|Nickname(s)||Akshatha Rao ((bangaloremirror))|
|Profession||Actor, director, translator, writer, poet|
|Known for||Padmaavat (2018), Raat Akeli Hai (2020) and Three (2016).|
|Debut||Film: Geetha (1981)|
|Date of Birth||1963 Delhi, India|
|Age (as of 2020)||57 Years|
- Padmavati Rao is an Indian film actress who has worked in the Hindi and Kannada industry as well. She is also known by the name 0f Akshatha Rao in the Kannada industry.
- She is a versatile person as she is an actor, writer, theater personality, poet, dancer, and translator. She is actively involved in her theater activities. She is the sister of Arundathi Nag who herself is also an Indian film theater actress.
- She made her debut in the movie “Geetha” which was released in 1981 and it was a super hit. She has done many other good movies such as “Pardes” which was released in 1997 featuring Shahrukh Khan and Mahima Chaudhary, another movie is “Three” which was released in the year 2016, and it was directed by Ribhu Dasgupta and another one is “Padmaavat” which was directed by the famous Indian filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali in 2018, one of the biggest hits Tanaji and Rat Akeli Hai in 2020. Besides Bollywood, she has been a part of the Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, and English play also.
- She has been working as a facilitator at Foundation for Human Learning and Growth-Aastha. Moreover, she also trains teachers and schedules workshops for using theater in the classroom.
- She has been a medium in linking very far off places such as addressing the Lakshadweep Islands to communities in the Himalayas.
- The talented actress has also translated five of Girish Karnad’s plays as well as Mahesh Dattani’s 30 Days In September into the Hindi language.
- Rao is also said to make a debut in the Marathi film industry in Lokesh Gupte’s movie ‘Ek Sangaychay… Unsaid Harmony’
- During the lockdown period, Padmavati mainly focused on the villages outside Bengaluru where she promoted natural farming, farming, arts, and craft as it was her longing desire to serve the farming community. She said “For a long time I wanted to serve the farming community. To that, I created a cost-effective refrigerator that does not run on electricity.”
- Farmers committing suicide was a major concern for Padmavati. This led her to the idea of making a cost-effective refrigerator. As farmers, their concern is to keep the vegetables fresh if they are unable to sell them. She pondered over this thought and suddenly when her compound wall came down an idea struck her head and then she decided to use the hollow bricks from it to create a non-electric fridge.
- To make the refrigerator she did not use cement or sand rather used gunny sack material, an old flattened cardboard carton to work as a sliding door, an old wire rack, and a river-weed mat (chaapey). And the results were marvelous. The idea was really effective. She tested the refrigerator with oranges, tomatoes, and milk. Oranges lasted up to 28 days, tomatoes for 15 days, and milk after boiling it once daily lasted for a week. She also tested the refrigerator in peak summer. She watered the gunny sack material thrice a day. The oranges and tomatoes showed no signs of dehydration or rotting. Cooked food kept after dinner was fine for lunch the next day and vegetables last for about two to three days. So it was an incredible achievement. Also, it was her dream to do farming since she was 23.
- Apart from farming the rest of the time, she likes to stitch, mend, upcycle, and write. She was working on three books simultaneously — the first was on her mother’s recipes, the second was a book of poems called Of Love and Silence, and the third was a play.
- Padmavati Rao did a solo performance based on Dhiruben Patel’s work, “Kitchen Poems.” It was a great piece of theatre. She played different age groups and acquired different perspectives on food and kitchen which is dynamic with age and context.
- Rao has gained huge fame and popularity through her various works and her acting and she defines them as her major career achievements.