Birthday: 27-03-1937
Date of death: 30-12-1976
Star sign: Aries

Ragini is an Indian actress and dancer, who is known to have inculcated the art of classical dancing to the films that she has done. Ragini is the youngest among Lalitha, Padmini, and Ragini, or ostentatiously known as the Travancore Sisters. Ragini has acted in numerous regional films inclusive of Malayalam, Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil. Hindi cinema has credited Ragini with ushering in the era of classical dancing in them. Ragini and Padmini started their big-screen career in the mid-1950s. Ragini passed away in 1976, succumbing to breast cancer. Ragini has also performed in various stage plays and dance exhibitions throughout India. Ragini’s film career took off with the 1950 Malayalam movie, “ Prasanna.” In the year 1951, Ragini acted in the Tamil film, “Vanasundari.” The following two years saw her in “Mapilai” and “Marumagal.” The early 50s also saw Ragini in “Ponni,” “Thooku Thooki,” and “Koteeswaran.” The second half of the 50s decade saw Ragini cast in numerous regional movies such as “Varadu Kaavali,” “Baagyavathi,” “Manamagan Thevai,” “ Chakravarthi Thirumagal,” “Veerapandiya Kattabommam,” “Thaskaraveeran,” and “ Nairu Pidicha Pulivaalu.”

During the same time, Ragini also acted in Hindi films like “Qaidi,” “Payal,” “Mr. X,” “Mujrim,” and “Amar Deep.” The decade of the 60s saw Ragini in Malayalam movies such as “Palattu Koman,” “Viyarppinte Vila,” “ Bharya,” “Kalayum Kaminiyum,” “ Anna,” School Master, and “Manavatty,” among many others. Simultaneously, Ragini also involved herself with Tamil movies such as “Mannadhi Mannan,” “Parthiban Kanavu,” “Punar Jenmam,” “Raani Samyuktha,” “Ezhai Pangalan,” and “Navagraham.” The decade of the 70s saw Ragini in Malayalam movies such as “Sabarimala Sree Dharmashastha,” “Othenente Makan,” “Thurakkatha Vathil,” “Achante Bharya,” “Muthassi,” “Aromalunni,” and “Alinganam,” among many others. “Aadhi Raat K Baad” and “Gehra Daag” are two of her well-known Hindi films. Ragini tied the knot with Madhavan Thampi and was the mother of two daughters, Priya, and Lakshmi. Ragini is the aunt of Malayalam Actress, Shobana, and actor, Vineeth.

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