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Author Viswanatha Satyanarayana
Country India
Language Telugu
Genre Family
Publisher Bharathi magazine
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 116

Ekaveera (Telugu: ఏకవీర) is an Indian novel written by Kavi Samrat Viswanatha Satyanarayana in Telugu language. It was penned between 1929–31 and was published in Bharathi magazine in 1935.[1] Originally written in Telugu, it has since been translated into various Indian languages.This is the second novel of Viswanadha and it is the only novel written by the poet with his own hand writing. In 1969, a film version was released.

Telugu film[edit]

Directed by C. S. Rao
Produced by Dronavadjula Lakshmi Narayana
B. A. Sitaram
Written by Viswanatha Satyanarayana (story)
C. Narayana Reddy (dialogues)
Starring N.T. Rama Rao
K. R. Vijaya
Kantha Rao
Music by K. V. Mahadevan
Cinematography J. Satyanarayana
Edited by P. V. Narayana
Release date
Country India
Language Telugu

A musical film was produced based on the novel in 1969.


The plot is set up in the late 16th Century revolves around two friends - Puttan Sethupathi and Veerabhupathi. Sethupathi hailing from a royal family falls in love with Meenakshi, an ordinary girl, while Veerabhupathi loves Ekaveera, a young lady from the royal clan in Amba Samudram. However, due to the societal restrictions the dreams of both the couples meet a dead end.

As the destiny would have it, Sethupathi's marriage is fixed with Ekaveera while Veerabhupathi gets married to Meenakshi. Both the marriages remain unconsummated due to the lack of feelings between the couples. Overcoming the shock of discovering that his formwer lover has married his best friend, Sethupathi accepts the path of dharma and renounces his feelings for her. He reveals to Veerabhupathi the relationship between him and Meenakshi. Veerabhupathi also accepts the fact and appreciates his friend's honesty. Sethupathi then proceeds to express his love towards Ekaveera and embrace her as his wife

But, things go wrong as Sethupathi is made in charge of a strategic fort and asked not to leave the place in anticipation of foreign invasion. Communication sent to Ekaveera by Sethupathi about his changed attitude does not reach her as the Messenger sent by Sethupathi gets killed.

Meanwhile, at Madhurai, in a weak moment, on seeing Ekaveera, Veerabhupathi advances towards her. As her chastity is consumed by an outsider, Ekaveera proceeds to take her life. Veerabhupathi and Meenakshi also end their lives due to the turn of events. Sethupathi, the follower of dharma is left alone in the world.


Actor / Actress Character
Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Sethupati
T. L. Kanta Rao Veerabhupati
K.R. Vijaya Ekaveera
Jamuna Meenakshi
Mukkamala Krishna Murthy Maharajah of Puttana kingdom
Kaikala Satyanarayana Prince Tirumala Nayudu
Dhulipala Father of Veerbhupati
Nirmalamma Mother of Ekaveera
Santha Kumari
Rajababu Bhattu
Vangara Venkata Subbaiah



There are about 12 songs and poems in the film.[2]


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