Ragini (actress)


Portrait of Ragini
Born 27 March 1937
Thiruvananthapuram, Travancore
Died 30 December 1976 (Aged 39)
Spouse(s) Madhavan Thampi
Children Lakshmi, Priya
Parent(s) Gopala Pilla, Saraswathiyamma
Relatives Shobana (niece)
Ambika Sukumaran
Vineeth (nephew)
Family Lalitha (elder sister)
Padmini (elder sister)
Chandran (brother)

Ragini (1937–1976) was a South Indian danseuse and actress. She was the youngest of the famed Travancore Sisters: Lalitha, Padmini, and Ragini.[1] With sister Padmini, she started her acting career in the mid-1950s and has acted in movies of different Indian languages including Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu. The era of dance in Hindi cinema is considered to have begun with the entrance of Ragini and other South Indian actresses.[2] Ragini died of breast cancer in 1976.She had acted in many dramas also.[3]


She was married to Madhavan Thampi. The couple had two daughtes, Lakshmi and Priya.[4] Actress Sukumari was the trio's maternal first cousin. Malayalam actors Shobana, Ambika Sukumaran, Vineeth and Krishna are her relatives. Her husband left her for U.S.A. in 1972, but returned after his wife became ill from cancer.

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