P. Bhanumathi

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Bhanumathi
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Bhanumathi on a 2013 stamp of India
Born(1925-09-07)7 September 1925
Died24 December 2005(2005-12-24) (aged 80)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
  • writer
  • music director
  • director
  • producer
  • studio owner
Spouse(s) P. S. Ramakrishna Rao
Honours Padma Bhushan (2001)
Padma Shri (1966)

P. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna (7 September 1925 – 24 December 2005) was an Indian actress, director, music director, singer, producer, novelist and lyricist. Widely known as the first female super star of Telugu cinema, Bhanumathi appeared in over 100 films predominantly in Telugu and Tamil languages. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2001 for her contribution to the Indian cinema. [1] She was honored among "women in cinema" at the 30th International Film Festival of India. [2]

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Early life

Bhanumathi was born on 7 September 1925 in Doddavaram village of Prakasam district, near Ongole, Andhra Pradesh. She is the third child to Saraswatamma and Bommaraju Venkata Subbaiah. [3] [4] She grew up watching her father perform in various stage shows. Her father, Venkata Subbiah, was a lover of classical music and trained her in music from an early age. [5]

Career

Bhanumathi entered the film industry in 1939, and acted in over 100 films in Telugu and Tamil. She was also called as Ashtavadhani by the film industry people as she was a writer, actor, director, producer, singer, music director, editor and studio owner. She also had a good knowledge of astrology and philosophy. [6] She is regarded as the first female super star of Telugu cinema. [7]

Film career

She made her debut in Telugu cinema in 1939 as Kalindi (a 13 years old girl who is forced to marry an old man and ended her life by committing suicide) in Vara Vikrayam (Telugu), directed by C. Pullaiah. She had acted in Malathi Madhavam, Dharma Patni and Bhaktimala. Her first popular film was Krishna Prema. Her next popular film was Swargaseema , a milestone film in her career. In Swargaseema, she played the role of a theater artist with negative shades who is after a married person for her personal benefits. Oho Pavurama song (sung by her) in Swargaseema became a super hit and she was showered with offers. She later acted in many memorable movies like Chakrapani , Laila Majnu , Vipranarayana , Malliswari , Batasari and Anthastulu. Her first film in Tamil was Ratnakumar in the year 1949 along with the famous hero of those day P. U. Chinnappa. This film was directed by Krishnan–Panju. In 1953, she made her directorial debut with Chandirani (made simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi).

Her last film was made in 1998, entitled Pelli Kanuka . C. N. Annadurai gave her a title "Nadippukku Ilakkanam" (Tamil : நடிப்புக்கு இலக்கணம்) (Grammar for acting) that suits her aptly. She was revered by many actors she had worked with like N.T.Rama Rao, Sivaji Ganesan, M. G. Ramachandran, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Nagarjuna, Balakrishna, ChiranJeevi, Pawan Kalyan, Venkatesh for her bold and prolific versatility. One of her memorable movies in Tamil was Annai , in the year 1962 directed by Krishnan–Panju, where her acting was appreciated by all and also got the National Award for the film and for also performances in movies Anthasthulu and Palnati Yudham (1964) she received National Awards (Rashtrapati Award). She is the last recipient of Rashtrapati Award.[ citation needed ]

Due to her rift with Aluri Chakrapani, she left her role in Missamma movie (Initially Bhanumathi was shot for some scenes in the movie before being replaced by savitri ) but after the release of the movie she watched and commented that "she lost a wonderful role but industry gained a talented actress like savitri" which showed her sportiveness and encouragement towards new actors.

Due to clash with Aluri Chakrapani, she produced a satirical movie on him titled Chakrapani which was a huge hit and became a classic in Tollywood for this movie she also worked as Music Director.

For the movie Anthasthulu (1964), VB Rajendra Prasad had approached Bhanumathi for the role of Akkineni Nageswara Rao's sister. She liked the subject and agreed to do the film immediately. The crew booked a room in "Ritz-Carlton" in Hyderabad and she did not want to waste money, so she offered to stay at Sarathi Studios, which had an open area and snakes. The next morning she woke up with her nails bitten by rats. The director decided to cancel the shoot, VB Rajendra Prasad rushed to see Bhanumathi applying iodine casually on the nails and asking when she could start work. While continuing with the shooting, she said, "If you cancel shoot for small things how will I be a Bhanumathi (which means ‘shining like the sun’ in Sanskrit)." [8]

India's First Vice-President Sarvepalli RadhaKrishnan was a fan of her work. Telugu cinema Veterans like Jamuna, Savitri and so many actresses cited her as an inspiration for entering into movies. she is widely recalled by her close associates as 'Epitome of Self-Respect and Versatility'. She is the only Female Film Studio owner in our country. She is called as Ashtavadhani by Tamil people. After seeing her performance in Ragoon Radha film C.N.Annadurai honoured her with title "Nadippukku llakkanam".

