T.K. Padmini was a strong feminine presence in the history of painting in Kerala. She was born on May 12, 1940 and did her education at A.V. High School, Ponani. She did her Diploma in Painting from the College of Fine Arts and Crafts, Chennai. She was married to her co-student and well-known painter K. Damodaran. She died at the age of 29.
After Amrita Sher Gill, seldom has as strong a feminine presence overwhelmed the Indian artistic sensibility as that of Padmini’s. A detailed life sketch of Padmini is available in the articles about her written by three men who were intimately connected with her life, viz., Mr. T.K. Divakaran, her uncle; Mr. K. Damodaran, her husband; Mr. Edasseri Govindan Nair, the famous poet.
86 paintings of Padmini have been displayed at the Durbar Hall Gallery of Kerala Lalitha kala Academy in Kochi and a few drawings kept in the archives of the Academy in Thrissur. Padmini's paintings are also displayed in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Madras ('Portrait' and 'Burial Ground'), Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad apart from private collections in India and abroad.
Padmini won the following awards