Sunday, September 11, 2011

RAJ KUMAR

Raj Kumar was a Super Star of Kannada cinema who was well adept in his career and propitiated his audiences for a very long period.He was born on April 24, 1929 at Singanallur of Mysore District.His parents were Puttaswamiah and Lakshmamma.
He worked as child artist in the drama  troupe of  Gubbi Veeranna.His father was also working in that troupe.In that troupe he was givn training in acting,dancing and singing.Since he had a very good voice he was givn special training in Carnatic music also.With all the capabilities he acquired from the drama trupe he debuted as hero for the film 'Bedara Kannappa(1954).He was well accepted by the people and they made his films a celebration.Later he started his own film production company in the name 'Vajreswari Productins' which produced films under the banner 'Dakshayani Combines'.
He produced several mythological films and Epic films as well as stories from the Pallava dynasty,Vijaya Nagar Empire  etc employing elaborate and lavish sets and costumes.He made several films to eradicate the evils in the society and for the betterment of the people.He worked in more than 220 Kannada films.He had invitation from other south Indian languages but he liked to act in only Kannada films.He acted in one Telugu film other than Kannada in whole his career life.He loved Kannada language very much and was the leader of a strike to make Kannada language compulsory in educational institutions of Karnataka State and were victorious in their aim.He considered his audience and fans as Gods and loved them very much.That is the reason why when he died at the age of 76 there occured riots in Bangalore and other parts of Karnataka  in which several vehicles were burnt.The agony of his fans were unbelievable.Police had to struggle a lot to suppress the riots.
He was being affectionately called as 'Rajanna' and also 'Annavru'(Elder Brother).People loved and respected him so much.His 100th film 'Bhag Yade Bagila' and 200th film 'Devatha Manushya'  were block buster films.His films 'Kaviratna Kalidasa', 'Shankar Guru','Ranadheera Kanteevara' were all well accepted and  were exceptional.He appeare in several action films also.Several films were like James Bond type films like  C.I.D. 999(Hindi actress Rekha's debut film).The main quality of Raj Kumar was that he was a fantastic singer.He had a beautiful voice and so he was being also called as 'Gana Gandharva'.That maestro sang songs  of all varieties like Carnatic classical,disco,fast numbers,devotional songs etc.
Raj Kumar earned  fame as a man of discipline. His daily routine started at 4'o clock in the early morning.He used to practice 'Yoga'.Almost all the heroines of south Indian languages paired with him in his films.
On July 30 2000 he was abducted by the Criminal Veerappan to Sathyamangalam forest.He had to stay for a period of 108 days in the forest camp.During those days even Veerappan treated him with love and respect only.Veerappan tried to provide him what ever facilities he was able to provide in the forest for Raj kumar.
Raj Kumar was the recipient of '9' Karnataka State Best actor Awards.He got two times Karnataka State  awards for play back singing.He got National award for play back singing also.
He was awarded Karnataka Ratna in 1993 by the Government, and had been recipient of 'Nata Sarvabhouma' award from Karnataka State in 1967.He was given Ph.D from Mysore University.He received Dada Saheb Phalke award in 1995.
He was given Padma Bhushan in 1983.
That great actor and humanist died on April 12, 2006
Selected Filmography and heroines
Kaviratna Kalidasa                              -Jaya Pradha
Chelisuva Modagalu                             -Ambika
Hosa Belaku                                        -Saritha
Naa Ninna Mareyalaare                        -Lakshmi
Dhruva Thaare                                     -Geeta
Shruthi Saridaga                                   -Madhavi
Kasturi Nivasa                                      -Jayanthi
Bahru Vahana                                       -Saroja Devi
Anuraaga Aralithu                                 -Madhavi
Bale Jodi                                               -Bharati
Shravana Bandhu                                  -Urvashi
Sanadi Appanna                                    -Jaya Pradha
Giri Kanye                                            -Jaya Mala
Huliya Halina Mevu                               -Jaya Pradha
Kamana Billu                                         -Saritha
Apoorva Sangama                                 -Ambika

Paropakari                                            -Jayanthi
Badavara Bandhu                                  -Jaya Mala
Swarna Gowri                                       -Rajasree
Adhey Kannu                                        -Gayathri
Sri Krishna devaraya                             -Bharati
Bhoopathi Ranga                                  -Udaya Chandrika
Mayura                                                 -Manjula
Jeevana Chaitra                                     -Madhavi
Thayige Thakka Mega                            -Padma Priya
Sampathiga savaal                                   -Manjula
Veera Kesari                                           -Leelavathi
Nanna Thamma                                       -Jayanthi
Sathya Harichandra                                  -Pandari Bai
Kala Gowrava                                          -Bharati
Shankar Guru                                           -Jaya Mala
Guri                                                           -Archana
Operation Diamond racket                         -Padma Priya
Mayor Mutanna                                        -Bharati
Jamma Rahasya                                         -Bharati
Gowri                                                        -Shoukar Janaki
Chandravallia Thotta                                  -Jayanthi
Bhakta Kanakadasa                                   -Krishna Kumari
Parasuram                                                  -Vani Viswanath
Prema Mayi                                               -Leelavathi
Chakratheertha                                           -Jayanti
Devaru Kotta Thangi                                  -Jayanthi
Nanda Deepa                                             -Harini
Mr.Rajkumar                                              -Rajasree
Bhookailasa                                                -Jamuna
Bhaktha Prahlada                                        -Saritha
Sodari                                                         -Pandari Bai
Sathi Sakti                                                  -Shoukar Janaki
Punarjanma                                                 -Jayanthi
Mallemana Pavada                                      -Saroja Devi
Nagarjuna                                                   -Vara Lakshmi
Ondu Muthina Kathe                                   -Archana
Keralida Sinha                                             -Pandari Bai
Jwalamukhi                                                 -Gayathri
Devara Makkalu                                         -Kalpana
Baala Nagamma                                          -Kalpana
Dhooma Kethu                                            -Udaya Chandrika
Trimoorthi                                                   -Jayamala
Uyyale                                                         -Kalpana
Vaatsalya                                                     -Leelavathy
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