In later years, she continued to act in pivotal roles in many hit movies like Tatamma Kala, Mangammagari Manavadu, Gadasari Atta sogasari Kodallu, Muddula Manavaralu, Bamma Maata bangaru Baata, Peddarikam and Pelli kanuka.

In Malliswari, Chakrapani, Chandirani, Vipranarayana she played romantic, fun loving and playful characters. In movies like Tatamma Kala, Batasari, Chintamani, Annai and Mangammagari Manavadu she played different type of roles and received accolades and movies like Swargaseema, Antastulu, Palnati Yuddham and Peddarikam she played strong minded lady character roles with negative shades and done justice to the role proved that she was an accomplished actress who can easily portray both positive and negative roles with equal magnitude.[ citation needed ] She is first south Indian actress to receive Padma Awards

Apart from being a fine actress, she was also a talented musician. She was adept in both Carnatic and Hindustani music. She gave voice to her songs despite it being the norm to use playback singers for actors. Some of her songs are still popular like Pilichina biguvatara, Kila Kila Navvulu, Oh Pavurama, Preme Nerama in Telugu and Azhagaana Ponn Naan, Vaarai Inbam Thaaraai, Nilaa Nilaa Odi Vaa, Thalai Vaari Poochoodi Unnai, Kannile Iruppathenna and Annai Enbadhu Neethaanaa in Tamil. She also provided music to a lot of her films. [9] [10] [11]

During her later years, she served on various movie related organizations. She was a Member of State Film Awards Committee for two years. She was also a Visiting Professor at the Film Institute for one year. She was Member of Children Film Society for 5 years, from 1965 to 1970.

In India, she was the first and the only woman to have owned a film studio, first actress to act in a dual role and the first woman to have directed a movie simultaneously in three languages.[ citation needed ]

On occasion of World Women's day, Sakshi Sunday magazine listed the most successful women from every industry and she was listed in the one for those from the movie industry. It was also added that the present highly successful heroines could not reach the heights Bhanumathi reached and that it is an impossible task for anyone to reach her level of success.[ citation needed ]

Literary career

Bhanumati was also a talented writer with a number of short stories to her credit. Her autobiography Nalo Nenu was published in Telugu and later, released in English as Musings. Andhra Pradesh Sahitya Academy awarded her as the best short story writer for her popular short stories "Attagari Kathalu". [12] She was a Member of Lalit Kala Academy for 5 years, and Sahitya Academy, Andhra Pradesh for 10 years. She served as Director and Principal of the Tamil Nadu Government Music College,

Philanthropy

She was an eminent social worker who was closely associated with a number of Social Service Organizations. She was the founder member and treasurer of Madras branch of Altrusa International Inc., Chicago for lifelong starting from 1963. She was a life member of the 'Red Cross Society'. She established an educational institution named as "Dr. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna Matriculation School" at Saligramam, Chennai providing free education to the poor.

Personal life

During the shooting of the film Krishna Prema, she met P. S. Ramakrishna Rao, an assistant director for that film. He was a film producer, director and editor of Telugu and Tamil Films. The couple married on 8 August 1943 and have one son, Bharani. Later they launched a popular production company, Bharani Pictures on their son's name. She died at the age of 81 years in Chennai. [13] [14]

Awards

Civilian honors
Rashtrapati Award in acting
National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Nandi Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
State Awards
Other honors

Filmography

This is partial list of her films.

