Shobana (Aka) Shobana Chandrakumar Pillai

 Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
 Mangala Nayagi as a child artist (1980)

About Me

Shobana is Indian film actress and Bharata Natyam dancer. She did her dance training at the Chidambaram academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu under Chitra Visweswaran. Shobhana danced Abhinaya, a pivotal element in Bharata Natyam. In 1994, Shobana founded a school for classical dance Bharata Natyam in Chennai – Kalarpana. She did her schooling in Chennai at Sishya School, Adyar. Shobana adopted a baby girl in 2010. She is the niece of the Travancore sisters – Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini, all of whom were classical Indian dancers and actresses. The actress Sukumari is her paternal aunt. Malayalam actress Ambika Pillai is her relative. Malayalam actor Vineeth is her cousin and Krishna is her nephew. She started her career as a child artist at the age of 9 in the 1980 Tamil movie Mangala Nayagi directed by Krishnan-Panju. She made friends with Rohini in her second movie Bhakta Dhruva Markandeya in 1982. Shobana made her adult debut in the 1984 Malayalam film April 18 directed by Balachandra Menon. In the same year she entered the Tamil film industry and acted in Enakkul Oruvan directed by SP Muthuraman. Her other major films include Kanamarayathu, Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove, Yathra, Rangam, Anantaram, Vrutham, Idhu Namma Aalu,  Siva, Innale, Thalapathi, Manichitrathazhu, Thenmavin Kombath, Minnaram, Dance like a Man, Mampazhakkalam and Makalkku. From Aviduthe Pole Ivideyum to Upaharam, Shobana did sixteen movies in a single year, 1985. She has worked on collaborative ventures with the likes of tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakram and Mandolin Srinivas. Her recitals abroad include those at the World Malayalee convention, in the United States in 1985 and 1995, in Kuala Lumpur before the King and Queen of Malaysia, numerous cities in the United States, Europe, South East Asia and Australia. She has acted in more than 400 films in several languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada and English.