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T.G.Kamala Devi

 

The singer is T.G. Kamaladevi, well known singer/actress of yester years.
She cut her first disc at a very young age, later got into films, making her film debut in HM Reddy's "Tenaali
Raamakrishna" (1941). Incidentally she is Chittur Naagayya's sister-in-law
(wife's younger sister).She is multi talented, Besides singing she is an actress,Dubbing artist, Sportsperson, and a Community leader.

 Originally Govindamma, TG Kamala Devi was born on 29-12-1929. Her sister Jayamma was Nagaiah's wife. She had her first opportunity in movies in film 'Choodamani'. Those days actors used to sing for themselves without the help of playback singers. She earned name as a good actor for her role in 'Mayalokam'. She acted opposite Nageswara Rao in 'Mugguru Maratheelu'. She starred in 'Malleswari' as the heroine's ishtasakhi Jalaja. She sang some of the songs Krishnasastry wrote for 'Malleswari'. She lent her voice to Padmini, B. Saroja Devi and Lalitha. She had the heroine's role in Tamil 'Kanjan'.She lent  her voice to Geethanjali in Sitarama Kalyanam and B.Saroja in Panduranga Mahathyam.

Her first preference is for the stage. She had the distinction of acting the role of Alexander twenty five times. She received a gold medal and 80 silver medals for her performances in plays. She married Avula Chandrababu Naidu of Madras Water Works. She acted in Kanchukota, Asadhyudu, Bangaru Sankellu, Kathanayakudu, Bangaru Panjaram and Pettandarlu. At its Kurnool meeting in 1983, the Andhra Pradesh Nataka Academy honored her with the title, Nataka Kala Prapurna. She is a sportsperson too. She bagged the championship in Women's billiards competition held by the Tata Institute in Jamshedpur. She has held the office of the president and secretary of Chennapuri Andhra Maha Sabha since 1956. She is the first Indian woman to play billiards and the first to win the championship in the game, but unfortunately she has not received the encouragement and recognition she deserves.

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