Chittor V. Nagaiah – The Famous Director

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4170-1Chittoor V. Nagaiah (born Vuppaladadiyam Nagaiah) was a multilingual Indian film actor, thespian, composer, director, producer, writer and playback singer from Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, India. Indian film journalist and the editor of Film India, Baburao Patel, described Nagiah as The Paul Muni of India.In his honor, the Mahati Chittor Nagaiah Kalakshetram of arts was established in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.

Nagaiah was closely connected to Rama Vilasa Sabha, a cultural association in Chittoor. He performed several stage plays, such as Sarangadhara, Viswamithra Chitra Nilayam, Savitri, Bruhannala and Ramadasu, and 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 Vande Matharam (1939), Sumangali (1940), Devata (1941), Bhakta Potana (1942), Swarga Seema (1945), Thygayya (1946) and Beedhalapatlu. (1947).

Nagaiah starred in about two hundred Telugu films, and one sixty films in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi in a variety of roles. Widely recognized as one of the finest Indian method actors, and the first Telugu super star, his forte was usually playing intense characters, often immersing himself in study of the real character’s traits and mannerisms.[4] 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 works such as Thyagayya (1946), Chakradhari (1948) based on Gora Kumbhar, Naa Illu (1953), and Ramadasu (1964) for which he won the National Film Award.He received the Padma Shri from the Government of India in 1965 for his contributions to Indian cinema.

Biography :

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Chittor V Nagaiah

Nagaiah was born on 28 March 1904 in a Telugu-speaking Brahmin family in Andhra Pradesh. His parents were Ramalinga Sarma and Venkata Lakshmamba. The family moved to Kuppam and later to Tirupati, in Chittoor district. He took up studies with a scholarship provided by the Tirupati Devasthanam and took his degree in Chittoor.

He worked as a clerk in a government office. Later, he became a journalist with Andhra Patrika. Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru influenced him and he participated in the freedom struggle (Dandi Satyagraha) in 1930. He worked with gramophone companies like Hutchins. He attended the Gowhati Congress conclave with S. Srinivasa Iyyengar.he was married to Vijaya 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.

Awards :

  • Padmashri,Government of India in 1965
  • National Film Awards
  • National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu (director) – 1964 for Ramadasu
  • Abinava Thyagaraju by the Maharaja of Travancore.
  • Best Actor Award by the Andhra Film Journalists Association

 Filmography :

