – Age 31
Apr 4, 1947
Delhi Premiere of Hindi Meera
Apr 4, 1947
Radha Anandhi Dance Performance at Indian Gymkhana grounds in Mumbai