YearFilmLanguageRoleCo-StarSongComposerBanner
1939 Vara Vikrayam Telugu Kalindi Chittor V. Nagaiah Prabhala Satyanarayana East India Film Company
1939 Santhana Devan Tamil G. M. Basheer * Maarudhale Yaavum
* Dayaa Nithiye
G. Rajagopal Naidu Modern Theatres
1940 Malathi Madhavam Telugu East India Film Company
1941 Bhaktimala TeluguRadha Bhaskar Films
1941 Dharmapatni Tamil
1941 Dharmapatni Telugu* Anuraagam Leka Anandamunda
* Nilu Niluma Neelavarnaa
Famous Films
1943 Garuda Garvabhangam Telugu Pratiba
1943 Krishna Prema TeluguChandravali* Ekkadunnaave Pillaa ekkadunnaave (with Addanki)
* Oogave Oogave Uyyaalaa
Galipenchala Narasimha Rao Famous Films & Star Combines
1944 Tahsildar TeluguKamala
1945 Swarga Seema TeluguSubbi/Sujatha Devi Chittor V. Nagaiah * Oho Ho Pavurama
* Oho Tapodhana
* Madhura Vennelareyi (with Ghantasala)
* Manchidinamu Nede
Chittor V. Nagaiah Vijaya Studios
1946 Gruhapravesam TeluguJanaki Sarati Films
1947 Ratnamala TeluguRatnamala C. S. R. Anjaneyulu * Anandadayini
* Madana
C. R. Subburaman Bharani Pictures
1948 Raja Mukthi TamilKannika M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar * Sarasa Sallabam Seiyya Arugil Vaarumaiyya
* Swami Arunkanigal Ivaiye Paareer (with M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar)
* Sandhoshamaai Anbar Varuvaaradi (with M. L. Vasanthakumari)
C. R. Subburaman Narendra Pictures
1949 Laila Majnu TeluguLaila A. Nageswara Rao * Neevene Naa Chaduvu (with Ghantasala) & P. Leela)
* Aaha Pahliyanchega
* Viri Tavula Lona (with Ghantasala)
* Chera Raavo (with Ghantasala)
* Raavo Naanu Marachitivo (with Ghantasala)
* Ninu Basi Povudana
* Preme Neramounaa
* Chelunigani Nijamidani Telupuma O Jaabili (with Ghantasala)
* Taanedano
C. R. Subburaman Bharani Pictures
1949 Laila Majnu TamilLaila A. Nageswara Rao * Nee Thaane Ennasai (with Ghantasala & P. Leela)
* Aaha Palan Vandhadhe
* Iga Vaazhvinil Kaadhal Mahajothiye Maarumaa (with Ghantasala)
* Jothi Minnum (with Ghantasala)
* Vaaraayo Enai Marandhanaiyo (with Ghantasala)
* Unnai Paarkka Pogirenaa Oru Maasilladha Kaif
* Premaithaan Polladhaa
* Enadhu Uyir Urugum Nilai Solluvaai Nee Vaanmathi (with Ghantasala)
C. R. Subburaman Bharani Pictures
1949 Nallathambi TamilPushpa N. S. Krishnan * Enadhu Uyir Egypttu
* Malarthanil Oru Azhagu Mayil (with Ghantasala)
* Varuvaare Dear Varuvaare
* Naan Vanangum Deivam
C. R. Subburaman NSK Films & Uma Pictures
1949 Raksha Rekha TeluguPrincess Kalavathi A. Nageswara Rao * Oho Rajasukumara
* Abhayammu Neevegaa
* Jeevana Doli (with Ghantasala)
Ogirala Ramachandra Rao &
H. R. Padmanabha Sastri

