channel and a knack for finding and posting rare old dance videos and thankfully lets me know about them in the comments.
The picture on the left is Padmini as a dude in the first Digambara Samiyar video below. It was too delicious not to post, ya? :)
"Theeratha Vilaiyattu Pillai" - Vedhala Ulagam (Tamil, 1948) - Back on one of my posts about Kamala dance finds I listed a slew of dances I was hunting for; one of them was "Thoondil Puzhuvinai Pol" from Vedala Ulagam. That song hasn't been found yet, but cram alerted me to another song from the film in which Kamala dances a double role as Krishna and a gopi! It's a more low key number but has some lovely dance movements throughout. Updated March 2013: Embedded better-quality version!
Digambara Samiyar (Tamil, 1950) - A big thanks to Cram who just finished uploading this full movie a few days ago! Fresh off the press! :) There are four new dances that I've never seen before and are amazing finds. I've only been able to find the song titles for three of the five below; if anyone knows the others do let me know.
What a unique and entertaining almost 7-minute number this is! Padmini, Lalitha, and a cute little girl enact some fun drama and village scenes. I love their "travels" on the wayward boat. But best of all is the lungi-tuck attempt by a "male" Padmini at 3:04! The second half is in need of some subtitles for understanding, but be sure not to miss the cute dance at the end!
“Naathar Mudi” - A while back I had posted this song but was frustrated by the moving logo of the company which shall not be named! Thanks to cram, this song is now viewable without the distracting logo which is a great improvement (thought there still is banner text at the bottom). I never get tired of watching this stunning Kamala snake dance. :) Note: I've seen this song also spelled as Naradhar Mudi.
"Yen Intha Pen" - Most fascinating of all has been the discovery that in the film, the song above, "Naathar Mudi," is followed by two additional dance numbers! Here is the first in which Kamala plays a playful double male/female role. I love the vanakkam's with attitude at the beginning! I've been told the lyrics at the beginning are playful banter about the other person's significant other ("there's no point in staring at me because I've already found another boy to marry me... he's from Mumbai... what about your girlfriend... she's from Kashmir and is educated, civilized, and drives a car...). I've impressed by the nice vocal harmonies at the end.
And here is the second dance number that follows after "Naathar Mudi" above. Kamala dances some folksy Kathakish moves in her signature style with a nice costume-switch flourish at the end.
"Mappillai Par" - A cute number where Padmini (on the right) and Lalitha (on the left) mostly mime the lyrics to a couple seated on a swing; apparently they are teasing the bride and groom at the wedding! I wasn't sure it was them at first; they look so, so young!