T. G. Kamala Devi

T. G. Kamala Devi (born Thota Govindamma; 29 December 1930 – 16 August 2012), also known as Kamala Chandra Babu, was an Indian dubbing artist, playback singer and actor who primarily contributed to Telugu Cinema. She was also a former professional level billiards player who won the Indian Women Billiards title twice.She died of brief illness at Chennai on August 16, 2012.

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Biography

She was born in Karvetinagaram, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh. Her original birth name was Thota Govindamma and she later changed her name to T. G. Kamala Devi after entering the film industry. The initials “T. G.” in her name represent her birth name. She married Avula Chandra Babu in 1946 and had a son named Avula Jaychander with him.

Film career

Acting

She was in a drama company and acted in some male and female roles. The role of Alexander is her bench mark. She has received many medals for her performances in plays. She has shifted to cinema field and acted in about 30 films most of them are minor roles. She was also a well known stage actor who performed in several plays and dramas.

Cue Sports

Kamala was one of the earliest women cue sport players in India. When the then reigning snooker world champion Horace Lindrum visited Chennai at the invitation of the Andhra Maha Sabha in 1954, circumstances led Kamala to pick up the cue and provide Mrs. Lindrum a woman opponent to play against.  Soon enough, she made her way to state and national-level tournaments. Since then, she played in various open tournaments in Billiards & Snooker as the only woman player at that time, competing with men at Chennai, Vijayawada and Bangalore. She won the Indian National Billiards Women titles in 1991 and 1995.  She had the unique opportunity of playing exhibition matches at Bangalore and Mysore with the then World Billiards Champion Bob Marshall. She won both her billiards national titles at the age of 62 and 66 representing the Tamil Nadu state.

 Filmography

Year Film Language Character
1941 Dakshayagnam Telugu
1942 Bala Nagamma Telugu
1946 Mugguru Maratilu Telugu
1947 Kanjan
1949 Gunasundari Katha Telugu
1951 Malliswari Telugu Jalaja
1951 Patala Bhairavi Telugu Veera Katha Performer
1952 Palletooru Telugu
1954 Thodu Dongalu Telugu
1954 Chakrapani Telugu
1959 Illarikam Telugu
1961 Velugu Needalu Telugu
1964 Bhakta Ramadasu Telugu
1965 Bangaru Panjaram Telugu
1967 Kanchukota Telugu
1968 Asadhyudu Telugu
1968 Bangaru Sankellu Telugu
1969 Kathanayakudu Telugu
1970 Pettandarlu Telugu
1975 Abhimanavathi Telugu
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