R. Padmanabhan Productions

1949DevamanohariTamilDevamanohari C. Honnappa Bhagavathar G. Ramanathan Arkays Pictures
1949 Apoorva Sagodharargal TamilKanchana M. K. Radha * Aaha Aaduvene Geetham Paaduvene (with T. A. Mothi)
* Laddu Laddu Mittai Venumaa
* Maanum Mayilum Aadum Solai
* Manamohaname Vana Vaasame
S. Rajeswara Rao Gemini Studios
1949 Apoorva Sahodaralu TeluguRanjana M. K. Radha * Aaha Sukhadayi (with T. A. Mothi) S. Rajeswara Rao Gemini Studios
1949 Nishaan HindiKanchana M. K. Radha S. Rajeswara Rao Gemini Studios
1949 Rathnakumar Tamil P. U. Chinnappa Bhagavathar * Ganavaangale Vaango (with P. U. Chinnappa)
* Andhi Nerame Inbame (with P. U. Chinnappa)
* Sollarum Anandam Enadhu Vaazhvil Indre Duraiye (with P. U. Chinnappa)
* Ananda Vellam (with P. U. Chinnappa)
* Varattum, Vandhaal Vazhi Solven
* Nin Paadham Varave Thaaye Nee Dhayai Purivaaiye
* Vizhudhu Vittu Thazhaithongi
* Muzhuthunnai Nambinen
* Aadavar Kaadhal Idhudhaano
G. Ramanathan &
C. R. Subburaman
Murugan Talkies
1950 Maya Rambha Telugu
1951 Malleeswari TeluguMalleeswari N. T. Rama Rao * Manasuna Mallera Maalaloogene
* Parugulu Teeyali O Gittalu Urakalu Veyali (with Ghantasala)
* Pilachina Biguvatara Auraura
* Eda Thanunnado Baava (with Ghantasala)
Adepalli Rama Rao &
S. Rajeswara Rao
Vijaya Studios
1951MangalaTeluguMangala Ranjan M. D. Parthasarathy Gemini Studios
1951ManglaHindiMangala Ranjan M. D. Parthasarathy Gemini Studios
1952 Prema TeluguMothi A. Nageswara Rao * Divya Premaku Satiaune (with Ghantasala)
* Aagavoyi Maraja
* Oh Hayiga
* Pelliyanta Pelliyanta
* Priyuni Baase
* Rojuku Roju (with Ghantasala*
Ee Lokamantha
* Neeti Leni Lokamaa*
Hayi Jeevithame
C. R. Subburaman Bharani Pictures
1952 Kaadhal TamilMothi A. Nageswara Rao * Inba Kaaviyam Aagum Vaazhve (with Ghantasala)
* Jeevidhamellaam (with Ghantasala)
* Aahaa Inbame Aahaa Engume Aahaa Pongudhe
* Kanavu Thaano Ninaivu Yaavum Kaanal Neeraamo
C. R. Subburaman Bharani Pictures
1952 Rani [17] TamilRani/Ranjani S. Balachander * Naane Gnaaniyar
* Madhi Mayangum Malar Vanam
* Karugi Pugaiyum Pugaiye
* Unmaiyillaadha Ulagile
* Samayam Vaachchadhu
* Cheeppu Chunukkani Chimini
* Samarasam Nilaiperum (with C. R. Subburaman
C. R. Subburaman Jupiter Pictures
1952 Rani [17] HindiRani/Ranjani Anoop Kumar C. R. Subburaman Jupiter Pictures
1953 Chandirani TamilChampa & Chandi N. T. Rama Rao * En Vaazhvinile Naan Magizhum Naal Iidhuve Thaan
* Innadhendru Ariyaamal
* En Vaazhvellaam Siraivaasamo
* Nilaa Nilaa Odi Vaa Nillaamal Odi Vaa
* Vaan Meedhile Inba Then Maari Peyuthe (with Ghantasala)
* Meow Meow
C. R. Subburaman, Assistants:
M. S. Viswanathan &
T. K. Ramamoorthy
Bharani Pictures
1953 Chandirani TeluguChampa & Chandi N. T. Rama Rao * Eeroju Bhale Roju Ide Prema Idena
* Enduko Teliyani Ennadu Anukoni Ee Sambaraalemiti
* Evaraalakinturu Naamora Enaleni Vedana
* Kilaa Kilaa Navvulaa Kurisene Vennelaa
* O Taraka (with Ghantasala)
* Meow Meow
C. R. Subburaman, Assistants:
M. S. Viswanathan &
T. K. Ramamoorthy
Bharani Pictures
1953 Chandirani HindiChampa & Chandi Dilip Kumar C. R. Subburaman, Assistants:
M. S. Viswanathan &
T. K. Ramamoorthy
Bharani Pictures
1954 Aggi Ramudu TeluguSaradha N. T. Rama Rao S. M. Subbaiah Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1954 Malaikkallan TamilPoonkothai M. G. Ramachandran * Unnai Azhaithathu Yaaro
* Pengale Ulangalile
* Nalla Sagunam Nokki
* Naane Inba Roja
* Naalai
