Bhakta Potana

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Bhakta Potana
Directed by Kadri Venkata Reddy
Produced by B.N.Reddi
M. Narayana Swamy
Written by Samudrala Raghavacharya
Starring Chittor V. Nagaiah
Music by Chittor V. Nagaiah
Cinematography K. Ramnoth
Production
  company
Vauhini Studios
Release date(s) 1942
Running time 186 minutes.
Language Telugu

Bhakta Potana (Telugu: భక్త పోతన) is a 1942 Telugu Biographical film based on the life of Potana, who translated Bhagavatham into Telugu language. It is directed by Kadri Venkata Reddy and story written by Samudrala Raghavacharya.

The Plot[edit]

Bammera Potana is a staunch devotee of Lord Rama. He lived a pious life with his wife Narasamamba, son Mallanna and daughter Lakshmi in Ekasilapuram. Lord Rama appears before him and orders him to translate Bhagavatam into Telugu language. Sarada daughter of his brother-in-law Srinatha lived with his family after death of her mother. King Sarvagna Singabhoopala sends Srinatha to convince Potana to dedicate the Bhagavatam to him. Potana refused the request and dedicated his work to Lord Rama. The King's attempt to forcibly take it and abandon them from his kingdom. His intensions were nullified by divine intervention. The King realizes his mistake and brings back Potana and his family to the Kingdom and gave them necessary support leading a respectable life.

Cast[edit]

Actor/Actress Character
Chittor V. Nagaiah Pothana
Mudigonda Lingamurthy Ajamilini, the rowdy
Hemalatha Devi Narasamamba, Pothana's wife
Vanaja Naalam Lakshmi, Pothana's daughter
C. H. Narayana Rao Lord Rama
Tanguturi Suryakumari Goddess Saraswathi (cameo role)
Bezawada Rajarathnam
Sivaram Vallabhajosyula Mallanna, Pothana's son
Jandhyala Gaurinatha Sastri Sreenatha
Malathi K. Sreenatha's daughter
Dr. V. R. Sarma King Sarvagna Singabhoopala
Samrajyam Court Dancer

Crew[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

There are about 20 songs and poems in Bhakta Potana.[1]

  1. Aataladadu Vadina Maataladadu (Singer: Nalam Vanaja)
  2. Baala Rasaala Saala Nava Pallava (Singer: V. Sivaram)
  3. Idi Manchi Samayamu Raara (Singer: Bezawada Rajaratnam)
  4. Evvani Chejaninchu (Potana poem)
  5. Immanujeswaraadhamulaki Kujambulu (Potana poem)
  6. Kamaneeya Bhoomi Bhaagamulu Lekunnave (Potana poem)
  7. Katuka Kantineeru (Potana poem) (Singer: Nagaiah)
  8. Maa Vadina Maa Vadina Sukumari (Singers: Malathi and Nalam Vanaja)
  9. Mandara Makaranda Maadhuryamunadelu (Potana poem) (Singer: Nalam Vanaja)
  10. Mata Pita Gurudevahita (Singers: Bezawada Rajaratnam and Nagaiah)
  11. Nammitinamma Seetamma (Singer: Hemalatha Devi)
  12. Nannu Vidichi Kadalakura Ramayya (Singer: Nagaiah)
  13. Nanu Paalimpaga Chanudenchitiva (Singers: Nagaiah and Nalam Vanaja)
  14. Paavana Guna Ramahare (Singer: Nagaiah)
  15. Raa Poorna Chandrika (Singer: Nalam Vanaja)
  16. Rama Rama Seetarama (Singers: Nagaiah and Nalam Vanaja)
  17. Sarva Dharman Parityajya (Singers: Nagaigh group)
  18. Sarva Mangala Naama Seetarama Rama (Singers: Nagaigh group)

Boxoffice[edit]

The film celebrated Jubilee runs all over the South India including Mysore state and Kerala.[2]

1966 film[edit]

Bhakta Potana is remade in 1966, wherein Gummadi Venkateswara Rao played the role of Potana.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lyrical details of Bhakta Potana at Ghantasala Galamrutamu.
  2. ^ Bhaktha Potana (1943), M. L. Narasimham, Blast from the past, The Hindu, 11 December 2011.
  3. ^ Bhakta Potana, 1966 film at IMDb.

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