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Chittor V. Nagaiah(28 March 1904 – 30 December 1973)


Chitturu Nagayya or Chittor V. Nagaiah birth name - Vuppaladadiyam Nagayya (28 March 1904 – 30 December 1973) was an Indian actor, composer, director, producer, writer and playback singer of Telugu film industry, Andhra Pradesh, India. Indian film journalist and the editor of Film India, Baburao Patel, described Nagiah as ‘The Paul Muni of India’. Nagaiah acted in about 200 Telugu films, and 160 films in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. He was the first South Indian actor to receive Padma Sri award from the Government of India.

Life and Times

Nagaiah was born on 28 March 1904 in a pious Telugu Brahmin family in Repalle, Andhra Pradesh. He was taken to Chittoor by his uncle, where he studied and took his B.A. degree. His parents were Ramalinga Sarma and Venkata Lakshmamba. His parents believed that Nagaiah was born to them by the blessings of Snake God, hence named him Nagaiah.

The family moved to Kuppam and later to Tirupati, in Chittoor district. He took up studies with the scholarship provided by the Tirupati Devasthanam and took his degree in Chittoor. He worked as a clerk in a government office. Later, he turned into a journalist with "Andhra Patrika". Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru influenced him and he participated in the freedom struggle (Dandi Satyagraha) in 1930. His liking for the fine arts, found himself working with gramophone companies like Hutchins. He found the patronage from the legendary figures in Carnatic music Musiri Subramania Iyer and GN Balasubramanian. MS Subba Lakshmi happens to be his contemporary.

He attended the Gowhati Congress conclave with S. Srinivasa Iyyengar. Through his musical renderings, he could impress the young Kamala Nehru at Anand Bhavan in Allahabad.

He held strong association with ‘Rama Vilasa Sabha’ a cultural association in Chittoor. He performed several stage plays ‘Sarangadhara’, ‘Viswamithra Chitra Nilayam’, ‘Savitri’, ‘Bruhannala’ and ‘Ramadasu’ and took on the roles of saint poets Pothana, Vemana, Rama Dasu and Thyagiah. He bagged gold medal for his female role as ‘Chitrangi’, in the play ‘Sarangadhara’. During that period he was married to Vijaya Lakshmi, but she demised when she was giving birth to a girl child a year after. He had to marry Girija in order to take care of his daughter. Fate was so cruel to Nagaiah that Girija too died due to miscarriage in the eighth month. The daughter also left the world due to a mysterious disease. All these unfortunate developments had turned Nagaiah into a saint. His long stays at Ramana Maharshi Ashram and several places provided him a deep insight into human nature. He began to love mankind.

He joined the Chennapuri Andhra Maha Sabha (CAMS), a popular cultural Association of Andhras in the erstwhile Madras. Nagaiah developed life-time friendship with Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy (BN Reddy- a famed filmmakers of India). H.M.Reddy, a legendary figure in the pre-independence era arrived at Madras from Kolhapur and formed the 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, as the brother of the then popular heroine Kannambha. Later, the association worked through several hits with Vahini Studios. ‘Vande Matharam’ (1939), ‘Sumangali’ (1940), ‘Devata’ (1941), ‘Bhakta Potana’ (1942), ‘Swarga Seema’ (1945), ‘Thygayya’ (1946), ‘Yogi Vemana’ (1947) were huge hits. He started getting offers from the Telugu and Tamil film industries equally. Nagiah became the highest paid actor by the time he was doing the film ‘Beedalapatlu’. His performance in the film ‘Bhakta Potana’ influenced a boy who later turned into a saint and became popular as ‘Balayogi’.

The film ‘Thyagayya’ was released in the year 1946 was a fabulous classic film of the South Indian film history. Nagaiah was the producer, director, music director and actor for the film ‘Thyagiah’. a reverberant hit. After that he made films ‘Naa Illu’ in 1953 and ‘Bhakta Ramadas’ in 1964 which turned out to be failures and Nagaiah lost his wealth. Another musical hit of Nagaiah was ‘Chakradhari’, in 1948 based on the story of the Maharashtrian potter-saint Gora Kumbhar.

