Y. G. Mahendran
Drama Artiste, Tamil Nadu, India
Date of Birth : 09 - Jan - 1950
Biography

Y. Gee. Mahendran, a dramatist, actor, singer playwright and comedian from the state of Tamil Nadu. He has acted in a number of plays and films. He is the son of Y. G. Parthasarathy, regarded as one of the pioneers of modern Tamil drama and Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy, founder and dean of Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan group of schools. He is also the cousin of one of the biggest Bollywood actress Vyjayanthimala and Latha Rajinikanth. He regards Kamal Haasan as one of his close friends, with whom he maintains a strong relationship right from his childhood and he has also co-starred with both of them in a number of movies.

Mr.Y.G.Parthasarathy or Y.G.P. founded the United Amateur Artists (UAA), one of the first drama companies in Madras city, in the year 1952. His drama company was a success and he emerged as one of the foremost dramatists of his era.
Hailing from a family of stage-lovers, Mahendra soon developed a liking for drama from his early days. He played the part of comedian in school plays and earned acclaim. On completion of his schooling from Don Bosco Matriculation School, Egmore, Chennai; he studied Chemical Engineering at College of Engineering, Guindy and MBA. During his college days, he was touted as a prospective film actor. He was in his early teens when he joined his father's drama troupe, the United Amateur Artists (UAA). This gave him the desired break. His first few plays were huge successes attracting audiences by thousands. Mahendra's had become one of the prominent names in the city. Eventually, he had to choose between acting and his career and he choose the former.

In 1971, Mahendra was cast by legendary director K. Balachander in his film Navagraham. Mahendra was discovered to have a nasal accent which made him funny. His career spans over four decades and involves 200 or so movies. He also acted in supporting roles with actors like Sivaji Ganesan, Jaishankar, Kamal Haasan and his co-brother, Rajinikanth. He acted with Rajnikanth in films like Pokkiri Raja, Paayum Puli, Shri Raghavendra, Veera, etc., and with Kamal Hassan in movies like Apoorva Raagangal, Neeya, Guru, etc.

Shows & Major Performances

Venkat 3, Vietnam Veedu, Sudesi Iyer, Thanthramukhi, Kaadhalikka Neramundu, Antha 7 Aatkal & Makkal Kural

Awards & Recognitions

Kartik Life Time Achievement Award 2012
Kartik Fine Arts on 15th April 2012 at Bharathia Vidhya Bhavan
Nataka Kala Nipuna
The Mylapore Fine arts club (MFAC) Mylapore on 13th August 2011
Kalaimamani - Lifetime Achievement Award
by Government of Tamilnadu
Nataga Ratnum
Delhi Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha conferred this title on YGEEM by Honrable Governor of Andhra Pradesh Shri. Narasimhan on 26the Feb 2010
Nataka Mudhra Award
Nataka Kalasarathy
Naataka Padmam
by Brahma Gana Sabha on 3rd December 2009
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