August 29, 2012 | 2 Comments | Betsy Woodman
As I have mentioned, our next-door neighbors, Lalitha, Padmini, and Ragini, were in and out of our house in Chennai a lot.
Left to right: Lalitha, Ragini, Padmini
Lalitha and Ragini, alas, died way too young, but Padmini and my parents remained in touch for decades. All three stars live on in their Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi movies.
The Travancore Sisters’ cousins, Ambika and Sukumari, were dancers and film actresses, too. Sukumari (born in 1941) is still going strong. Another actress named Ambika, by the way, was born in 1962; she obviously is not “our” Ambika, who appears in this 1954 photo.
Left to right: Ambika, Padmini, Poochie, Lalitha, Sukumari
The ladies had obviously had some fun that day, dressing my mom up in a sari!
Ruth Woodman and Lalitha, AKA Poochie and Lalli