Rajkumar on a 2009 stamp of India
Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju
24 April 1929
|Died||12 April 2006 (aged 76)|
Parvathamma (m. 1953)
|Children||5, including Shiva, Raghavendra, Puneeth|
|Relatives||see Rajkumar family|
|Awards||Padma Bhushan (1983)|
Karnataka Ratna (1992)
Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1995)
Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju (24 April 1929 – 12 April 2006), known mononymously by his stage name Rajkumar, was an Indian actor and singer in the Kannada cinema. Widely acclaimed as one of the finest actors in the history of Indian cinema, he is considered a cultural icon, and holds a matinée idol status in the Kannada diaspora, among whom he is popularly adulated as Nata Saarvabhouma (emperor of actors), Bangarada Manushya (man of gold), Vara Nata (gifted actor) and Rajanna (elder brother, Raj) .
Rajkumar entered the film industry after his long stint as a dramatist with Gubbi Veeranna's Gubbi Drama Company, which he joined at the age of eight, before he got his first break as a lead in the 1954 film Bedara Kannappa. He went on to work in over 220 films essaying a variety of roles, and excelling in portraying mythological and historical characters in films such as Bhakta Kanakadasa (1960), Ranadheera Kanteerava (1960), Satya Harishchandra (1965), Immadi Pulikeshi (1967), Sri Krishnadevaraya (1970), Bhakta Kumbara (1974), Mayura (1975), Babruvahana (1977) and Bhakta Prahlada (1983). Trained in classical music during his theatre days, Rajkumar also became an accomplished playback singer and despite imperfections in Shruti and pitch, he came to be known for his diction in the language. He mostly sang for his own films since 1974. The songs "Yaare Koogadali", "Huttidare Kannada", "Hey Dinakara", "Hrudaya Samudra" and "Naadamaya" became widely popular. For his rendition of the latter song, he was awarded the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer. Well known for his highly disciplined and simple lifestyle in both personal and professional fronts, Rajkumar was also an avid Yoga, Pranayama and Carnatic music performer. In 2000, he was kidnapped from his farmhouse at Gajanur by Veerappan and was released after 108 days. His final screen appearance came in Jogi in 2005. He died of cardiac arrest at his residence in Bangalore on 12 April 2006 at the age of 77.
In his film career, Rajkumar received thirteen Karnataka State Film Awards including nine Best Actor and two Best singer awards, eight Filmfare Awards South and one National Film Award. He holds the record of receiving Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada and Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor the maximum number of times, till date. He received the NTR National Award in 2002. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Mysore, and is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 1983 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1995 for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema..
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Personality
- 5 Kannada language movement
- 6 Awards and honours
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Rajkumar was born on 24 April 1929 in Gajanur, a hamlet in a predominantly Tamil-speaking Talavadi taluk in the erstwhile Madras Presidency (in present-day Erode district, Tamil Nadu). His father, Puttaswamayya and mother, Lakshmamma were impoverished theatre artists from Singanallur. Puttaswamayya was good at playing roles such as Kamsa, Ravana and Hiranyakashipu. Rajkumar left school at eight and was later discovered by film producers, who cast him in bit roles that he played till he was 25. Originally, he was named Mutturaja, after the Muthaththi Raya (a name for the Hindu deity Hanuman), which is a temple deity located in Muthathi, a settlement on the banks of river Kaveri in present-day Karnataka.
Before acting in what would become his first film as a lead; Bedara Kannappa in 1954, Rajkumar appeared in Sri Srinivasa Kalyana in 1952, as one of the seven Saptarishi (sages). It was an insignificant role, he remembered that the scene was over before he recognized himself in the scene.
Rajkumar started his career with his father in a troupe led by Gubbi Veeranna. In 1953, he was spotted by film director H. L. N. Simha, who was on the lookout for well-built, pleasant-faced Bedara Kannappa. Simha eventually signed him for the film and christened him "Rajkumar".
He acted only in Kannada apart from Sri Kalahastiswara Mahatyam in Telugu, a remake of Bedara Kannappa. He acted in 206 movies, excluding his guest appearances. He owned a production company called Sri Vajreshwari Combines under the banner Dakshayani Combines. Bhaagyada Baagilu was his 100th film, Devataa Manushya was 200th film and Shabdavedhi was his last film.
