Dr. Rajkumar ( Real Name: Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju Kannada:, April 24, 1928—April 12, 2006) was the most popular actor in Kannada film industry. He mainly worked in Karnataka and ususally seen as a role model to Kannadigas.
"Dr. Raj" or "Natasarvabhouma" or "Annavru" )(Big Brother)) to millions of his fans, he was also called as the John Wayne of South Indian cinema. He acted in more than 200 Kannada movies in a career spanning over five decades. Most of his movies were epic films in Kannada film industry. He was also a well-known singer, as a playback singer as well as of devotional songs. His voice is referred as kogile kanta. Rajkumar is the only Indian actor who has received national awards for both acting and singing.
Rajkumar was born on April 24, 1928 in a Kannada speaking family at Gajanur, a village on the border of Karnataka and Tamilnadu His mother tongue is Kannada. His father, Singanalluru Puttaswamayya, who was a famous theater artist and his mother, Lakshmamma, named their eldest son Mutturaju after Lord Muthathi Raya. His name was changed to "Rajkumar" (meaning Prince) after his film debut.
Rajkumar started his career as a theater artist with his father in a troupe led by the legendary Gubbi Veeranna. It was here that Rajkumar honed his acting and singing skills.
Bedara Kannappa, a 1954 Kannada language movie, marked his entry into the film world. This movie was directed by H L N Simha who also christened him Rajkumar. Rajkumar would use the same name for the rest of his life. He later forayed into film production with the hugely popular Ranadheera Kanteerava which he produced with another legend of Kannada cinema, Balakrishna. This movie which was made exclusively with technicians from Karnataka also marked the beginning of full fledged film making in Karnataka.
Dr. Rajkumar was also one of the most versatile actors in Indian cinema. His character depictions ranged from comedy to action, from lover to double/triple roles, from mythological characters to portrayal of modern day social causes. He acted with the most popular heroines in southern Indian cinema, such as Kannada's Pandaribai, Leelavathi, Jayanti, Bharati, Arati, Jayaprada, Madhavi, Geetha, Sarita and others from neighbouring states. He acted with many directors of the south Indian cinema from B.R. Pantulu, Puttanna Kanagal to Shankar Nag and Nagabharana. He was known for only acting in Kannada movies, even though he got many offers from different movie industries in India. Actors who have acted with him considered it an achievement of their lifetime. Prithviraj Kapoor acted in the movie Saakshatkara in the role of Dr. Rajkumar's father.
In his lifetime, Dr. Rajkumar acted in 206 Kannada movies, excluding guest appearances. He owned a film production company called Vajreshwari Production, which produced films under the banner of Dakshayani Combines. Bhagyada Bagilu was his 100th movie and Devatha Manushya was his 200th movie.
Two of his most famous performances were in his own productions: Kaviratna Kalidasa and Shankar-Guru. He produced movies based on famous Kannada novels. He was ably supported by his friend and script writer Chi. Udayashankar. He signed films only after consultation with his brother, S.P. Varadaraju. He chose stories that usually had a social message for the audience. He also made many movies against social evils. One such movie is Shabdavedi which is against the evil of drugs.
He never smoked a cigar/cigarette or acted as an alcoholic in any of his movies (excepting a few in the early days of his career). In real life too, he was a non-smoker and non-alcoholic and maintained a very high standard of living, performing daily Yogasanas and following a strict diet.
Though he had numerous chances to try his hand at Indian politics owing to his mass following, he shied away from active politics focusing his energy toward art and cinema. His last movie was Shabdhavedi, in which Jayaprada played the female lead.
Almost all his films are super hits. Some of the most memorable films include Adhe Kannu, Na Ninna Mareyalare, Hosa Belakhu, Thayige Takka Maga,Shravana Banthu,Bedara Kannappa, Bangarada Manushya, Kastoori Nivasa, Sri Krishnadevaraya, Kula Gowrava, Gandhada Gudi, Sampathige Sawal, Shankar-Guru, Babruvahana, Bhakta Prahalada, Halu Jenu, Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma, Jeevana Chaitra, Akasmika, Premada Kanike, Vasantha Geetha, Apoorva Sangama, Daari Tappida Maga, Badavara Bandhu, Yeradu Kanasu, Mayura, Bangaradha Panjara, Havina Hede, Anuraga Aralithu, Jedara Bale, Shruti Seridaga, "Sanaadi Apanna", "Babruvahana", "Chalisuva Modagalu", "Guri", "Parashuram", "Devathaa Manushya" (his 200th film), "Huliya Haalina Mevu", "Kavirathna Kalidasa" etc. His last movie was 'Shabdevedi' along with Jayaprada, which showed Raj revolting against drug dealers.
Dr. Rajkumar was also a well-known singer. He sang many devotional songs. He won the National Award for the song "Naadamaya" from the movie Jeevana Chaitra. He had trained in classical music while in Gubbi Veranna's drama troupe. At that time it was required for everyone to at least have a working knowledge of classical music. He had sung a song in the movie Mahishasura Mardini with G.K.Venkatesh as the music director. Rajkumar however, did not become a full fledged singer until his hugely popular song Yare Koogadali from the movie Sampathige Sawal. Prior to his singing in Sampathige Sawal, Rajkumar's songs were sung by Dr. P B Srinivas. He used to call PBS 'Shaareera' while he referred to himself as 'Shareera'. Raj had a good voice and all his songs are popular. He excelled in singing all types of songs from romantic to heavily classical. After Yare Koogadali he sang for most of his movies and for many private albums which were mainly devotional albums. His song renditions would range from pure classical to disco and fast numbers to pathos.
Although his singing was greatly appreciated, his fans of the days of black-and-white movies in 1960s and 1970s, swear by the fact that his true identity was P B Srinivas, who did the playback singing for most of Rajkumar's movies, until Rajkumar himself started to sing. PBS continued singing for him in many of the movies in which Rajkumar starred in double/triple roles.
In his final years, Rajkumar had lent his voice to a few other actors and sang many background solos. One such song which holds a unique distinction was for the movie Muddina Maava wherein he had provided playback to the legendary singer S.P.Balasubramaniyam, who had acted in the movie. This is probably a rare occasion where an actor sings for a singer, which is probably unmatched in the world of cinema. He had sung many devotional songs on Hanuman and Sri Raghavendra Swamiji. One of his most famous songs is "huTTidare kannaDa nADalli huTTa bEku".
Rajkumar’s voice had the smoothness & depth comparable to PB Srinivos. His voice was capable of greater vivacity, noticeable in songs like Sigivem Kshanadali, Thai Thai Bangari, Naa Ninna Mareyalare, Le le Appana Magale and Aradhisuve.
The theatrical background he had since childhood really helped him in acting as well as singing. Adept at rendering his voice to different moods - romantic, sentimental, devotional and semi-classical, his songs about Kannada language and culture such as Jenina holeyo, Maanavanagi huttidmele and Huttidare are immensely popular. He even sang a complete English song in one of his bond films. Interestingly, he lent voice for SPB in Muddina Mava and comedian Narasimharaju in Devasundari.
Naadamaya, a classical song in Raga Thodi, which won him the national award for best playback singing proves his versatility as a singer with its complex graces as it progresses with other ragas. He switches between ragas with ease and sings Swara patterns just like a professional. Kalidasa's shlokas, songs which are based on ghazals like Sadaa Kannali, Kanneera Dhaare, Gelathi Baradu and Yaava Kaviyu have also been very melodious and popular. Besides films, he rendered his voice for many devotional songs.
As many as 17 singers gave voice to Rajkumar before he started singing his own songs, and that was after he had been acting for over two decades. Until 1974, P.B. Srinivas was Rajkumar's most frequent singing voice in films. However, once when P.B. Srinivas was not available to sing for the movie Sampattige Sawaal, Composer G K Venkatesh encouraged Rajkumar to sing. With the song Yaare koogadali, Rajkumar restarted his singing career, which had stopped after the movie Ohileshwara. Thus began his journey as the most famous actor-singer that the Kannada film industry has ever seen. Singers, who lent voice to Rajkumar include P B Srinivas and Ghantasala Venkateshwara Rao.
Later on, Rajkumar sang songs for all the movies in which he acted, and also as a playback singer he has sung many songs to others.
Rajkumar was a highly disciplined man. He would wake up and perform yoga and pranayama at 4am. He practiced Carnatic music for one hour each in the morning and in the evening. He never smoked or drank alcohol in real life and in movies. He never swore nor did he drink and smoke, on or off the screen. He was always punctual for any shooting and programmes. His dress code consisted of only white or ivory dhoti and white shirt, with sandals. He was always clean shaven. He spent most of his vacations at his native place, Gajanur, near the forest area where he was later kidnapped. During shooting he insisted that all the members of the unit have the same menu and food must be of high quality. He has been this way since his early career days.
Rajkumar's charity work
Very few people know about Rajkumar's charity work. Rajkumar never spoke about his charity and had supposedly requested the journalists not write about it. He is supposed to have donated the proceedings from his devotional albums to charity and to have built an ashram for young widows and orphan girls. He toured Karnataka extensively to send donations to Kargil war victims. He donated a lot of money in aid of eye donation camps and conducted many blood donation camp on the occasion of his birthday. He was an eye donor and as per his wish, his eyes were donated after his death.
Rajkumar had a brother, S.P. Varadaraju, who worked with him in his production company. He had 2 sisters, Sharadamma and Nagamma.
He was married to Parvathamma, who later became a film producer. They have three sons, Shivaraj Kumar, Raghavendra Rajkumar and Puneet Rajkumar, and two daughters, Lakshmi and Poornima. He launched all his three sons as actors in Kannada films.
For the cause of Kannada
Main article: Gokak agitation
The "Gokak report" popularly known as "Gokak varadi" was about making Kannada a compulsory language for primary education. Considering that the language is spoken by a majority of people in Karnataka, the Gokak movement's goal was to give Kannada the same basic right already enjoyed by other official languages in their respective states of India. When the Kannada literary experts and students started this movement there was a positive response from the common man in Karnataka. It gained momentum when Rajkumar was asked to lead the movement. He became actively involved in the movement and soon became the force behind the Gokak movement that was designed to bring Kannada to the forefront. He took a rally from Belgaum to Bangalore and gave speeches about the importance of Kannada. The government responded positively and Kannada was to become a compulsory language of education in Karnataka. Ensuring respect and dignity for Kannada language and Kannada culture were the corner stones of his life.
