A scene from the film Avvaiyar (1953) starring K.B. Sundarambal and directed by Kothamangalam Subbu.
Avvaiyar (1953) was the 5th film by the combination of 2 legends, Kothamangalam Subbu and S.S. Vasan, after the iconic Chandralekha (1948) and Apoorva Sagotharargal (1949). After the resounding success of the film, K.B Sundarambal became synonymous with Avvaiyar as she reprised the role in films to follow, like Thiruvilayadal (1965) and Kandan Karunai (1967). K.B. Sundarambal was believed to be singing in trains for alms when she was spotted by F.G. Natesan Iyer and was brought to the tamil stage at the age of 19. She became a very popular theatre artist before entering films. Her first film was Nandanar (1935) and was paid Rs 1,00,000 as salary which was the highest for any actor during that time.