His character depictions ranged from love to double and triple roles, from action and mythological characters to portrayals of contemporary social causes in the span over five decades. Rajkumar along with his contemporaries Udaya Kumar and Kalyan Kumar was referred as the "Kumara Thrayaru" of Kannada cinema. He acted in 36 films with Udaya Kumar and in 5 films with Kalyan Kumar. The films presented a populist version of Karnataka's history, focusing on the southern kingdoms from the Vijayanagara Empire and later to the intrigue and mystery of the Mysore royalty.
He made historical movies such as Ranadheera Kanteerava and Kaviratna Kalidasa. He made movies from Kannada novels and made movies against perceived social evils such as "Jeevana Chaitra" on evils of drinking and Shabdavedhi on drug abuse. He acted with heroines of southern cinema such as Jayanti (36 films), Pandaribai (18 films), Leelavathi (28 films), Bharati (28 films), Kalpana (19 films), Aarathi (13 films), B. Saroja Devi (10 films), Harini (11 films), Krishna Kumari (8 films), Madhavi (7 films), Manjula (7 films), Jayamala (6 films), Lakshmi (5 films), Geetha (5 films), Saritha (5 films) and Jayaprada (4 films). Bollywood actress Rekha made her debut in Operation Jackpotnalli CID 999 with him. He acted for south Indian directors from B.R. Pantulu and Puttanna Kanagal to Shankar Nag and T. S. Nagabharana. Chi. Udaya Shankar has written dialogues and songs for 85 of his movies.
Rajkumar was the first Indian artist to enact the role of James Bond in Jedara Bale. Later, in Operation Jackpotnalli CID 999, Goadalli CID 999 and Operation Diamond Racket he played roles chronicling the adventures of Prakash aka Agent CID 999, a James Bondesque superspy. Much of these films were made from the directing pair of Dorai and Bhagwan who began making spy flicks relatively late in their career, including Operation Diamond Racket.
In his obituary, Rediff.com wrote, "It was his subtle acting, spontaneous style and his flair for giving reel characters real credibility that helped him survive the onslaught of time, age and changing demands of the celluloid world. Despite his box office success, Rajkumar, a strong advocate of Kannada, confined himself to the Kannada film world."
Rajkumar trained in classical music when he was with Gubbi Veeranna's theatre troupe. The track "Om Namaha Shivaya" from the 1956 film Ohileshwara, that he also starred in, was his first for a film. He subsequently sang "Thumbithu Manava" for Mahishasura Mardini (1959). However, he became a full-fledged singer only in 1974 when he sang in place of P. B. Sreenivas for Sampathige Savaal, who had till then sung for most songs picturised on Rajkumar, fell ill. Rajkumar sang the "energetic" "Yaare Koogadali" for the film which became widely popular during the time and is considered one of his best songs.
Rajkumar has been credited for having sung across various genres and each rendition according to the mood of the scene in the film. In "Yaaru Tiliyaru Ninna" for Babruvahana (1977), a prosodic form of Kannada poetry that required the tone to be a combination of sarcasm and anger, he blended the "twin skills of theatrics and music". For Nee Nanna Gellalare (1981), he sang two songs — "Jeeva Hoovagide" and "Anuraga Enaytu" — beginning both with the refrain "I love you", that is "full of Carnatic gamakas". After the same tone in the refrain, they "take on a life of their own", with the form according to "love and happiness" in the scene and the latter when there is "love, but a discord" in the scene. He is known widely for his rendition of "Nadamaya" for Jeevana Chaitra (1992), a song based on the raga of Todi and "with ... complex graces, and strings other ragas as it progresses. He switches ragas with ease, and sings complex swara patterns like a professional classical artiste." For the rendition, he was awarded the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer. His frequent collaboration with the composer duo of Rajan–Nagendra gave musical hits such as Bangarada Hoovu (1967), Nyayave Devaru (1971), Swayamvara (1973), Sri Srinivasa Kalyana (1974), Nanobba Kalla (1979) and Chalisuva Modagalu (1982).
