An artiste who has become a legend in his lifetime,
'Chevalier' Sivaji Ganesan has captivated
the hearts of millions of cine-goers. With more than two hundred and eighty feature films to
his credit - many of them top-notchers, Sivaji made his debut in films in 1950 with
PARASAKTHI. With a flair for playing historical roles, Ganesan has portrayed all types of
leading characters with distinction, one of his most outstanding performances being in
VEERAPANDIYA KATTABOMMAN, which won him the Best Actor Award at the
Afro-Asia Film Festival, 1959. The hero-worshipping cine-goers of Tamil Nadu have
conferred the title of 'Nadigar Tilakam' on this jewel among film stars. His contribution to the
Tamil cinema has been of such outstanding nature that he has created a permanent niche for
himself in the history of South Indian cinema. The nation has honoured him with Padma Sri
and recently he was also conferred with Dadasaheb Palke Award.
Sivaji has acted in 281 movies (269 Tamil movies, 9 Telugu
movies, one Malayalam movie and two Hindi movies. He has
also played in guest roles in nearly two movies (Tamil 9, Telugu
6, Kannada 2, Malayalam 1 and Hindi 1 movie).
ERECTED STATUE OF KATTABOMMAN AT KAYATHARU.
DONATED AMOUNT FOR ERECTION OF SIVAJI MAHARAJ
STATUE AT BOMBAY
HE HAS ACTED IN SINGA NATHAM KETKUTHU ,THAI NADU
&UNGAL NANBAN AS DOCUMENTARY FILMS FOR
DOORDARSHAN HE HAS ACTED IN CHATHRAPATHI
SIVAJI, THE FREEDOM STRUGGLE &SOLDIERS WELFARE
122 OF HIS FILMS WERE DUBBED IN KANNADA, TELUGU,
HINDI, BENGALI AND MARATHI LANGUAGES.
DOCTORATE (CHIDAMBARAM ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY) 1986
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT 1983
During the 1966 Republic Awards our esteemed President of Indian Union
was pleased to confirm the Title of "Padmashree" on Sri Sivaji Ganesan.
In the New year awards of 1984, Sri Sivaji Ganesan was honored by the conferment of
"Padmabhushan" by the President of India on recognition of his multifarious charitable as
well as National activities and his very outstanding contribution to the stage and screen of South
He was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the Annamalai University,
Chidambaram, in December 1986.
In 1992, he was honored with the National Award - the Special Jury Award for his
performance in his 280th movie "Devar Magan".
On April 14, 1993, the Adithanar Muthamizh Peravai, pointing out his period to be the Golden
Age of Tamil Cinema, honored him with the Adithanar Gold Medal Award, for bringing honor
and prestige to the Tamils in general.
On April 24, 1993, the Dinanath Mangeshkar Pratishthan of Poona, named after the popular
Musical Drama personality of yesteryears, Dinanath Masterji, the father of our Nightingale of
Indian Screen Ms.Lata Mangeshkar, honored Mr.Sivaji Ganesan with Dinanath
Mangeshkar Purashkar, for his outstanding contribution towards the art and cultural tradition
On August 27, 1993, the Santhome Special Award was given by
Santhome Communications Center, the cultural wing of the Tamil Nadu Bishop's Council, to
honor him for the great service he has rendered to the Tamil Culture in his own inimitable way,
by way of kindling the hearts and minds of the masses with a true sense of history, patriotism,
devotion to God and high moral integrity, to enhance and strengthen the foundation of Tamil
He has been awarded "For The Sake Of Honour" award by Rotary Clubs in Madras,
Coimbatore & Trichy cities.
Sivaji was honored by being invited as the Chief Guest to inaugurate the 26th International
Film Festival of India, which was held at Bombay, in January 1995, the Centenary Year of
He has been awarded the title of Chevalier, the Order of Arts and Literature by the Ministry of
Culture, Government of France. This is one of the main decorations of the French Republic
which is conferred to honour the most original and talented personalities, for their
remarkable contributions in the field of Arts and Literature in France and all over the world.On
22nd April 1995, at a glittering ceremony held at the MCA stadium, Madras,
Dr.Sivaji Ganesan was presented the Chevalier Title and Medallion by the
French Ambassador to India Mr.Philip Petit. Ms.Jayalalitha, the then Chief Minister of
Tamil Nadu, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest of the function.The entire Tamil film
industry and representatives of all other Regional and National film industries were present at
At the function Dr.Sivaji Ganesan presented a cheque for Rs.1,00,000/- to the Tamilnadu
Chief Minister's Relief Fund, and another Rupees One Hundred Thousands to the Film
Employees Federation of South India.The balance of money after all expenses (which was
collected from the film industry) was used to form the Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan Educational
Trust. The money accruing from these Trust funds are being given towards education of children
of poor film artistes.
During his visit to the USA in June 1995, he visited Columbus city, the capital of the Ohio
State. Participating in the dinner hosted to honor Dr.Sivaji Ganesan, the Mayor of the city,
Mr.Greg Lashutka, honored him by announcing him as an "Honorary Citizen" of Columbus
City. On the same occasion the Mayor of Mount Vernon, another city in the USA, read
out and gave him a Special Welcome Citation. The "Columbus Tamil Sangam" was
formulated on that day, and Dr.Sivaji Ganesan was made the Honourary President of that
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