Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chittor V.Nagaiah

Chittor V.Nagaiah was an outstanding talented person who was indulged in different aspects of Cinema and Drama fields.This multifaceted personality received accolades as an actor of both stage and screen,he earned appreciation and awards as a good film director,he was a writer and script writer,he earned name and fame as a playback singer and Composer ,he produced films also.He worked mainly in Telugu films and acted in more than 200 Telugu films and in more than 150 films in other South Indian languages such as  Tamil,Kannada and Malayalam.He acted in a few Hindi films as well.

V.Nagaiah was born on 28th March 1904 in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh in a Telugu Speaking Brahmin family to parents Ramalinga Sharma and Venkita Lakshmamba.The family later moved to Tirupathi.
Nagaiah studied with a scholarship from Tirupathi Devasthanam and obtained a degree from Chittoor.Before joining films he worked as a clerk in government service and a journalist with  'Andhara Patrika'.He actively involved  in Indian Freedom movement and participated in 'Dandi Sathyagraha'. 
 He had to face several sorrows and mishaps in his personal life.His wife died while giving birth to a  baby girl.His second wife also died due to miscarriage and his daughter died because of some illness.He became very sad and depressed  and to regain mental peace stayed for a certain period at the Ashram of Ramana Maharshi.
Because of his  association with a cultural organisation 'Rama Vilas Sabha' he became a stage actor and writer  and acted in many dramas which received good opinion from the public.He acted even in female roles which also received accolades.Plays like 'Sarangadhara,Savitri,Viswamitra Chitranilayam,Bruhannala,Ramadasu' etc  were very popular plays.

While he was associated with another cultural organisation 'Chennapuri Andhra Mahasabha' he became a friend of B.N.Reddy.When B.N.Reddy formed a production house 'Rohini Pictures' and produced a film 'Grihalakshmi' in Telugu in the year 1938 Nagaiah acted in it  in a significant role as the brother of the heroine.Kannmba acted as the heroine of this film.
By the release of that film Nagaiah became an established film actor and  he received  several other offers  as well as from other languages like Tamil also.He used to try his level best to portray characters in a natural manner.
He was the first South Indian film star who received 'Padma Shree' award from Government of India.
In 1940 he acted as Emperor Ashoka in the film 'Ashok Kumar' which highlighted the story of the Emperor's son Kunal.The main character was depicted by M.K.Thyagaraja Bhagavathar.
In 1945 he acted in the Tamil super hit film 'Meera' which was also  dubbed and released in Hindi.It was based on the story of Lord Krishna's devotee 'Meera' who lived around 1550 A.D. and who married King of Mewar and still pertained her devout to Krishna.The main roles were handled by the great Carnatic Musician M.S.Subbulakshmi and Chittor V.Nagaiah.
The film 'Thyagayya' was written,produced,directed and acted in the main role as 'Saint Poet Thyagaraja' by Chittor V.Nagaiah himself in the year 1946.
Tamil film 'En Veedu' was directed by him in 1953 and acted in the main role.B.Jayamma acted as the heroine.It was dubbed to Telugu.It was also produced by Nagaiah and the music was composed by him.
In the year 1953 he directed another film 'Naa Illu' in Telugu.In the same year he acted in a Hindi film 'Ladki' along with Vyajanthimala  and Kishore Kumar.In 1955 he acted along with A.Nageswara Rao and Anjali Devi in the hit film 'Anarkali' which was dubbed to Tamil.
In 1957 he acted along with N.T.Rama Rao and Anjali Devi in the film

Panduranga Mahatmyam'.

In 1961 he portrayed Dasaratha Maharaja in the mythological film 'Sri Seetha Ramayanam'.
In 1962 he acted in the film 'Dakshayagnam' as 'Dadhichi' and acted along with N.T.R, Devika,Rajasree,S.V.Ranga Rao etc.
In the year 1964 he acted in the film 'Bobbili Yudham' along with N.T.Rama Rao,Jamuna,L.Vijayalakshmi,C.S.R.Anjaneyalu etc.
In 1967 he acted in the super hit Tamil film 'Iru Malargal' along with Sivaji Ganesan,Padmini,K.R.Vijaya,Nagesh,Manorama etc which was directed by A.C.Trilokchander.
In 1968 he acted along with Sivaji Ganesan,Padmini,T.S.Balaiah etc in the blockbuster film 'Thillana Mohanambal'.
In 1971 he portrayed the role of Sage Vasishta in the super hit film 'Sampoorna Ramayanam' along with Shobhan Banu,Chandrakala,Jamuna,Gummadi etc.
Chittor V.Nagaiah was the recipient of some other awards also apart from 'Padma Shree award'.
He died on 30th December 1973 at the age of 69.
Selected Filmography
Ashok Kumar
Bhakta Ptana
Ezhai Padum Padu
Thai Ullam
En Veedu
Bhakta Markandeya
Naga Panchami
Tenali Ramakrishna
Nala Damanthi
Sathi Savitri
Sampoorna Ramayanam
Seetharama Kalyanal
Lava Kusha
Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham
Iru Malargal
Papam Pasivadu
Pattikatu Ponaiah