During his career, Rajkumar sang and performed for songs about Kannadigas, the Kannada language and culture, such as "Jenina Holeyo" from Chalisuva Modagalu, "Maanavanagi Huttidmele" from Jeevana Chaitra and "Huttidare Kannada" from the film Aakasmika. He sang a complete English song called "If You Come Today" ("Tick Tick Tick") in one of his Bond films – Operation Diamond Racket in 1978. This song became an internet meme in India following Rajkumar's demise in 2006.
In later years, he lent his voice to a few actors and sang background solos. For the song Kannappa Kottanu, from Muddina Maava, he provided playback to S. P. Balasubrahmanyam. This was a rare occasion. He sang Kalidasa shlokas such as "Maanikya Veena" and ghazal-based songs such as "Sadaa Kannale", "Kanneera Dhaare" and "Yaava Kaviyu".
Rajkumar recorded many devotional songs beginning in the 1970s for Columbia Recording Company starting with "Mantralayakke Hogona" in 1972. His widely popular LP record "Guruvara Bantamma" was also recorded during the time. In 1979, Sangeetha Cassettes became India's first licensed pre-recorded cassettes. Rajkumar sang for the record producers devotional songs glorifying the saint Raghavendra and the Hindu deity Hanuman.
Rajkumar married a 14-year-old Parvathamma, his cousin, on 25 June 1953 in Nanjangud. It went ahead in accordance to the agreement that their fathers made following the latter's birth. Together, they had five children; sons Shiva, Raghavendra and Puneeth, and daughters Lakshmi and Poornima. Having lived a "hand to mouth existence" after marriage in a joint family that included 24 children in Madras, the family moved to Bangalore in 1972, after Rajkumar began getting multiple film offers.
On 30 July 2000, Rajkumar, his son-in-law Govindaraju and two others were abducted by Veerappan from the actor's palatial house at Gajanur (Erode district of Tamil Nadu). Veerappan demanded the release of his gang members who were being held in jail under a defunct anti-terrorism law. The event prompted a massive manhunt and threw the Karnataka government into crisis. The Supreme Court of India opined that it was "unpardonable" on the part of the government of Tamil Nadu for not providing security to Rajkumar, although they had information a year earlier that he faced a threat of being kidnapped by Veerappan. A Special Task Force (STF) set up to capture Veerapan had earlier warned Rajkumar against visiting the farmhouse, but his son Raghavendra later acknowledged that his father had not taken the threat seriously.
Death and memorial
On 12 April 2006, Rajkumar returned to his Sadashivanagar residence after his regular 20-minute walk and had a general medical check-up by 11:30 a.m. (IST). At 1:50 pm (IST), as he sat on a sofa, he asked a member of his family to slow the fan down and immediately collapsed. His personal physician Ramana Rao was called for, who rushed within three minutes, and performed external cardiac massage and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Rajkumar was then taken to MS Ramaiah Memorial Hospital and was administered intracardiac injections. Efforts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead at 2:05 pm (IST).
Rajkumar's death triggered an outpouring of grief. There was major shutdown in the city of Bengaluru. An unofficial bandh (closure of all shops and other establishments) was observed. Several people attempted suicide after hearing the news; most of them were rescued. The funeral cortège the next day started from Sree Kanteerava Stadium to Kanteerava Studios a few minutes before 12:30 pm (IST), a distance of 14 kilometres (8.7 mi). Around two million people followed his remains. However, the entire procession was marked with violence with mourners attacking public property, and police, who resorted to lathi-charge and tear gas. Passing through Krishna Raja Circle, Palace Road, T. Chowdiah Road, Sadashivanagar, Yeswanthpur and Goraguntepalya localities, the cortège reached the Studios at 4:45 pm (IST). His body was buried with State honors at 5:45 p.m (IST) at the premises of the studios. The last rites were performed by his eldest son Shiva, guided by priests from the city's ISKCON and the Gayathri Temples. His eyes were donated to two visually impaired persons the same day.
