|Died||29 January 2003, age 73|
Pandari Bai (1930 – 29 January 2003) was an actress of South Indian languages films, mostly in Kannada language during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. She is considered Kannada cinema's first successful heroine. She has acted as both heroine and mother to stalwarts such as Rajkumar, M. G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan. She was the heroine in Rajkumar's debut movie Bedara Kannappa and also Sivaji's debut movie Parasakthi. She has acted in over 1,000 films in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. Bai was honoured by Kalaimamani from the Tamil Nadu government.
Pandaribai began her career in acting in plays based on mythological stories before making her film debut in 1943 with the Kannada language film, Vani. She appeared in the 1954 Kannada film Bedara Kannappa opposite Rajkumar. In the film, she played Neela, wife of Kanna (played by Rajkumar), a hunter. She established herself as a lead actress portraying a woman with a "progressive" image assuming the burdens of a feudal patriarchy in films such as Sant Sakhu (1955) and Rayara Sose (1957). In 1959, she appeared in Abba Aa Hudugi, with her sister Mynavathi. The film is considered a landmark in Kannada cinema.
Later in her career Pandari Bai played the mother of stars older than her, most of whom had played the lead with her in her earlier years.
- The lesson "Gunasagari Pandari Bai" is added to the class IX Kannada Language Textbook in Karnataka state to honour the legendary actress.
|Year||Title of the film||Language||Role|
|1947||Bhakta Gora Kumbhara||Tamil|
|1948||Vedhala Ulagam||Tamil||Kali Devi|
|1959||Alli Petra Pullai||Tamil|
|Abba Aa Hudugi||Kannada||Jyoti|
|Engal Kula Daivi|
|Naalu Veli Neelam|
|Paigham||Hindi||Parvati Ratan Lal|
|Paththarai Maathu Thangam|
|Uthami Petra Rathinam||Tamil|
|Raja Bhakti||Tamil||Princess Devasena|
|1965||Satya Harishchandra||Kannada||Chandramathi, wife of Raja Harishchandra|
|Enga Veettu Pillai||Tamil||Susila|
|Poojaikku Vandha Malar||Tamil||Suresh's mother|
|Motor Sundaram Pillai||Tamil|
|Nam Naadu||Tamil||Bakiyum, Muthaiya's wife|
|Oru Thaai Makkal||Tamil||Parvathi|
|Vasantha Maligai||Tamil||Latha Mother|
|Bangaarada Panjara||Kannada||Mother of Rajkumar|
|1977||Avan Oru Sarithiram||Tamil||Lakshmi|
|Indru Pol Endrum Vaazhga||Tamil|
|Janma Janmala bandham||Telugu|
|1979||Naan Vazhavaippen||Tamil||Ravi Mother|
|1982||Chalisuva Modagalu||Kannada||Mother of Ambika|
|1984||Apoorva Sangama||Kannada||Mother of Rajkumar|
|1986||Anuraga Aralithu||Kannada||Mother of Rajkumar|
|1987||Shruthi Seridaaga||Kannada||Mother of Rajkumar|
|1992||Mannan||Tamil||Mother of Rajinikanth|
|1992||Jeevana Chaitra||Kannada||Mother of Rajkumar|
|1993||Aakasmika||Kannada||Mother of Rajkumar|
|1994||Jai Hind||Tamil||Annai Maria Devi|
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- "Sirikannada class 9 solutions". Karnataka State Education and Examination Board. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
- "Pandari Bai", British Film Institute, retrieved 14 July 2020
- "Pandari Bai dies at 73". The Times of India. 29 January 2003.
- Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen (10 July 2014). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-135-94325-7.
- "Remembering Pandari Bai". Screen. 21 February 2003.
- "Pandari Bai dead". The Hindu. 30 January 2003.
- "Tribute to Pandari Bai". Deccan Herald. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "A rousing end planned for H.L.N. Simha's birth centenary fete". The Hindu. 21 July 2004. Archived from the original on 15 September 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
- "Actress who glowed with inner beauty". The Hindu. 14 February 2003. Archived from the original on 7 May 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2006.
- "Lesson on Pandari Bai". KSEEB.
- "Lifetime Achievement Award for Pandari Bai". Times of India.com.