In 2011, during the 83rd birth anniversary of Rajkumar, the Chief Minister of Karnataka announced that the state government recommended that he be awarded a Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the country, for his outstanding contributions to the film industry. The songs Yaare Koogadali, Huttidare Kannada, Hey Dinakara, Hrudaya Samudra, Manikyaveena and Naadamaya became widely popular. The film also touched on very important topics like rural development, modern agricultural practices and co-operative movement. [158], Reminiscing his old days, Kannada director J.G.Krishna had revealed that Rajkumar was responsible for light boys being served food by the film production team after he came to know that they were not being served food on the sets and took initiative to make it mandatory for all Kannada film producers to bear the food cost of the light boys treating them on par with the employees of the production house. [109] The 1974 movie Sampathige Savaal speaks subtely about the abolishment of Zamindar system by portraying the rich versus poor in a rural backdrop.[110]. [153] He was a devotee of Raghavendra Swami. Dr Rajkumar Biography Popularly known as Annavaru, Dr Rajkumar is a legend in the history of Kannad Cinema. [61], Rajkumar has been credited for having sung across various genres and each rendition according to the mood of the scene in the film. Science. Well known for his highly disciplined and simple lifestyle in both personal and professional fronts, Rajkumar was also an avid Yoga, Pranayama, and Carnatic music performer. 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Dr Janakiram, a noted horticulture expert and assistant director-general (Horticulture Science-I) Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), took over as … How-To Tutorials; Suggestions; Machine Translation Editions [79] Passing through Krishna Raja Circle, Palace Road, T. Chowdiah Road, Sadashivanagar, Yeswanthpur and Goraguntepalya localities, the cortège reached the Studios at 4:45 pm (IST). This fitness is attributed to his practice of Yoga. [124] His films have inspired many non-Kannadigas to learn the language. However, he became a full-fledged singer only in 1974 when he sang in place of P. B. Sreenivas for Sampathige Savaal,[60] who had till then sung for most songs picturised on Rajkumar, fell ill. Rajkumar sang the energetic "Yaare Koogadali" for the film which became widely popular during the time and is considered one of his best songs. In 2010, the Karnataka State Government had announced to build a film city in memory of Rajkumar and. His abduction and the manner in which his release was secured remains a mystery. This was an important aspect since his career played out when the state's identity was still evolving. The other prominent historical characters portrayed by him include Purandara Dasa in Navakoti Narayana , Kanaka Dasa in Bhakta Kanakadasa , Tukaram in Santha Thukaram , Kabir Das in Mahathma Kabir , Kālidāsa in Kaviratna Kalidasa , Gora Kumbhar in Bhakta Kumbara , Sri Raghavendra Swamy in Mantralaya Mahatme , Sarvajna in Sarvagna Murthy , Appanna in Sanaadi Appanna and Santhoba Pavar in Bhakta Vijaya.[37]. [104], The 1971 movie Kasturi Nivasa charts the rise of modern manufacturing techniques and the ill effects of orthodox approach towards upgradation of technology. 3. 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The 1986 movie Anuraga Aralithu speaks about the implementation of labour reforms in factory. He sang a complete English song called "If You Come Today" ("Tick Tick Tick") in the movie—Operation Diamond Racket in 1978. His movie Ondu Muttina Kathe was reported to be the first ever Indian film to have an underwater action sequence shot in an ocean[54] outside India[55] without the help of oxygen mask. The funeral cortège the next day started from Sree Kanteerava Stadium to Kanteerava Studios a few minutes before 12:30 pm (IST), a distance of 14 kilometres (8.7 mi). Brief information About The great legend of Kannada film industry Padma Bhushana, Karnataka Ratna, Ganagandarva, Natasarvabouma, Nadoja, Rasikara Raaja Dr.Raj Kumar. [112][113] The 1993 movie Aakasmika was about woman trafficking and prostitution racquet. [24] His 1986 movie Anuraga Aralithu was the first Indian movie to be remade in six other languages. Just better. His personal physician Ramana Rao was called