Awards and honours
Rajkumar received numerous state, national and international awards. He received an honorary doctorate from Mysore University in 1976.
* He won 10 Filmfare awards for the best actor category — the second highest in the history of Indian films.
* He won nine state awards in the best actor category. (State awards for films were started by the Karnataka government in 1967 when Rajkumar's career was half over. But still he managed to win the most awards in the Kannada film industry.)
* He won a National award in best singer category for "Naadamaya ee Lokavella" song in Jeevana Chaitra movie.
* He received the Padma Bhushan award from the Government of India in 1983 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1995, in recognition of his contributions to the Kannada film industry.
* He was rewarded Karnataka Ratna in the year 1993 by the Government of Karnataka.
* In 1985, Rajkumar won the prestigious Kentucky Colonel award presented in Bangalore by the then-governor of Kentucky, U.S..
His fans have conferred him the title "Nata Saarvabhowma" (The Emperor of Acting).
On July 30, 2000, at the age of 72, Rajkumar, his son-in-law Govindaraju and two others were kidnapped from the actor's palatial house at Gajanur in Tamil Nadu by the bandit and terrorist Veerappan. Veerappan was demanding the release of his gang members who were being held in jail under a defunct anti-terrorism law. The event prompted a massive manhunt and threw the Karnataka government into crisis. Rajkumar was released unharmed on November 15, 2000, after 108 days of captivity. His kidnapping and the manner in which his release were secured are a mystery to this day.
Death and aftermath
Dr. Rajkumar died at his home in Sadashivanagar, Bangalore, on April 12, 2006 (13.45 IST) following a cardiac arrest. He had a history of heart-related problems and had been admitted to Wockhardt Hospital for treatment of unstable angina. His health had been a concern after the kidnapping and since the death of his brother S.P. Varadaraju.
Due to his larger-than-life image, the city virtually came to a halt as the news spread about the death. His death precipitated a city-wide reaction comparable to the time he was kidnapped by Veerappan. Following the news of his death, there were violent outbreaks in Bangalore city. The Chief Minister H.D.Kumarswamy later claimed that the violence was instigated by vested political interests. An unofficial bandh (closure of all shops and other establishments) was announced. More than 100 vehicles were burnt; eight people were killed in police firing. BBC News reported on the financial impact of the riots.
The state government declared a state-wide holiday on April 13 as a mark of respect to the former actor. Private firms and businesses all over the city and many parts of the state remained closed due to the holiday.
His body was first kept at his home in Sadashivanagar. However, due to immense crowd pressure, the body was moved initially to Palace Grounds and then later to the Kanteerava Stadium. He was laid to rest in Kanteerava Studios in Bangalore on April 13, 2006.
Dr Rajkumar filmography by year
No ↓ Year ↓ Movie (in Kannada) ↓ Director ↓ Co-stars ↓ Music Director ↓ Banner ↓
1 1954 Bedara Kannappa (ಬೇಡರ ಕಣ್ಣಪ್ಪ) H.L.N. Simha Pandari Bai, Rajasulochana, G.V.Iyer, Narasimharaju, H.R. Shasthry R. Sudarshanam Gubbi Karnataka Films
2 1955 Sodari (ಸೋದರಿ) T.V. Singh Tagore Pandari Bai, Jayasri, Raghavendrarao, G.V.Iyer, K S. Ashwath, Sandhya, N.S. Krishnan, Kowshik, Vidya Padmanabhashasthri, G. K. Venkatesh, P. Srinivas Iyengar Viswakala Chitra
3 1956 Bhakta Vijaya (ಭಕ್ತ ವಿಜಯ) Aaruru Pattabhi Mynavathi, Pandari Bai Shyam-Aathmanath Jaganath Productions
4 1956 Hari Bhakta (ಹರಿ ಭಕ್ತ) T.V. Singh Tagore Pandari Bai, Mynavathi, Narasimharaju, J.V. Iyer, HR Shastry G. K. Venkatesh Viswakala Chitra
5 1956 Ohileshwara (ಓಹಲೇಶ್ವರ) T.V. Singh Tagore Kalyan Kumar, Narasimharaju, H.R. Shahstri, Pandari Bai, Sriranjini, J.V. Iyer, Meenakshi G. K. Venkatesh Viswakala Chitra
6 1957 Sati Nalaayini (ಸತಿ ನಳಾಯಿನಿ) T.R.S. Gopu Pandari Bai Kamadenu Films
7 1957 Rayara Sose (ರಾಯರ ಸೊಸೆ) R. Ramamurthy, K.S. Murthy Pandari Bai, Kalyan Kumar, Mynavathi R. Diwakara Sri Panduranga Productions
8 1958 Bhookailasa (ಭೂಕೈಲಾಸ) K. Shankar Kalyan Kumar, Jamuna, B. Saroja Devi, Ashwath. R. Sudarsanam, R. Govardhanam A.V.M. Productions
9 1958 Krishna Garudi (ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಗಾರುಡಿ) Hunsur Krishnamurthy Sidhia swamy, Suryakala, Revathi, Narasimharaju. Pendyala Nageswara Rao Nandi Pictures
10 1958 Anna Thangi (ಅಣ್ಣ ತಂಗಿ) Ku.Ra.C. Shastri Saroja Devi, Balakrishna, Eshwarappa, Jayamma, Vidhya, Ashwath, Narasimharaju. G. K. Venkatesh Girija Productions
11 1959 Jagajoythi Basaveshwara (ಜಗಜ್ಯೋತಿ ಬಸವೇಶ್ವರ) T.V. Singh Tagore Honnappa Bhagavathkar, Sandhya,Saroja Devi Leelavathi, Balakrishna, Iyer G. K. Venkatesh Shashikala Chitra
12 1959 Dharma Vijaya (ಧರ್ಮ ವಿಜಯ) N. Jaganath Leelavathi,Harini, Narshimaraju, Varadappa G. K. Venkatesh H.M. Baba Production
13 1959 Mahishasuramardhini (ಮಹಿಷಾಸುರ ಮರ್ಧಿನಿ) B. S. Ranga Udaykumar, Saukar Jnaki, Narasimharaju, Sandhya, Ashwath, Ganapathi Bhat G. K. Venkatesh Vikram Production
14 1959 Abbaa Aa Hudugi (ಅಬ್ಬಾ ಆ ಹುಡುಗಿ) H.L.N. Simha Pandari Bai, Mynavathi, Rajashankar, Panthalu, Rajamma, Narasimharaju P. Kalingarao Jamuna Productions
15 1960 Ranadheera Kanteerava (ರಣಧೀರ ಕಂಠೀರವ) N.C. Rajan Udaykumar, Leelavathi, Veerabhadrappa, Sandhya, Narasimharaju, Balakrishna, Ashwath, Nagendrarao G. K. Venkatesh Kannada Chalanachitra Kalavidhara Sanga
16 1960 Rani Honamma (ರಾಣಿ ಹೊನ್ನಮ್ಮ) Ku.Ra.C. Shastri Leelavathi, Lalitharao, Balakrishna, Narasimharaju, Shivajirao Vijayabhaskar Girija Productions
17 1960 Aashasundari (ಆಶಾಸುಂದರಿ) Hunsur Krishnamurthy Harini, Krishnakumari, Shivashankar, Narasimharaju Gowri Productions
18 1960 Dashavathaara (ದಶಾವತಾರ) G.V.Iyer Udaykumar, Krishnakumari, Lelavathi, NNarasimharaju G. K. Venkatesh Vikram Productions
19 1960 Bhakta Kanakadasa (ಭಕ್ತ ಕನಕದಾಸ) Y.R. Swamy Udaykumar, Krishnakumar, H.R. Shashtri, Ashwath M. Venkataraju Shaymprasad Movies
20 1961 Srishyla Mahathme (ಶ್ರೀಶೈಲ ಮಹಾತ್ಮೆ) Aaruru Pattabhi Krishnakumari, Sandhya, Dikki Madavarao T.A. Kalyanam Srishyla Pictures
