100. Shobana Chandrakumar
ShobanaChandrakumar, gifted Bharatanatyam dancer cum actress, was born into afamily of dancers committed to arts. She started learning dance at theage of three and trained under Bharatanatyam exponents, ChitraVisweswaran and Padma Subramaniam. This niece of famous TranvancoreSisters (Lalitha, Padmini, Ragini), with her vibrant performance andstage presence attracts and holds the attention of the audience. Theendowed beauty debuted with the Malayalam film 'April 18' (1984) andhas done films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. Founder of theart school Kalarpana in Chennai, she is an active performer of manymusic and dance festivals in India and abroad. For her fine dedicationto the classical art form, Shobana was honoured with the coveted awardPadmashree as well as other awards including Natya Ratna, Natya Jothi,Natya Mayuri, Ugadi Purskhar etc. As an actress she has received twoNational Awards in 1993 for 'Manichitrathazhu' and in 2002 for 'Mitr MyFriend', Film Critics Award, Film Fare Awards etc.