Once again (for the third time on this blog), happy birthday to Padmini, who was born June 12, 1932. Of course, I also did some Padmini birthday celebrating yesterday, so it is obviously lasting more than one day (and might very well be going on all the time). But for today, this time around, I thought I’d post the wonderful, famous dances from Thillana Mohanambal. The first, “Malanthana,” is one I haven’t posted before. but I’ve been watching it a few times lately, and I have been noticing more and more things in this dance that delight me, from the great major body movements down to small details in her costume (notice the little things shaking at the tips of her tiara) and her fantastic facial expressions (abhinaya is very significant in this film). The second two, merged together in the second clip, are dances I have posted and talked about: the iconic “Marainthirunthu Paarkkum” (which I’ve referred to as the “Nine Emotions” dance, because it illustrates the nine emotions in bharatanatyam), and that dizzyingly daring thillana in which Padmini shows off her bloody feet (a filmi dance move that, as we’ve discussed here before, would be repeated by others in Pakeezah and Sholay)… Lots of credit should also go to music director K.V. Mahadevan and the singer P. Susheela and, almost needless to say, the other great performer here, Sivaji Ganesan.
Happy Birthday, Padmini!