21 1961 Kittur Chennamma (ಕಿತ್ತೂರು ಚೆನ್ನಮ್ಮ) B.R. Panthulu Leelavathi, B. Saroja Devi T.G. Lingappa Padmini Pictures
22 1961 Kantheredu Nodu (ಕಣ್ತೆರೆದು ನೋಡು) T.V. Singh Tagore Leelavathi, Vandhana, Iyer, Balakrishna, Rajashree, G. K. Venkatesh Aranachelam Studios
23 1961 Kyvara Mahathme (ಕೈವಾರ ಮಹಾತ್ಮೆ) T.V. Singh Tagore Leelavathi, Vasantha G. K. Venkatesh Kayvara Films
24 1961 Bhaktha Chetha (ಭಕ್ತ ಚೇತ) M.B. Ganesh Prathima Venkateswara Productions
25 1961 Nagaarjuna (ನಾಗಾರ್ಜುನ) Y.V. Rao G. Varalakshmi, Narasimharaju, Ashwath, Nagendrarao, Sandhya, Rajanala, Kanthraj Rajan-Nagendra Nandi Pictures
26 1962 Gaali Gopura (ಗಾಳಿ ಗೋಪುರ) - - T. G. Lingappa -
27 1962 Bhoodaana (ಭೂದಾನ) S.P. Gopalakrishna, G.V.Iyer Kalyan Kumar, Udaykumar, Leelavathi. G. K. Venkatesh Ananthlakshmi Pictures
28 1962 Swarnagowri (ಸ್ವರ್ಣಗೌರಿ) Y.R. Swamy Krishnakumari, Rajashree M. Venkataraju Shyam Prasad Movies
29 1962 Devasundari (ದೇವಸುಂದರಿ) C.V. Raju Saroja Devi, Kalyan Kumar Moonas
30 1962 Karuneye Kutumbada Kannu (ಕರುಣೆಯೆ ಕುಟುಂಬದ ಕಣ್ಣು) T.V. Singh Tagore Leelavathi, Adhvani Lakshmidevi, Rajashree, Chi. Sadhashivaiah G. K. Venkatesh Shilashree Productions
31 1962 Mahathma Kabir (ಮಹಾತ್ಮ ಕಬೀರ್) Aaruru Pattabhi Krishnakumari Sarvodhaya Pictures
32 1962 Vidhivilasa (ವಿಧಿವಿಲಾಸ) Mahesh-Bhagavan Leelavathi Murugan Production
33 1962 Thejaswini (ತೇಜಸ್ವಿನಿ) H.L.N. Simha Pandari Bai Panduranga Production
34 1963 Valmiki (ವಾಲ್ಮೀಕಿ) C.S. Rao Leelavathi, Raja Sulochana Ghantasala Jupiter
35 1963 Nanda Deepa (ನಂದಾದೀಪ) M.R. Vittal Harini, Leelavathi M. Venkataraju Sri Bharathi Chitra
37 1963 Kanyarathna (ಕನ್ಯಾರತ್ನ) J.D. Thottan Leelavathi, Sahukarjanaki, Chi. Sadhashivaiah, Balakrishna G. K. Venkatesh D.B.S. Productions
38 1963 Gowri (ಗೌರಿ) S.K.A. Chari Saukar Janaki, Rathna, Ashwath. G. K. Venkatesh Kalabharathi
39 1963 Jeevana Tharanga (ಜೀವನ ತರಂಗ) Bangara Raju Leelavathi, Junior Revathi M. Venkataraju Shyam Prasad Movies
40 1963 Malli Madhuve (ಮಲ್ಲಿ ಮದುವೆ) G.R. Nathan Udaykumar, Saukar Janaki, Chi. Sadhashivaih, Balakrishna G. K. Venkatesh Jupiter
41 1963 Kulavadhu (ಕುಲವಧು) T.V. Singh Tagore Leelavathi, Ashwath G. K. Venkatesh Shilashree Production
42 1963 Kalitharoo Henne (ಕಲಿತರೂ ಹೆಣ್ಣೆ) N.C. Rajan Leelavathi, Nagendra Rao. G. K. Venkatesh Ganesh Chitra
43 1963 Veerakesari (ವೀರ ಕೇಸರಿ) B. Vitalacharya Leelavathi, Narasimharaju Ghantasala Rajalakshmi Production
44 1963 Mana Mechchida Madadi (ಮನ ಮೆಚ್ಚಿದ ಮಡದಿ) Ku.Ra.C. Shastri Leelavathi, Udayakumar, Balakrishna, Junior Revathi Vijayabhaskar Sarvamangala Production
45 1963 Sathi Shakthi (ಸತಿ ಶಕ್ತಿ) Kangal Prabhakar Shastri M.V. Rajamma, Sahukar Janaki T.G. Lingappa Matha Pictures
46 1963 Chandrakumara (ಚಂದ್ರಕುಮಾರ) N.S. Ver Krishna Kumari, Rajashree H.M. Baba Production
48 1963 Sri Ramanjaneya Yuddha (ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮಾಂಜನೇಯ ಯುದ್ಧ)) M.S. Nayak Udaykumar, Chandrakala, Jayanthi, Pandari Bai Sathyam Amrutha Kala Productions
49 1964 Navakoti Narayana (ನವಕೋಟಿ ನಾರಾಯಣ) S.K.A. Chari Sahukar Janaki, B.V.Radha, Diki Mahadevarao Shyam Pasad Movies
50 1964 Chandavalliya Tota (ಚಂದವಳ್ಳಿಯ ತೋಟ) Jayanthi, Udaykumar T. G. Lingappa Falls & Co.
51 1964 Shivarathri Mahathme (ಶಿವರಾತ್ರಿ ಮಹಾತ್ಮೆ) P.R. Kaundinya Leelavathi, Chi. Sadhashivaih Ambika Films
53 1964 Tumbida Koda (ತುಂಬಿದ ಕೊಡ) N.C. Rajan Leelavathi, Jayanthi, Jayashree G. K. Venkatesh Sri Venkatesh Chitra
54 1964 Shivagange Mahathme (ಶಿವಗಂಗೆ ಮಹಾತ್ಮೆ) Govindiah Harini, Rajashree, H.P. Saroja G. K. Raghu Balakrishna Movies
55 1964 Prathigne (ಪ್ರತಿಜ್ಞೆ) B. S. Ranga Jayanthi, Ashwath, Pandari Bai S. Hanumantha Rao Vikram Productions
56 1964 Naandi (ನಾಂದಿ) N. Lakshmi Narayan Kalpana, Harini, Balakrishna, Vadiraj Vijayabhaskar Sri Bharathi Films
57 1965 Nagapooja (ನಾಗಪೂಜ) D.S. Rajagopal Leelavathi, Jayashri T. G. Lingappa Maruthi Films
58 1965 Chandrahasa (ಚಂದ್ರಹಾಸ) B. S. Ranga Udaykumar, Leelavathi, Sudarshan S. Hanumantha Rao Vasanth Pictures
59 1965 Sarvagnamoorthy (ಸರ್ವಜ್ಞಮೂರ್ತಿ) Aaruru Pattabhi Harini, Mainavathi, Udaykumar, Niranjan G. K. Venkatesh Niranjana Films
60 1965 Vaatsalya (ವಾತ್ಸಲ್ಯ) Y.R. Swamy Jayanthi, Leelavathi, Udaykumar Suchitra Movies
61 1965 Satya Harishchandra (ಸತ್ಯ ಹರಿಶ್ಚಂದ್ರ) Hunsur Krishnamurthy Pandari Bai, Vanisri, Udaykumar, M.P. Shankar Pendyala Vijaya Productions
62 1965 Mahasathi Anasuya (ಮಹಾಸತಿ ಅನುಸೂಯ) B. S. Ranga Pandari Bai, Narasimharaju Vikram Productions
63 1965 Ide Maha Sudina (ಇದೇ ಮಹಾ ಸುದಿನ) B.C. Srinivas Udaykumar, Leelavathi, Harini, Jayashri Shantha Films
64 1965 Bettada Huli (ಬೆಟ್ಟದ ಹುಲಿ) A.V. Sheshagiri Rao Udaykumar, Jayanthi, M.P. Shankar T. G. Lingappa Bhagavathi Productions
65 1965 Sati Savithri (ಸತಿ ಸಾವಿತ್ರಿ) P.R. Kaundinya Udaykumar, Krishnakumari G. K. Venkatesh K.V.M. Pictures
66 1965 Maduve Madi Nodu (ಮದುವೆ ಮಾಡಿ ನೋಡು) Hunsur Krishnamurthy Udaykumar, Leelavathi, Nagendra Rao Ghantasala Vijaya Productions
67 1965 Pativrathaa (ಪತೀವ್ರತಾ) P.S. Murthy Udaykumar, Harini Chiranjeevi Films
68 1966 Mantralaya Mahatme (ಮಂತ್ರಾಲಯ ಮಹಾತ್ಮೆ) T.V. Singh Tagore Jayanthi, Kalpana, Udaykumar Rajan-Nagendra Jagajyothi Films
69 1966 Kathari Veera (ಕಠಾರಿ ವೀರ) Y.R. Swamy Udayachandrika, Udaykumar, Balakrishna Upendrakumar Saraswathi Films
70 1966 Bala Nagamma (ಬಾಲ ನಾಗಮ್ಮ) P.R. Kaundinya Kalpana, Rajashri, Nagaiah S. Rajeswara Rao Sanatana Kalamandira
71 1966 Toogudeepa (ತೂಗುದೀಪ) K.S.L. Swamy Udayachandrika, Udaykumar, Balakrishna Vijayabhaskar Lalitha Films
72 1966 Premamayi (ಪ್ರೇಮಮಯಿ) M.R. Vittal Leelavathi, Ashwath, Mainavathi, Ranga R. Sudarshanam Srikant & Srikant Enterprises
73 1966 Kilaadi Ranga (ಕಿಲಾಡಿ ರಂಗ) G.V.Iyer Udaykumar, Jayanthi, M.P. Shankar, Narasimharaju G. K. Venkatesh Vasantha Pictures
74 1966 Madhumalathi (ಮಧುಮಾಲತಿ) S.K.A. Chari Udaykumar, Bharathi, Shankar, Ashwath G. K. Venkatesh Trimurthy Films
75 1966 Yemme Thammanna (ಎಮ್ಮೆ ತಮ್ಮಣ್ಣ) B.R. Panthulu Bharathi, Latha, Pantulu, Rajamma, Dikki Madhavarao, Narasimharaju T.G. Lingappa Padmini Pictures
76 1966 Mohini Bhasmaasura (ಮೋಹಿನಿ ಭಸ್ಮಾಸುರ) M.N. Varma Udaykumar, Leelavathi H.M. Baba Productions
77 1966 Sri Kannika Parameshwari Kathe (ಶ್ರೀ ಕನ್ನಿಕಾ ಪರಮೇಶ್ವರಿ ಕಥೆ) Hunsur Krishnamurthy Kalpana, Nagendrarao, M.P. Shankar, Dwarakish, Jayashri, Ramadevi Rajan-Nagendra Evergreen Productions
78 1966 Sandhyaraaga (ಸಂಧ್ಯಾರಾಗ) A.C. Narasimhamurthy Bharathi, Udaykumar, Ashwath, Narasimharaju, Shailashri. G. K. Venkatesh, M. Balamuralikrishna Shailashri Productions