S. M. Subbaiah Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1954 Chakrapani TeluguMalati A. Nageswara Rao * Pakkala Nilabadi Kolichemu
* Uyyala Jampalaloogaravaya
* O Malathi Lata
* Mella Mellaga
P. Bhanumathi Bharani Pictures
1955 Vipranarayana TeluguDevadevi A. Nageswara Rao * Anuraagalu Dhooramu (with A. M. Rajah)
* Endhukoyi Thotamali
* Evvade Athadevvade
* Madhura Madhuramee (with A. M. Rajah)
* Nanu Vidanaadakura
* Raa Raa Naa Swamy
* Ranga Rangayani
* Saavirahe Thava Dheena
* Thillana
* Yela Naapai Dhaya Choopavu
* Slokams
S. Rajeswara Rao Bharani Pictures
1955 Vipranarayana TamilDevadevi A. Nageswara Rao * Malaril Madhuvellaam (with A. M. Rajah)
* Ini Aagatha Sogam (with A. M. Rajah)
* Naayagane Jaya Geeta Radha
S. Rajeswara Rao Bharani Pictures
1955 Kalvanin Kadhali TamilKalyani Sivaji Ganesan * Manadhil Urudhi Vendum (with T. M. Soundararajan)
* Nallathor Veenai Seidhe
* Alli Malar Solai Inba Valli Ival Thaane
* Veyilukketha Nizhalundu (with Ghantasala)
G. Govindarajulu Naidu &
Ghantasala
Revathi Productions
1956 Alibabavum Narpadhu Thirudargalum TamilMarziyana M. G. Ramachandran * Maasila Unmai Kaadhale (with A. M. Rajah)
* Azhagaana Ponnu Naan
* Unnaivida Maatten
* Anbinaale Aalavandha
* En Aattamellaam
S. Dakshinamurthy Modern Theatres
1956 Alibaba 40 Dongalu TeluguMarziyana M. G. Ramachandran S. Dakshinamurthy Modern Theatres
1956 Chintamani TeluguChintamani
1956 Madurai Veeran TamilPrincess Bommi M. G. Ramachandran * Avarkkum Enakkum G. Ramanathan Krishna Pictures
1956 Rangoon Radha TamilRangam Sivaji Ganesan * Thalai Vaari Poochoodi Unnai
* Kaatril Aadum Mullaikkodiye
* Thamizhe Thene Kanne Thaalelo
* Kaiyil Pirambedutthu (with N. S. Krishnan)
T. R. Papa Mekala Pictures
1956 Tenali Ramakrishna TeluguRangasaani N. T. Rama Rao &
A. Nageswara Rao
* Kannulu Ninde Kannela Vinna Mannanaleera Raja
* Teerani Naa Korikale Teerenu Ee Roju
Viswanathan Ramamoorthy Vikram Productions
1956 Tenali Raman TamilKrishnasani N. T. Rama Rao &
Sivaji Ganesan
* Kangalil Adidum Penmaiyin Nadagam
* Kannamirandum Minnidum Annam
* Pirandha Nal Mannan Pirandha Nal
* Vinnulagil Minni Varum Tharagaiye Po Po
Viswanathan Ramamoorthy Vikram Productions
1956 Sadhaaram TamilSadharam Gemini Ganesan &
K. R. Ramaswamy
* Ponggi Varum Pudhu Nilave (with T. M. Soundararajan)
* Enggum Oli Veesudhe Ennai Thedi (with A. P. Komala & A. G. Rathnamala)
* Thaaye Ezhai Mugam
G. Ramanathan Kasturi Films
1956 Thaaikkuppin Thaaram TamilSivakami M. G. Ramachandran * Aaha Nam Aaasai Niraiveruma (with T. M. Soundararajan)
* Asaindhaadum Thendrale
* En Kaadhal Inbam (with A. M. Rajah)
K. V. Mahadevan Devar Films
1956 Rambaiyin Kaadhal TamilRamba K. A. Thangavelu * Kannaala Vaazhvile Kaadhal Poithaana
* Kannaala Vaazhvile Kaadhal Poithaana (with P. Suseela)
* Aadavaareer Indre Aadavaareer
T. R. Papa Kalpana Pictures
1957 Makkalai Petra Magarasi TamilRangamma Sivaji Ganesan * Sonna Pechcha Ketkanum
* Vandhadhu Yaar Endru Theriyuma
* Poravale Poravale (with T. M. Soundararajan)
K. V. Mahadevan Sri Lakshmi Pictures
1957 Manamagan Thevai TamilBanumathi Sivaji Ganesan * Nenjinile Pugundhu
* Yengo Kulukku Thalukku Thevalaiya
* Velavare Ummai Thedi
* Vennila Jothiyai Veesuthe (with Ghantasala &
Pithapuram Nageswara Rao)
* Naanthaan Un Kaadhalan (with Seerkazhi Govindarajan)
* Krishna Nee Begane Vaarai
G. Ramanathan Bharani Pictures
1957 Varudu Kavali TeluguBanumathi K. Jaggaiah * Andachandaala O Taarakaa (with Ghantasala &
