P. U. Chinnappa

Other names of P. U. Chinnappa: Nadigar Mannar,Pudukottai Ulaganathan Chinnaswamy Pillai

P. U. Chinnappa was a South Indian actor and singer in the Tamil film industry in the 1930s. Pudukkotttai Ulaganathan Pillai Chinnappa was one the first superstars evolved in the film industry. He was born in Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu. Some of his most notable movies are Kannagi, Uthama Puthiran, Aryamala, Kubera Kuchela, Manonmani, Jagathalaprathapan, and many more. Although P. U. Chinnappa was a very popular actor, his career came to an end after a short but successful period due to his sudden death. P. U. Chinnappa was born on May 5, 1916. He is also known as Nadigar Mannar because of his acting. He was married to A. Sakunthala who is an actress, and they had a child P. U. C. Raja Bahadur. Their son had acted in one movie which went unsuccessful and so he became a dubbing artist. P. U. Chinnappa was born to Ulaga Nathan Pillai who was a stage artist and Meenakshi Ammal. He has two sisters. P. U. Chinnappa had dropped out of school after 4th grade. He was very interested in acting.

He had participated in many shows and theatres groups during school. At the age of five, P. U. Chinnappa became a part of rope production work for a salary of Rs. 5 per month. But he quit after some months. Seeing his interest in acting, his father, the stage artist joined P. U. Chinnappa in Meenalokshani Vidvabala Sabha at the age of eight. Palaniyapillai ran this Sabha, and P. U. Chinnappa was under the care of Sankarandas Swamy. P. U. Chinnappa did not stay there for long as he was not given prominent roles. So he joined Madurai Original Boys Company which conducted stage plays with a three-year contract for a salary of Rs. 15 per month. Apart from acting, P. U. Chinnappa was also interested in Silambam and wrestling. In Madurai Original Boys Company, P. U. Chinnappa was given small roles, but he used to perform other characters out of sheer interest.

The turn came in this routine when once he was singing one of the stage play songs of Sathi Anusaya and Sachidananda Pillai heard him from another floor. Sachidanantha Pillai was so impressed with it that he inquired about the singer and found out that it was P. U. Chinnappa. P. U. Chinnappa got immediately promoted as an actor, and his salary was increased to Rs. 75 per month. Knowing that this company to prone to dispose of actors after some time, P. U. Chinnappa quit the Madurai Original Boys Company. He then started acting in other stage plays. P. U. Chinnappa mastered classical music, improving from Sundaresa Nayakkanar and Vedachala Baghavadar. He was almost a Sangeetha Vidwan, but since he did not earn much in singing, P. U. Chinnappa dropped the plan of master classical music.

He was also talented in sword fighting, wrestling, silambam, and weightlifting. P. U. Chinnappa has acted in stage plays along with M. G. Ramachandran and M. G. Chakrapani. P. U. Chinnappa was cast in the movie Chandrakantha after the production house Jupiter Pictures saw his play of the same name. This project was his debut in the film industry. He acted in five movies after this. However, he gave a break after these movies and soon found himself with no opportunities. Then T. R. Sundaram gave an offer to P. U. Chinnappa to act in the film Uthama Puthiran which became a blockbuster. P. U. Chinnappa's name was ranked next to the first ever superstar M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagwathar. P. U. Chinnappa passed away on September 23, 1951, after fainting and vomiting blood. Thousands of people attended his funeral.

Blaaze Tamil Actor


Unlike foreign countries, India has produced a very few good rappers. Among them, very few have managed to achieve critical as well as commercial success. 'Blaaze' is one of them. Born on October 15, 1975, his birth name is Lakshmi Narasimha Vijaya Rajagopala Sheshadri Sharma Rajesh Raman and originally belongs from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.  Apart from being a successful rapper, he is also a lyricist, producer, singer, musician, editor, and songwriter. His family belongs to the Brahmin community. However, since his father worked as an architect, the family traveled to several places. As a result, Blaaze's childhood passed in Kitwe, Zambia. He completed his higher education at Columbia College Hollywood, United States of America. Rekha Srinivasan, his sister, is a classical dancer and founder of Bharat Nritya Academy, New Jersey. More than a hundred students learn dance forms like Bharatnatyam and Kathakali from the academy. From a young age, Blaaze showcased an avid interest in performing arts and would dance on several occasion. Later, he veered towards music. At the age of sixteen, he presented for the election campaign of Zambia's president Chiluba. It was his first project as a musician. Five months later he featured in the country's first music video named Advice 4 Livin which was produced by him. However, he got a break into Indian Film Industry at the age of twenty-six. A. R. Rahman gave him the opportunity to rap for a Tamil song that he was composing for Rajinikanth's movie. After his debut, offers began to pour in, and he worked on several songs like ‘Aayutha Ezhuthu’, ‘Kangalal Kaidhu Sei’, and many more. Blaaze had also lent his voice to Hindi movies and collaborated with talented music directors like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Devi Sri Prasad, among others. He has also worked on the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. Besides rapping, he has also written some songs and created solo music videos. He was also a pivotal part of Zambezi funk, a music band. What makes him stand out from others in his field is the fact that he tries to highlight social and political issues through his work. MTV awarded him their Youth Icon Award in the year 2008, considering his efforts to create awareness about social causes. He also loves to cook and can whip up a delicious egg curry.  In fact, he has released a video, in which he is rapping and cooking at the same time.


Sureshbabu Mane

Suresh Babu Mane hails from Mumbai, Maharashtra. He was born in the year 1902, February-15. He was born to Ustad Abdul Karim Khan and Tharabai Manne. His father was a court musician in Baroda. When his father was young, he used to learn music to his mother, Tharabhai. Later on, the two got attracted and decided to get married. But Tharabhai's parents were against her they don’t want their daughter to get engaged to him because of their social order. Without any other choice the couple, at last, left Baroda and moved to Mumbai. Then they had two sons and three daughters. Suresh Babu Mane was one among them. Right from his childhood, he used to sing and tune some songs. His father was his first Guru who made him learn how to sing. As days passed, he became an outstanding Hindustani Classical musician. He had an interest in playing instruments like Tabla and Harmonium. Suresh was proficient in singing Khyal, Thumri, Marathi, Natya Sangeet, and Bhajan. A few of his recordings are available on certain websites and market. He’s an expert in Thumri singing. Many singers will always try to put their greatest efforts to imitate him which is highly impossible. He stood as a role model to many people. Afar from singing, he has also acted in many Marathi plays and several movies. Though he’s not a capable actor, he had acted in few stage plays. After that, he became a fantastic actor too. When his younger sister started a theatrical company, he took the initiative and acted in that too. He acted in many other movies like Amrit Manthan in the year 1934, Chandrasena in the year 1935, Rajput Ramani in the year 1936. Besides, singing and acting, he has also composed music for a few movies like Devayani, Such hai. He is the one who had great talent in singing as well as in acting too. Only a few people will have such a talent. Hirabai Badodekhar, Dr. Prabha Atre, renowned in the music industry are his beloved disciples. He died on 15 February 1953 in Pune, Mumbai. At that time his age was just 51, the country had lost one of the greatest singers, music director, and actor. Every year on 15 February, an annual music festival is held in Mumbai, it started with one of his disciples Dr. Prabha Atre in the year 1992. And that would be a standout music event every year throughout the country.

Sureshbabu Mane Tamil Actor