Dr. Paluvayi Bhanumathi Ramakrishna (born on 7 September 1925 - 24 December 2005) was a noted Indian film actress, director, music director, singer, producer, book writer and songs writer. Most of her works are in Telugu and Tamil languages.
Bhanumathi entered the film industry in 1935, and acted in over 200 films in Telugu and Tamil. She was also called as Ashtavadhani by the film industry people as she was a writer, actor, director, producer, singer, music director, editor and studio owner. She also had a good knowledge of Astrology and philosophy.
 Film career
She made her debut in Telugu cinema in 1939 in Varavikrayam (Telugu), directed by P Pulliah. She had acted in Malathi Madhavam, Dharma Patni and Bhaktimala. Her first popular film was Krishna Prema. Her next popular film was Swargaseema, a milestone film in her career. She later acted in many memorable movies like Chakrapani, Laila Majnu, Vipranarayana, Malleswari, Batasari and Anthastulu. In 1953, she made her directorial debut with 'Chandi Rani' (made simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi). Her last film was made in 1998, entitled Pelli kanuka. Annadurai gave her a title "Nadippukku Ilakkanam" (means Grammar for acting) that suits her aptly.
Apart from being an exceptional actress, she was also a very talented musician. She is one of the fine actress of telugu film industry. She was adept in both Carnatic and Hindustani music. She gave voice to her songs even after it became the norm to use playback singers for actors. Some of her songs are still popular like Pilichina biguvatara, Kila Kila Navvul, Oh Pavurama, Preme Nerama. She also provided music to a lot of her films.
During her later years she served on various movie related organizations. She was a Member of State Film Awards Committee for two years. She was also a Visiting Professor at the Film Institute for one year. She was Member of Children Film Society for 5 years, from 1965 to 1970.
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