79 1967 Parvathi Kalyana (ಪಾರ್ವತಿ ಕಲ್ಯಾಣ) B. S. Ranga Chandrakala, M.P.Shankar, Ashwath, Jayashri, Udaykumar, Pandari Bai G. K. Venkatesh Vikram Productions
80 1967 Sati Sukanya (ಸತಿ ಸುಕನ್ಯ) Y.R. Swamy Harini, Balakrishna, Narasimharaju, Ashwath, Shankar Rajan-Nagendra Bhuvaneshwari Productions
81 1967 Gange Gowri (ಗಂಗೆ ಗೌರಿ) B.R. Panthulu Bharathi, Udaykumar, Leelavathi T. G. Lingappa Padmini Pictures
82 1967 Rajashekara (ರಾಜಶೇಖರ) G.V.Iyer Bharathi, Udaykumar, Balakrishna G. K. Venkatesh Vasanth Pictures
83 1967 Lagnapatrike (ಲಗ್ನಪತ್ರಿಕೆ) K.S.L. Swamy Jayanthi, Dwarakish, Radha, Shivram Vijayabhaskar Bava Movietone
84 1967 Rajadurgada Rahasya (ರಾಜದುರ್ಗದ ರಹಸ್ಯ) A.C.Narasimhamurthy, S.K. Bhagvan Jayanthi, Narasimharaju, Udaykumar G. K. Venkatesh Krishnodaya Films
85 1967 Devara Gedda Manava (ದೇವರ ಗೆದ್ದ ಮಾನವ) Hunsur Krishnamurthy Jayanthi, M.P.Shankar, Narasimharaju Rajan-Nagendra Bhavanarayan Productions
86 1967 Beedi Basavanna (ಬೀದಿ ಬಸವಣ್ಣ) B.R. Panthulu Bharathi, Narasimharaju, Vandana, Dinesh T. G. Lingappa Padmini Pictures
87 1967 Manassiddare Maarga (ಮನಸ್ಸಿದರೆ ಮಾರ್ಗ) M.R. Vittal Rajashankar, Narasimharaju, Jayanthi, Shankar, Ranga, Shailashri, Ashwath M. Ranga Rao Srikanth & Srikanth Enterprises
88 1967 Bangarada Hoovu (ಬಂಗಾರದ ಹೂವು) B.A. Urskumar Udaykumar, Kalpana, Balakrishna, Pandari Bai, Shailashri, Narasimharaju Rajan-Nagendra Srinivasa Chitralaya
89 1967 Chakratheertha (ಚಕ್ರತೀರ್ಥ) Peketi Shivram Udaykumar, Jayanthi, Balakrishna, Venkatesh, Jayashri T. G. Lingappa Sri Bhagavathi Productions
90 1967 Immadi Pulakeshi' (ಇಮ್ಮಡಿ ಪುಲಕೇಶಿ) N.C. Rajan Kalpana, Jayanthi, Sudarshan, Ashwath, Udaykumar, Balakrishna, Shakti Prasad, Narasimharaju G. K. Venkatesh Sri Venkatesh Films
91 1968 Jedara Bale (ಜೇಡರ ಬಲೆ) Dorai-Bhagvan Jayanthi, Narasimharaju, Shankar, Ashwath, Udaykumar G. K. Venkatesh Mantralaya Movies
92 1968 Gandhinagara (ಗಾಂಧಿನಗರ) K.S.L. Swamy Kalpana, Narasimharaju, Ashwath, Dinesh, B.V. Radha, Dwarakish Sathyam Vijayavardhan Movies
93 1968 Mahasathi Arundathi (ಮಹಾಸತಿ ಅರುಂಧತಿ) Aaruru Pattabhi Kalpana, Udaykumar Sanjeevi Pictures
94 1968 Manassakshi (ಮನಸ್ಸಾಕ್ಷಿ) S.K.A. Chari Bharathi, Ranga, Narasimharaju G. K. Venkatesh A.L.S
95 1968 Sarvamangala (ಸರ್ವಮಂಗಳ) M. Subramanyaraja Urs Kalpana, Ashwath, Sampath, Jayashri Sathyam Sri Nagendra Chitrakala
96 1968 Bhaagyadevathe (ಭಾಗ್ಯದೇವತೆ) Ratnakar-Madhu Leelavathi, Radha, Udayachandrika, Balakrishna, Narasimharaju Manoranjan Films
97 1968 Bangalore Mail (ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಮೇಲ್) L.S. Narayana Jayanthi, Radha, Narasimharaju, Ashwath Sathyam Gowri Arts Films
98 1968 Hannele Chiguridaaga (ಹಣ್ಣೆಲೆ ಚಿಗುರಿದಾಗ) M.R. Vittal Kalpana, Nagendrarao, Dinesh, Ranga, Jayashri M. Ranga Rao Srikanth & Srikanth Enterprises
99 1968 Bhaagyada Baagilu (ಭಾಗ್ಯದ ಬಾಗಿಲು) K.S.L. Swamy Vandana, Radha, Dwarakish, Balakrishna Vijayabhaskar S.J.K. Productions
100 1968 Natasarvabhauma (ನಟಸಾರ್ವಭೌಮ) Aaruru Pattabh Rajkumar Bharath Enterprises
101 1968 Rowdi Ranganna (ರೌಡಿ ರಂಗಣ್ಣ) R. Ramamurthy Chandrakala, Jayanthi, Dinesh, Rajashankar, Balakrishna Sathyam Sri rama Enterprises
102 1968 Dhoomaketu (ಧೂಮಕೇತು) R.N. Jayagopal Udayachandrika, Narasimharaju, Udaykumar, Ashwath T. G. Lingappa Sri Bhagavathi Art Productions
103 1968 Amma (ಅಮ್ಮ) B.R. Panthulu Bharathi, Pantulu, Rajamma, Dinesh, Ashwath T. G. Lingappa Padmini Pictures
104 1968 Simhaswapna (ಸಿಂಹಸ್ವಪ್ನ) W.R. Subbarao Udaykumar, Narasimharaju, Jayanthi S. Dakshinamurthy Gowri Arts Films
105 1968 Goadalli C.I.D. 999 (ಗೋವಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿ.ಐ.ಡಿ. ೯೯೯) Dorai-Bhagvan Narasimharaju, Lakshmi G. K. Venkatesh Anupam Movies
106 1968 Mannina Maga (ಮಣ್ಣಿನ ಮಗ) Geethapriya Kalpana, Shankar, Jayakumari Vijayabhaskar Sudarshan Movies
107 1969 Maargadarshi (ಮಾರ್ಗದರ್ಶಿ) M.R. Vittal Chandrakala, Sampath, Balakrishna, Narasimharaju, Shankar M. Ranga Rao Srikanth & Srikanth Enterprises
108 1969 Gandondu Hennaru (ಗಂಡೊಂದು ಹೆಣ್ಣಾರು) B.R. Panthulu Bharathi, Pantulu, Balakrishna, Mainavathi T. G. Lingappa Padmini Pictures
109 1969 Mallammana Pavada (ಮಲ್ಲಮ್ಮನ ಪವಾಡ) Puttanna Kanagal Saroja Devi, Balakrishna, Vajramuni Vijayabhaskar A.L.S. Productions
110 1969 Choori Chikkanna' (ಚೂರಿ ಚಿಕ್ಕಣ್ಣ) R. Ramamurthy Jayanthi, Narasimharaju, Jayakumari Sathyam Srirama Enterprises
111 1969 Punarjanma (ಪುನರ್ಜನ್ಮ) Peketi Shivram Jayanthi, Chandrakala, Ranga Dulal Sen Bhagavathi Arts Productions
112 1969 Bhaley Raja' (ಭಲೇ ರಾಜ) Y.R. Swamy Jayanthi, B.V. Radha Srirajeshwari Pictures
113 1969 Uyyale (ಉಯ್ಯಾಲೆ) N. Lakshmi Narayan Kalpana, Balakrishna, Ashwath Vijayabhaskar Bharath Enterprises
114 1969 Chikkamma(ಚಿಕ್ಕಮ್ಮ) R. Sampath Jayanthi, Srinath, Balakrishna, Narasimharaju T V Raju S.V.S. Combines
115 1969 Mayor Mutthanna (ಮೇಯರ್ ಮುತ್ತಣ್ಣ) Siddalingaiah Bharathi, Dwarakish, Shankar Rajan-Nagendra Dwaraka Films
116 1969 Operation Jackpot C.I.D. 999 (ಆಪರೇಷನ್ ಜ್ಯಾಕ್ಪಾಟ್ ಸಿ.ಐ.ಡಿ. ೯೯೯) Dorai-Bhagvan Surekha, Narasimharaju, Rekha, Nagappa G. K. Venkatesh Anupama Movies
117 1970 Sri Krishnadevaraya (ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣದೇವರಾಯ) B.R. Panthulu Bharathi, Jayanthi, Pantulu, Rajamma, Narasimharaju, Mainavathi. T. G. Lingappa Padmini Pictures
118 1970 Karulina Kare (ಕರುಳಿನ ಕರೆ) Puttanna Kanagal Kalpana, Nagendrarao, Dinesh, Renuka, Sudharshan M. Ranga Rao Srikanth & Srikanth Enterprises
119 1970 Hasiru Thorana (ಹಸಿರು ತೋರಣ) T.V. Singh Tagore Bharathi, Udaykumar, Narasimharaju Upendrakumar Trimurthy Films
120 1970 Bhupathi Ranga (ಭೂಪತಿ ರಂಗ) Geethapriya Udayachandrika, Renuka, Dinesh T. G. Lingappa Bhaskar Movies
121 1970 Mr. Rajkumar (ಮಿ. ರಾಜಕುಮಾರ್) B. S. Ranga Rajashri, Dwarakish S. Rajeswara Rao Vikram Productions
122 1970 Bhale Jodi (ಭಲೆ ಜೋಡಿ) Y.R. Swamy Bharathi, Dinesh, Balakrishna R. Ratna Rajkamal Arts
123 1970 C.I.D. Rajanna (ಸಿ.ಐ.ಡಿ. ರಾಜಣ್ಣ) R.Ramamurthy Rajashri, Dwarakish, Ranga, Jayashri, Jayanthi Srirama Enterprises
124 1970 Nanna Thamma (ನನ್ನ ತಮ್ಮ) Babu rao Jayanthi, Gangadhar, Dinesh Ghantasala Vijaya Pictures
125 1970 Baalu Belagithu (ಬಾಳು ಬೆಳಗಿತು) Siddalingaiah Bharathi, Jayanthi, Dwarakish Vijayabhaskar Chitrashri International
126 1970 Devara Makkalu (ದೇವರ ಮಕ್ಕಳು) Y.R. Swamy Kalpana, Jayanthi, Rajesh, Narasimharaju G. K. Venkatesh Bharath Enterprises
127 1970 Paropakari (ಪರೋಪಕಾರಿ) Y.R. Swamy Jayanthi, Sampath, Nagappa Upendrakumar Bhagavathi Productions
