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Chittor V Nagaiah

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Years active  1938–1973
Name  Chittor Nagaiah
Role  Film actor

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Full Name  Vuppaladadiyam Nagayya
Born  28 March 1904 (1904-03-28) Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh
Occupation  actor, composer, director, producer, writer and playback singer
Died  December 30, 1973, Chennai
Spouse  Vijaya Lakshmi Nagaiah, Girija Nagaiah
Albums  Naa Illu, Thyaagayya, Devatha, Swargaseema, Yogi Vemana, Sumangali
Parents  Ramalinga Sarma, Venkata Lakshmamba
Movies  Yogi Vemana, Tyagayya, Bhakta Potana, Swarga Seema, Lava Kusa
Similar People  Bhanumathi Ramakrishna, S V Ranga Rao, Gummadi Venkateswara Rao, Ghantasala, Samudrala Raghavacharya

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Chittoor 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.


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Nagaiah was closely connected to Rama Vilasa Sabha, a Telugu theatre association in Chittoor. He performed and directed several stage plays, such as Sarangadhara, Viswamithra Chitra Nilayam, Savitri, Bruhannala and Ramadasu. He 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 social films such as; Vande Matharam (1939), Sumangali (1940), Devata (1941), Swarga Seema (1945), and Beedhalapatlu. (1947).

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Nagaiah made significant contributions to Telugu cinema, and was starred in about two hundred Telugu films. Regarded as one of the finest Indian method actors, and the first Telugu matinee idol, his forte was usually playing intense characters, often immersing himself in study of the real character's traits and mannerisms. 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 pioneering works; he essayed 14th century poet Pothana in Bhakta Potana (1942), 17th century saint Tyagaraja in Thyagayya (1946), 12th century saint Gora Kumbhar in Chakradhari (1948), and the social problem film Naa Illu (1953). In 1964, Nagaiah essayed 17th century saint Kancharla Gopanna in Ramadasu for which he won the National Film Award. Nagaiah was also starred in about one hundred and sixty films in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi in a variety of roles. He received the Padma Shri from the Government of India in 1965 for his contributions to Indian cinema.

Early life

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.

After working as a clerk in a government office, Nagaiah became a journalist with Andhra Patrika. Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru influenced him and he participated in the freedom struggle (Dandi Satyagraha) in 1930, later going on to work at various gramophone companies including Hutchins as well as attend the Gowhati Congress conclave with S. Srinivasa Iyyengar. he was married to Jaya 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. He has family in Tirupati who are his own brother's (Vuppaladadiyam Subrahmanya Sharma) son by name Vuppaladadiyam S. Haragopal and his children by name Vuppaladadiyam Shyam Sundar and Vuppaladadiyam Pavan Kumar.

Civilian honors

  • Padmashri, Government of India in 1965
  • Awards

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

    Composer and play back singer
    Playback singer
  • Ramadasu (1964)
  • Gumasta (1953/II) (playback singer and composer)
  • Naa Illu (1953) (playback singer and composer)
  • Yogi Vemana (1947) (playback singer and composer)
  • Thyagayya (1946) (playback singer and composer)
  • Swargaseema (1945) (playback singer and composer)
  • Bhakta Potana (1942) (playback singer and composer)
  • Devatha (1941) (playback singer and composer)
  • Sumangali (1940) (playback singer and composer)
  • Vishwamohini (1940) (playback singer)
  • Vande Mataram (1939) (playback singer and composer)
  • Gruhalakshmi (1938) (playback singer)
  • Director (partial filmography)
  • Ramadasu (Telugu, 1964)
  • En Veedu (Tamil, 1953)
  • Naa Illu (Telugu, 1953)
  • Thyagayya (Telugu, 1946)
  • Producer (partial filmography)
  • Naa Illu (1953)
  • Writer (partial filmography)
  • Thyagayya (1946)
  • References

    Chittor V. Nagaiah Wikipedia