Shobana

Shobana

Shobana

Shobana Chandrakumar, commonly known as Shobana, is an exponent of the Bharatanatyam dance and was a leading actress of Indian motion pictures. She was born into a Malayalam speaking family from Kerala, India. The veteran actress Ms Sukumari is an aunt from the paternal side .

Shobana acted for the first time in a leading role in the Malayalam motion picture April 18 in 1984, directed by Balachandra Menon. She also acted alongside the Malayalam actor Mammootty in the film Kanamarayathu (1984). Shobhana is an accomplished dancer of Bharatanatyam. She performed in Kuala Lumpur before the King and Queen of Malaysia. Shobhana’s skilled execution of dance movements and her extraordinary beauty has led many people to consider her as the most beautiful South Indian actress from the 1980s through the 1990s. She is often equaled to the curvaceous beauty of Indian sculptures.

Shobhana has founded a school for classical Bharatanatyam dance in Chennai- Kalarpana in 1994. The aim of Kalarpana is to organize annual festivals throughout India. This will include performances of nationally and globally known artistes to help raise funds that will be ploughed back into training talented artistes who are financially insecure. Under its umbrella, Kalarpana extend its support to the handicapped and the environmental movement.

Shobana is well recognized by her performance in the movie Rudra Veena (Telugu movie, 1988) with Chiranjeevi as a great dancer and Social reformer. She was also a part of Mani Ratnam’s stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai.

Films Acted

  • 18-Apr
  • Kanamarayathu
  • Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove
  • Aviduthe Pole Ivideyum
  • Vasanthasena
  • Meenamasathile Sooryan
  • Azhiyatha Bandhangal
  • Eeran Sandhya
  • Thammil Thammil
  • Anubandham
  • Ee Shabdam Innathe Shabdam
  • Ayanam
  • Yaathra
  • Upahaaram
  • T. P. Balagopalan M.A.
  • Kunjattakilikal
  • Iniyum Kurukshethram
  • Ente Enteth Mathram
  • Abhayam Thedi
  • Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku
  • Nyayavidhi
  • Ee Kaikalil
  • Rareeram
  • Vrutham
  • Nadodikattu
  • Ithrayum Kaalam
  • Anantaram
  • Vicharana
  • Vellanakalude Nadu
  • Janmandaram
  • Aparan
  • Dhwani
  • Mukthi
  • Charithram
  • Innale
  • Iyer the Great
  • Sasneham
  • Kalikkalam
  • Vasthuhara
  • Ulladakkam
  • Kankettu
  • Oru Kochu Bhoomikukukkam
  • Pappayude Swantham Appoos
  • Maya Mayuram
  • Meleparambil Aanveedu
  • Manichitrathazhu
  • Pavithram
  • Commissioner
  • Thenmavin Kombathu
  • Pakshe
  • Minnaram
  • Vishnu
  • Manathe Vellitheru
  • Sindoora Rekha
  • Mazhayethum Munpe
  • Minnaminunginum Minnukettu
  • Kumkumcheppu
  • Aramanaveedum Anjoorekkarum
  • Hitler
  • Superman
  • Kalyana Kacheri
  • Kaliyoonjal
  • Agni Sakshi
  • Shradha
  • Valliettan
  • Mambazhakkalam
  • Makalkku
  • Sagar alias Jacky Reloaded
  • Mere Baap Pehle Aap
  • Apna Asmaan
  • Game
  • Dance Like a Man
  • Mitr, My Friend
  • Suryaputrulu
  • Rendilla Poojari
  • Rakshana
  • Ahankari
  • Hello Darling
  • Thalapathi
  • Rowdy Alludu
  • Rowdy Gari Pellam
  • Appula Appa Rao
  • April 1st Vidudhala
  • Champion
  • Asthram
  • Alludu Diddina Kapuram
  • Minor Raja
  • Manchiroju
  • Keechu Raallu
  • Neti Siddhartha
  • Alludugaru
  • Kokila
  • Nari Nari Naduma Murari
  • Siva
  • Rudraveena
  • Abhinandana
  • Idhu Namma Aalu
  • Muvva Gopaludu
  • Chaitnaya
  • Enakkul Oruvan
  • Mangala Nayaki
  • Rowdy Gari Teacher
  • Hello Darling Lachipadama
  • Tholi Poddu
  • Alludu Didina Kapuram
  • Hechharika
  • Chaitnya
  • Agni Sakshi
  • Nagajyothi

Family Background

Shobana is the daughter of Dr. Anandam and the late Mr Chandrakumar, who was the brother of the Travancore sisters. She is single and is involved in her dance school as well her creative pursuits full time. Shobana is the niece of the Travancore sisters Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini, Famous actor and renowned dancer Vineeth is related to her.

Musical Training

She did her dance training at the Chidambaram academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Her guru is the legendary Bharatanatyam dancer Chitra Visweswaran Shobhana is famed for her Abhinaya, a pivotal element in Bharatanatyam.

Awards & Titles

  • Shobana won her first National Film Award for Best Actress from the government of India in 1994. She received a second National award for best actress in the year 2001.
  • In January 2006, the Indian government honored Shobana with the Padma Shri award for her contributions to cinema and Bharatanatyam.