128 1971 Kasthuri Nivasa (ಕಸ್ತೂರಿ ನಿವಾಸ) Dorai-Bhagvan Arathi, Jayanthi, Ashwath, Rajashankar G. K. Venkatesh Anupam Movies
129 1971 Baala Bandhana (ಬಾಳ ಬಂಧನ) Peketi Shivram Jayanthhi, Sampath, Balakrishna, Dwarakish G. K. Venkatesh A.L.S.Productions
130 1971 Kulagaurava (ಕುಲಗೌರವ) Peketi Shivram Jayanthhi, Bharathi, Balakrishna, Nagendrarao Eeshwari Productions
131 1971 Namma Samsaara (ನಮ್ಮ ಸಂಸಾರ) Siddalingaiah Bharathi, Padmanjali, B.V. Radha, Balakrishna, Dinesh, Adivani Lakshmidevi M. Ranga Rao Srikanth & Srikanth Enterprises
132 1971 Kaasidre Kailasa (ಕಾಸಿದ್ರೆ ಕೈಲಾಸ) K. Janakiram Vanishri, Udaykumar, Srinath Srirama Films
133 1971 Thaayi Devaru (ತಾಯಿ ದೇವರು) Siddalingaiah Bharathi, Rajamma, Vajramuni, Dwarakish G. K. Venkatesh Jain Movies
134 1971 Prathidhwani] (ಪ್ರತಿಧ್ವನಿ) Dorai-Bhagvan Aarathi, Rajesh, Shankar, Dinesh G. K. Venkatesh Anupama Movies
135 1971 Saakshaathkaara (ಸಾಕ್ಷಾತ್ಕಾರ) Puttanna Kanagal Pruthviraj kapoor, Nagendrarao, jamuna M. Ranga Rao Mallick Productions
136 1971 Nyayave Devaru (ನ್ಯಾಯವೇ ದೇವರು) Siddalingaiah Saroja Devi, Aarathi [Rajan-Nagendra] Maharaja Movies
137 1971 Srikrishna Rukmini Sathyabhama (ಶ್ರೀಕೃಷ್ಣ ರುಕ್ಮಿಣಿ ಸತ್ಯಭಾಮ) K.S.L. Swamy Bharathi, Saroja Devi, Srinath, Aarathi Raghunandan Satyabhama Movies
138 1972 Janmarahasya (ಜನ್ಮರಹಸ್ಯ) S.P.N. Krishna Bharathi, Ashwath, Dwarakish, Dinesh Srikanth & Srikanth Enterprises
139 1972 Sipayi Ramu (ಸಿಪಾಯಿ ರಾಮು) Y.R. Swamy Aarathi, Leelavathi, Tugudeepa Srinivasa Upendrakumar Sri Bhagavathi Productions
140 1972 Bangarada Manushya (ಬಂಗಾರದ ಮನುಷ್ಯ) Siddalingaiah Bharathi, Aarathi, Srinath, Aadivani Lakshmidevi, Balakrishna, Shankar, Dwarakish, Vajramuni G. K. Venkatesh Srinidhi Productions
141 1972 Hrudaya Sangama (ಹೃದಯ ಸಂಗಮ) Ramnath-Shivram Bharathi, Shivram, Jayaram, Loknath, Ashwath, Pandari Bai Vijayabhaskar M.J.M. Productions
142 1972 Kranti Veera (ಕ್ರಾಂತಿವೀರ) R. Ramamurthy Jayanthi, Rajesh, Radha, Dwarakish Sathyam Srirama Enterprises
143 1972 Bhale Huchcha (ಭಲೇ ಹುಚ್ಚ) Y.R. Swamy Aarathi, Srinath, Vajramuni, B.V. Radha Rajan-Nagendra Srinidha Arts Productions
144 1972 Nanda Gokula (ನಂದ ಗೋಕುಲ) Y.R. Swamy Jayanthi, Ashwath, B.V.Radha Vijayabhaskar Shyam Prasad Enterprises
145 1972 Jaga Mechchida Maga (ಜಗ ಮೆಚ್ಚಿದ ಮಗ) Hunsur Krishnamurthy Bharathi, M.P.Shankar, Ashwath, M.V. Rajamma Sri Gowri Enterprises
146 1973 Devaru Kotta Tangi (ದೇವರು ಕೊಟ್ಟ ತಂಗಿ) K.S.L. Swamy Srinath, Jayanthi, Radha, Kala, Narasimharaju Vijayabhaskar Raghavendra Productions
147 1973 Bidugade (ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ) Y.R. Swamy Kalpana, Bharathi, Rajesh, Kala M. Ranga Rao Ramesh Movies
148 1973 Swayamvara (ಸ್ವಯಂವರ) Y.R. Swamy Bharathi, Dinesh, Satya Rajan-Nagendra Karnataka Films
149 1973 Gandhada Gudi (ಗಂಧದ ಗುಡಿ) Vijay Kalpana, Vishnuvardhan, Shankar, Balakrishna Rajan-Nagendra Bharani Chitra
150 1973 Doorada Betta (ದೂರದ ಬೆಟ್ಟ) Siddalingaiah Bharathi, Ashwath, Sampath G. K. Venkatesh Srinivasa International
151 1973 Mooroovare Vajragalu (ಮೂರೂವರೆ ವಜ್ರಗಳು) Y.R. Swamy Aarathi, Manjula, Jayanthi, Srinath R. Sudarshanam Devendra Arts
152 1974 Bangarada Panjara (ಬಂಗಾರದ ಪಂಜರ) Somashekar Aarathi, Ashwath, Rajamma, Shailashri G K Raghu Raja Productions
153 1974 Eradu Kanasu (ಎರಡು ಕನಸು) Dorai-Bhagvan Manjula, Kalpana, Ramgoal Rajan-Nagendra Anupam Movies
154 1974 Sampathige Savaal (ಸಂಪತ್ತಿಗೆ ಸವಾಲ್) A.V. Sheshagiri Rao Manjula, Rajamma, Vajramuni G. K. Venkatesh Padmashree Enterprise
155 1974 Bhakta Kumbaara (ಭಕ್ತ ಕುಂಬಾರ) Hunsur Krishnamurthy Leelavathi, Manjula, Balakrishna G. K. Venkatesh Lakshmi Films Combines
156 1974 Srinivasa Kalyana (ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸ ಕಲ್ಯಾಣ) Vijay Saroja Devi, Manjula, Rajashankar Rajan-Nagendra Srinivasa Arts
157 1975 Daari Tappida Maga (ದಾರಿ ತಪ್ಪಿದ ಮಗ) Peketi Shivram Kalpana, Manjula, Rajamma, Sadashivaiah G. K. Venkatesh Jayaprabha Productions
158 1975 Mayura (ಮಯೂರ) Vijay Srinath, Ashwath, Sampath, Majula G. K. Venkatesh Ramesh Movies
159 1975 Trimurthy (ತ್ರಿಮೂರ್ತಿ) C. V. Rajendran Jayamala, Surekha, Sampath, Balakrishna G. K. Venkatesh Punima Enterprises
160 1976 Premada Kaanike (ಪ್ರೇಮದ ಕಾಣಿಕೆ) V. Somashekar Vajramuni, Rajashankar, Jayamala Upendrakumar Jayadevi Films
161 1976 Bahaddur Gandu (ಬಹದ್ದೂರ್ ಗಂಡು) A. V. Sheshagiri Rao Aarathi, Balakrishna, Jayanthi, Joker Shaym, Vajramuni, Dwarakish, Tugudeepa Srinivas M. Ranga Rao Srikanth & Srikanth Enterprises
162 1976 Raja Nanna Raja (ರಾಜ ನನ್ನ ರಾಜ) A. V. Sheshagiri Rao Aarathi, Chandrashekhar, Suma, Balakrishna G.K.Venkatesh Madhu Arts Films
163 1976 Naa Ninna Mareyalare (ನಾ ನಿನ್ನ ಮರೆಯಲಾರೆ) Vijay Lakshmi, Balakrishna, Leelavathi, Shubha Rajan-Nagendra Eshwari Productions
164 1976 Badavara Bandhu (ಬಡವರ ಬಂಧು) Vijay jayamala, Ashwath, Sampath, Vajramuni, Shyam M. Ranga Rao C.N.R. Shakthi Productions
165 1977 Babruvaahana (ಬಬ್ರುವಾಹನ) Hunsur Krishnamurthy Jayamala, Ramakrishna, Kanchana, Saroja Devi, Satya T.G. Lingappa Rajkamal Arts
166 1977 Bhaagyavantaru (ಭಾಗ್ಯವಂತರು) Bhargava Ashok, Ramakrishna, Sampath Rajan-Nagendra Dwarakish Films
167 1977 Girikanye (ಗಿರಿಕನ್ಯೆ) Dorai-Bhagvan Jayamala, Vajramuni, Sampath, Prabhakar Rajan-Nagendra Padmashri Enterprises
168 1977 Sanaadi Appanna (ಸನಾದಿ ಅಪ್ಪಣ್ಣ) Vijay jayaprada, Papamma, Tugudeepa Srinivas G. K. Venkatesh Ananda Lakshmi Enterprises
169 1977 Olavu Geluvu (ಒಲವು ಗೆಲವು) Bhargava Lakshmi, Balakrishna, Surekha G. K. Venkatesh Seenu Creations
170 1978 Shankar Guru (ಶಂಕರ್ ಗುರು) V. Somashekar Jayamala, Vaishali, Padmashri, Kanchana Upendrakumar Dakshayani Combines
171 1978 Operation Diamond Racket (ಆಪರೇಷನ್ ಡೈಮಂಡ್ ರಾಕೆಟ್) Dorai-Bhagvan Padmapriya, Raji, Chandralekha, Vajramuni G. K. Venkatesh Anupam Movies
172 1981 Thaayige Thakka Maga (ತಾಯಿಗೆ ತಕ್ಕ ಮಗ) Pandari Bai, Srinivasamurthy
173 1979 Huliya Haalina Mevu (ಹುಲಿಯ ಹಾಲಿನ ಮೇವು) Vijay Jayaprada, Jayachitra, Sampath, Vajramuni G. K. Venkatesh Rajkamal Arts
174 1979 Naanobba Kalla (ನಾನೊಬ್ಬ ಕಳ್ಳ) Dorai-Bhagvan Lakshmi, Kanchana, Prabhakar, Shivram, Vajramuni Rajan-Nagendra Rashi Brothers
175 1980 Ravichandra (ರವಿಚಂದ್ರ) A.V. Sheshagiri Rao Lakshmi, Sumalatha, Savitri, Papamma, Vajramuni Upendrakumar Poornima Enterprises
176 1980 Vasanta Geetha (ವಸಂತ ಗೀತ) Dorai-Bhagvan Gayathri, Srinivasamurthy, Master Lohit M. Ranga Rao Nirupama Art Combines
