Jaladi Raja Rao

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Jaladi Raja Rao
Born 9 Aug 1932
Gudiwada, Krishna district
Died 14 October 2011
Visakhapatnam
Occupation Lyricist, poet, scriptwriter
Nationality Indian

Jaladi Raja Rao (Telugu: జాలాది రాజా రావు) (9 August 1932 – 14 October 2011) was a versatile writer, playwright and lyricist in Telugu cinema.

Life[edit]

Jaladi was born in a Telugu Christian family on 9 August 1932 in Gudiwada in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.[1] He was the fourth son of Amrutamma and the late Jaladi Emmanuel, a member of the Krishna District Board and Indian freedom fighter.

He passed his S.S.L.C. with Telugu as special course. He started his career as a drawing teacher in District Board Schools. He worked in various districts and learned the slang used in different areas of the State. He resigned his job during his stint at Veeraghattam in Srikakulam district in 1968 and went to chennai to try his luck in films.

He entered the realm of films as a lyricist for the movie Palle Sema in 1950. His debut song Churattakku Jarutadhi Sittukku Sittuku is tuned by K V Mahadevan. He wrote several social, philosophical, patriotic and folk songs in Telugu movies. His songs consist of only Telugu words of various regions of Andhra Pradesh.

Being from a Dalit background (Mala community), he always liked to write about Poverty, village life and folk type of songs. He penned nearly 1,500 songs in more than 270 movies and remained popular for his folk-oriented songs, which had an exotic rural touch.[2]

He also wrote books like Viswamohini and Kakulamma and plays like Amarajeevi, Tandri, Samadhi and Karumeghalu. He died on 14 October 2011 in Visakhapatnam.[3]

Awards and Achievements[edit]

  • Best writer award from the Vijayawada Cultural Association for his play `Karu Meghalu' in 1957.
  • Conferred Twin Cities Cultural Award and the Hyderabad Film Fare Award in 1970
  • Conferred The Kalasagar Award, Madras in 1987.
  • Conferred The Cine Herald Award, Hyderabad in 1987
  • Nandi Award of the Government of AP in 1990.[4]
  • Was given the title `Navarasa Kavi Samrat' by the Prabhu Chitra Arts Association of Eluru in 1991.
  • Was given the title `Kalasagar' for the song `Punya bhoomi naa desam namonamami' in the film Major Chandrakanth.
  • Served as a member of the AP Film and TV (Nandi) Awards Committee for 1990-91 and 1994-95.
  • Became member of the Executive Council of Sri Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, in 1997.
  • Honored with Kala Prapoorna award from Andhra University, 2008.

Filmography[edit]

These are some of the popular songs penned by him for Telugu films.[5]

Year Film Songs
1976 Palle Seema Churattuku Jaratadhi Sittuku Stittuku
1976 Devude Gelichadu Ee kalam Padi Kalalu Bratakalani
1978 Chal Mohan Ranga Gallu Galluna Kali Gajjelu
1978 Chesedi Patnavasam Chesedi Pattanavasam Mesedhi Pallela Grasam
1978 Pranam Khareedu Yethamesi Thodina Yeru Endadhu
1979 Kotala Rayudu Oka Nelavanka Chiru Goruvanka
1979 Thoorpu Velle Railu Sandepoddu andaalunna chinnadi
1980 Dharma Chakram Gogula Pooche Gattu Meedha
1981 vaaraalabbaayi kaakamma kaaki
1982 Gruha Pravesam Abhinava Sasirekhavo
1986 Repati Pourulu Matrudevobhava Tallulara Tandrulara
1990 Alludu Garu Konda Meeda Chukka Potu
1992 Brahma Musi Musi Nuvvulalona
1993 Bobbili Simham Srirasthu Subhamastu
1993 O Tandri O Koduku Konda Meedha Poddhu Podupu
1994 Major Chandrakanth Sukhibhava Sukhibhava
1994 Major Chandrakanth Punyabhumi Na Desam Namo Namami
1995 Errodu Raja Nimmala Pandu
1978 Pranam Kharidu Yathamesi Thodina Eru Endadu

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