for, who rushed within three minutes, and performed external cardiac massage and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. [41][42] The success of this movie led to 3 sequels - Goa Dalli CID 999 , Operation Jackpot Nalli C.I.D 999 and Operation Diamond Racket. [117] His presence was reported to have filled the void between the state and the nation which neither the littérateurs nor the politicians could accomplish. Rajkumar was awarded numerous State, National and International awards. [125], During the interview for promotions of 2.0, Rajinikanth had said that 10 MGRs were equal to 1 Rajkumar. There was major shutdown in the city of Bengaluru. [126][127][128] He has also remarked that the only autograph he has ever taken in his life is of Rajkumar. [14][68][75], On 12 April 2006, Rajkumar returned to his Sadashivanagar residence after his regular 20-minute walk and had a general medical check-up by 11:30 a.m. (IST). [85], It was observed that after 15 years into his career, in the mid sixties, when new young filmmakers were searching for actors who were less theatrical, Rajkumar had to undergo a transformation in his acting style and succeeded in proving that he could handle roles which were subtle, mellow and soft without the need for theatrical histrionics. [90], Amitabh Bachchan had praised Rajkumar's simplicity and his ability to perform any role to perfection. His mother tongue was Kannada. [129] Rajinikanth had also said that Rajkumar was a combination of MGR and Sivaji Ganesan. He also earned a National award as the best male playback … His widely popular LP record "Guruvara Bantamma" was also recorded during the time. The last rites were performed by his eldest son Shiva, guided by priests from the city's ISKCON and the Gayathri Temples. That's it. [156] Singeetam Srinivasa Rao called him as one of the two funniest people he has come across in his life. 40 photographs of selected films of Rajkumar were kept on display at the inauguration. [53], His movie Operation Diamond Racket was shot in Nepal and became the first Kannada movie to be shot outside India. He became actively involved in the movement and soon became the force behind the Gokak movement. [87], He was also praised for his ability to integrate the virtues of an actor with the power of a superstar without letting one erase the another by acting as a gulf between the mainstream popular movies and the artistic cinemas. [38] Further, he also holds the distinction of being the only actor to play the role of Arjuna and his two sons. He spent most of his vacations in his hometown, Gajanur, near the forest area where he was later abducted. [30], He acted only in Kannada movies throughout his career apart from Kalahasti Mahatyam in Telugu, a remake of his debut Kannada movie Bedara Kannappa. A Bharat Ratna for Dr Rajkumar? [120] It was reported that before linguistic reorganization of the states, the default state border for the Kannada speaking population was the last point where Rajkumar films were distributed. [15] His eyes were donated as per his last wish. [67] In 1979, Sangeetha Cassettes became India's first licensed pre-recorded cassettes. It was constituted in the year 1992 by the Government of Karnataka. Singanalluru Puttaswamaiah Muthuraj (24 April 1929 – 12 April 2006),[2] better known by his stage name Rajkumar or Dr. Rajkumar, was an Indian film actor and playback singer in the Kannada cinema. Despite his apolitical outlook, he was able to protect and espouse the cause of Kannada and Karnataka. [16], In his film career, Rajkumar received eleven Karnataka State Film Awards, including nine Best Actor and two Best Singer awards, eight Filmfare Awards South, and one National Film Award. An unofficial bandh (closure of all shops and other establishments) was observed. Abdul Kalam had condoled his death. He also has the rare distinction of having portrayed the mythological roles of both Devas and Asuras in an almost equal number on the Indian on-screen. 1992. [74], After a total of 108 days in captivity, Rajkumar was released unharmed on 15 November 2000. [89], Jnanapith awardee U. R. Ananthamurthy had noted that movies of Rajkumar were less melodramatic in comparison to the movies of his counterparts at that time in other languages—MGR, Sivaji Ganesan and NTR. He acted in 36 films with Udaya Kumar and in 5 films with Kalyan Kumar.