On 19 April, the government of Karnataka announced that a memorial would be made in Rajkumar's honor at Kanteerava Studios in association with the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce at the cost ₹100 million. The blueprint of the memorial was cleared by a panel comprising members of Rajkumar's family, representatives of the Kannada film industry and the state government. After a delay over allocation of funds and land, it was finally opened on November 2014, after a sum of ₹70 million was used in developing it over an area of 2.5 acres (1.0 ha). It included "an open-air auditorium, mini-water body, landscaping and a bust" of Rajkumar. 40 photographs of selected films of Rajkumar were kept on display at the inauguration. A permanent exhibition on the history of Rajkumar's films that included his photographs, trophies and souvenirs, alongside a stock of dialogue, scripts, songs and other memorabilia associated with him were put on display. An annual calendar for 2012 was released containing photographs of Rajkumar and stills from his films.
Rajkumar was best regarded[by whom?] for being a highly disciplined man in both his personal and professional lives. He practised Carnatic music for an hour each day in the morning and in the evening. His punctuality is another noted aspect. Waking up every morning at 4 am, he performed Yoga and Pranayama, which is said to be the reason behind his physical and mental fitness. His Yoga performances can be seen in the first clips of his film Kaamana Billu. Rajkumar is the first actor of world cinema who has mastered Yoga.
He shunned smoking and drinking both on screen and off. To avoid setting a precedent among his fans, he made sure that the roles he accepted did not require him to smoke or drink or utter swear words, and extended this decision to real life. His dress code always consisted of a simple white dhoti and shirt. He spent most of his vacations in his hometown, Gajanur, near the forest area where he was later abducted.
Kannada language movement
Although Rajkumar rejected numerous offers to don the political mantle, he was able to influence the State's political fortunes without ever being officially involved in politics. However, his apolitical outlook did not prevent him from protecting and espousing the cause of Kannada and Karnataka. He had time and again advocated the cause of seeking primacy to Kannada, and hence was asked to lead a movement about making Kannada a compulsory language for primary education based on the "Gokak report", popularly known as Gokak varadhi. He became actively involved in the movement and soon became the force behind the Gokak movement. He took a rally from Belagavi to Bengaluru and gave speeches about the importance of Kannada Gokak agitation. Millions of people gathered only to have a glimpse of Rajkumar and listen to his speech. The movement became such a rage that the government relented and made Kannada a compulsory language of education in Karnataka.
Awards and honours
Rajkumar was awarded numerous State, National and International awards. He was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, a doctorate from Mysore University and the Karnataka Ratna, the highest civilian honour of the State of Karnataka, recognising him as a "Jewel of Karnataka State". In 1985, he was honored by a famous Kentucky colonel award by the then-governor of Kentucky, United States. By this, he became the only Indian actor to receive this prestige from the state of Kentucky, USA. In 1995, he received the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his outstanding contributions to the Kannada film industry. In 2011, during the 83rd birth anniversary of Rajkumar, the Chief Minister of Karnataka announced that the state government is recommending Rajkumar for a Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the country for his outstanding contribution to the film industry.
National Film Awards
- 1992 – Best Male Playback Singer for the song "Naadamaya Ee Lokavella" from the movie Jeevana Chaitra
- 1995 – Dadasaheb Phalke Award
- 2002 – NTR National Award 
Filmfare Awards South
- Gandhada Gudi in 1973
- Mayura in 1975
- Shankar Guru in 1978
- Keralida Simha in 1981
- Shravana Banthu – 1984
- Ade Kannu – 1985
- Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma – 1986
- Aakasmika in 1993
Total of 8  Filmfare awards for best actor category.
Karnataka State Film Awards
- Rajkumar has won 13 Karnataka State Film Awards (9 for best actor, 2 for best singer, 1 lifetime achievement)
- 1967–68 – Bangaarada Hoovu
- 1970–71 – Kula Gourava
- 1974–75 – Bhakta Kumbara
- 1976–77 – Babruvaahana
- 1981–82 – Hosa Belaku
- 1982–83 – Haalu Jenu
- 1988–89 – Devatha Manushya
- 1992–93 – Jeevana Chaitra
- 1993–94 – Odahuttidavaru
Other awards and honours
- Padma Bhushan in 1983.
- Karnataka Ratna in 1992 and Title: Nata Saarvabhouma in 1967 from the Government of Karnataka.
- An honorary Doctorate from the Mysore University in 1976.
- Kentucky Colonel, an honorary order from the governor of Kentucky, United States in 1985.