177 1981 Haavina Hede (ಹಾವಿನ ಹೆಡೆ) Somashekar Sulakshana, Dinesh, Prabhakar G. K. Venkatesh Purnima Enterprises
178 1981 Nee Nanna Gellalare (ನೀ ನನ್ನ ಗೆಲ್ಲಲಾರೆ) Vijay Manjula, Ashwath, Balakrishna, Sudhri Ilaya Raja Vaishnavi Movies
179 1981 Keralida Simha (ಕೆರಳಿದ ಸಿಂಹ) Dattaraj Sarita, Tugudeepa Srinivas, Satish, Srinivasamurthy Sathyam Sri Rajarajeshwari Films combines
180 1982 Hosabelaku (ಹೊಸ ಬೆಳಕು) Dorai-Bhagvan Sarita, Srinivasamurthy, Udayshankar, Ashwath, Shivram, Sudha Sindhur, Master. Lohith M. Ranga Rao Kathyani Cine Art Combines
181 1982 Haalu-Jenu (ಹಾಲು-ಜೇನು) Singeetam Srinivasa Rao Madhavi, Shivram, Rupa, Anita, Umesh G. K. Venkatesh Poornima Enterprises
182 1982 Chalisuva Modagalu (ಚಲಿಸುವ ಮೋಡಗಳು) Singeetam Srinivasa Rao Sarita, Ashwath, Ambika, Shivram, Lakshmidevi Rajan-Nagendra Vaishnavi Movies
183 1983 Kaviratna Kalidasa (ಕವಿರತ್ನ ಕಾಳಿದಾಸ) Renuka Sharma Rajkumar Jayaprada, K. Vijaya, Nalini M. Ranga Rao Anandalakshmi Enterprises
184 1983 Kaamana billu (ಕಾಮನ ಬಿಲ್ಲು) Chi. Dattaraj Anantnag, Sarita, Ashwath, Balakrishna Upendrakumar Padmavati Cine Arts Films
185 1983 Bhakta Prahlada (ಭಕ್ತ ಪ್ರಹ್ಲಾದ) Vijay Sarita, Master Lohit, Shivram, Anantnag, Ambika, Tugudeepa Srinivas T.G. Lingappa Vaishnavi Movies
186 1983 Eradu Nakshatragalu (ಎರಡು ನಕ್ಷತ್ರಗಳು) Singeetam Srinivasa Rao Master Lohith, Ambika G. K. Venkatesh Kamakshi Enterprises
187 1984 Samayada Gombe (ಸಮಯದ ಗೊಂಬೆ) Dorai-Bhagvan Menaka, Rupadevi, Shashikala, Kanchana M. Ranga Rao Sri Tripura Sundari Combines
188 1984 Shraavana Banthu (ಶ್ರಾವಣ ಬಂತು) Singeetam Srinivasa Rao Urvashi, Shivram, Srinath, Vijayaranjini M. Ranga Rao Chandrakala Art Enterprises
189 1984 Yaarivanu? (ಯಾರಿವನು?) Dorai-Bhagvan Srinath, Shivram, Rupadevi, Lohith Rajan-Nagendra Dakshayini Combines
190 1984 Apoorva Sangama (ಅಪೂರ್ವ ಸಂಗಮ) Y.R. Swamy Shankarnag, Vajramuni, Ambika Upendrakumar Sri Kalikamba Creations
191 1985 Ade Kannu (ಅದೇ ಕಣ್ಣು) Chi. Dattaraj Gayathri, Vijayaranjini, Tugudeep Srinivas G. K. Venkatesh Hayavadana Movies
192 1985 Jwaalamukhi (ಜ್ವಾಲಾಮುಖಿ) Singeetam Srinivasa Rao Gayatri, Tu.Srinivas, Shivram, Chandru M. Ranga Rao Katyayini Cine Arts Combines
193 1985 Dhruvataare (ಧೃವತಾರೆ) M.S. Rajashekar Geetha, Deepa, Balakrishna Upendrakumar Nirupama Arts
194 1986 Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma (ಭಾಗ್ಯದ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಬಾರಮ್ಮ) Singeetam Srinivasa Rao Madhavi, Ashwath, Balakrishna Singeetham Srinivasarao Dakshayini Combines
195 1986 Anuraaga Aralithu (ಅನುರಾಗ ಅರಳಿತು) M.S. Rajashekar Madhavi, Pandari Bai, Ashwath, Honnavally Krishna, Satish, Tu. Srinivas Upendrakumar Bhargavi Art Movies
196 1986 Guri (ಗುರಿ) Vasu Archana, Tara, Satish Rajan-Nagendra Purnima Enterprises
197 1987 Ondu Muttina Kathe (ಒಂದು ಮುತ್ತಿನ ಕಥೆ) Shankarnag Archana, Balakrishna, Rameshbhat L. Vaidyanathan Padmasri Enterprises
198 1987 Shruthi Seridaaga (ಶೃತಿ ಸೇರಿದಾಗ) Chi. Dattaraj Madhavi, Geetha, Pandari Bai, Balakrishna T.G. Lingappa Nikhileshwari Cine Combines
199 1988 Devathaa Manushya (ದೇವತಾ ಮನುಷ್ಯ) Singeetam Srinivasa Rao Geetha, Balakrishna, Tu.Srinivas Purnima Enterprises
200 1989 Parashurama (ಪರಶುರಾಮ) V. Somashekar Mahalakshmi, Vani vishwanath, C.R. Simha Hamsalekha Dakshayini Combines
201 1992 Jeevana Chaitra (ಜೀವನ ಚೈತ್ರ) Dorai-Bhagvan Madhavi, Kala, Sriraksha, Sujata Upendrakumar Dakshayini Cine Combines
202 1993 Aakasmika (ಆಕಸ್ಮಿಕ) Nagabharana Madhavi, Geetha, Vajramuni Hamsalekha Sri Nirupama Combines
203 1994 Odahuttidavaru (ಒಡಹುಟ್ಟಿದವರು) Dorai-Bhagvan Ambarish, Madhavi, Srishanti, Ashwath, Vajramuni, Honna valli Krishna, Sudhri, Balakrishna, Umashri Upendrakumar Sri lakshmi Art Combines
204 2000 Shabdavedhi (ಶಬ್ದವೇಧಿ) S. Narayan Jayapradha, Ashwath, Adiwani Lakshmidevi Hamsalekha Sri Bhargavi Arts Combines
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15 August 1935, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Is an exponent of classical Indian dance forms of Kuchipudi and Bharata natyam
1. Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal (1975) .... Padma
2. Tata Manavadu (1972)
3. Pandava Vanavasam (1965) .... Dancer (guest role in a song)
4. Babruvahana (1964) .... Uloochi
5. Velugu Needalu (1964)
6. Tirupathamma Katha (1963) .... (guest)
7. Valmiki (1963/I)
8. Tiger Ramudu (1962)
9. Arasilankumari (1961) .... Azhagurani
10. Iddaru Mitrulu (1961) .... Sarala
11. Sabash Raja (1961)
12. Mahakavi Kalidasu (1960/I)
13. Shantinivasam (1960)
14. Jayabheri (1959) .... Narthaki Amrutha
15. Raja Makutam (1959/I) .... Prameela
16. Pelli Naati Pramanalu (1958) .... Radha Rani
17. Mangalya Balam (1958)
18. Suvarna Sundari (1957/I) .... Jayanthi
19. Sarangadhara (1957)
20. Todi Kodallu (1957) .... Navaneetham
21. Chori Chori (1956) (as Raja Sulochana) .... Bhagwan's wife
22. Penki Pellam (1956)
23. Rangoon Radha (1956) .... Radha
24. Sontha Ooru (1956)
25. Sri Kalahastiswara Mahatyam (1954) .... Chintamani
26. Kanna Talli (1953) .... (guest role in the veedhi bhagotham song)
Date of Birth: 13 August 1936, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Daughter of Shri M.D.Raman and Shrimati Vasundhara Devi, Vyjayanthimala was born in Madras (Chennai) on August 13, 1936. Schooling was in Presentation Convent and Good Shepherd Convent, both in Madras. She started taking lessons in Bharatanatyam dancing from a very early age and was already performing on stage while still in high school. A family friend, Shri M.V.Raman, after watching her dance performance, launched her in AVM's Tamil film Vazhkai in 1949. Initially, Vyjayanthimala's orthodox family did not want her to enter the film industry. But eventually, her foresighted grandmother, Yadugiri Devi, who often watched over young Vyjayanthimala's life and guided her career, consented and let Vyjayanthimala play a role in Vazhkai. The film was such a great success that it was re-made in Telugu (Jeevitham). The Telugu version was also a hit. AVM Productions then decided to go to Bombay and do the film in Hindi. Vyjayanthimala was chosen to do the Hindi version too. Vyjayanthimala had the advantage of being fluent in Hindi as she had studied Hindi at Hindi Prachar Sabha in Madras. The Hindi version of the movie, Bahar, was released in 1951 and it was also a commercial success. Tamilian Vyjayanthimala thus entered the world of Bombay based Hindi films.
