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>Bollywood Movies Actor, singer Rajkumar Singer

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Rajkumar was also a well-known singer. He sang many devotional songs. He won the National Award for the song “Naadamaya” from the movie Jeevana Chaitra. He had trained in classical music while in Gubbi Veranna’s drama troupe. At that time it was required for everyone to at least have a working knowledge of classical music. He performed a song in the movie Mahishasura Mardini with G. K. Venkatesh as the music director. However, he did not become a full-fledged singer until his hugely popular song “Yare Koogadali” from the movie Sampathige Sawal. Prior to his singing in Sampathige Sawal, Rajkumar’s songs were sung by P. B. Srinivas. He used to call Srinivas ‘Shaareera’ while he referred to himself as ‘Shareera’. After “Yare Koogadali”, he sang in most of his movies and in many private albums, which were mainly devotional albums. His song renditions ranged from pure classical to disco and fast numbers to pathos. Although his singing was greatly appreciated, his fans of the days of black-and-white movies in 1960s and 1970s, swear by the fact that his true identity was P. B. Srinivas, who did the playback singing for most of Rajkumar’s movies, until Rajkumar himself started to sing. P. B. Srinivas continued singing for him in many of the movies in which Rajkumar starred in double/triple roles.

In his final years, Rajkumar lent his voice to a few other actors and sang many background solos. One such song, which holds a unique distinction, was for the 1993 movie Muddina Maava, wherein he provided playback to the legendary singer S. P. Balasubramaniyam, who acted in the movie. This was a rare occasion where an actor sang for a singer, probably unmatched in the world of cinema. He sang many devotional songs on Hanuman and Sri Raghavendra Swamiji. One of his most famous songs was “Huttidare kannada nadalli hutta beku”.

Rajkumar’s voice had a smoothness and depth comparable to that of playback singer P. B. Sreenivas. His voice was also capable of great vivacity, noticeable in songs like “muttu koduve kandane nanna muddu raaja”, “Sigivem Kshanadali”, “Thai Thai Bangari”, “Naa Ninna Mareyalare”, “Le le Appana Magale” and “Aradhisuve”. His childhood theatrical background helped him in acting as well as singing. He was adept at rendering his voice to different genres: romantic, sentimental, devotional and semi-classical. His songs about Kannada language and culture, such as “Jenina holeyo”, “Maanavanagi huttidmele” and “Huttidare”, are immensely popular. He even sang a complete English song in one of his Bond films. “Naadamaya”, a classical song in Raga Thodi, which won him the national award for best playback singing, demonstrates his versatility as a singer with its complex graces as it progresses with other ragas. He switches between ragas with ease and sings Swara patterns like a professional.

Kalidasa’s shlokas (songs) like Sadaa Kannali, Kanneera Dhaare, Gelathi Baradu and Yaava Kaviyu, have also become very popular. In addition to his film work, he rendered his voice for many devotional songs.

>Bollywood Movies Actor, singer Rajkumar Film career

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Rajkumar started his career as a theater artist with his father in a troupe led by the legendary Gubbi Veeranna. It was here that Rajkumar honed his acting and singing skills. Later, along with his father, Rajkumar joined M S Subbayya Naidu Drama Company. Bedara Kannappa, a 1954 Kannada language movie, marked his entry into the film world. This movie was directed by H L N Simha, who christened him “Rajkumar”. Rajkumar would use the same name for the rest of his life. He later forayed into film production with the hugely popular Ranadheera Kanteerava, which he produced with another legend of Kannada cinema, Balakrishna. This movie, which was made exclusively with technicians from Karnataka, also marked the beginning of full-fledged filmmaking in Karnataka. The famous song “Shivappa Kaayo Tande” originated in his first movie.

With the exception of one Telugu movie called Kalahasti Mahathyam, he acted only in Kannada movies. In his lifetime, Rajkumar acted in 206 Kannada movies, excluding guest appearances. He owned a film production company called Vajreshwari Production, which produced films under the banner of Dakshayani Combines. Bhagyada Bagilu was his 100th movie and Devatha Manushya was his 200th movie. He participated in several protest marches, such as Gokak Chaluvali.

Rajkumar’s character depictions ranged from lovers to double and triple roles, from mythological characters to portrayals of contemporary social causes. He acted with many popular heroines in southern Indian cinema, such as Kannada’s Pandaribai, Leelavathi, Jayanti, Bharati, Arati, Julie Lakshmi, Jayaprada, Madhavi, Geetha, Sarita and others from neighbouring states. The Hindi actress Rekha made her debut as heroine in the film Goadalli CID 999 with Rajkumar. He acted under many directors of south Indian cinema, from B. R. Pantulu and Puttanna Kanagal to Shankar Nag and Nagabharana. He was known for only acting in Kannada movies, even though he got many offers from different movie industries in India.

He produced and starred in Kaviratna Kalidasa and Shankar-Guru. He produced movies based on famous Kannada novels. He also made many movies against perceived social evils, such as Shabdavedi, which addressed drug abuse.

Rajkumar was the first actor in Indian cinema to enact a role which resembled James Bond; his first such movie was Jedara Bale. Later he acted in other Bond movies such as Operation Jackpotnalli CID 999, Goadalli CID 999, and Operation Diamond Rocket.

>Bollywood Movies Actor, singer Rajkumar Early life

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aj Kumar was born on April 24, 1929 in Singanallur Coimbatore District and brought up in Gajanur of Princely Mysore State now in Erode District, Tamil Nadu, India. His mother tongue was Kannada. His father, Singanalluru Puttaswamayya, was a theater artist. His mother was Lakshmamma. His original name was Mutturaju, named after Lord Muthathi Raya,its a Hanuman temple located in Muttatti, Malavalli Taluk Mandya district

>Bollywood Movies Actor, singer Rajkumar Born

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Dr. Raj was born on the 24th of April 1929 in Singanallur Mysore District to Lakshmamma and Singanallur Puttaswamiah, the greatest protagonist of theatre whose personality and stage presence was so impactful that it sent shivers down the spines of the audience when he essayed roles like Kamsa, Ravana, Hiranya Kashipu. etc.

Dr. Rajkumar was born in Singanallur but was brought up in Dodda Gajanur (Before 1947 it was in Princely State of Mysore now in Erode district of Tamil Nadu) a place that he used to visit three to four times in a year.

He was sometimes referred to as Dr. Raj, Rajanna, Natasarvabhouma (emperor of acting), Gaana Gandharva (singer in the court of Gods), and was hugely popular in Karnataka, where he was also known as “Annavru”, meaning “beloved elder brother”. Of his fans, he once said, “I don’t know whether I will ever see God. But for me all my fans are my Gods. Rajkumar entered the film industry at the age of eight and got his first break as a hero in the film Bedara Kannappa in 1954. Thereafter, he went on to work in over 220 films and became a household name in the Kannada-speaking world.