Padmini in Bhai Bahen

Meaning: “Full of lotuses”
Gender: Female
Pronunciation: PAD-mee-nee
Origin: Indian and Sanskrit
Other forms of the name: N/A

Padmini is a beautiful name isn’t it? It has been used by many famous Indian women including the actress and Bharathanatyam dancer known just as Padmini, pictured above, and Padmini Kolhapure who was a famous Indian actress and dancer who appeared in Bollywood movies in the 70s and 80s. There was also Rani Padmini who was queen of Chittor and was featured in the poem “Padmavat” by Malik Muhammad.

The Padmini in the picture became famous when she starred in the film “Kalpana” in 1948 at the age of sixteen. Her sister Lalitha and Ragini were also well-known actresses and together they were known as the Travancore Sisters. She acted in movies for nearly thirty years and died in 2006 at the age of seventy-four.

The lotus flower is extremely important to the East. It is a sign of rebirth, beauty, and sensuality among other things. The Kamashastra has four catergories of women, the most beautiful and talented is called Padmini or the Lotus Lady. The God Vishnu and the Goddess Lakshmi are oftened depicted standing on a pink lotus. The lotus root is edible and is often boiled and used in many Asian meals. The Chinese scholar wrote “I love the lotus because while growing from mud, it is unstained.”