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Vanasundari poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by T. R. Raghunath
Screenplay by T. R. Raghunath
Story byElangovan
Produced bySM. Letchumanan Chettiar
CinematographyJithan Bannerji, Kumaradevan
Edited byS. A. Murugesan
Music by
Krishna Pictures
Release date
9 February 1951

Vanasundari is a 1951 Indian Tamil-language film directed by T. R. Raghunath, starring P. U. Chinnappa, T. R. Rajakumari, T. S. Balaiah and S. Varalakshmi. [1] [2]



Prince Gunasagaran hates his father Marthandan, king of Neelapuri as he, in spite of his age, spends his time in entertainment without concern for people. Marthandan chases Gunasagaran out of the country. Gunasagaran and his friend Adhi Medhavi goes to another country. There, a cruel younger brother of the king, Kapaleekaran rules after killing his elder brother. His paramour Leela is virtually ruling the State. Vanasundari, the king's daughter is in custody. Adhi Medhavi is imprisoned on false charge of theft. Gunasagaran meets Vanasundari in the jungle. Both exchange their tale of woes. Gunasagaran promises to rescue her. After many twists and turns the story has a happy ending. [3]



The film was produced by SM. Letchumanan Chettiar, a notable personality in the Tamil film industry in the 1950s. [1] He was the first person to print and distribute handbills in Tamil and the first person to use cars such as Buick, Chevrolet, Studebaker and Dodge in Chennai. [1] Due to some legal problems, his name was never credited in any of his films and only the name of his production banner "Krishna Pictures" appeared in the credits. [1]


The music was composed by S. V. Venkatraman and C. R. Subburaman. Lyrics were penned by Udumalai Narayana Kavi and Kambadasan. Singers are P. U. Chinnappa, T. R. Rajakumari, S. Varalakshmi, N. S. Krishnan and T. A. Madhuram. Playback singers are D. K. Pattammal, P. A. Periyanayaki, K. V. Janaki and P. Leela. [4]

D. K. Pattammal sang Naadu Chezhithida song off-screen.

No.SongSingersLyricsLength (m:ss)
1"Ennum Ezhutthum Iru Kananaagum"P. U. ChinnappaKambadasan03:15
2"Kannile Vilaiyaadum Inba Kaadhal"P. U. Chinnappa & T. R. Rajakumari05:05
3"Annam Pola Aadi"P. A. Periyanayaki & K. V. Janaki06:09
4"Vinnil Inbam...Vandu Pola Aadi Sellum Odame"P. A. Periyanayaki & P. Leela01:09
5"Mannan Pennaaga Naanum Mann Meedhu"T. R. Rajakumari03:43
6"Inbamaaga Paaduvom"P. A. Periyanayaki & K. V. Janaki00:22
7"Aadai Alangaram Venum"S. Varalakshmi
8"Naane Mahaaraani"Udumalai Narayana Kavi02:52
9"Deeyo Deeyo Deeyaalo"
Dance by Lalitha and Padmini
P. A. Periyanayaki, K. V. Janaki & P. Leela08:32
10"Namasthe Namasthe" P. U. Chinnappa & T. R. Rajakumari02:44
11"Aadu Padhinanchu Puli Moonu"T. A. Madhuram04:37
12"Sonthamaaga Nenaichu"N. S. Krishnan & T. A. Mathuram
13"Poovo Poovu Manam Veesum"P. A. Periyanayagi
14"Naadu Chezhithidavum"D. K. Pattammal

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