Kathanayaki () ) is a 1955 Indian Tamil language film, directed by K. Ramnoth and produced by T. R. Sundaram. The film stars Padmini, T. R. Ramachandran, M. N. Rajam and K. A. Thangavelu in lead roles. The film had musical score by G. Ramanathan.


The story set in a drama troupe company. Padmini leaves home and joins drama company whose owner T. R. Ramachandran falls in love with her. She faces many problems and how she and her boyfriend solve them forms the rest of the plot.


  • Padmini
  • T. R. Ramachandran
  • M. N. Rajam
  • K. A. Thangavelu
  • K. Malathi
  • T. K. Ramachandran
  • K. S. Angamuthu
  • A. Karunanidhi
  • P. S. Gnanam
  • P. D. Sambandam
  • K. R. Jayagowri
  • K. K. Soundar
  • M. R. Santhanam
  • V. P. S. Mani
  • T. K. Kalyanam
  • Jayasakthivel
  • S. Ramarao
  • M. R. Sundaram
  • R. M. Sethupathi
  • Rajasekharan
  • Raju
  • Nagaratnam


    Music was scored by G. Ramanathan while the lyrics were penned by Suratha, Kannadasan and Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass. (Another Swarnalatha was popular later during 1990s and thereafter.)


    According to film historian Randor Guy, the film was not successful as some critics felt it had a "predictable" storyline. However, he praised the performances of the cast, the music and the direction