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Gireesh Puthenchery

Gireesh Puthenchery was a highly acclaimed lyricist of Malayalam Cinema who penned more than 1500 film songs in about 325 films.Other than film songs he also   wrote Album Songs,devotional songs etc .He was also a script writer and story writer.
He was born on 23rd September 1959 at Puthenchery of Koilandy in Kozhikode District to parents Krishna Panicker and Meenakshi Amma.
He entered Malayalam film field as a lyricist in the year 1988 and rose to popularity in 1992 with the hit song 'Santhamee Rathriyil Vadyaghoshadikal Kondu Vaa' in the film Johnny Walker.
During a career for more than two decades he had penned many hits which are all lingering in the minds and lips of the music lovers.
A film song becomes hit when several factors merges together in adequate proportions.There should be meaningful and beautiful versus, pleasing tune and orchestra,the quality of the singer's voice must b nice,and the rendition should be performed  giving emphasize to proper feeling,emotions etc.The 'Sahithyam' (the versus) and 'Sangeetham' are the main factors which makes a song hit, super hit and immortal.Examples are old songs like 'Aathma Vidyalayame,Iswara Chintha Ithonne Manujanu,Pattu Padi Urrakkam njan,Bali Kudeerangale' and so on.
Gireesh Puthenchery received wide accolades and appreciation for several of his songs and he was a much adulated Malayalam lyricist who received Kerala State Film Award as Best Lyricist continuously for four years from 2001.
Gireesh Puthenchery possessed a richness of quality in his word selection and when those were  combined together with th poetic imaginations as like  the beads of a garland, it mesmerized the listeners.
For example songs like 'Soorya Kireedam Veenudanju ravin thiruvarangil'.There are several   other extraordinarily beautiful poetic concepts of this sort written by this  lyricist.
He created emotional upheaval in lines like 'Amma Mazhakkarinu Kan niranju aa kanneril njan nanaju' ,  'Moovanthi thazhvarayil' etc.
He created an overwhelming feeling in the hearts of millions of listeners with lines like 'Innale ente nenjile' etc.
He entertained the masses with beautiful lines like 'Santhamee rathriyil',
'Poonilamazha Peythirangiya', 'Chilamboli Katee' and so on.
He was good at devotional songs like 'Vande Mukunda Hare, Nanda Kishora Hare,
Deenadayalo Rama,Kalabham Tharam,Karmukil Varnante Chundil' etc.
Romantic lines can not be better than 'Ente Ellamellam Alle' and 'Ente Manasiloru Naanam' etc.
Some other songs which he wrote with emotional depths and dimensions that  touched the inner souls of the listeners are:-
'Kai kudanna niraye'
'Vellithinkal poonkinnam'
'Poru nee varilam Chandralekhe'
'Maanam Thelinje Ninnal'
'Oru poovithalil naru Punchiriyay'
'Thechipoove Thenkasipoove'
' Nilakayalolam'
 'Thamarapoovil Vazhum Deviallo'
'Aaro Viral'
'Oru Rathri Koodi Vida Vangave'
'Vennila Kombile Rappadi'
'Kudamulla kammalaninju'
'Ariyathe Ariyathe Ee Pavizha'
'Marakkudayal Mukham'
'Thiranirayum Churul'
and many more.
He received Kerala State Film Award as Best lyricist seven times and Asia net Film award as Best lyricist in the years 2004,2006 and 2008.
He wrote the story of films:-
Meleparambil Aanveedu
Kerala House Udan Vilpanakku
He wrote the Script of films:-
Pallavur Deva Narayanan
Gireesh Puthenchery suffered a stroke on 6th Feb 2010 and was admitted in a Hospital at Kozhikode.He died on 10th Feb 2010.He is survived by his wife and two children.

Selected Fimography
Johnny Walker
Meleparambil Aanveedu
Manathe Kottaram
No.1 Snehatheeram Bangalore North
Ee Puzhayum Kadannu
Ishtamanu Nooruvattam
Aaram Thampuran
Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala
Nakshatra Tharattu
Oru Maravathur Kanavu
Summer in Bethlahem
James Bond
Arayannangalude Veedu
Randam Bhavam
Sharjah to Sharjah
Meesa Madhavan
CID Moosa
Ente Veedu Appoontem
Mullavalliyum Thenmavum
Nammal Thammil
Achuvinte Amma
Kochi Rajavu
Innthe Chintha Vishayam
Twenty 20
Ivar Vivahitharayal
Happy Husbands


