Tyagayya (1946 film)

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Tyagayya
Directed by Chittor V. Nagaiah
Produced by Chittor V. Nagaiah
Written by Chittor V. Nagaiah
Samudrala Raghavacharya
Starring Chittor V. Nagaiah
Hemalatha Devi
B. Jayamma
Lakshmirajyam
B. Padmanabham
Mudigonda Lingamurthy
Sarita Devi
Baby Vanaja
Sundara Lakshmi
Music by Chittor V. Nagaiah
J. A. Rehman
Cinematography Nagaraja R. N. Rao
M. A. Rehman
Edited by Govind Dinkar Joshi
Production
company
Release dates 1946
Running time 186 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Tyagayya (Telugu: త్యాగయ్య) is a 1946 film considered as masterpiece produced and directed by Chittor V. Nagaiah It is a soul stirring film about the truly extraordinary life of Saint Thyagaraja.

The movie achieves the magic by having Nagayya sing for himself the 28 selected songs composed by Tyagaraja. The movie is a solid proof for the importance of screenplay and acting in a movie. The film is also a big credit to the skills of Nagayya - as a director, actor, singer and producer! Nagayya sang the Thyagaraja Kruthis with the devotion and clarity that is way beyond those of the more well-known Carnatic singers. Thyagaraja's music is very famous for the blend of rAgam-thAlam-pallavi and the sheer devotion for Lord Rama.

The captures the societal norms in the late 18th century. While many musicians used to seek the patronage of the kings, Tyagaraja was seeking the patronage of only Lord Rama. It depicts Tyagayya as not only a devotee of Lord Rama but also as a husband, brother, student and teacher.

Plot[edit]

Thyagayya (Nagaiah) is a villager composing devotional music to Rama while rejecting the court of Serfoji, Maharajah of Tanjore (Narayana Murthy), the dominant cultural center of the region. Turning down invitations and gifts from the Maharajah, he provokes the jealous wrath of his brother Japesen (Lingamurthy). The film's climax comes when Japesen destroys Rama's idols, Thyagaraja resurrects them eventually and sacrifices his life to his God.

Cast[edit]

  • Chittor V. Nagaiah as Tyagayya or Tyagaraja
  • Baby Vanaja as Lord Krishna
  • Hemalatha Devi as Kamalamba
  • Sarita Devi as Chapala
  • B. Jayamma as Dharmamba
  • Jayavanthi as Court Singer
  • Sundara Lakshmi as Seetha Lakshmi
  • Mudigonda Lingamurthy as Japesen
  • Baby T. Syamala as Radha
  • Lakshmipathy Vedantam as Narada in disguise
  • G. Visweswaramma as Venkamma
  • Padmanabham
  • Lakshmirajyam
  • Hemalatha
  • Nyapathy Narayana Murthy
  • Rayaprolu Subramanyam
  • K Dorai Swamy
  • M. C. Raghavan
  • Natesan

Songs[edit]

  • Aaragimpave
  • Bhaja govindam
  • Dorakuna
  • Endaro mahanubhavulu
  • Ennadu jutuno
  • Ennadu sevincaledu
  • Ennaga
  • Jo jo sri rama
  • Manasa
  • Na mora alakimpa, varadaraja
  • Nidhi cala sukhama
  • Rare rare pillalara
  • Sangita jnanamu
  • Sri kalyana
  • Sri rama
  • Sri sitarama
  • Srikarambainai
  • Tera tiyaga rada, Sivudano
  • Vanajanayana

Features[edit]

Nagaiah also introduced lyrics from Kannada (the Purandaradasa devara nama in the film's opening), Tamil (by Papanasam Sivan and sung by D. K. Pattammal) and Hindi (sung by J. A. Rehman).

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