A commemorative postage stamp on ‘Mahanati’ Savitri Ganesan, an Indian film actress, playback singer, dancer, director & producer in Telugu and Tamil cinema, spouse of Gemini Ganesan [a part of the series ‘Legendary Heroines of India‘] :
Issued on Feb 13, 2011
Issued for : India Post is happy to issue a commemorative postage stamp on Savithri.
Stamp & FDC : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 Paisa
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million (0.3 million for normal distribution and 0.1 million for Indipex-2011)
Miniature Sheets : 0.3 Million (0.2 million for normal distribution and 0.1 million for Indipex-2011)
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
Name : Nissankara Savitri
Born on Jan 4, 1936 at Chirravuru, Guntur district, Madras Presidency, British India [now in Andhra Pradesh]
Died on Dec 26, 1981 at Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
- Savithri Telugu–Tamil actress and director, was born in Chirravuru, Guntur District, AP into a wealthy family. She learnt music and dance under Sista Purnayya Sastry and gave some public performances as a child in Vijaywada. After working in a theatre company run by NTR, K. Jaggaiah etc., she started her own group, the Navabharata Natya Mandali. She acted in a play ‘Atma Vanchana‘ by Buchi Babu. After her debut with L.V. Prasad‘s ‘Samsaram‘, she followed with K.V. Reddy‘s Patala Bhairavi, and minor film roles until ‘Pelli Chesi Choodu‘ made her a star, and ‘Ardhangi‘ and ‘Missamma‘ established her acting credentials. She acted in several films by the choreographer-director Raghavaiah.
- She often starred with Gemini Ganesan and later married him. As director and producer (1968-71) she did not achieve much commercial success but is remembered for her roles in mythological and family dramas.
- Text : Text provided by the Film Archives.