Ormayil Ragini | The 2013 edition is here.

Ormayil Ragini - 2013 The “Ormayil Ragini” program, an audio-visual exhibition that celebrates the life and times of Ragini, from the legendary Travancore Sisters is holding its 2013 edition at Ernakulam. To be held on 14 -14th September 2013, as a two-day program, it also combines an awareness initiative on Breast Cancer that brutally cut short Ragini’s life, with talks on the causes and care of the medical condition.

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A Photo Exhibition Celebrating the Life and Times of Ragini

Celebrating the Life and Times of Ragini
Celebrating the Life and Times of Ragini, 2012

A Rare Photos and Memorabilia exhibition celebrating the life and times of Ragini and of the Travancore Sisters will be held on 8th and 9th September, 2012 at the SMSS Mahila Mandiram School, Poojappura, Thiruvananthapuram. Titled “Raginiyum Cancerum“, the two-day exhibition will also serve as an interactive platform for  bringing more awareness on  Breast cancer, which Ragini succumbed to in 1976.

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The Ragini chronicles in Sarangapani’s Vadakkan Pattukal

The early editions of Vadakkan pattukal that came out from Udaya studios had a delightful set of commonalities. The scripts were either by TK Sarangapani or N Govindankutty, and until Sheela came along, it was Ragini who brought to life the women-centric ballads onscreen. I have tried to feature the ones that TK Sarangapani and Ragini came together in this post, and then go on to the similar roles Ragini did in other Malayalam Cinema productions (both for Udaya and others), and onto the Vadakkan Pattukal scripted by N Govindankutty.

Unniyarcha (1961)

Ragini in and as Unniyarcha (1961)
The genre of Vadakkan pattukal in Malayalam cinema as we know it, starts with Udaya Studio’s Unniyarcha (1961). In addition to creating  a genre out of thin air, Sarangapani also set the template for all the future ones to follow.  Iwould say with some reasonable amount of conviction that even Unniyarcha (1961) was the blueprint for Hariharan‘s magnum opus Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989), even to the point of borrowing sequences and scenes, but with a far greater sensibility of the medium than its Black and White predecessor.

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