Saturday, May 9, 2015


Thachambalathu Damodaran (T.Damodaran) was popularly known as Damodaran Master and was born in the year 1935 at Kozhikode in Kerala.He was a Physical education teacher in a school at Kozhikode.He was interested in theatre and wrote dramas and acted in some of them during the 60's and had  friendship with Kuthiravattom Pappu,Thikkodiyan,Kunjadi etc who all hailed from Kozhikode.His dramas and dialogues were well noted for the social  themes and the satire  he used  effectively in them.Film director Hariharan got impressed about  this quality in him and invited Damodaran Master  to write screenplay for films.He entered films in  the early 1970's  by writing the scripts of  Malayalam films.
In 1975 he was noted for the script of the film 'Love Letter' which was directed by Hariharan in which Prem Nazir and Jayabharathi were the leads.
In 1980 T.Damodaran became well known to all Keralites as the writer of the blockbuster film 'Angadi' directed by I.V.Sasi.Jayan and Seema acted in prime roles of this film.The dialogues of this film was very much liked by the audience.
Meen was a big hit  directed by I.V.Sasi in which Jayan,Jose,Seema,Sree Vidya,Madhu etc acted.This film was remade in Tamil as 'Kadal Meengal'.

During the 80's T.Damodaran wrote the  script of several  films which turned to be huge hits and many of them were directed by I.V.Sasi.It seems both of them were very much comfortable each other and could realize  their  requisites well so that when ever they combined the product used to be excellent films which thrilled the audience.
T.Damodaran used his pen very effectively to criticize certain  unfaithful political leaders and anti social people belonging to all categories, highly positioned  or layman, rich or poor and his dialogues were very powerful and highly effective.When actors like Jayan,Mammootty,Mohan Lal,Balan K.Nair,Sukumaran,Suresh Gopi,M.G.Soman etc acted skilfully and spoke those dialogues with adequate stress, feel and emotions the audience cheered and  clapped in enthusiasm filled with excitement.
Thusharam was an I.V.Sasi film shot in the beautiful location of Nainital in 1981.Ratheesh,Seema,Balan K.Nair,Lalu Alex,Rani Padmini etc acted.
Ee Nadu was a blockbuster film of 1982 which dealt with  social and political issues.I.V.Sasi directed this film in which Mammootty,Sathar,Balan K.Nair,Lalu Alex,Surekha,T.G.Ravi etc acted.
Innallenkil Nale also handled political and social problems which was  a big hit directed by I.V.Sasi in 1983.Mammootty,Seema,Unnimary,Lalu Alex etc acted.
Nanayam was directed by I.V.Sasi in 83 in which Mammootty and Mohan Lal acts as two step brothers that  finds it difficult to manage their business due to several problems.Seema and Poornima Jayaram were female leads.
Iniyenkilum was a political satire directed by I.V.Sasi in which Ratheesh,Balan K.Nair,Mammootty,Mohan Lal,Lalu Alex,Rani Padmini,Seema,T.G.Ravi,Raveendran
 etc acted.
Kattathe Kilikoodu was directed by Bharathan and in that critically well acclaimed film Bharat Gopi,Mohan Lal,Sreevidya,Revathy etc acted.It was remade in Tamil as 'Oonjaladum Uravugal'.
'Unaru' was the first Malayalam film directed by Mani Ratnam and the first film of Mohan Lal associated with Mani Ratnam.Mohan Lal,Sabita,Ratheesh,Unnimary,Lalu Alex etc acted in this film.
Avanazhi was a big hit of 86 directed by I.V.Sasi which dealt social and political issues.Mammootty handled the main role.Sequels of this film were Inspector Balram in 1991 and Balram vs Tharadas in 2006 which were also directed by I.V.Sasi.
The historic film about Malabar Mutiny of 1921  filmed as '1921' was an expensive film in that period but the movie  was a blockbuster success.The film with a big star cast won Kerala State Film award as 'The Best film for the Popular appeal and Aesthetic value' in 1988.
The life of prisoners in the Cellular jail of Port Blair was handled in the film 'Kalapani' which was directed by Priyadarshan in 1996.Mohan Lal,Prabhu Ganesan,Tabu,Amrishpuri,Tinnu Anand,Nedumudi Venu etc acted in it.
The last film  of T.Damodaran was 'Yes Your Honor' directed by V.M.Vinu.
T.Damodaran Master acted in some films like 'Kilichundan Mampazham,Paleri Manikyam Oru pathirakolapathakathinte katha' etc.
His spouse is Pushpa and Children are Deedi,Simna and Reshmy.
He passed away on 28 March 2012 at kozhikode.
Selected Filmography
Love Marriage
John Jaffer Janardhanan
Ee Nadu
Innallenkil Nale
America America
Kattathe Kilikoodu
Ithiripoove Chuvanna Poove
Adimakal Udamakal
Ihrayum Kalam
Aanaval Mothiram
Inspector Balram
The City
Kattile Thadi Tevarude Aana
Balram vs Tharadas
Yes Your Honor




