Many Happy Returns of the Day, Shobana!
On March 21, renowned South Indian film actress and Bharatanatyam dancer Shobana celebrates her birthday. Easily one of the most remarkable performers that we have ever had, Shobana has acted most in Malayalam films, though she has made her presence felt in all the South Indian languages and even in Hindi.
She has won the National Award for Best Actress twice, once for her performance in the film Manichitrathazhu (1993) and later in the film Mitr, My Friend (2002). In 2006, the Government of India honored Shobana with the Padma Shri for her contributions towards the arts.
Shobana made her début in the Malayalam motion picture April 18 (1984) at the age of eighteen, and had never turned back ever since. After a successful career in films, she has devoted her life to dance. In 1994, Shobana founded a school for classical Bharatanatyam dance in Chennai – Kalarpana. Here is wishing her the very best, on her birthday!