Personality

Nagiah was distinctive in his approach towards mankind. He always used to salute every traffic constable while traveling in car and he felt it as an accolade he is offering to them who stands under the sun only to help and guide the people. His unselfishness surpassed the limits and was root cause for his fiscal devastation. He treated everybody as true friend and admitted everyone to take total advantage of his benevolence. Most of the times he went out of the way to expend money only to give pleasures and happiness to people irrespective of their little acquaintance. He had no children of his own yet he was called as ‘Naannagaaru’ (dear father) by most of the people in film industry as he treated everybody as his own children.
Year Film Language Character

1938 Grihalakshmi Telugu Gopinath
1939 Vande Mataram Telugu Raghu
1940 Sumangali Telugu Panthulu
1940 Vishwamohini Telugu A Film Director
1941 Ashok Kumar Tamil King Ashoka
1941 Devatha Telugu Venu
1942 Bhakta Potana Telugu Pothana
1943 Bhagyalaxmi Telugu Srinivasa Rao
1943 Chenchu Lakshmi Telugu Chenchu's Father
1945 Meera Hindi King of Mewar
1945 Meera Tamil King of Mewar
1945 Swargaseema Telugu Murthy
1946 Thyagayya Telugu Tyagayya
1947 Yogi Vemana Telugu Vemana
1948 Chakradhari Tamil
1949 Mana Desam Telugu
1949 Navajeevanam Tamil Mahadevan
1950 Beedala Patlu Telugu
1950 Ezhai Padum Padu Tamil Kandan
1951 Sarvadhikari Tamil
1952 Thayi Ullam Tamil
1953 En Veedu Tamil
1953 Gumasta Tamil
1953 Gumasta Telugu Ranganatham
1953 Ladki Hindi
1953 Naa Illu Telugu Sivaram
1953 Panakkari Tamil
1953 Penn Tamil
1953 Prapancham Telugu
1953 Sangham Telugu
1954 Ethirparadathu Tamil Dayaparar
1954 Maa Gopi Telugu
1954 Viduthalai Tamil Periaswamy
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 Mahamantri Thimmarusu
1956 Tenali Raman Tamil Mahamantri Thimmarusu
1957 Nala Damayanti Tamil
1957 Nala Damayanti Telugu
1957 Panduranga Mahatyam Telugu Jahnavi
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 Viswambhara Sastri
1959 Kalaivanan Tamil
1959 Nalla Theerpu Tamil
1960 Abhimanam Telugu
1960 Shantinivasam Telugu
1960 Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam Telugu Bavaji
1961 Ellam Unnakkaga Tamil
1961 Intiki Deepam Illalu Telugu
1961 Nagarjuna Telugu
1961 Pavamanippu Temil
1961 Sabash Raja Telugu
1961 Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam Telugu Dasarathudu
1961 Vagdanam Telugu Vishwanatham (Vijaya's father)
1962 Aalayamani Tamil
1962 Dakshayagnam Tamil Dadhichi
1962 Dakshayagnam Telugu Dadhichi
1962 Siri Sampadalu Telugu Nayudu
1962 Swarnamanjari Telugu
1962 Valar Pirai Tamil
1963 Anuragam Telugu
1963 Lakshadhikari Telugu Lakshadhikari Rangaiah
1963 Lava Kusha Telugu Valmiki Maharshi
1963 Naan Vanangum Daivam Tamil
1963 Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham Telugu Akroora
1964 Aatma Balam Telugu
1964 Aggi Pidugu Telugu
1964 Amarshilpi Jakkanachari Kannada
1964 Amarshilpi Jakanna Telugu
1964 Bobbili Yudham Telugu
1964 Devatha Telugu Father of Prasad
1964 Gudi Gantalu Telugu
1964 Pachai Vilakku Tamil
1964 Ramadasu Telugu Ramadasu
1965 Preminchi Choodu Telugu
1965 Satya Harishchandra Telugu
1965 Shanti Tamil
1965 Sri Simhachala Kshetra Mahima Telugu Father of Pururava
1965 Veerabhimanyu Telugu
1966 Aastiparulu Telugu
1966 Adugu Jaadalu Telugu
1966 Bhakta Potana Telugu Vyasa Maharshi
1966 Navarathri Telugu
1966 Parakkum Pavai Tamil
1966 Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha Telugu Paramanandaiah
1966 Shri Krishna Pandaviyam Telugu
1967 Bhama Vijayam Telugu
1967 Iru Malargal Tamil
1967 Maa Vadina Telugu
1967 Poola Rangadu Telugu Veeraiah
1967 Rahasyam Telugu
1967 Shri Krishnavataram Telugu
1967 Veera Pooja Telugu
1968 Bandhavyalu Telugu
1968 Brahmachari Telugu
1968 Nindu Samsaram Telugu
1968 Thillana Mohanambal Tamil Shanmugasundaram's guru
1969 Aadarsa Kutumbam Telugu
1969 Mooga Nomu Telugu
1969 Saptaswaralu Telugu
1970 Tapalkaran Thanga Tamil
1970 Thalli Thandrulu Telugu Raobahadur Perumallu
1971 C.I.D.Raju Telugu
1971 Iru Thuruvam Tamil
1971 Jeevitha Chakram Telugu
1971 Kulagaurava Kannada
1971 Sampoorna Ramayanam Telugu Vashistha Mahamuni
1971 Shri Krishna Satya Telugu
1971 Shrimanthudu Telugu
1972 Bala Bharatam Telugu
1972 Beedala Patlu Telugu
1972 Goodu Putani Telugu
1972 Iddaru Ammayilu Telugu Laxman Rao
1972 Neethi Tamil
1972 Papam Pasivadu Telugu Doctor
1972 Pedda Koduku Telugu
1972 Shakti Leela Tamil
1973 Ganga Gauri Tamil
1973 Pattikatu Ponnaiah Tamil
1973 Vishali Telugu
1974 Inti Kodalu Telugu
1976 Ennai Pol Oruvan Tamil