Pithapuram Nageswara Rao)
G. Ramanathan Bharani Pictures
1957 Rani Lalithangi TamilLalithangi Sivaji Ganesan * Inbam Perinbam
* Madhunilai Maaradha Manadhodu
* Ennai Ariyaamal Thulludhu Manam
G. Ramanathan TNR Productions
1957 Ambikapathy TamilPrincess Amaravati Sivaji Ganesan * Kannile Iruppathenna Kanni
* Maasila Nilave Nam (with T. M. Soundararajan)
* Vaadaa Malare (with T. M. Soundararajan)
G. Ramanathan ALS Productions
1957 Nala Dhamayanthi TeluguDhamayanthi Kemparaj Urs * B. Gopalam Kemparaj Productions
1957 Sarangadhara TeluguChitrangi Devi N. T. Rama Rao * Adugadugo Alladugo
* Manasemo Maatalo Dinusemo
* Raja Naaraja
* Allana Gaadhiraajasutudarmili (with Ghantasala)
G. Ramanathan Minerva Pictures
1958 Sarangadhara TamilChitrangi Devi Sivaji Ganesan * Arpudha Kaatchi Ondru Kanden
* Kannaal Nalla Paaru (with
A. P. Komala & K. Rani)
* Vandhiduvaar Avar En Manam Pole
G. Ramanathan Minerva Pictures
1958 Nadodi Mannan TamilMadhana M. G. Ramachandran * Sammadhamaa Naan Ungal
* Summaakkidandha Nilathai Koththi (with T. M. Soundararajan)
S. M. Subbaiah Naidu Emgeeyar Pictures
1959 Manimekalai TamilManimekalai T. R. Mahalingam * Kangalin Vennilave (with
T. R. Mahalingam)
* Inbam Inbam Inbam Indha Ulaginile
* Ulagame Oru Sirachchaalai
* Aadhaaram Unnai Allaaal
G. Ramanathan Shekhar Art Film Enterprise
1959 Nala Dhamayanthi TamilDhamayanthi Kemparaj Urs * Sarasam Seiyadhe Maname
* Jai Bavani Dhayaarpari
* Nan kanda Koyil Endha
B. Gopalam Kemparaj Productions
1960 Raja Bakthi TamilMadharasai Sivaji Ganesan, Vyjayanthimala None G. Govindarajulu Naidu Revathi Productions
1960 Raja Desingu TamilRanibhai M. G. Ramachandran * Sarasaraani Kalyani (with C. S. Jayaraman)
* Iyalodu Isai Pole (with C. S. Jayaraman)
G. Ramanathan Krishna Pictures
1961 Batasari TeluguMadhavi A. Nageswara Rao * Kanulakudoche Chetikandani Endamavulunnai (with Jikki)
* Lokamerugani Baala Deeni Pokada Chitramu Chaala
* O Batasari Nanu Maruvakoyi
* Kanera Kamandhulai Manera Unmadulai
Master Venu Bharani Pictures
1961 Kaanal Neer TamilMadhavi A. Nageswara Rao * Kannil Therindhum Kaikku Varaatha (with Jikki)
* Ulagam Theriyaa Payire
* Anbaana Enname Paavama
* Vazhi Thedi Vandhaai
Master Venu Bharani Pictures
1962 Annai TamilSavithri S. V. Ranga Rao * Annai Embadhu Neethaana
* Poovaagi Kaayaagi
R. Sudharsanam AVM Productions
1963 Kalai Arasi TamilVani & Valli M. G. Ramachandran * Singara Vaa Vaa
* Kalaiye Un Ezhil Meni (with Seerkazhi Govindarajan)
* Aasai Vaikkiara Idam (with Jikki)
* Ninaikkum Podhu Nenjum Kannum
K. V. Mahadevan Sarodi Brothers
1963Anuragam* Sannajaji Teeveloi Sampenga Poovuloi Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1963 Arivaali TamilManorama Sivaji Ganesan * Koovatha Inbakkuyil
* Venkata Ramana
* En Kobam Pollathadhu (with T. M. Soundararajan)
S. V. Venkatraman A. T. K. Productions
1963 Penchina Prema TeluguSavithri S. V. Ranga Rao * Annai Embadhu Neethaana
* Poovaagi Kaayaagi
R. Sudharsanam AVM Productions
1963 Kaanchi Thalaivan TamilChola Kumari M. G. Ramachandran * Mayangatha Manamyaavum Mayangum K. V. Mahadevan Mekala Pictures
1964 Bobbili Yudham TeluguMallamma N. T. Rama Rao * Srikara Karunalavala Venugopala
* Ooyalalooginadoyi
S. Rajeswara Rao Republic Productions
1964 Vivaha Bandham TeluguBharati N. T. Rama Rao * Vinnava Vinnava Manasulona Dagivunna Madhurageeti
* ""Neetilona Ningilona (with P. B. Srinivas)
