Lava Kusa

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For the sons of Rama, see Lava and Kusha
Lava Kusa
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Directed by C. Pullaiah
C. S. Rao
Produced by Shankar Reddy
Written by Samudrala Raghavacharya
Starring N. T. Rama Rao,
Anjali Devi,
T. L. Kanta Rao
Music by Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao
Release date(s) 29 March 1963(Telugu)
Language Telugu, Tamil
Box office INR1 crore (US$170,000)

Lava Kusa (also spelled as Lava Kusha) is a 1963 Telugu and Tamil mythological film directed by C. S. Rao and Chittajallu Pullayya and written by Samudrala Raghavacharya.[1] The blockbuster film has also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that year.[2] It was also dubbed in Kannada, and later in Hindi in 1974. It was the first south Indian movie to get the collection of ₹10 million(with average ticket price ₹0.25 at that time).

Plot[edit]

This movie is based on Uttara Kanda which is the later part of Ramayana written by Valmiki Maharshi. It depicts the lives of Lava and Kusa, the sons of Rama and Sita. The story depicts Sri Rama Pattabhishekam and about the brief period of Rama Rajyam, Rama sending Seeta exile on hearing the accusations of a washerman, Birth of Lava and Kusha, their visit to Ayodhya, Ashwamedha Yagna and conflict between Rama and his sons and Pattabhishekam of Lava and Kusha and Rama finally ending his Avatar.

Cast[edit]

Actor Character
Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Lord Rama(Both Version)
Anjali Devi Goddess Sita(Both Version)
Chittor V. Nagaiah Valmiki Maharshi
Master Nagaraju Lava
Master Subrahmanyam Kusa
Tadepalli Lakshmi Kanta Rao Laxmana(Telugu Version)
Gemini Ganesan Laxmana(Tamil Version)
Kaikala Satyanarayana Bharata
Shobhan Babu Shatrughna
Kannamba Kousalya
Sandhya Sriramas Sister
S. Varalakshmi Bhudevi(Telugu Version)
Bhoomadevi (Tamil Version)
Arja Janardana Rao Anjaneya
Ramana Reddy Valmiki's disciple
Suryakantam Valmiki disciple's wife
Relangi Venkata Ramaiah Washerman (Telugu Version)
M. R. Radha Washerman (Tamil Version)
Girija Wife of Washerman (Telugu Version)
Manorama Wife of Washerman (Tamil Version)
Sivarama Krishnaiah

Crew[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

The film has 37 songs and Poems (Padyam), many are very popular and memorable.[3]

Tracklist
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Sri Vidyam Jagatam Dhatri (Shlokam)"   Vempati Sadasiva Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao 01:14
2. "Saptashva Rathamarudham Prachandam Kashyapatmajam (Shlokam)"     Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao  
3. "Navajyotyo (Poem)"     Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao  
4. "Intaku Bunivachchi Vachiyimpaka Podune"   Vempati Sadasiva Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao  
5. "Jaya Jaya Rama Srirama"   Samudrala Raghavacharya J. V. Raghavulu, Sarojini  
6. "Ramanna Ramudu Kodanda Ramudu"   Samudrala Raghavacharya P. Susheela, Jamuna Rani  
7. "Virise Challani Vennela Marala Eenadu Maa Kannula"   Samudrala Raghavacharya P. Susheela, Jamuna Rani  
8. "Ravanu ni Samharinchi Raghuramudu (Poem)"   Samudrala Raghavacharya Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao  
9. "Vollanori Maamaa Nee Pillani"     Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao, Jikki, J. V. Raghavulu, Swarnalata  
10. "Ye Mahaniya Sadhvi Jagadeka Pavitrata (Poem)"     Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao  
11. "Ye Nimishaniki Yemi Jaruguno Evaruuhinchedaru"   Kosaraju Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao  
12. "Jagadabhi Ramudu Sriraamude"   Samudrala Raghavacharya Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao, P. Susheela, P. Leela, Mallik  
13. "Enduke Naa Meeda Kopam Emite Ni Paritaapam"     Pithapuram Nageswara Rao, Swarnalata  
14. "Ramakathanu Vinarayyaa Ihapara Sukhamulanosage"   Samudrala Raghavacharya P. Susheela, P. Leela  
15. "Vurake Kanniru Nimpa Kaaranam Eemamma"     P. Susheela, P. Leela  
16. "Vinudu Vinudu Ramayana Gaatha Vinudee Manasara"   Samudrala Raghavacharya P. Susheela, P. Leela  
17. "Sriraamuni Charitamunu Telipedamamma"   Samudrala Raghavacharya P. Susheela, P. Leela  
18. "Sriraghavam Dasharathatmajam Aprameyam"     P. Susheela, P. Leela  
19. "Srirama Sugunadhama Jayarama Parandhama"     P. Susheela, P. Leela  
20. "Sandehinchaku Mammu Raghuramu Premanu Sitamma"   Kosaraju Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao  
21. "Ashwamedha Yagaaniki Jayamu Jayamu Jayamu"   Samudrala Raghavacharya Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao, Madhavapeddi, Raghavulu, Rani, Sarojini  
22. "Savanaashwambu idi Veeramaata yagu Kausalya (Poem)"   Samudrala Raghavacharya P. Susheela  
23. "Hreemkaraasana (Poem)"     P. Susheela  
24. "Leru Kushalavula Saati Sari Veerulu Dharunilo"   Vempati Sadasiva P. Susheela, P. Leela  
25. "Stree Balavrudhula Tega"   Samudrala Raghavacharya Ghantasala, P. Susheela, P. Leela  
26. "Sriraama Parandhamaa Jayarama Parandhama"   Samudrala Raghavacharya P. Susheela, P. Leela, Jamuna Rani  

Box-office[edit]

  • It was released in 26 centres and had run for 100-days in all the 26 centres.[4]
  • It had a 175-day run in 16 centres,grossing more than ₹ 10 million.[5]

Awards[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • It's the first Telugu film to gross ₹10 million.[5]
  • This movie is considered to be the biggest blockbuster of all time in the annals of Telugu film history.
  • Production began in 1958 but was stopped due to financial constraints. When it restarted, C. Pullaiah's health was deteriorating, so his son C.S. Rao took over.
  • It is also produced in Tamil.
  • This film was produced by Allareddy Shankara Reddy who went on to make other blockbusters - Rahasyam (starring ANR) and Sati Savitri (starring the legendary N.T.Rama Rao). Prior to producing Lava Kusha, the Allareddy family produced Manavati and Charanadasi under the Lalita Siva Jyoti banner.
  • Master Nagaraju who played the role of Lava is the only son of popular stage and film actor A. V. Subba Rao. He started his career with Bhakta Ramadas of Chittor V. Nagaiah in 1957. He continued in the cine field and acted in Sepoy Kuthuru, Tiger Ramudu, Annadammulu, Laxmi Kataksham, Sampoorna Ramayanam, Satynarayana Vrata Mahatyam, Bhishma, Sitarama Kalyanam, Antastulu, Sri Krishnavataram, Chakradhari, Vinayaka Vijayam, Ashtalakshmi Vaibhavam.[6]
  • Master Subramanyam who played the role of Kusha is son of V. Subba Rao. He has acted in films like Velugu Needalu, Sitarama Kalyanam (as Balaramudu), Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam. He is now established as tailor near Amalapuram.
  • Lava Kusa complete 50 years on March 29, 2013 . It is considered a landmark in Telugu Cinema History.[7]

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