Actress Rajasulochana, wife of director (Late) C.S. Rao (and daughter-in-law of director C. Pullayya), succumbed to illness and passed away on Monday in Chennai.
Born on August 15, 1935 in Vijayawada to Bhaktavatsalam and Devakamma, Rajasulochana debuted on the silver screen with Gunasagari (1953) in Kannada.
A classical dancer that she primarily is, Rajasulochana started Pushpanjali Nritya Kala Kendram in Chennai, a classical dance school that has been running since 1961.
She married C.S. Rao in 1963 and the couple have a son and two daughters, Sriguruswamy and Sridevi, and both of them are also classical dancers! Rajasulochana acted in nearly 275 films in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam.
She also acted in a handful of Hindi films, such as Sitaron Se Aage, Chori Chori, and Nayaa Aadmii. She acted with top heroes of all south Indian film industries, including NTR, ANR, MGR, Sivaji Ganesan, and Rajkumar.
She also actively pursued classical dance alongside of her film career and directed numerous dance ballets and performed in government-related events under five Chief Ministers including Anna Durai, MGR, NTR, and Jayalalithaa. Rajasulochana is remembered for her roles in Manchi Manasuku Manchi Rojulu, Babhruvahana, Raja Makutam, Saanti Nivaasam, Jayabheri, Thodikodallu (both old and new), Saarangadhara, Paandava Vanavaasamu, Pellinaati Pramaanaalu, Thaata-Manavadu, etc.