Born June 12th 1932, Padmini became a star in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi language cinema.
Along with her siblings Lalitha and Ragini, they became known as the 'Travancore Sisters' in the press in the 1950s.
Making her debut in the 1948 film 'Kalpana' and working continously for the next 30 odd years, she earned herself a Filmfare nomination for Best Actress with Radhu Karmakar's 1959 hit opposite Raj Kapoor 'Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai' and a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in 'Kaajal' (1965).
In 1977 she opened the 'Padmini School of Fine Arts' - an Indian classical dance school in New Jersey, United States, which today is one of the largest institutions of it's kind in North America.
Now on her birthday let's celebrate by watching her famous dance-off with Vyjayanthimala.