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K.B. Sundarambal

Salem, Tamil Nadu

November 21, 2022 to November 21, 2023

K.B. Sundarambal was born on 11 October 1908 in Kodumudi, at Salem. According to some sources, it was while singing this on a train that the 10-year-old Sundarambal attracted the attention of Natesa Iyer, an amateur stage actor, producer and talent scout. Sundarambal and her husband S.G. Kittappa were so influenced by the Indian independence movement that they became ardent supporters of the Indian National Congress. They had harnessed their popularity and talents to further that cause. Sundarambal continued to champion the movement, recording several gramophone discs extolling the struggle and sacrifices it entailed. She also made it a point to always wear khadi. She often actively campaigned in support of Congress party candidates at various elections.