V. Nagaiah

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V. Nagaiah
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Born
Vuppaladadiyam Nagaiah

(1904-03-28)28 March 1904
Died30 December 1973(1973-12-30) (aged 69)
OccupationActor, composer, director, producer, writer and playback singer
Years active1938–1973
Awards Padma Shri (1965)

Chittoor V. Nagaiah (born Vuppaladadiyam Nagaiah Sarma) was an Indian actor, composer, director, producer, writer and playback singer known primarily for his work in Telugu and Tamil cinema. Indian film journalist and the editor of Film India, Baburao Patel, described Nagiah as The Paul Muni of India. [1] In his honour, the Chittoor Nagaiah Kalakshetram of arts was established in Chittoor city of Andhra Pradesh. [2]

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Brought up in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, Nagaiah was closely connected to Rama Vilasa Sabha, a Telugu theatre association in Chittoor City. He performed and directed several stage plays, such as Sarangadhara , Viswamithra Chitra Nilayam, Savitri, Bruhannala and Ramadasu. He staged the roles of Telugu Saint-poets Pothana , Vemana , Ramadasu and Tyagaraja . Nagaiah developed a life-time association with B. N. Reddy, at this juncture H. M. Reddy formed Rohini Pictures with the association of B. N. Reddy. The firm started its first venture in Telugu through the film Gruhalakshmi in 1938, in which Nagaiah played a significant role. Later, the association worked through several films with Vauhini Studios including social films such as; Vande Matharam (1939), Sumangali (1940), Devata (1941), Swarga Seema (1945) and Beedhalapatlu. (1947). [3]

Nagaiah made significant contributions to Telugu cinema, and starred in about two hundred Telugu films. [4] He was a method actors, and his forte was usually playing intense characters, often immersing himself in study of the real character's traits and mannerisms. [5] Nagaiah was the lead protagonist in the most expensive 1940 Telugu production, Viswa Mohini , touted to be the first film on the Indian motion picture world. [6] [7] [8] He was the producer, director, composer and actor for pioneering works; he essayed 14th-century poet Pothana in Bhakta Potana (1942), 17th-century saint Tyagaraja in Thyagayya (1946), 12th-century saint Gora Kumbhar in Chakradhari (1948), and the social problem film Naa Illu (1953). In 1964, Nagaiah essayed 17th-century saint Kancharla Gopanna in Ramadasu for which he won the National Film Award. [9] Nagaiah also starred in about one hundred and sixty films in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. [10] He received the Padma Shri from the Government of India in 1965 for his contributions to Indian cinema. [11] [12] [13]

Early life

Nagaiah was born on 28 March 1904 in a Telugu-speaking Brahmin family in a tiny hamlet near Repalle, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh. His parents were Ramalinga Sharma and Venkata Lakshmamba. His maternal grandmother adopted him and took him to her native village, Gonugur, near Kuppam and later to Chittoor. He took up studies with a scholarship provided by the Tirupati Devasthanam and took his degree in Chittoor. [14]

After working as a clerk in a government office, Nagaiah became a journalist with Andhra Patrika. Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru influenced him and he participated in the freedom struggle (Dandi Satyagraha) in 1930, later going on to work for some gramophone companies including Hutchins as well as attending the Gowhati Congress conclave with S. Srinivasa Iyyengar. [15] He was married to Jaya Lakshmi, but she died giving birth to a daughter a year after. He then married Girija, and Girija, too died due to miscarriage in the eighth month. His first daughter died of an un-diagnosed illness. He then participated in long stays at Ramana Maharshi Ashram. He has family in Tirupati who are his brother's (Vuppaladadiyam Subrahmanya Sharma) son, Vuppaladadiyam S. Haragopal and daughters (Late Amruthavalli and Late Kusuma) , Lakshmi Narasimha and their children, Vuppaladadiyam Shyam Sundar and Vuppaladadiyam Pavan Kumar. [16]