*
Nagumomu Ganaleni
*
Alumagalu Vidipoyenanthane
* ""Neetilona Ningilona
(pathos) (with P. B. Srinivas)
M. B. Sreenivasan & P. BhanumathiNavayuga Films
1965 Antastulu TeluguRani A. Nageswara Rao * Dulapara Bulloda Dummu Dulapara Bulloda
* Vinara Vissanna Ne Vedam Cheputa Vinaranna
K. V. Mahadevan Jagapathi Art Productions
1965 Thodu Needa TeluguLakshmi N. T. Rama Rao * Enno Ratrulu Vastayi Kaani Idiye Toli Reyi
* When I was just a little girl — I asked my mother what will I be
K. V. Mahadevan Vijayabhatt Movies
1966 Palnati Yuddham TeluguNagamma N. T. Rama Rao * Jaya Sambho S. Rajeswara Rao Sri Anuroopa Films
1967 Gruhalakshmi Telugu Laxmi A. Nageswara Rao * Laali Laali Gopala Bala Laali Laali
* Melukovayya Kaveti
Ranga Sriranga
1967 Pattathu Rani Tamil Gemini Ganesan * Munnale Oru Ponnu
* Sitthan Pokku Sivan Pooku
T. K. Ramamoorthy
1967 Nai Roshni HindiPadma Kumar Ashok Kumar None Ravi Vasu Films
1967 Punyavathi TeluguPadmavathi S. V. Ranga Rao None Ghantasala Vasu Films
1968 Poovum Pottum TamilPadmavathi S. V. Ranga Rao NoneR. GovardhanamVasu Films
1971 Mattilo Manikyam TeluguLalitha Chalam * Saranam Nee Divya Charanam Satyam
1972 Anta Mana Manchike TeluguSavitri
1973 Kattila Thottila TamilDr. Meenakshi Gemini Ganesan V. Kumar Arul Films
1973 Vichitra Vivaham Telugu* Ammayilu Abbayilu Naa Matalo Nijam Vintara Meeru
1974 Ammayi Pelli TeluguDr. Meenakshi N. T. Rama Rao * Vandanamu Raghunandana
* Naa Kanula Mundara Nuvvunte
* Ee Jeevitam Intenaa
* Radhika Krishna
P. Bhanumathi & Satyam Bharani Pictures
1974 Tatamma Kala TeluguRavamma N. T. Rama Rao * Evaranukunnaru
* Ayyalali Muddulayyalali
* Korameesam Kurroda (with Ghantasala)
S. Rajeswara Rao Ramakrishna Cine Studios
1974 Pathu Madha Bandham Tamil S. A. Asokan,B. Sarojadevi, Nirmala, A.V.M Rajan , Muthuraman,R avichandran * Raamanukku mannan mudi
* Irandu thaikku oru magal
* Let me sigh, Let me cry ...
Shankar-Ganesh Sri Navaneetha Films
1975 Ippadiyum Oru Penn Tamil Sivakumar, Devika * Sarigamapa Paattu Paadunga
* Agapatta Varayil (with Manorama)
* En vazhkkai un paniye
* Naane radhe kanna
P. Bhanumathi Bharani Pictures
1977 Manavadi Kosam Telugu
1984Bhakta Dhruva MarkandeyaTamil
1984 Mangamma Gari Manavadu TeluguMangamma Nandamuri Balakrishna, Suhasini * Sree Suryanarayana Meluko (with Vani Jayaram) K. V. Mahadevan Bhargav Art Productions
1986 Muddula Manavaraalu Telugu
1986 Kannukku Mai Ezhuthu Tamil Sujatha, Sarath Babu * Vaadaa Malliye Naan Sooda Mullaiye [18] Ilaiyaraaja Blue Moon Movies
1987 Attagaru Zindabad TeluguRajeshwariKalyan Chakravarthy NandamuriBharani Pictures
1988 Attagaru Swagatham Telugu
1990 Bamma Maata Bangaru Baata TeluguRajyalakshmamma Rajendra Prasad, Gautami * Dilli Ki Raja Aina Bamma Maata Bangaru Baata
* Maa Palle Gopaluda (with S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & P. Suseela
Chandrabose AVM Productions
1992 Peddarikam TeluguAdusumilli Basavapunnamma Jagapati Babu, Sukanya None Raj-Koti Sri Surya Movies
1992 Perivayar Tamil Jagapati Babu, Sukanya None Raj-Koti Sri Surya Movies
1992 Samrat Ashok Telugu
1992 Chembaruthi TamilBhuvaneswari Prashanth, Roja * Sembaruthi Poovu (with S. Janaki & Mano) Ilaiyaraaja Motherland Movies
1992 Chamanthi TeluguBhuvaneswari Prashanth, Roja Ilaiyaraaja Motherland Movies
1998 Pelli Kanuka TeluguSavithramma Jagapati Babu * Bangaru Bommaki (with S. P. Balasubrahmanyam) M. M. Keeravani N. V. S. Creations