[35]. Page He received the NTR National Award in 2002. Karnataka government intends to recommend the thesapian for the highest civilian award for his contribution to cinema. He led rallies from Belagavi to Bengaluru and gave speeches about the importance of Kannada Gokak agitation. Efforts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead at 2:05 pm (IST). [115] He was also praised for confining himself to the Kannada cinema through a conscious decision. [65] This was a rare occasion. [161], Although Rajkumar rejected numerous offers[162] to don the political mantle, he was able to influence the State's political fortunes without ever being officially involved in politics. [132], The initial move to shift the operations of the Kannada cinema gradually from Madras to Bangalore has been credited to Rajkumar's home productions. Balasubrahmanyam. [106] The central theme of 1972 movie Bangaarada Manushya - returning to one's ancestral village - inspired youth to take up agriculture. [123] In spite of having appeared only in Kannada movies, he was reasonably popular amongst the non- Kannadigas too. [67][68], Apart from performing in about 75 musical nights, he has sung 300 movie songs and about 200 folk and devotional songs - the proceeds of which were given away to charity. [29] Simha eventually signed him for the film and named him Rajkumar. Name. All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge... wonderful poem and a wonderful tribute to your favorite actor... truly a simple soul...happen to be going to sabarimala in the same group from chennai for quiet a few years..listened to his sweet singing on the way...this is a great tribute, A great actor he was indeed, a great man too.....there is no aspect of him that isn't great...his acting, his simplicity, his humbleness....his stern character and astute life....Dr.Rajkumar will live on as long as kannada and karnataka lives....'anna avarige jayavagali'. [32] He owned a production company called Sri Vajreshwari Combines under the banner Dakshayani Combines. 2. [12], Rajkumar entered the film industry after his long stint as a dramatist with Gubbi Veeranna's Gubbi Drama Company, which he joined at the age of eight before he got his first break as a lead in the 1954 film Bedara Kannappa. Rajkumar was awarded numerous State, National and International awards. [14] He died of cardiac arrest at his residence in Bangalore on 12 April 2006 at the age of 76. [17] He holds the record of receiving Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada and Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor the highest number of times. [62] His frequent collaboration with the composer duo of Rajan–Nagendra gave musical hits such as Bangarada Hoovu (1967), Nyayave Devaru (1971), Swayamvara (1973), Sri Srinivasa Kalyana (1974), Nanobba Kalla (1979) and Chalisuva Modagalu (1982).[63]. Sl No. [101] The 1964 movie Naandi was acclaimed for capturing the real-time plights of those with hearing impairments. Waking up every morning at 4 am, he performed Yoga and Pranayama, which is said to be the reason behind his physical and mental fitness. Rajkumar left school at eight and was later discovered by film producers, who cast him in bit roles that he played till he was 25. [143][144] He shunned publicity and politics all his life. His other prominent mythological characters include Kannappa in Bedara Kannappa , Chandrahasa in Chandrahasa , Harishchandra in Satya Harishchandra , Satyavan in Sathi Savithri , Valmiki in Valmiki and Chyavana Maharshi in Sathi Sukanya. 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Kannada Film Discussion ... Dr. Rajkumar - Annavru, Karnataka Ratna, Kentucky Colonel, Padma Bhushan, Nata Saarvabhouma [46] [42][47], He acted with heroines of southern cinema[48] such as Jayanti (36 films),[49] Pandaribai (18 films), Leelavathi (28 films), Bharati (28 films), Kalpana (19 films), Aarathi (13 films), B. Saroja Devi (10 films), Harini (11 films), Krishna Kumari (8 films), Madhavi (7 films), Manjula (7 films), Jayamala (6 films), Lakshmi (5 films), Geetha (5 films), Saritha (5 films) and Jayaprada (4 films). He subsequently sang "Thumbithu Manava", a duet with S. Janaki, for the movie Mahishasura Mardini (1959). [93], Girish Kasaravalli had called him a great actor by any standards. Udaya Shankar has written dialogues and songs for 85 of his movies. He is the only lead actor to win National Award for singing. Dr. Rajkumar - Annavru, Karnataka Ratna, Kentucky Colonel, Padma Bhushan, Nata Saarvabhouma. [96], Rajkumar made movies against perceived social evils throughout his career - right from his first movie till the last movie. His death occurred 12 days before his 77th birthday. The colorized release also performed well at the box office over taking other Kannada movies released at the time. [111] The 1985 movie Dhruva Thare speaks about the oppression by the higher class and the need for the minimum wages. 