Friday, May 1, 2015

Kamukara Purushothaman

Kamukara Purushothaman was a playback singer mainly in Malayalam films.He was active during 50,s and 60,s during which he sang large number of songs for man films out of which several of them have turned to be immortal.
kamukara Purushothaman was born on 4th December 1930 at Thiruvattar, in Kanyakumari District(Now in Tamil Nadu).He was trained in classical music from childhood itself because of his intrinsic talents in music.His younger sister also was given musical training along with him.His parents were  well versed in classical music.
He had his first public performance of classical concert(Arangettam) at 'Aadi Kesava Temple,Thiruvattar'.
He got selection as an artist of Travancore Radio station and they transmitted several of his music concerts which boosted his name and fame as an upcoming talented singer.
His entry into film field was at the age of 23 by singing for a Malayalam film.Very soon he became an established playback singer and started to receive offers from other languages also.He was not a full time playback singer but a high school teacher and could not accept all the offers to sing songs.But during 50's and 60's he was one of the top playback singers.He sung light music songs also in large numbers.
Kamukara Purushothaman entered the hearts of millions of music lovers by his gifted unique sweet voice and because of his ability to provide the emotions and expressions in adequate levels which the song demand.When we examine some of his songs and the song sequences where those were utilized in the respective films, we could understand and judge the capabilities of his emotive voice.
The tone varies extremely when he sings 'Mattoru Seethaye Kattilekkayakkunnu' than the song 'Aathma Vidyalayame Avaniyil Aathma Vidyalayame..' and the listener has to agree with the philosophy when he hear the song 'Eeswara Chintha ithonne manujanu saswathame ulakil.. since the singer makes it enter into the hearts of the music lovers.
It is true and evident that the music and lyrics also value much to make a song lovable and immortal.The emotive voice,tone,expressions, all in correct proportions and the classic lyrics and wonderful music  made his songs stand apart.
Kamukara's excellent rendition, wonderful  lyrics by Thirunayinar Kurichi Madhavan Nair,Abhayadev etc and divine music by Brother Lakshmanan,B.A.Chidambaranath,M.S.Baburaj,K.Raghavan,Dakshinamurthy  etc are examples in this regard that  created unparalleled 
songs in those period.
When we hear the  song 'Panineer malarinorithal Kozhinjalum...kanthi kuranjidumo...'   from the movie 'Jnana Sundari'we will be ascertained  that the 'Kanthi'(beauty) of that song has not subsided after several decades.
When we hear the song' Ekaanthayude apaara theeram.. ekanthathayude apaara theeram.....' and see the sequence of this song  in the film 'Bhargavi Nilayam' we will feel the greatness of the singer that  gave much effects for that song by fully understanding the situation.
The song 'Thumbapoo Peyyana Poo nilave' from the film 'Randingazhi' provides the soothing effect of a folk song.K.P.A.C.Sulochana sang along with him for  this duet song making it unforgettable.
The divine mood is fully created for the song 'Osana..osana..Daveedin puthrannosana...from the film 'Snapaka Yohannan.
When one hears the song 'Nale Nale ennayittum Bhagavane kanmanithra ...'
from the film Bhaktha Kuchela, the repenting feeling of Kuchela for not meeting Sri Krishna for a long period is expressed magically by the singer. The composer provided  most suited tune and the writer wrote beautiful lines and  deserves much appreciation.

He sang songs under composers like 'B.A.Chidambaranath,Brother Lakshmanan,Dakshinamoorthy,K.Raghavan,M.S.Baburaj,L.P.R.Varma,M.B.Sreenivasan,Shyam,Darsan Raman,Jerry Amaldev,Mohan Sithara,Raveendran,A.T.Ummer' and so on.
Famous Lyricists of his songs were 'Thirunayinarkurichi Madhavan Nair,Abhayadev,O.N.V.Kurup,P.Bhaskaran,Vayalar Rama Varma,Sree Kumaran Thampi,Bichu Thirumala,Kavalam Narayana Panicker,Yusafali Kecheri' and so on.
He was also a member of the music group 'Old is Gold' which was formed by another great singer 'A.P.Udaya Bhanu' and entertained the masses by live stage programs later.
Kamukara Purushothan passed away on May 26, 1995.
Selected Filmography
As a Singer
Patthu Thoovala
Bhakta Kuchela
Kattu Maina
Kattu Thulasi
Snapaka Yohannan
Njana Sundari
Balya Sakhi
Padatha Paimkili
Bhargavi Nilayam
Kayakulam Kochunni
Karutha Kai
Ladies Doctor
Christmas Rathri
Kannur Deluxe
Kumara Sambhavam
Lady Doctor
Manicheppu Thurannappol