Civilian honours

Awards

National Film Awards
State Awards

Filmography

Actor

YearTitleLanguageRoleNotes
1938 Gruhalakshmi TeluguGopinath
1939 Vande Mataram TeluguRaghu
1940 Viswa Mohini TeluguA Film Director
1940 Sumangali TeluguPanthulu
1941 Devatha TeluguVenu
1941 Ashok Kumar TamilKing Ashoka
1943 Bhakta Potana Telugu Pothana
1943 Chenchu Lakshmi TeluguChenchu Lakshmi's Father
1943BhagyalaxmiTeluguSrinivasa Rao
1945 Swargaseema TeluguMurthy
1945 Meera Hindi / TamilKing of Mewar
1946 Thyagayya Telugu Tyagayya
1947 Yogi Vemana Telugu Vemana
1948 Chakradhari TamilKorakumbar
1948 Bhaktha Jana TamilNamadeva
1949 Mana Desam Telugu
1949 Navajeevanam TamilMahadevan
1950 Ezhai Padum Padu TamilKandan
1950 Beedala Patlu Telugu
1951 Sarvadhikari Tamil
1952 Thai Ullam Tamil
1953 Ulagam Tamil
1953Prapancham
1953 Penn Tamil
1953PanakkariTamil
1953 Naa Illu TeluguSivaram
1953 Ladki HindiKamini's father
1953 Gumastha TamilRanganatham
1953 Gumasta TeluguRanganatham
1953 En Veedu TamilShivram
1954 Viduthalai TamilPeriaswamy
1954 Thuli Visham Tamil
1954Maa GopiTelugu
1954 Edhir Paradhathu TamilDayaparar
1954PrapanchamTelugu
1954 Sangham Telugu
1955 Kanavaney Kankanda Deivam Tamil
1955 Anarkali TeluguRaja Mansingh
1955 Nam Kuzhandai Tamil
1956 Tenali Ramakrishna TeluguMahamantri Thimmarusu
1956 Uma Sundari Telugu
1956 Pennin Perumai TamilZamindar, father of Ragunathan / Nagendran
1956 Naga Panchami Telugu
1956 Muddu Bidda Telugu
1956 Marmaveeran Tamil
1956 Asai Tamil
1956Bhakta MarkandeyaKannada
1956 Bhakta Markandeya Tamil
1956Bhakta MarkandeyaTelugu
1956Amaradeepam
1956 Tenali Raman TamilAppaji
1957 Yaar Paiyyan Tamil
1957 Vanangamudi Tamil
1957 Sati Savitri Telugu
1957 Panduranga Mahatyam TeluguJahnavi
1957 Nala Damayanti Tamil
1957Nala DamayantiTelugu
1957 Ambikapathy TamilRaja Kulothunga Chola I, the father of Amaravathi
1958Piya Milan
1958 Sampoorna Ramayanam Telugu
1958 Pati Bhakti TamilBhikshu
1958Parvati KalyanamTelugu
1958Ettuku Pai EttuTelugu
1958Bommala PelliTeluguVaradarajan
1958 Bommai Kalyanam Tamil
1958 Illarame Nallaram Tamil
1959 Jayabheri TeluguViswambhara Sastri
1959 Sahodhari TamilPazhani, father of Chandiran and Meena
1959 Nalla Theerpu Tamil
1959 Mahishasura Mardini KannadaShukracharya
1959KalaivananTamil
1959 Banda Ramudu Telugu
1960 Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam TeluguBhavaji
1960 Abhimanam Telugu
1961 Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam TeluguDasarathudu
1961 Intiki Deepam Illale Telugu
1961 Vagdanam TeluguVishwanatham (Vijaya's father)
1961 Sabash Raja Telugu
1961 Paava Mannippu Tamil
1961 Nichaya Thamboolam TamilRamanna, a teacher who is the father of Seetha (Jamuna)
