Another great archeological find… The oldest Travancore Sisters-related clip yet, from the same year as Padmini’s film debut in Uday Shankar’s Kalpana. (I’m not that knowledgeable about the filmgraphy of Lalitha, but I certainly know about Padmini’s, and for a couple of years now, I have been inovolved in a sort of game to find the oldest Padmini clips. Often, it has been a challenge even to find anything from before the mid-early ’50s, and that is why when I stumble upon a clip like this one, I feel like an archeologist unearthing a vase from the Indus Valley.) Anyway, it’s a charming dance too. There’s lots more to the film clip after the dance, but the dance is right near the beginning, so you can always stop it and move on. And I highly recommend viewing this obscure piece of film dance history.
Padmini and Lalitha in Gnana Soundari (1948)