Kosaraju Raghavaiah

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Kosaraju Raghavaiah
Born 23 June 1905
Appikatla, Guntur district
Died 27th october 1987
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Pen name Kosaraju Raghavaiah Chowdary
Occupation cinesong writer and producer
Nationality India
Ethnicity Hindu
Citizenship India
Genre Lyricist, Poet, Actor
Literary movement raitu udyamam
Spouse seetharamamma

Kosaraju or Kosaraju Raghavaiah or Kosaraju Raghavaiah Chowdary (Telugu: కొసరాజు రాఘవయ్య చౌదరి) was a Telugu poet and writer. His lyrics are stepped in Telugu folklore and rural idiom. Born in 1905 in an agricultural family in Appikatla village, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh. Raghavaih studied Telugu literature, epics and puranas. His familiarity with all aspects of Telugu rural culture and traditions empowered him to write immemorable songs for Telugu films.

Early life[edit]

Raghavaih was influenced by a Telugu scholar Kondamudi Narasimham Pantulu in whose play based on the Ramayana he acted when still in his teens. Initially, he worked as a journalist in the Raitu Patrika where he met the famous writerSamudrala Raghavacharya and the director Gudavalli Ramabrahmam. He published his first poetry anthology, Kadagandlu.

Film career[edit]

Raghavaiah acted in a Telugu film Raitu Bidda (1939) as a hero. Later, he shifted his focus to writing lyrics for the films. He penned humorous lyrics for K.V. Reddy's Pedda Manushulu (1954), followed by one of his most famous songs, Jebulo bomma je jela bomma (in B.A. Subba Rao's Raju Peda, 1954). He was well known for his earthy poetry, often referring to popular tales of morality and ethics. Raghavaih wrote about 3,000 lyrics for 350 Telugu films.

He wrote memorable songs like "Eruvaka Sagaro", "Illarikamlo Unna Maza" and "Chethilo Dabbulu Poyene".

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Songs
1939 Raitu Bidda
1954 Pedda Manushulu Nandamaya Guruda Nandamaya
1954 Raju Peda Jebulo Bomma Jejela Bomma
1955 Nammina Bantu Chengu Chenguna Gantulu Veyyandi
1955 Rojulu Marayi Eruvaaka Sagaroranno Chinnanna
1957 Thodi Kodallu Aaduthu Paaduthu Panichestunte
Townu Pakkakelloddura Dingari
1958 Manchi Manasuku Manchi Rojulu Anukunndokkati Ainadi Okkati Bolta Kottindile Bulbul Pitta
Kalavari Swartham Nirupeda Dukham Yenatikaina Marena
1959 Illarikam Bhale Chansele.. Illarikam lo Unna Mazaa
Niluvave Vaalukanuladaanaa!
1959 Jayabheri Unnaaraa Jodunnaaraa, Mammodinche Vaarunnaaraa
1962 Kula Gothralu Ayyayo Chetilo Dabbulu Poyene
1962 Manchi Manasulu Maama Maama Mama Eme Eme Bhaama
1963 Chaduvukunna Ammayilu Emitee Avataram
1963 Lava Kusha Ye Nimishaniki Yemi Jaruguno Evaroohinchedaru
1963 Mooga Manasulu Gowaramma Nee Mogudevaramma Evaramma Vaadevaramma
1964 Devatha Mavooru Madarasu Naa Peru Ramdasu
1964 Ramudu Bheemudu Desammu Maarindoy Kaalammu Maarindoy
Saradaa Saradaa Cigarettu
1965 Antastulu Dulapara Bulloda Dummu Dulapara Bulloda
1966 Shri Krishna Pandaviyam Bhala Bhala Naa Bandi Parugu Teese Bandi
Mattu Vadalara Niddura Mattu Vadalala
1967 Aada Paduchu Rikshavaalanu Nenu Pakshilaga Pothanu
1967 Ave Kallu Maa Voollo Oka Paduchundi Dayyamante Bhayamannadi
1967 Poola Rangadu Neetiki Nilabadi Nijayateega Padara Munduku Padara
1968 Varakatnam Sai Sai Jodedla Bandi
1970 Dharma Daata Evvarikosam Evadunnaadu Pondiraa Pondi
1971 Bomma Borusa Bomma Borusa Pandem Veyyi Needo Naado Paicheyi
1971 Chelleli Kapuram Bhale Bhale Maa Annayya
1971 Sampoorna Ramayanam Ramaya Tandri O Ramaya Tandri.. Maa Nomulanni Pandinayi Ramaya Tandri
1972 Papam Pasivadu Manchi Annadhey Kaanaraadu
1975 Balipeetam Takku Tikku Takkuladi Bandira
Yesukundam Buddoda
1975 Pooja
1976 Manushulanta Okkate Muthyalu Vasthava Adigindi Isthava

Awards and honours[edit]

  • He was awarded the prestigious Raghupathi Venkaiah Award by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh for his outstanding contribution to Telugu cinema in 1984.
  • He was given the titles Janapada Kavi Sarvabhouma and Kaviratna.

Kosaraju Raghavaih died in 1987.

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