Composer and/or Singer
()-Indicates Songs

1938 Grihalakshmi (Lendu Bharata Veerulara)
1953 Gumasta (Oyi Parugekkadikoyi)
1953 Prapancham (Anta Kooleelam Manamanta Kooleelam, Premasudha Sarasilo Hamsalamai)
1953 Sangham (Jati Bhedam Samasipoda)
1954 Maa Gopi (Sanubhoothiye Leda Jagatini, Amma Krishnamma Apacharamemitamma)
1956 Bhakta Markandeya (Om Namashivaya, Jaya Jaya Shankara Sambasadashiva)
1956 Naga Panchami (Sambho Mahadeva)
1956 Muddu Bidda (Itulela Chesavaya O Devadeva)
1956 Tenali Ramakrishna (Gandupilli Menu Marichi)
1957 Nala Damayanti (Ghorambaina Daavagni Keelakerayai)
1957 Panduranga Mahatyam (Jaya Jaya Gokula Bala, Sannuti Seyave Manasa)
1962 Swarnamanjari (Madhuramaina Guru Deevena)
1967 Maa Vadina (Suthudilu Peeda Mandiramu (poem))
1967 Poola Rangadu (Chillara Rallaku Mokkutu Unte Chedipoduvura)

1. Ramadasu (1964)
2. Gumasta (1953/II) (playback singer and composer)
3. Naa Illu (1953) (playback singer and composer)
4. Yogi Vemana (1947) (playback singer and composer)
5. Thyagayya (1946) (playback singer and composer)
6. Swargaseema (1945) (playback singer and composer)
7. Bhakta Potana (1942) (playback singer and composer)
8. Devatha (1941) (playback singer and composer)
9. Sumangali (1940) (playback singer and composer)
10. Vishwamohini (1940) (playback singer)
11. Vande Mataram (1939) (playback singer and composer)
12. Grihalakshmi (1938) (playback singer)

Director
1. Ramadasu (Telugu, 1964)
2. En Veedu (Tamil, 1953)
3. Naa Illu (Telugu, 1953)
4. Thyagayya (Telugu, 1946)

Producer

1. Naa Illu (1953)

Writer

1. Thyagayya (1946)

Awards

* Nagayya was the first south Indian actor along with Bhanumathi Ramakrishna to be awarded the Padmashri award by the Government of India in 1965.
* Abinava Thyagaraju by Thiruvankur Maharaja.
* Best Actor Award by the Andhra Film Journalists Association
 

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