28 March 1904
|Died||30 December 1973 69)(aged|
|Occupation||Actor, composer, director, producer, writer and playback singer|
|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.In his honour, the Chittoor Nagaiah Kalakshetram of arts was established in Chittoor city of Andhra Pradesh.
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).
Nagaiah made significant contributions to Telugu cinema, and starred in about two hundred Telugu films.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. 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. 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. Nagaiah also starred in about one hundred and sixty films in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. He received the Padma Shri from the Government of India in 1965 for his contributions to Indian cinema.
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.
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.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.
|1940||Viswa Mohini||Telugu||A Film Director|
|1941||Ashok Kumar||Tamil||King Ashoka|
|1943||Chenchu Lakshmi||Telugu||Chenchu Lakshmi's Father|
|1945||Meera||Hindi / Tamil||King of Mewar|
|1950||Ezhai Padum Padu||Tamil||Kandan|
|1955||Kanavaney Kankanda Deivam||Tamil|
|1956||Tenali Ramakrishna||Telugu||Mahamantri Thimmarusu|
|1956||Pennin Perumai||Tamil||Zamindar, father of Ragunathan / Nagendran|
|1957||Ambikapathy||Tamil||Raja Kulothunga Chola I, the father of Amaravathi|
|1958||Ettuku Pai Ettu||Telugu|
|1959||Sahodhari||Tamil||Pazhani, father of Chandiran and Meena|
|1960||Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam||Telugu||Bhavaji|
|1961||Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam||Telugu||Dasarathudu|
|1961||Intiki Deepam Illale||Telugu|
|1961||Vagdanam||Telugu||Vishwanatham (Vijaya's father)|
|1961||Nichaya Thamboolam||Tamil||Ramanna, a teacher who is the father of Seetha (Jamuna)|
|1961||Kappalottiya Thamizhan||Tamil||Ulaganatha Pillai|
|1962||Gaali Medalu||Telugu||Ranganatham the father of Krishna (NTR)|
|1962||Shantinivasam||Telugu||Ramadasu the father of four children|
|1963||Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham||Telugu||Akroora|
|1963||Lava Kusha||Telugu||Valmiki Maharshi|
|1963||Naan Vanangum Dheivam||Tamil|
|1963||Naanum Oru Penn||Tamil|
|1963||Karpagam||Tamil||The father of Amudha (Savitri)|
|1964||Kai Koduttha Dheivam||Tamil||Father of Latha|
|1964||Annapurna||Kannada||Father of Annapurna|
|1964||Devatha||Telugu||Father of Prasad|
|1965||Satya Harishchandra||Telugu||Vasistha Maharshi|
|1965||Enga Veetu Penn||Tamil|
|1965||Sri Simhachala Kshetra Mahima||Telugu||Father of Pururava|
|1966||Sri Krishna Pandaviyam||Telugu|
|1966||Paramanandayya Sishyula Katha||Telugu||Paramanandaiah|
|1966||Motor Sundaram Pillai||Tamil|
|1966||Bhakta Potana||Telugu||Vyasa Maharshi|
|1966||Aastiparulu||Telugu||Diwan to Zamindar|
|1966||Sadhu Mirandal||Tamil||Priest Micheal||(Special Appearance)|
|1966||Saraswati Sabatham||Tamil||Vidhyapathy father|
|1967||Kanchukota||Telugu||Raja Rajendra Bhupathi|
|1967||Private Master||Telugu||Father of Private Master|
|1967||Marapurani Kadha||Telugu||Madhava Rao|
|1968||Ramu||Tamil / Telugu|
|1968||Deva kanya (1968 film)||Telugu|
|1968||Thillana Mohanambal||Tamil||Shanmugasundaram's Nadaswara Guru|
|1968||Niluvu Dopidi||Telugu||Swamiji the director of an orphanage|
|1969||Nam Naadu||Tamil||The school master Kandhaya|
|1970||Akka Chellelu||Telugu||Second judge|
|1970||Kaalam Vellum||(Guest Appearance)|
|1970||Thalli Thandrulu||Telugu||Raobahadur Perumallu|
|1970||Raman Ethanai Ramanadi||Tamil||Director Nagaiya|
|1971||Sri Krishna Satya||Telugu|
|1971||Jeevitha Chakram||Telugu||Father of Raja (NTR)|
|1972||Sampoorna Ramayanam||Telugu||Vasishta Mahamuni|
|1972||Iddaru Ammayilu||Telugu||Laxman Rao|
|1973||Sampoorna Ramayan||Vashisht Muni|
|1974||Sivagamiyin Selvan||Tamil||Church Father|
|1976||Tu Hi Ram Tu Hi Krishna|
|1976||Ennai Pol Oruvan||Tamil||Sundaramoorthy's Father||(final film role)|
|1938||Gruhalakshmi||Lendu Bharata Veerulara|
|1953||Prapancham||Anta Kooleelam Manamanta Kooleelam, Premasudha Sarasilo Hamsalamai|
|1953||Sangham||Jati Bhedam Samasipoda|
|1954||Maa Gopi||Sanubhoothiye Leda Jagatini, Amma Krishnamma Apacharamemitamma|
|1956||Bhakta Markandeya||Om Namashivaya, Jaya Jaya Shankara Sambasadashiva|
|1956||Naga Panchami||Sambho Mahadeva|
|1956||Muddu Bidda||Itulela Chesavaya O Devadeva|
|1956||Tenali Ramakrishna||Gandupilli Menu Marichi|
|1957||Nala Damayanti||Ghorambaina Daavagni Keelakerayai|
|1957||Panduranga Mahatyam||Jaya Jaya Gokula Bala, Sannuti Seyave Manasa|
|1962||Swarnamanjari||Madhuramaina Guru Deevena|
|1967||Maa Vadina||Suthudilu Peeda Mandiramu (poem)|
|1967||Poola Rangadu||Chillara Rallaku Mokkutu Unte Chedipoduvura|
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