In her entire film career, which lasted for two decades, Vyjayanthimala has acted in 63 films all together. A complete list of her films can be found under Filmography. (It is to be noted that she has been credited in various ways in the film titles such as Vyjayanthimala, Vyjayantimala, Vijayanthimala, Vijayantimala, Vyjayanti Mala, Vaijayanthimala, Vaijayantimala, Vyjayanthimala Bali, Vyjayantimala Bali, and so forth.)
Vyjayanthimala is a professional Bharatanatyam dancer. She had become a movie actress and dominated the silver screen in the 1950's and 1960's. But then she got married, retired from films when she was at her peak, and went back to pursue her number one passion - dancing. She not only dances, she also choreographs and composes. In her own words, dancing took her around the world much more than the movies did. She has performed her art in many countries of the world. The most notable of them being her performances at:
* The United Nations 20th Anniversary Celebrations of the Human Rights Day in 1969 in New York, USA. (She was the first Indian Dancer to ever give a Bharatanatyam recital at the United Nations.)
* The International Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
* The Adelaide Festival in Adelaide, Australia.
* The Royal Opera Rallst Festival in Stockholm, Sweden.
* The Holland Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
* The Autumn Festival in Paris, France.Vyjayanthimala is also the recipient of many awards and honors. The most notable of them being:
* Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award (1957) for Devdas (1955).
(She refused to accept this award on the grounds that her role was not of a supporting actress. She believed that her role was as important as the heroine's role in the movie.)
* Filmfare Best Actress Award (1959) for Sadhna (1958).
* Filmfare Best Actress Award (1962) for Gunga Jumna (1961).
* Filmfare Best Actress Award (1965) for Sangam (1964).
* Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (1996)
* The title "Padmashri" awarded by the Government of India in 1968.
* Arasavai Natya Kalaingnar by Tamil Nadu Government for excellence in Natya.
* Kalaimani Award given by Tamil Nadu Government in 1979.
* Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1982.
* The Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by the Annamalai University, Chennai in 1995.Aside from being a dancer and an actress, Vyjayanthimala is an accomplised golfer. She was introduced to the game by her late husband, Dr. C.L.Bali (whom she had married on March 10, 1968). Vyjayanthimala has played in National Golf Championship (15 Handicap). Her interest in golf continues even today, and she was still playing in recent years when she was almost 70 years old or may be even older.
Vyjayanthimala is also interested in politics and has actively participated in Indian politics. She was elected to the Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Indian Parliament) twice and was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of the Indian Parliament) once. She was very close to the then Indian Prime Minister, Shrimati Indira Gandhi.Vyjayanthimala, now over 70, still actively pursues her number one passion - dancing. She continues to do dance research and choreography and on special occasions even performs on stage. She is the Life President and Trustee of Natyalaya Academy of Classical Bharatanatyam and Music in her hometown Chennai. She is also the Founder Trustee of Dr. Bali Pharma Foundation - a charitable trust, to serve the poor and downtrodden and to look after the welfare of women and children. She has now distanced herself from the movie industry and Mumbai (Bombay).
Vyjayanthimala has one son, Suchindra Bali, who is currently trying to establish himself as an actor in the glamorous movie industry of Bollywood.Filmography
Jump to filmography as: Actress, Miscellaneous Crew
1. Ladki (1989) (as Vyjayanthimala Bali)
2. Ganwaar (1970) (as Vyjantimala) .... Parvati 'Paro'
3. Prince (1969) .... Rajkumari Amrita
4. Pyar Hi Pyar (1969) (as Vyjayantimala) .... Kavita
5. Duniya (1968) .... Mala
6. Saathi (1968) .... Shanti
7. Sunghursh (1968) .... Munni/Laila -e- Aasmaan
8. Jewel Thief (1967) .... Shalini Singh ("Shalu")
9. Chhotisi Mulaqat (1967) .... Roopa Choudhury
10. Hatey Bazarey (1967) .... Chhipli
11. Suraj (1966) .... Princess Anuradha Singh
12. Amrapali (1966) .... Amrapali
13. Do Dilon Ki Dastaan (1966)
14. Naya Kanoon (1965) .... Jyoti
15. Ishaara (1964) .... Mala
16. Leader (1964) (as Vyjayantimala) .... Princess Sunita
17. Phoolon Ki Sej (1964) .... Karuna
18. Sangam (1964/I) .... Radha
19. Zindagi (1964) .... Beena
20. Dr. Vidya (1962)
21. Jhoola (1962) .... Sumati
22. Rangoli (1962)
23. Aas Ka Panchhi (1961) .... Neena Bakshi
24. Gunga Jumna (1961) .... Dhanno
25. Nazrana (1961) .... Vasanti
26. Baghdad (1960) (as Vyjayanthimala Bali)
27. Baghdad Thirudan (1960)
28. College Girl (1960)
29. Irumputhirai (1960)
30. Parthiban Kanavu (1960) .... Kundhavi
31. Raja Bhakti (1960)
32. Jawani Ki Hawa (1959)
33. Paigham (1959) .... Manju
34. Amar Deep (1958) .... Aruna
35. Madhumati (1958) (as Vyjayantimala) .... Madhumati/Madhavi/Radha
36. Piya Milan (1958)
37. Raj Tilak (1958) .... Mandakini
38. Sadhna (1958) .... Rajni/Champabai
39. Sitaron Se Aage (1958)
40. Aasha (1957) .... Nirmala
41. Ek Jhalak (1957)
42. Kath Putli (1957) .... Pushpa
43. Anjaan (1956) .... Ratna
44. Devta (1956) (as Vijayanthimala Bali)
45. Kismet Ka Khel (1956) (as Vijayanthimala Bali)
46. New Delhi (1956) .... Janaki
47. Patrani (1956)
48. Taj (1956)
49. Devdas (1955) (as Vyjayanti Mala) .... Chandramukhi
50. Jashan (1955)
51. Pehli Jhalak (1955)
52. Sitara (1955)
53. Yasmin (1955)
54. Miss Mala (1954)
55. Nagin (1954) .... Mala
56. Ladki (1953) .... Rani Mehra
57. Penn (1953)
58. Sangham (1953)
59. Anjaam (1952)
60. Bahar (1951) .... Lata
61. Jeevitham (1949) .... Rani
62. Vazhkai (1949)
1. Leader (1964) (dances) (as Miss Vyjayantimala)
Date of Birth:
3 July 1921, Moparru, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date of Death:
20 April 1992, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Educated in Guntur Hindu College.
His most famous works include the rendition of Sundarakanda and Hanuman Chalisa of Tulasidas which he himself translated into Telugu.
Other renditions include Balakanda, Ayodhya Kanda, Kishkinda Kanda,Arayna Kanda,which once again were tranlsated into Telugu by himself.
Jump to filmography as: Music Department, Actor
1. Sree Rama Anjaneya Yuddham (1974) (playback singer)
2. Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam (1961) (playback singer)
3. Suvarna Sundari (1957/I) (playback singer)
4. Panduranga Mahatyam (1957) (playback singer)
5. Sarangadhara (1957) (playback singer)
6. Vinayaka Chaviti (1957) (playback singer)
7. Jayasimha (1955) (playback singer)
8. Pitchi Pullaiah (1953) (playback singer)
9. Naa Illu (1953) (playback singer)
10. Palletooru (1952) (playback singer)
11. Anni (1951) (playback singer)
12. Deeksha (1951) (playback singer)
13. Shavukaru (1950) (playback singer)
14. Modati Rathri (1950) (playback singer)
15. Mana Desam (1949) (playback singer)
16. Jeevitham (1949) (playback singer)
17. Drohi (1948) (playback singer)
18. Devatha (1941) (playback singer)
1. Tahsildar (1944)
1. Raksharekha (1949) (dialogue) (story)
2. Tahsildar (1944) (dialogue)
3. Bala Nagamma (1942) (as Balijepalli)
4. Bhukailasa (1940) (dialogue)
5. Vishwamohini (1940) (dialogue) (as Balijepalli)
6. Malli Pelli (1939) (dialogue)
7. Vara Vikrayam (1939) (dialogue) (as Balijepalli)
8. Anasuya (1936)
9. Harishchandra (1935)
1. Raksharekha (1949)
2. Tahsildar (1944) .... Seethaiah
3. Bala Nagamma (1942) .... Navabhoja Raju
4. Malli Pelli (1939) .... Janardhana Panthulu
5. Vara Vikrayam (1939) .... Lingaraju
# Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam (1961)
# Sri Venkateswara Mahatmyam (1960) .... Akasa Raju
# Jayabheri (1959)
# Chenchu Lakshmi (1958/I)
# Mangalya Balam (1958)
# Sarangadhara (1957)
# Peddamanushulu (1954)
# Sri Kalahastiswara Mahatyam (1954) .... Basavareddy
# Palletoori Pilla (1950) .... Kampanna Dora
# Vindhyarani (1948)
# Madalasa (1948)
# Vara Vikrayam (1939) .... Judge
# Mohini Bhasmasura (1938)
With several memorable performances to his credit, be it the guilt-ridden aide, `Topalam' of Sankara Sastry in `Sankarabharanam' or the harassed husband of an over devout wife in `Swarnakamalam,' Rao had etched out an inimitable name for himself among Telugu filmgoers.
Rao, who began his film career with Bapu's 1960 film, `Sakshi' from which he derived his screen name, had the unique distinction of acting in most of the films made by quintessential Telugu filmmakers, K. Vishwanath, Bapu and Vamsi. In all, he acted in about 450 films.
Working as a stenographer in Andhra University, he pursued his passion, theatre arts, and was renowned for his poignant roles, particularly in `Kanaka Pushyaraagam'. But, it was in comic roles that he found his footing in the film world, `Sirivennela', `Swarnakamalam', `April 1 Vidudhala', `Joker' to name a few. His last film was also with K. Vishwanath, `Swarabhishekam,' that was released a few months ago.
Incidentally, it was on stage that Rao collapsed on May 5 during a rehearsal for the Gurazada play, `Kanyasulkam'. He was admitted to hospital and was on the recovery path when the end came. He leaves behind scores of lovers of good cinema and more importantly, healthy comedy in films.
