Actress Umadevi Nadgonde who known as Baby Shakuntala passed away

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Kolhapur : Noted actress Umadevi Nadgonde who known as Baby Shakuntala passed away at a private hospital here today following old-age related illness, family sources said. She was 82. She is survived by son, daughter and grandchildren.

Umadevi Nadgonde, began acting at the age of six and made her silver screen debut in Prabhat film company's 'Daha Vajata'. which was made by the famous Prabhat Film Company. In an era when acting as a profession was frowned upon, Umadevi carved a niche for herself after appearing in nearly 20 Marathi and 40 Hindi films (20 out of which were Silver Jubilee hits).

A variety of roles are accredited to her kitty including that of Janaki in 'Ramshastri', Sharada from 'Chimni Pakhre' and Vatsala from 'Maya Bazaar'. Her entry into films was easy as her parents were close to the Damle family, owners pf the Prabhat Studios.

Speaking to TOI, Anil Damle, grandson of VG Damle, the co-founder of Prabhat, said, "She was a ver well-behaved person and was a part of every function arranged by Prabhat and our family."

In her illustrious career, Shakuntala worked with legends like Bimal Roy, Gajanan Jaghirdar, Bhalchandra Pendharkar and Raja Nene. At the peak of her career in 1954, she quit acting and married Babasaheb Nadgonde. She is survived by a son, daughter and grandchildren.

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