1961 Nagarjuna Telugu
1961 Kappalottiya Thamizhan TamilUlaganatha Pillai
1961 Ellam Unakkaga Tamil
1961 Thirudathe Tamil
1961 Palum Pazhamum Tamil
1961 Manapanthal Tamil
1962 Gaali Medalu TeluguRanganatham the father of Krishna (NTR)
1962 Dakshayagnam Tamil Dadhichi
1962 Dakshayagnam Telugu Dadhichi
1962SwarnamanjariTelugu
1962 Aalayamani Tamil
1962 Valar Pirai Tamil
1962 Thendral Veesum Tamil
1962 Siri Sampadalu TeluguNayudu
1962 Shantinivasam TeluguRamadasu the father of four children
1962 Padandi Munduku Telugu
1963 Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham TeluguAkroora
1963 Lava Kusha Telugu Valmiki Maharshi
1963Amarshilpi Jakanachari
1963 Naan Vanangum Dheivam Tamil
1963 Naanum Oru Penn Tamil
1963Mani Osai
1963 Lava Kusa HinduValmiki
1963 Karpagam TamilThe father of Amudha (Savitri)
1963AnuragamTelugu
1963 Lakshadhikari TeluguLakshadhikari Rangaiah
1964 Bobbili Yudham Telugu
1964 Ramadasu Telugu Ramadasu
1964 Pachai Vilakku TamilGopalaiya
1964 Kai Koduttha Dheivam TamilFather of Latha
1964 Amarshilpi Jakanna Telugu
1964 Aggi Pidugu Telugu
1964Aatma BalamTelugu
1964Amarshilpi JakkanachariKannada
1964Chandavalliya TotaKannada
1964 Annapurna KannadaFather of Annapurna
1964 Devatha TeluguFather of Prasad
1964 Gudi Gantalu Telugu
1964 Aandavan Kattalai TamilDoctor
1965 Sumangali TeluguVenkata Chalam
1965 Satya Harishchandra Telugu Vasistha Maharshi
1965 Devatha Telugu
1965 Santhi Tamil
1965 Preminchi Choodu Telugu
1965 Enga Veetu Penn Tamil
1965 Sri Simhachala Kshetra Mahima TeluguFather of Pururava
1965 Veerabhimanyu Telugu
1965 Dorikithe Dongalu Telugu
1966 Sri Krishna Pandaviyam Telugu
1966 Selvam Tamil
1966 Shakuntala Telugu
1966 Paramanandayya Sishyula Katha TeluguParamanandaiah
1966 Parakkum Paavai Tamil
1966 Navarathri Telugu
1966 Motor Sundaram Pillai Tamil
1966 Bhakta Potana Telugu Vyasa Maharshi
1966 Adugu Jaadalu Telugu
1966 Aastiparulu TeluguDiwan to Zamindar
1966 Sadhu Mirandal TamilPriest Micheal(Special Appearance)
1966 Saraswati Sabatham TamilVidhyapathy father
1967 Kanchukota TeluguRaja Rajendra Bhupathi
1967 Sri Krishnavataram Telugu Dhritarashtra
1967 Punyavathi Telugu
1967Veera PoojaTelugu
1967 Rahasyam Telugu
1967 Poola Rangadu TeluguVeeraiya
1967Patukunte Padivelu
1967 Iru Malargal TamilSivasamy
1967 Bhama Vijayam Telugu
1967Maa VadinaTelugu
1967 Private Master TeluguFather of Private Master
1967 Marapurani Kadha Telugu Madhava Rao
1968 Brahmachari Telugu
1968 Ramu Tamil / Telugu
1968 Deva kanya (1968 film) Telugu
1968 Thillana Mohanambal TamilShanmugasundaram's Nadaswara Guru
1968 Nindu Samsaram Telugu
1968 Niluvu Dopidi TeluguSwamiji the director of an orphanage