Jump to filmography as: Actor, Self
1. Linga Babu Love Story (1995)
2. Subha Sankalpam (1995)
3. Yamaleela (1994)
4. Aa Okkati Adakku (1993) .... Pellilla Peraiah
5. Detective Naarada (1993)
6. Joker (1993)
7. Swathi Kiranam (1992)
8. Naa Pellam Naa Ishtam (1991)
9. Pelli Pustakam (1991)
.10. April 1st Vidudhala (1991)
11. Karthavyam (1991) .... Constable Ranganayakulu
12. Sutradhaarulu (1990)
13. Eeshwar (1989)
14. Swarnakamalam (1988)
15. Sruthi Layalu (1987)
16. Chantabbai (1986)
17. Sirivennela (1986)
18. Chattamtho Porattam (1985)
19. Mogudu Pellalu (1985)
20. Rendu Rella Aaru (1985)
21. Janani Janmabhoomi (1984)
22. Rendu Jella Seetha (1983)
23. Sagara Sangamam (1983)
24. Sitaara (1983)
25. Manchupallaki (1982)
26. Subhalekha (1982)
27. Radha Kalyanam (1981)
28. Gopala Rao Gari Ammayi (1980)
29. Saptapadhi (1980)
30. Subhodayam (1980)
31. Shankarabharanam (1979)
32. Siri Siri Muvva (1978)
33. Manushulu Chesina Dongalu (1977)
34. Shri Rajeshwari Vilas Coffee Club (1976)
35. Muthyala Muggu (1975)
36. Andala Ramudu (1973) .... Subba Rao's father-in-law
37. Mattilo Manikyam (1971)
38. Saakshi (1967)
39. Sudigundaalu (1967)
1. Thyagayya (1981)
1. Bhoomikosam (1974)
2. Chhoti Bahu (1971)
3. Kangan (1971)
.4. Atha Okinti Kodale (1958)
5. M.L.A. (1957)
6. Muddu Bidda (1956)
1. Atha Okinti Kodale (1958) (producer)
2. M.L.A. (1957) (producer)
3. Muddu Bidda (1956) (producer)
Date of Birth:
Date of Death:
2. Illarikam (1959) .... Seshagiri
3. Pelli Sandadi (1959)
4. Pelli Naati Pramanalu (1958) .... Bheemasena Rao's son
5. Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu (1958) .... Ram Singh
6. Mundadugu (1958)
7. Maya Bazaar (1957/I) .... Dushyasanudu
8. Vinayaka Chaviti (1957)
9. Jayam Manade (1956)
10. Donga Ramudu (1955) .... Babul
11. Aggi Ramudu (1954)
12. Devadasu (1953)
13. Kanna Talli (1953) .... Chalapathi
14. Paropakaram (1953/I)
Kanakam acted in gunasundari katha as yakshini with anjalidevi.
you remember lethamanasulu in that picture she played as geetanjali mother charector.early days she was a play back singer.
1. Bhakta Prahlada (1967/I)
2. Letha Manasulu (1966)
3. Daasi (1952)
4. Shavukaru (1950) .... Raami
5. Raksharekha (1949)
6. Gunasundari Katha (1949) .... Yakshini
1.Missamma (1955) .... Mary Pempudu thandri
2. Parivartana (1954) .... Ramaiah
3. Devadasu (1953) .... Neelakantham
4. En Veedu (1953)
5. Naa Illu (1953)
6. Dharmadevata (1952/I) .... Dharmadhikari
7. Pelli Chesi Choodu (1952)
8. Prema (1952)
9. Malliswari (1951) .... Narappa
10. Mangala (1951) .... Father of Mangala
11. Samsaram (1950)
12. Yogi Vemana (1947)
13. Sumangali (1940)
14. Vishwamohini (1940
Date of Birth:
22 February 1927, Narasaraopeta, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date of Death:
27 April 1974,
Younger sister of actress Sriranjani Sr.
She is born in Narasa Rao pet in 1927. She debuted into films with Bhishma in 1944. She is known mainly for her roles as the long-suffering wife. In her Tamil film Parasakti she epitomizes the male ideal of virtuous Hindu womanhood. Joined films in Telugu with LV Prasad's Grihapravesam as Lalitha, the ill reputed girl friend of CSR Anjaneyulu. She acted in films by Kamalakara Kameswara Rao, KV Reddy and PS Rama Krishna Rao. She played the blind girl in City Lights (1931) remake of Raj en kanmani. She retired from films in 1960. She returned to cinema field to play a few guest roles, usually of elderly mother figures, after 1969. She died five years later in 1974
1. Jeevana Tarangalu (1973)
2. Nenante Nene (1968)
3. Bangaru Panjaram (1965)
4. Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham (1963) .... Rukmini
5. Mahakavi Kalidasu (1960/I)
6. Krishna Leelalu (1959)
7. Preme Daivam (1957)
8. Penki Pellam (1956)
9. Santanam (1955) .... Lakshmi
10. Shri Krishna Tulabharam (1955/I) .... Rukmini
11. Chandraharam (1954) .... Gouri
12. Amarasandesam (1954)
13. Peddamanushulu (1954)
14. Raji En Kanmani (1954)
15. Bratuku Theruvu (1953) .... Mohan's wife
16. Manavati (1952)
17. Parasakthi (1952) (as Sriranjani Jr.) .... Kalyani
18. Prema (1952) .... Latha
19. Rajeshwari (1952)
20. Sankranti (1952)
21. Laila Majnu (1949/I)
22. Gunasundari Katha (1949) .... Gunasundari
23. Gitanjali (1948)
24. Madalasa (1948)
25. Grihapravesham (1946)
26. Bhishma (1944) .... Satyavathi
R S Prakash was the son of Raghupathi Venkata Ratnam Naidu.
Date of Birth:
1901, Madras, Tamil Nadu, India]
Date of Death:
28 May 1956, Madras, Tamil Nadu, India.
1. Moondru Penngal (1956)
2. Mayapilla (1951)
3. Babruvahana (1942)
4. Tara Sasankam (1941)
5. Chandika (1940)
6. Sirikathe (1939)
7. Anadhai Penn (1938)
... aka Orphan Girl (India: English title)
8. Porveeran Manaivi (1938)
9. Andal Thirukalyanam (1937)
10. Rajasekharan (1937)
11. Soldier's Wife (1937)
12. Indrasabha (1936)
13. Krishna Naradi (1936)
14. Nalayini (1936)
15. Gnana Sundari (1935)
16. Krishna Arjuna (1935)
17. Lanka Dahanam (1935)
18. Thooku Thooki (1935)
19. Draupadi Vastrapaharanam (1934)
20. Vishnu Leela (1932)
21. Gandhariyin Pulambal (1931)
22. Leila the Star of Mingrella (1931)
23. Pavalakkodi (1931)
24. Rose of Rajasthan (1931)
25. Gajendra Moksham (1930)
26. Kovalan (1930)
27. Lanka Dahan (1930)
.28. Shri Kanyaka Parmeshwari (1929)
29. Stage Girl (1929)
30. Kovalan (1928)
31. Dasavtaar (1927)
32. Mohini Avatar (1926)
33. Mahatma Kabirdas (1925)
34. Draupadi Bhagya (1924)
35. Gajendra Moksham (1924)
36. Nandanar (1924)
37. Samudra Madanam (1924)
38. Usha Swapna (1924)
39. The Catechist of Kil-Arni (1923)
40. Bhakta Nandan (1923)
41. Bhishma Pratigna (1922)
Date of Birth:
2 August 1880, Bellary,
Date of Death:
17 April 1946, Madras,
Raghava Ballari was one of the greatest Telugu drama artists. He was born on August 2, 1880 in Tadapatri, a village in Anantapuram district. His father was Narasimhachari and mother was Seshamma. His religion was Vaishnava and belonged to a caste/tribe called Srivaishnava. He was married to Krishnamma, daughter of Lakshmanachari of Kurnool.
He finished his Metric in Ballari High School and graduated from Christian College, Madras (now Chennai). He practiced law after graduating from Madras Law College in 1905. Very soon he became rich and popular as a criminal lawyer and well known for his cross examination tactics. The British Government recognized his talent and appointed him as a public prosecutor and also awarded him the title "Rao Bahaddur."
From his childhood, he was very interested in drama and started his acting career at the age of 12. He founded Shakespeare Club in Ballari and played Shakespeare dramas. Raghava portrayed main characters in various dramas in Sreenivasarao Kolachalam's group called Sumanohara in Bangalore.
Harischandra, padukapattabhishekamu, savitri, brihannala, ramaraju charitra, ramadasu, tappevaridi, saripadani sangatulu, etc. were his famous dramas. He visited various countries like Sri Lanka, England, France, Germany and Switzerland and gave seminars and lectures on Indian drama art. He was also invited to America and Russia, but he was unable to go to these countries. Eminent people like Mahatma Gandhi and artists like Rabindranath Tagore were impressed by his dramas. He was very popular among the common people as well.
He encouraged women to participate in drama. His students who later became very popular included female artists like Sarojini Kopparapu, Padmavati Kommuri and Annapurna Kakinada, and male artists like Vasudevarao K.S., Apparao Basavaraju and Kanaklingeswarrao Banda.
He flirted with film industry briefly. In 1936, he played Duryodhana in Reddy H.M.'s "draupadi maana samrakshanam." He also acted in raitubidda and chandika. However, he quit the film industry quickly.
Raghava was influenced by a spiritual master Pandit Taranadh who established an ashram on the banks of Tungabhadra river and contributed a lot to this ashram. He used to provide financial help to anyone in need. He was against traditional extravagant marriages and ghettoism. He lived a simple life, in spite of his tremendous wealth.
He believed that music should be down played in drama and social dramas related to social reforms should be given more importance. He advocated that drama should bring some social benefit to the society, in addition to entertainment. He continued his interest in drama until his last day on April 16th, 1946. A prestigious award "Ballari Raghava Puraskaram" was instituted in his memory and is awarded to talented artists who contributed to drama and cinema.
1. Chandika (1940) .... Veeramallu
2. Raitu Bidda (1939) .... Narisi Reddy
3. Draupadi Manasamrakshanam (1936) .... Duryodhana