- Postal Stamps and Gold coins bearing the actor's likeness were issued in 2009 by the Central Government of India.
- More than 1100 statues of Rajkumar are placed in Karnataka. A statue in the Mayura touch placed in Basaveshwaranagar is worth 10 million rupees.
- The Nadoja Award, an honorary Doctorate from Hampi University in 1999.
- Nine Karnataka State Film Awards in the Best Actor category.
- Two Karnataka State Film Awards in the Best Male Playback Singer category.
- "Vishwa Maanava" named by Kannada poet Kuvempu.
- Etv Kannadiga of the Year Award in 2003.
- A 6-kilometre (3.7 mi) road is named Dr. Rajkumar road. The road stretches from the government soap factory in Yeshwanthpur to Prasanna theater, Magadi road in Bangalore.
- On 24 April 2017, Rajkumar's 88th birth anniversary, Google India dedicated a Google Doodle in his honor.
- He is the only Indian actor who got national award for singing.
On July 2005, the government of Karnataka captioned by N. Dharam Singh, the Chief Minister of Karnataka conducted a felicitation ceremony for honoring Rajkumar for his (50 years of) service to Karnataka at Bangalore Palace named Sarthaka Suvarna (Significant Gold). This ceremony was attended by the entire Kannada film industry marking respect and tribute to the legend, and could be called an official celebration of Golden Jubilee of Rajkumar's works and services to the Kannada film industry.
- "Economic and Political Weekly – Rajkumar and Kannada Nationalism" (PDF). Bangalorenotes.com. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- Singh, Kuldip (13 April 2006). "Rajkumar — Demigod of southern Indian film". The Independent. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- Katakam, Anupama (8 December 2000). "The eternal Kannada icon". Frontline. Bangalore.
- Sharma, Ravi (5 May 2006). "Pride of Kannada". Frontline. Bangalore.
- "Nata Saarvabhouma Dr Rajkumar no more". Deccan Herald. 12 April 2006. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013.
- "Rajkumar, Beloved Indian Film Star, Dies at 77". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- "Rajakumar, king of Kannada cinema". Rediff.com. 12 April 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- Times of India – Total recall of 109 days of kidnap drama. The Times of India.indiatimes.com (29 July 2001).
- Deccan Herald News Service – Eight deaths and a funeral. Deccan Herald. (14 April 2006).
- "40th National Film Festival" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. dff.nic.in. pp. 49–50. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 October 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
- "Google doodles legendary Kannada actor Dr Rajkumar on 88th birth anniversary". Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- "Padma Awards Directory(1954–2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
- "Dadasaheb Phalke Award Winners". Film Federation of India. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
- "Dr. Raj Kumar | Gubbi Karnataka Films | Bedara Kannappa | Shabda vedhi | ನಟಸಾರ್ವಭೌಮ 'ರಾಜ್' ಐದನೇ ಪುಣ್ಯತಿಥಿ". Kannada.webdunia.com. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- Seetalabavi, Editors; P. Nayak, M. Swarnasetu 2014: ವಾರ್ಷಿಕ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆ KKNC Annual Publication (in Kannada). RG Kannada e-Publisher. p. 44.
- "Swept away by the wave". The Hindu. 21 April 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- "S Narayan directed Rajkumar's last film – Times of India". The Times of India.
- Kannada Cinema – Frequently Asked Questions and a Brief history of Kannada Film Industry. totalkannada.com
- "Frontline : In-depth analysis of issues and events in India and around the world". Frontlineonnet.com. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- In ‘Shabdavedi’ Dr Rajkumar waged a war against drug menace Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. Supergoodmovies.com (6 June 2011).
- "The man who changed Kannada cinema". Rediff.com. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- Rajkumar Filmography Archived 22 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. Rajkumarmemorial.com.
- Vijayasarathy, R.G. (17 April 2006). "The best of Dr Rajkumar". Rediff India Abroad. Retrieved 25 September 2007.
- Shivaraj Kumar to play James Bond in Operation Golden Gang. Entertainment.oneindia.in (20 July 2010).
- Balakrishnan, Ravi. (10 May 2008) Economic Times – The name is Kumar, Raj Kumar. The Economic Times.
