This song became an internet meme in India following Rajkumar's demise in 2006.[47]. He led rallies from Belagavi to Bengaluru and gave speeches about the importance of Kannada Gokak agitation. 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. [29] Simha eventually signed him for the film and named him Rajkumar. Your portrayal of an innocent shepherdwas the role you were best adoredWith same elan you played the lord. [27], Rajkumar started his career with his father in a troupe led by Gubbi Veeranna. [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. To install click the Add extension button. Earlier, as the news of Dr. Rajkumar's death spread, hundreds of fans took to the streets in many areas and started throwing stones and bottles at buildings and passing vehicles. - Times of India", "Cinemaster: Are criminals schooled at movie halls? He is the only Indian actor to have received this prestigious award. [101] The 1964 movie Naandi was acclaimed for capturing the real-time plights of those with hearing impairments. [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. The power of this movement caused the government to relent and make Kannada a compulsory language of education in Karnataka.[29]. His historical movies such as Ranadheera Kanteerava , Immadi Pulikeshi , Sri Krishnadevaraya and Mayura presented a populist version of Karnataka's history, focusing on the Karnataka kingdoms such as Mysore royalty , The Chalukyas, The Vijayanagara Empire and The Kadambas respectively[36] - thereby making him the only Indian actor to have portrayed the role of four prominent kings of Indian history - Kanthirava Narasaraja I , Pulakeshin II , Krishnadevaraya and Mayurasharma . 4. [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. Rajkumar was then taken to MS Ramaiah Memorial Hospital and was administered intracardiac injections. Just better. Year. His widely popular LP record "Guruvara Bantamma" was also recorded during the time. 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. During his career, Rajkumar sang and performed for songs about Kannadigas, the Kannada language and culture, such as "Jenina Holeyo" from Chalisuva Modagalu, "Maanavanagi Huttidmele" from Jeevana Chaitra and "Huttidare Kannada" from the film Aakasmika. His abduction and the manner in which his release was secured remains a mystery. [146], Rajkumar was best regarded by Kannada audiences and the Kannada film industry for being a highly disciplined man in both his personal and professional lives. [86] He went on to be known for portraying versatile roles with elan. [51] Sri Lankan based actress Sabeetha Perera also made her Indian movie debut with his film Goa Dalli CID 999.[52]Chi. He switches ragas with ease, and sings complex swara patterns like a professional classical artiste. [76] His eyes were donated to two visually impaired persons the same day. The 1985 movie Jwaalamukhi speaks about marks card forgery. [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]. [121], He was considered as a strong symbol of Kannada identity. 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[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. [38] Further, he also holds the distinction of being the only actor to play the role of Arjuna and his two sons. The 1992 movie Jeevana Chaitra instigated many villages to ban arrack shops. He acted in 36 films with Udaya Kumar and in 5 films with Kalyan Kumar.[35]. [73] A Special Task Force (STF) set up to capture Veerapan had earlier warned Rajkumar against visiting the farmhouse, but his son Raghavendra later acknowledged that his father had not taken the threat seriously. [1] 2000. [148] His punctuality is another noted aspect. Dr. Rajkumar - Annavru, Karnataka Ratna, Kentucky Colonel, Padma Bhushan, Nata Saarvabhouma. [70] It went ahead in accordance to the agreement that their fathers made following the latter's birth. [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. He is the only lead actor to win National Award for singing. A garden depicting sequences from his movies through sculptures had been established at Gotagodi, Rajkumar has won 11 Karnataka State Film Awards (9 for best actor, 2 for best singer), This page was last edited on 10 January 2021, at 11:21. While he appeared as Arjuna in Shree Krishna Gaarudi , he appeared in the role of Nagarjuna in Nagarjuna and as Babruvahana in Babruvahana. [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. [97] The 1957 movie Rayara Sose speaks against the evil practice of dowry. He was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, a doctorate from Mysore University and the Karnataka Ratna, the highest civilian honour of the State of Karnataka, recognising him as a Jewel of Karnataka State. | PINKVILLA", "Padmabushana Dr. Rajkumar – The name will have a mesmerizing effect on several lakhs of Kannadigas who have grown with the aura and magical presence of Rajkumar in the field of Kannada Cinema and Culture. While he has played Lord Ram in Sri Ramanjaneya Yuddha , Lord Vishnu in Sri Srinivasa Kalyana , Lord Krishna in Sri Krishna Rukmini Satyabhama , Lord Shiva in Gange Gowri , Narada in Mooroovare Vajragalu , he has also played the role of Ravana in Bhookailasa , Hiranyakashipu in Bhakta Prahlada , Shishupala in Dashavathara , Bhasmasura in Mohini Bhasmasura and Mahishasura in Mahishasura Mardini. In the premises of Kanteerava Studio, the Karnataka Government is setting up a memorial for Kannada thespian Rajkumar, with the estimated cost of Rs 10 crore. Millions of people gathered for the opportunity to have a glimpse of Rajkumar and listen to his speeches. The blueprint of the memorial will be constituted by a panel comprising the Rajkumar family members, representatives of the Kannada film industry and the state government. [25], Rajkumar was born on 24 April 1929 in Gajanur, a hamlet in Talavady Taluk in the erstwhile Madras Presidency. 