About Vennira Aadai Nirmala

Nirmala belongs to an elite orthodox ‘ Aranmanai ‘ family in Kumbakonam. Balakrishnan, her father was a great lover of fine arts. In Spite of severe opposition, he arranged for tutoring in Bharatanatyam to his daughter Nirmala. To get recognized in the field of dance, he sought her career in the film world.

Debuting through C. V. Sridhar’s Vennira Aadai in 1965, she has appeared in over 200 films in Tamil. She has acted in around 50 films in Malayalam with the screen name Usha Kumari.

Nirmala, from the early days had given importance to dance and acting in films. She has given numerous performances around the world and acted in several films in all four languages of South India. She has acted with legendary actors like

In Tamil Cinema

  • MGR
  • Shivaji
  • Gemini Ganesan
  • Muthuraman
  • Jayashanker
  • Ravichandran
  • Rajanikanth
  • Kamal Hassan

In Telugu Cinema

  • N T Ramaraao
  • Nageswara Rao
  • Shobanbabu
  • Krishna

In Malayalam Cinema

  • Satyan
  • Nazir
  • Madhu

In Kannada Cinema

  • Shanker nag

She also has written several short stories published in leading magazines ( Dinamani kadir, Idhayam pesugiradhu, Raani, Aananda vikatan etc…, )

Performed full length dance ballet as follows

  • Sri Aandal
  • Vasavadatta
  • Sri Valli
  • Tagore’s Kusum
  • Bharati Kannamma ( over 100 performances )
  • Radhayin Kannan
  • Om Naamah Shivaya

Written and Produced Teleseries for Regional and National network of Doordarshan like

  • Pushpanjali ( Tamil )
  • Bejubaan ( Hindi )
  • Aaradhana ( Hindi )
  • Thiruvarangan aanda Kothai ( Tamil )

Founder of Nirmala’s Academy of Fine Arts , a Centre for learning Bharatntayam.

Written and hosted “ Konjum Salanagai’ a series for Doordarshan Podhigai exclusively meant for children below 14 years of age.

Other than her film appearances Nirmala is currently acting in the popular tele series ‘Daiva Magal‘ on Sun TV