- "Rajakumar, king of Kannada cinema". Rediff.com. 12 April 2006. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
- Ganesh, Deepa (19 April 2017). "The authentic Kannada voice". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 21 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
- Ramakrishna, S. R. "Rajkumar's rich musicscape". themusicmagazine.com. Archived from the original on 23 August 2000. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
- "40th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
- Ganesh, Deepa (21 April 2017). "He captured the drama in the song". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
- Video on YouTube
- "Songs sung by Dr.Rajkumar | Dr. Rajkumar". Annavaru. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- Govind, Ranjani (2 May 2014). "The saga of a pioneer". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
- "Dr. Rajkumar Biography, India Great Celebrity, Short essay on Dr. Rajkumar". 4to40.com. Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- Tekur, Sumaa (13 April 2010). "I'm alive today because Rajkumar is still with me: Parvathamma Rajkumar". Daily News and Analysis. Archived from the original on 24 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- Ganesh, Deepa (24 December 2010). "Love is life". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 23 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- "TN's failure on Rajkumar's security unpardonable – SC". The Indian Express. 20 October 2000.
- Veerappan's prize catch. The Hindu (20 December 1998).
- "The Abduction of Dr Rajakumar". rediff.com. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- "Kannada actor Rajkumar dies of heart attack". The Times of India. 13 April 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- Sastry, Anil Kumar; Subramanya, K. V. (14 April 2006). "Rajkumar laid to rest". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 24 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- "Rajkumar fans turn violent in Bangalore". Press Trust of India. Hindustan Times. 13 April 2006. Archived from the original on 24 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- "Rajkumar's eyes grafted to two visually impaired". Press Trust of India. The Times of India. 13 April 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- "Rajkumar Memorial to cost Rs10 Crore". indiaglitz.com. 20 April 2006. Archived from the original on 24 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- "Dr. Rajkumar Memorial". Kanteerava Studios. kanteeravastudios.com. Archived from the original on 24 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- Khajane, Muralidhara (27 October 2014). "Rajkumar memorial opening to be star-studded affair". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- "Dr Rajakumar Calender Continues". supergoodmovies.com. 5 January 2012. Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- "Padmabushana Dr. Rajkumar – The name will have a mesmerizing effect on several lachs of Kannadigas who have grown with the aura and magical presence of Rajkumar in the field of Kannada Cinema and Culture. Online Bangaluru (Bengaluru)". Online Bangalore. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- Yoga keeps Rajkumar going. Times of India. 16 August 2000.
- Times of India – Gajanur awaits the return of the native. The Times of India.indiatimes.com (12 November 2001).
- After losing breadwinners, these families struggle to eke out a decent living – KARNATAKA. The Hindu (12 April 2007). Retrieved on 12 November 2018.
- This 'Sarkar', hardly rules. The Hindu (8 November 2018). Retrieved on 2018-11-12.
- Outlook (Press Trust of India) – Rajkumar: Undisputed cult figure in Karnataka. News.outlookindia.com.
- State to recommend Raj for Bharat Ratna. Deccan Herald (25 April 2011).
- "Ilayaraja, Ambarish, Krishna get NTR award". Hyderabad: The Hindu, Business Line. 30 August 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
- Dr. Rajkumar (Best Actor Akasmika). 41st Annual Filmfare Awards
- The Times of India directory and year book including who's who. The Times of India. 1984. p. 235.
- "Govt Of Karnataka Organizes 88th Birthday Anniversary Of Karnataka Ratna Dr. Rajkumar | #HappyBirthdayDrRaj". www.filmibee.in.
- "commission of Kentucky Colonel". commission of Kentucky Colonel. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
- No insult to Rajkumar, says CM. Times of India. 9 January 1999
- Iyengar, Naveen (13 April 2006). "A requiem for Dr. Rajkumar". Times Of India. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com.
- "Dr Rajkumar : Kannada Actor| Singer Movies, Biography, Pictures". chiloka.com.
- HDMC did volte-face on renaming road: Vedike, The Times of India, 22 April 2011.
- "Google honours veteran Kannada actor Rajkumar with a doodle on his 88th birth anniversary". The Indian Express. 24 April 2017.
- Awards . "Sarthaka Suvarna – Honor To Rajkumar". Chitraloka.com. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rajkumar.|