Sudha Chandran, A tribute!

Gisel Goldie

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Posted: 28 September 2012 at 4:11am | IP Logged
Hi friends, 
This thread is a tribute to SUDHA CHANDRAN, a REAL ROLE MODEL.


Sudha Chandran, a woman who crossed all the difficulties in the life with her will power. A woman who bounced back to the normal dance life with a Jaipur foot after a tragic accident which cost her right leg. Sudha Chandran is Bharatanatyam and Kathak dancer. She known actress both in silver screen and Television. She has acted in more than 30 movies in different languages like Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam.


Sudha is born in Tamil family in 1964. Mr. K. D. Chandran and Mrs. Thangam are her father and mother. She had done her schooling in Mumbai and is a post graduate holder in Economics. She started her dance education in Kala Sadan, Mumbai, at the age of 5 and managed both her study and dance aswell. When she was 17, she has completed 75 stage performances. She has received two important awards ' Nritya Mayuri from the Dance Academy and Bharatnatyam and Nav Jyoti from the Telugu Academy . Both these awards were received prior to the accident and considered outstanding in the field of dance.


The tragedy hit her on May 2, 1981 in the form of a bus accident while she was travelling with her parents to a temple in Tamilnadu. In the accident, her right leg was severely injured and the doctor who attended her made a mistake which led to the amputation of her right leg, 71/2 inches below the knee.


She was not willing to confined to a wheel chair even after the amputation of her and she made all the possible efforts to walk. After six months since the amputation, Sudha read in a magazine about Dr. Sethi, a specialist in artificial limbs and recipient of the Raman Magasassay Award, from Jaipur. Sudha wrote to him. Meanwhile her family visited a company in the Opera House in Mumbai where they saw this artificial leg (Jaipur foot) in a showcase. Her confidence and desire for dance was again revived. Dr. Sethi made all the possible efforts to make an artificial foot according to her dancing requirement.


On January 28, 1984 , Sudha Chandran performed a dance program with another dancer, Preeti, at the "South India Welfare Society" of Mumbai. The programme was a grand success and Sudha had become a star over night. The famous producer Ramoji Rao, not only praised her but also decided to produce a film based on her life story. The film was titled as Mayuri, a Telugu film, and released in 1984. Sudha won a special award-Silver Lotus and Rs.5,000 for her acting in this film. This award was presented by the then President of India , Gyani Zail Singh at the 33 rd National Film Festival on the recommendation of members of the jury.


In 1986, on seeing the outstanding success of the film, Ramoji Rao re-made the film in Hindi and named as Nache Mayuri, where she played the lead role. With its release, Sudha became known to people in India as well as abroad and she proved that she is not only a dancer but an actress too On 4 September, 1995 Sudha Chandran got married to Ravi Dang, a Punjabi, after a brief courtship.


Now, Sudha is considered to be one of the more flamboyant stars on Indian television and her characters are making us either to hate or admire her viciousness she portrayed on screen. Not only she is giving stage performances, but running a dance school in Mumbai, Natya Mayuri Sudha Chandran Dance Academy.


Heal deal

My parents were heart-broken as I was their only child. They had big dreams for me. I didn't want them to feel that life had played dirty with them. So we hid our sadness from each other. We sat, talked and laughed as though nothing had happened. But often I'd go to the bathroom and cry. This was my defence mechanism. But I learnt to draw strength from my failures.


I had decided that I would not go back to Mumbai with crutches. Eventually, I got a Jaipur (made of vulcanised rubber) foot fixed by Dr P K Sethi of Jaipur. Often, the line between gaining sympathy and getting hurt is very thin. After I had got the Jaipur foot fixed, my three close friends - Medha, Uma and Geeta had come to the airport to receive me. They had tears in their eyes. But I refused to take sympathy. Instead I asked cheerfully, 'Hey, how are you'll?' That diffused the atmosphere. I began dancing once again, after two years on January 28, 1984.


It's been 13 years since I have been married. I met my husband Ravi Dang, a Punjabi on the sets of the film 'Seeta Salma Suzie'. He was the assistant director then. He was emotionally supportive. We got together because we realised that we had more than just affection for each other. Today, my husband is handling my dance academy where I teach every Sunday.


I view the accident as a blessing because without it I would be one amongst the million women who dance. But dancing with the Jaipur foot makes me one of a kind. We come in this life with a purpose. I have been a ray of inspiration to not only the disabled but also the able. I am a real life heroine.


Sudha was born in 21 September 1964. So let us wish her some belated birthday wishes and Salute to her will power. She indeed is a role model and for a serial which talks about women and how they should stand on their own legs, no one could fit in better.

Courtesy : Internet

PS : Mayuri is a wonderful movie. Only the Telugu and Hindi version are available on youtube. Language doesn't matter. The visuals and expressions speak more than language.

Edited by Gisel - 28 September 2012 at 4:13am

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Posted: 28 September 2012 at 8:06am | IP Logged
Beautiful post Gisel.  Sudha Chandran no doubt is an awesome woman who is a beautiful dancer and an inspiration to many.

Wishing her a very Happy Belated Birthday.

Link to her IF Profile.

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Posted: 28 September 2012 at 11:36am | IP Logged
Awesome post Gisel.
Wow.. I have watched the movie 'Mayuri' in tamil a long time back, and knew very little about the heroine Sudha Chandran at that time. I wondered & admired her bold and braveness decision she had taken to fight back the sad incident that happened in her life. 
Today I came to know in more detail about this most inspiring lady thru your post. Thank you.
Wishing her a very happy belated birthday.  

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Posted: 28 September 2012 at 1:15pm | IP Logged
Thanks Gisel for the lovely Thread Big smile

I also know few infos about her before, but ippo than seeying her pictures without leg. Ahhh, how much pain and hardword, srsly she is a REAL HEROINE ClapStar

Her acting is awesome Thumbs Up I admire her boldness and hardwork, too good. Hats off Big smile
First when she was changed as Thulasi mother, I couldnt take it, but now i feel she is best as Bhuvana Big smile

Belated Happy Birthday to her Party

Edited by Shamz. - 28 September 2012 at 1:15pm

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Posted: 28 September 2012 at 3:33pm | IP Logged
awesome thread, gisel. 

her role in jaiyam was one of the best .. loved her in that serial. i thought i wuld never say this, but i miss her heavy makeup and unusual sarees.Wink

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Posted: 28 September 2012 at 4:28pm | IP Logged
Fantastic thread Gisel..Clap

Sudha Chandran is an excellent actress and dancer..Clap

Belated Happy Birthday to Sudhaji..Party

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Caryn IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 28 September 2012 at 8:58pm | IP Logged
Thanks Gisel
Sudha Chandran is a fabolous actress and dancer.  Her life is something that we all can learn from.
I watched the Tamil version too.  At that time, internet was rare so all the news I know off which now Gisel has written here, I got my mum to read from tamil magazines from India.
Happy Belated Birthday Sudha.  God Bless.  You are an inspirational to one and all.

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