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[137], In 2018, in the run up to the relaunch of Jawa motorbikes , the marketing team of Mahindra & Mahindra used the climax bike stunt sequence of his 1976 movie Naa Ninna Mareyalare as a part of their promotion strategy. [15] However, the entire procession was marked with violence with mourners attacking public property, and police, who resorted to lathi-charge and tear gas. 00 - Karnataka Ratna Dr Rajkumar poem by Vikram G. Aarella. It is awarded to a person for his extraordinary contribution in any field. [102] The 1967 movie Bangarada Hoovu spoke about misconceptions about leprosy. Quite the same Wikipedia. [34], His character depictions ranged from mythological, historical, devotional, James Bond styled spies to romantic, rural, action roles and portrayals of contemporary social causes in the span of over five decades. It included "an open-air auditorium, mini-water body, landscaping and a bust" of Rajkumar. He also appeared as Bijjala II in Jagajyothi Basveshwara and as Raja Mallasarja in Kittur Chennamma. [66] He also sang Kalidasa shlokas such as "Maanikya Veena" and ghazal-based songs such as "Sadaa Kannale", "Kanneera Dhaare" and "Yaava Kaviyu". He also has the distinction of having worked with more than 75 directors. [29] He continually advocated the cause of seeking primacy for Kannada,[163][164] was asked to lead a movement to make Kannada a compulsory language for primary education based on the "Gokak report", popularly known as Gokak Varadhi. S.Nijalingappa. [71] Together, they had five children; sons Shiva, Raghavendra and Puneeth, and daughters Lakshmi and Poornima. Natasarvabhouma Dr. Rajkumar. [147] He practised Carnatic music for an hour each day in the morning and in the evening. For the song Deepavali Deepavali[64] from Muddina Maava, he provided playback to S. P. [141], The Hindu had reported that Rajkumar could have swept any poll effortlessly but had decided that the affection and love of the people should not be used to attain power. For Nee Nanna Gellalare (1981), he sang two songs — "Jeeva Hoovagide" and "Anuraga Enaytu"— beginning both with the refrain "I love you", that is full of Carnatic gamakas. [91] Anil Kapoor called him the "emperor of all the actors"[92] and a pride of Indian film industry. [56], Rajkumar's 1971 movie Kasturi Nivasa was colorized and released in 2014. Bhagyada Bagilu was his 100th film,[33] Devatha Manushya was his 200th film and Shabdavedhi was his last film. [149] His Yoga performances can be seen in the first clips of his film Kaamana Billu. [133], As of April 2016, 71 books and 9 souvenirs have been published on Rajkumar. 4. [119] Rajkumar's movies were largely credited for creating a unified Kannada cultural space after the formation of the state. [116] His movies were praised for showing consistent interest in building a Kannada society and not a Kannada nation as such. [154] In 1961, he led a movement to collect funds for draught relief. He has acted in over 40 movies based on novels[39] - which is the highest for any actor in India.He made movies from Kannada novels and made movies against perceived social evils in movies like Jeevana Chaitra (on evils of drinking) and Shabdavedhi (on drug abuse). [29] His dress code always consisted of a simple white dhoti and shirt. [27], Rajkumar started his career with his father in a troupe led by Gubbi Veeranna. In July 2005, the government of Karnataka captioned by N. Dharam Singh, the Chief Minister of Karnataka conducted a felicitation ceremony for honoring Rajkumar for his (50 years of) service to Karnataka at Bangalore Palace named Sarthaka Suvarna (Significant Gold). For the rendition, he was awarded the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer. 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