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Science. Dr. Rajkumar. [122] He had even refused to appear in a cameo for Amitabh Bachchan's 1983 Hindi movie Coolie. [58], Rajkumar trained in classical music when he was with Gubbi Veeranna's theatre troupe. 1999. [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. [115] He was also praised for confining himself to the Kannada cinema through a conscious decision. He was felicitated by the Karnataka State Government on completion of 50 years in the Kannada film industry for his rich contributions to the celluloid world. [13], Trained in classical music during his theatre days, Rajkumar also became an accomplished playback singer. It was constituted in the year 1992 by the Government of Karnataka. [93], Girish Kasaravalli had called him a great actor by any standards. Politics. The film also touched on very important topics like rural development, modern agricultural practices and co-operative movement. Peace offering? 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. [88] It was also noted that it was his subtle acting prowess, spontaneous style and his flair to give the reel characters a real credibility which singled him out to the top and helped him to never be out of the running by withstanding the onslaught of time, age and the ever changing demands of celluloid world. This poem has not been translated into any other language yet. In 1995, he received the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his outstanding contributions to the Kannada film industry. He also earned a National award as the best male playback … [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. [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. Karnataka government intends to recommend the thesapian for the highest civilian award for his contribution to cinema. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Mysore,[18] and is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan (1983)[19] and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1995) for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. [59] The track "Om Namaha Shivaya" from the 1956 film Ohileshwara, that he also starred in, was his first song for a film. 2. Each region has a distinct identity within the state and Rajkumar was accepted as a Kannada icon across all regions. [98] The 1958 movie Shree Krishna Gaarudi, which narrates the bickering and squabbling among the Pandavas for portfolios, allegorizes the politics in the then newly formed Mysore state. [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. For the rendition, he was awarded the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer. [153] He was a devotee of Raghavendra Swami. [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. [12] To avoid setting a precedent among his fans, he made sure that the roles he accepted did not require him to smoke or drink or utter swear words, and extended this decision to real life. [129] Rajinikanth had also said that Rajkumar was a combination of MGR and Sivaji Ganesan. 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'. [154] In 1961, he led a movement to collect funds for draught relief. Rajkumar was awarded numerous State, National and International awards. 1992. For the song Deepavali Deepavali[64] from Muddina Maava, he provided playback to S. P. 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. [133], As of April 2016, 71 books and 9 souvenirs have been published on Rajkumar. There was major shutdown in the city of Bengaluru. Despite his apolitical outlook, he was able to protect and espouse the cause of Kannada and Karnataka. "Hrudaya Samudra Kalaki" from Ashwamedha and "Hey Dinakara" from Om are the two other popular songs sung by Rajkumar for other actors. [107] The 1973 movie Bidugade speaks about capital punishment based on circumstantial evidence be done away with. Do you allow poemhunter.com to send you push notifications? [149] His Yoga performances can be seen in the first clips of his film Kaamana Billu. 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). [102] The 1967 movie Bangarada Hoovu spoke about misconceptions about leprosy. [81] The blueprint of the memorial was cleared by a panel comprising members of Rajkumar's family, representatives of the Kannada film industry and the state government. [150] His waist size was 32 at the time of his death. [65] This was a rare occasion. [106] The central theme of 1972 movie Bangaarada Manushya - returning to one's ancestral village - inspired youth to take up agriculture. [156] Singeetam Srinivasa Rao called him as one of the two funniest people he has come across in his life. In 2000, he was kidnapped from his farmhouse at Gajanur by Veerappan and was released after 108 days. [135], On the occasion of Rajkumar's 90th birthday, an audio-visual musical extravaganza fund raiser programme titled Raj Vaibhava was conducted in Greater Boston for the benefit of a retirement home in Mumbai. [165] He was reported to be the first actor whose first movie won the National Award for Best Picture ( Certificate of Merit). [142] It was also reported that Rajkumar declined to enter politics despite immense pressure as he didn't want to be used only as a weapon to defeat anyone and not for any positive contribution. Sl No. It included "an open-air auditorium, mini-water body, landscaping and a bust" of Rajkumar. 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. [91] Anil Kapoor called him the "emperor of all the actors"[92] and a pride of Indian film industry. [116] His movies were praised for showing consistent interest in building a Kannada society and not a Kannada nation as such. 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