Kali N. Rathnam

Date of death: 1950

Kali N. Rathnam who’s actual name was Narayana Padayatchi Rathnam is the one who has ruled the 90’s with his flawless comedian skills. He was known for his mesmerizing talent in the Tamil industry. Rathnam started his career at a very young age.

He began with rural songs and folk arts, and little by little he learned acting by a stage actor, Parameshwaram Iyer. When Iyer was enthralled by Rathnam’s skills when he played the role of Kali in a stage play, Iyer cherished his name as Kali N. Rathnam. The starling film artist was brought up in this World in 1897 in a Vanniyar community at Malaiyappanallur near Kumbakonam in Tanjore District.

He was the son of Narayana Padayatchi and Thangathammai. His parents were indulge in the art of agriculture. The young spirit, Kali N. Rathnam joined the Madurai Original Boys Company in the year of 1923. His first movie was Pathi Bhakti where he played the role of a detective.

He ended up indulging himself in 14 Tamil films, and many dramas plays. During his theatrics tour, Rathnam was dazzled by the historical skills of C.T. Rajaratnam in Coimbatore. Rathnam added her in his troupe, and sooner or later, they became the most mesmerizing and successful comedy pair.

They did several films together, and eventually got married. The two love birds had a daughter- Rajalakshmi, who got married to the playback singer- Tiruchi Loganathan. When it came to the journey of success, Rathnam got highly popular through his movie Chandrakantha in 1936. After that, his career was like a jet, he did many movies and got successful from time to time.

He always gave his fullest when it was about acting. He indulged himself in a very delightful manner. After his first movie Pathi Bhakti, he was offered for more, and in the same year, his two more movies came out- Mannarswami and Chandrakantha. In the next year, 1937 his movie Raja Mohan came out. As he went on a boom in his career, he came out in many roles, like in the film Punjab Kesari he was casted as Karapaanpoochi who was the detective’s assistant, then in the movie Meenakshi Kalyanam, he played out the lead role, in Valmiki (1946) he played a side role, and etc. There was no such role that didn’t suited him up. But as the time grew, he left us all on August 1950, at the age of around 52 or 53. His skills left an enormous impact in the Tamil industry.

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