Playback singer

Bhanumati gave her voice for herself and many actors to sing many songs.

YearFilmSongs
1939 Vara Vikrayam
1941 Dharma Patni Anuraagam Leka Anandamunda
Nilu Niluma Neelavarnaa
1943Krishna Prema
1945 Swarga Seema Oho Ho Pavurama, Oho Tapodhana
1949 Laila Majnu Preme Neramouna Maapai Ee Pagela
1951 Malliswari Manasuna Mallera Maalaloogene
Parugulu Teeyali O Gittalu Urakalu Veyali (with Ghantasala)
Pilachina Biguvatara Auraura
Eda Thanunnado Baava (with Ghantasala)
1952 Prema Divya Premaku Satiaune (with Ghantasala)
1953 Chandirani Eeroju Bhale Roju Ide Prema Idena
Enduko Teliyani Ennadu Anukoni Ee Sambaraalemiti
Evaraalakinturu Naamora Enaleni Vedana
Kilaa Kilaa Navvulaa Kurisene Vennelaa
O Taraka (with Ghantasala)
1954 Chakrapani Pakkala Nilabadi Kolichemu
Uyyala Jampalaloogaravaya
O Malathi Lata
Mella Mellaga
1954 Vipra Narayana Raa Raa Naa Swamy
1956 Chintamani
1956 Tenali Ramakrishna Kannulu Ninde Kannela Vinna Mannanaleera Raja
Teerani Naa Korikale Teerenu Ee Roju
1956 Tenali Raman Kangalil Adidum Penmaiyin Naadagam
Kannamirandum Minnidum Annam
Pirandha Naal Mannan Pirandha Naal
Vinnulagil Minni Varum Thaaragaiye Po Po
1961 Batasari Oh Baatasaari Nanu Maruvakoyi
1963AnuragamSannajaji Teeveloi Sampenga Poovuloi
1964 Bobbili Yuddham Srikara Karunalavala Venugopala
1964Vivaha BandhamVinnava Vinnava Manasulona Dagivunna Madhurageeti
1965 Antastulu Dulapara Bulloda Dummu Dulapara Bulloda
Vinara Vissanna Ne Vedam Cheputa Vinaranna
1965 Todu Needa Enno Ratrulu Vastayi Kaani Idiye Toli Reyi
When I was just a little girl — I asked my mother what will I be
1967 Gruhalakshmi Laali Laali Gopala Bala Laali Laali
Melukovayya Kaveti Ranga Sriranga
1971 Mattilo Manikyam Saranam Nee Divya Charanam
1973Vichitra VivahamAmmayilu Abbayilu Naa Matalo Nijam Vintara Meeru
1974Ammayi PelliVandanamu Raghunandana Sethu Bandhana Bhakta Chandana
1984 Mangamma Gari Manavadu Sree Suryanarayana Meluko (with Vani Jayaram)
1986Muddula Manavaralu
1986Kannukku Mai EzhuthuVaadaa Malliye Naan Sooda Mullaiye [18]
1990 Bamma Maata Bangaru Baata Dilli Ki Raja Aina Bamma Maata Bangaru Baata
1998Pelli Kanuka

Producer

Music director

Supervisor of music direction

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