1968 Bandhavyalu Telugu
1968 Uyarndha Manithan TamilManickam
1969 Saptaswaralu Telugu
1969 Nam Naadu TamilThe school master Kandhaya
1969 Mooga Nomu Telugu
1969 Deiva Magan Tamil
1969 Annaiyum Pithavum Tamil
1969 Aadarsa Kutumbam Telugu
1969 Natakala Rayudu TeluguAdiseshayya
1970 Akka Chellelu TeluguSecond judge
1970Kaalam Vellum(Guest Appearance)
1970 Engirundho Vandhaal TamilDharmalingam
1970 Thalli Thandrulu TeluguRaobahadur Perumallu
1970 Thabalkaran Thangai Tamil
1970 Raman Ethanai Ramanadi TamilDirector Nagaiya
1970KanmalarTamil
1970 Sorgam TamilJudge
1971 Srimanthudu Telugu
1971 Prema Nagar TeluguDoctor
1971Vichithra DampathyamTelugu
1971 Pavitra Bandham Telugu
1971 Sri Krishna Satya Telugu
1971 Raitu Kutumbam Telugu
1971KulagauravaKannada
1971 Jeevitha Chakram TeluguFather of Raja (NTR)
1971 Iru Thuruvam TamilTeacher
1971C.I.D.RajuTelugu
1971 Thangaikkaaga Tamil
1971 Ramalayam TeluguTemple priest
1971 Pavitra Hrudayalu Telugu
1972 Sampoorna Ramayanam TeluguVasishta Mahamuni
1972 Papam Pasivadu TeluguDoctor
1972 Shakti Leelai Tamil
1972Pedda KodukuTelugu
1972 Neethi TamilJudge
1972 Iddaru Ammayilu TeluguLaxman Rao
1972Goodu PutaniTelugu
1972Beedala PatluTelugu
1972 Bala Bharatam Telugu
1972 Raja TamilHaridass
1972 Shakthi Leelai TamilGuruji
1972Ganga GauriTamil
1972Inti KodaluTelugu
1973VishaliTelugu
1973Sampoorna RamayanVashisht Muni
1973 Desoddharakulu Telugu
1973 Pattikaattu Ponnaiya Tamil
1973Panjaramlo Pasipapa
1973Ganga Gowri
1973 Puttinillu Mettinillu Telugu
1974Lav KushValmiki
1974 Sivagamiyin Selvan TamilChurch Father
1974Inti Kodalu
1976Tu Hi Ram Tu Hi Krishna
1976 Kula Gowravam'Tamil
1976 Ennai Pol Oruvan TamilSundaramoorthy's Father(final film role)
Composer and play back singer
YearTitleSong
1938 Gruhalakshmi Lendu Bharata Veerulara
1953GumastaOyi Parugekkadikoyi
1953PrapanchamAnta Kooleelam Manamanta Kooleelam, Premasudha Sarasilo Hamsalamai
1953 Sangham Jati Bhedam Samasipoda
1954Maa GopiSanubhoothiye Leda Jagatini, Amma Krishnamma Apacharamemitamma
1956 Bhakta Markandeya Om Namashivaya, Jaya Jaya Shankara Sambasadashiva
1956Naga PanchamiSambho Mahadeva
1956Muddu BiddaItulela Chesavaya O Devadeva
1956 Tenali Ramakrishna Gandupilli Menu Marichi
1957Nala DamayantiGhorambaina Daavagni Keelakerayai
1957 Panduranga Mahatyam Jaya Jaya Gokula Bala, Sannuti Seyave Manasa
1962SwarnamanjariMadhuramaina Guru Deevena
1967Maa VadinaSuthudilu Peeda Mandiramu (poem)
1967 Poola Rangadu Chillara Rallaku Mokkutu Unte Chedipoduvura
Playback singer
Director (partial filmography)
Producer (partial filmography)
Writer (partial filmography)

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