Year Film Language
1938 Gruhalakshmi Telugu
1939 Vande Mataram Telugu
1940 Sumangali Telugu
1940 Viswa Mohini Telugu
1941 Ashok Kumar Tamil
1941 Devatha Telugu
1942 Bhakta Potana Telugu
1943 Bhagyalaxmi Telugu
1943 Chenchu Lakshmi Telugu
1945 Meera Hindi
1945 Meera Tamil
1945 Swargaseema Telugu
1946 Thyagayya Telugu
1947 Yogi Vemana Telugu
1948 Chakradhari Tamil
1949 Mana Desam Telugu
1949 Navajeevanam Tamil
1950 Beedala Patlu Telugu
1950 Ezhai Padum Padu Tamil
1951 Sarvadhikari Tamil
1952 Thayi Ullam Tamil
1953 En Veedu Tamil
1953 Gumasta Tamil
1953 Gumasta Telugu
1953 Ladki Hindi
1953 Naa Illu Telugu
1953 Panakkari Tamil
1953 Penn Tamil
1953 Prapancham Telugu
1953 Sangham Telugu
1954 Ethirparadathu Tamil
1954 Maa Gopi Telugu
1954 Viduthalai Tamil
1955 Anarkali Telugu
1955 Kanavane Kan Kanda Daivam Tamil
1956 Asai Tamil
1956 Bhakta Markandeya Kannada
1956 Bhakta Markandeya Tamil
1956 Bhakta Markandeya Telugu
1956 Muddu Bidda Telugu
1956 Naga Panchami Telugu
1956 Tenali Ramakrishna Telugu
1956 Tenali Raman Tamil
1957 Nala Damayanti Tamil
1957 Nala Damayanti Telugu
1957 Panduranga Mahatyam Telugu
1957 Sati Savitri Telugu
1958 Bommala Pelli Telugu
1958 Ettuku Pai Ettu Telugu
1958 Parvati Kalyanam Telugu
1958 Sampoorna Ramayanam Telugu
1959 Banda Ramudu Telugu
1959 Jayabheri Telugu
1959 Kalaivanan Tamil
1959 Nalla Theerpu Tamil
1960 Abhimanam Telugu
1960 Shantinivasam Telugu
1960 Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam Telugu
1961 Ellam Unnakkaga Tamil
1961 Intiki Deepam Illalu Telugu
1961 Nagarjuna Telugu
1961 Pavamanippu Tamil
1961 Sabash Raja Telugu
1961 Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam Telugu
1961 Vagdanam Telugu
1962 Aalayamani Tamil
1962 Dakshayagnam Tamil
1962 Dakshayagnam Telugu
1962 Siri Sampadalu Telugu
1962 Swarnamanjari Telugu
1962 Valar Pirai Tamil
1963 Anuragam Telugu
1963 Lakshadhikari Telugu
1963 Lava Kusha Telugu
1963 Naan Vanangum Daivam Tamil
1963 Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham Telugu
1964 Aatma Balam Telugu
1964 Aggi Pidugu Telugu
1964 Amarshilpi Jakkanachari Kannada
1964 Chandavalliya Tota Kannada
1964 Amarshilpi Jakanna Telugu
1964 Annapurna Kannada
1964 Bobbili Yudham Telugu
1964 Devatha Telugu
1964 Gudi Gantalu Telugu
1964 Pachai Vilakku Tamil
1964 Ramadasu Telugu
1965 Preminchi Choodu Telugu
1965 Satya Harishchandra Telugu
1965 Shanti Tamil
1965 Sri Simhachala Kshetra Mahima Telugu
1965 Veerabhimanyu Telugu
1966 Aastiparulu Telugu
1966 Adugu Jaadalu Telugu
1966 Bhakta Potana Telugu
1966 Navarathri Telugu
1966 Parakkum Pavai Tamil
1966 Paramanandayya Sishyula Katha Telugu
1966 Sri Krishna Pandaviyam Telugu
1967 Bhama Vijayam Telugu
1967 Iru Malargal Tamil
1967 Maa Vadina Telugu
1967 Poola Rangadu Telugu
1967 Private Master Telugu
1967 Rahasyam Telugu
1967 Marapurani Kadha Telugu
1967 Sri Krishnavataram Telugu
1967 Veera Pooja Telugu
1968 Bandhavyalu Telugu
1968 Brahmachari Telugu
1968 Nindu Samsaram Telugu
1968 Ramu Telugu
1968 Thillana Mohanambal Tamil
1969 Aadarsa Kutumbam Telugu
1969 Mooga Nomu Telugu
1969 Natakala Rayudu Telugu
1969 Saptaswaralu Telugu
1970 Akka Chellelu Telugu
1970 Tapalkaran Thanga Tamil
1970 Thalli Thandrulu Telugu
1971 C.I.D.Raju Telugu
1971 Iru Thuruvam Tamil
1971 Jeevitha Chakram Telugu
1971 Kulagaurava Kannada
1971 Ramalayam Telugu
1971 Sampoorna Ramayanam Telugu
1971 Sri Krishna Satya Telugu
1971 Srimanthudu Telugu
1972 Bala Bharatam Telugu
1972 Beedala Patlu Telugu
1972 Goodu Putani Telugu
1972 Iddaru Ammayilu Telugu
1972 Neethi Tamil
1972 Papam Pasivadu Telugu
1972 Pedda Koduku Telugu
1972 Sakthi Leela Tamil
1972 Ganga Gauri Tamil
1972 Pattikatu Ponnaiah Tamil
1972 Vishali Telugu
1972 Inti Kodalu Telugu
1973 Ennai Pol Oruvan Tamil

 

maxresdefaultSongs Composed by Chittor V. Nagaiah :

  • Gruhalakshmi(1938)Lendu Bharata Veerulara
  • Gumasta (1953)Oyi Parugekkadikoyi
  • Prapancham (1953)Anta Kooleelam Manamanta Kooleelam, Premasudha Sarasilo
  • Hamsalamai
  • Sangham (1953)Jati Bhedam Samasipoda
  • Maa Gopi (1954)Sanubhoothiye Leda Jagatini, Amma Krishnamma Apacharamemitamma
  • Bhakta Markandeya (1956)Om Namashivaya, Jaya Jaya Shankara Sambasadashiva
  • Naga Panchami (1956)Sambho Mahadeva
  • Muddu Bidda (1956)Itulela Chesavaya O Devadeva
  • Tenali Ramakrishna (1956)Gandupilli Menu Marichi
  • Nala Damayanti (1957)Ghorambaina Daavagni Keelakerayai
  • Panduranga Mahatyam (1957)Jaya Jaya Gokula Bala, Sannuti Seyave Manasa
  • Swarnamanjari (1962)Madhuramaina Guru Deevena
  • Maa Vadina (1967)Suthudilu Peeda Mandiramu (poem)
  • Poola Rangadu (1967)Chillara Rallaku Mokkutu Unte Chedipoduvura
  • Ramadasu (1964)
  • Gumasta (1953/II)
  • Naa Illu (1953)
  • Yogi Vemana (1947)
  • Thyagayya (1946)
  • Swargaseema (1945)
  • Bhakta Potana (1942)
  • Devatha (1941)
  • Sumangali (1940)
  • Vishwamohini (1940)
  • Vande Mataram (1939)
  • Gruhalakshmi (1938)

Film’s Directed by Chittor V.Nagaiah :

  • Ramadasu (Telugu, 1964)
  • En Veedu (Tamil, 1953)
  • Naa Illu (Telugu, 1953)
  • Thyagayya (Telugu, 1946)

Film Produced by Chittor V.Nagaiah :

  • Naa Illu (1953)

Film Written by Chittor V.Nagaiah :

  • Thyagayya (1946)

 

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