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Shobhana who amerged as one of the hottest film sensations in India after winning the highest accolade for a film Actress-The National Award for best Actress-however has been front -runner for almost a decade in Malayalam With a legacy and family tradition in films (as the nice of the famous Travancore sisters -Lalitha,Padmini and Ragini),her entry into celluloid was not surprising.But what was outstanding is her enduring brilliance which has been dazzling film goers for than a decade Shobhana,a noted exponent of classical dance,made her heroine debut in Balachandra Menon's film April 18,which was a box office hit.However,she was catapulted to the dizzy heights of stardom when she paired opposite Mammootty in one of the all time hits Kanamarayathu.Since then there was no looking back for her.She has been going places.Now at the heights of superstardom,and all South Indian leading heroes,and string of blockbusters,it seems she has no more heights
Shobana was introduced to films by Hema Malinis mother, Jaya Chakravarthy, who spotted her with her aunt and one of the Travancore sisters, dancer-actress Padmini. Shobana is also an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer who runs a dance school and has worked on collaborative ventures with the likes of tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakram and Mandolin Srinivas.. Her recitals abroad include those at the World Malayalee convention, in the United States in 1985 and 1995, in Kuala Lumpur before the King and Queen of Malaysia, numerous cities in the United States, Europe, South East Asia and Australia.
Shobana has performed in several Music and Dance Festivals in India. She has had the distinction of inaugurating the dance and music season in Madras in 1992 at the Music Academy - the bastion of classical art. She has also performed at the nationally acclaimed Surya Festival in Trivandrum, Kerala in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997.As a Bhartanatyam dancer, Shobana is renowned for her fine dedication to the classical art form. She is known to possess an exquisite understanding of the Abhinaya, a clarity of line and a strong rhythmic command of the idiom.In 1994, Shobana founded Kalarpana with the objective of committing herself to the propagation of the classical arts. The aim of Kalarpana is to organize annual festivals throughout India. This will include performances of nationally and globally known artistes to help raise funds that will be ploughed back into training talented artistes who are financially insecure. Under its umbrella, Kalarpana would like to extend its support to the handicapped and the environmental movement. This work was initiated in 1994 by organizing a remarkably successfully evening of classical music and dance under the title of 'Bharatam'.