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AuthorViswanatha Satyanarayana
PublisherBharathi magazine
Publication date
Media typePrint

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 handwriting. In 1969, a film version was released.

Telugu film[edit]

Directed byC. S. Rao
Written byViswanatha Satyanarayana (story)
C. Narayana Reddy (dialogues)
Produced byDronavadjula Lakshmi Narayana
B. A. Sitaram
StarringN.T. Rama Rao
K. R. Vijaya
Kantha Rao
CinematographyJ. Satyanarayana
Edited byP. V. Narayana
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
Release date
  • 1969 (1969)

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


During the historical era of the 16th century, when Madurai was ruled by Madurai Nayak dynasty. The two soulmates, Puttan Sethupati, hailing from a royal family, & Veera Bhupati, a peasant's son, are prepared to face death for each other. After completing their civilization, they proceed to their hometowns. Forthwith, Veera's father assists in critical work, for which he goes to Amba Samudra, where Veera Bhupati is deep-seated with a gorgeous Ekaveera, the terrain satrap's daughter. Besides, Sethupati beloved a pleb, Meenakshi.

Being conscious of Ekaveera's darlingness, her father locks her and casts out Veera Bhupati by stinging him. Just before Sethupati announces his love affair, his father guarantees Ekaveera's knit with him. The anguished Sethupati, constrained by his rigid devotion to his given word, Sethupati accedes to nuptials. However, he remains unconsummated by Meenakshi's haunting, which disconcerts Ekaveera. Unwittingly, Veera Bhupati splices Meenakshi for his father's gratification, and he does the same.

During that predicament, the two mates are comforted when Sethupati learns that his old flame is his bestie's wife. Ergo, he divulges the actuality to Veera Bhupati, who bowed down for his amigo's honesty. Anyhow, he refuses Meenakshi, considering divinity as she aspired by her friend. Now, Sethupati is about to approach Ekaveera when, unfortunately, war erupts in anticipation of foreign invasion. Thus, Sethupati immediately steps onto the battlefield, and his communication to Ekaveera, which expresses his love, is destroyed.

Devastated, Ekaveera is under wild lust when she befriends Meenakshi. Once, Ekaveera guests at her house when uncontrollable Veera Bhupati courtship with her being unbeknownst of her identity. Sethupati, who backs, spots it. Thereupon, Meenakshi leaves her breath. Veera Bhupati stabs himself, seeking forgiveness from Sethupati. At last, Ekaveera self-sacrifices since an outsider consumed her purity, and Sethupati also dies while guarding her. Finally, the movie ends with the dreams of two pairs dead end.



Actor / Actress Character
Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Puttan Sethupati
T. L. Kanta Rao Veerabhupati
K.R. Vijaya Ekaveera
Jamuna Meenakshi
Mukkamala Krishna Murthy Maharajah of Puttana kingdom
Kaikala Satyanarayana Prince Tirumala Nayakudu
Dhulipala Father of Veerbhupati
Nirmalamma Mother of Ekaveera
Santha Kumari Manga, Mother of Sethupathi
Sriranjani Mother of Meenakshi
Rajababu Bhattu
Meena Kumari Champakamala
Rajasulochana Dancer
Vangara Venkata Subbaiah
Mikkilineni Udaya Sethupathi, Father of Sethupathi
Kutty Padmini Amrutham


There are approximately twelve songs and poems in the film.[3]

  • "Kanipettagalava Maguva" (Lyrics: Devulapalli Krishnasastri; Singer: P. Susheela group)
  • "Kanudammulanu Moosi Kalaganti Okanadu" (poem) - (Lyrics: C. Narayana Reddy; Singer: Ghantasala)
  • "Krishna Nee Peru Talachina Chalu" - (Lyrics: C. Narayana Reddy; Singer: P. Susheela).
  • "Letha Vayasu Kulikindoy" (Lyrics: C. Narayana Reddy; Singer: B. Vasantha, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and others)
  • "Oka Deepam Veligindi Oka Roopam Velicindi" - (Lyrics: C. Narayana Reddy; Singers: Ghantasala and P. Susheela).
  • "Oune Cheliya Sari Sari" (Lyrics: Devulapalli Krishnasastri; Singer: P. Susheela)
  • "Prati Raatri Vasantha Raatri" (Lyrics: Devulapalli Krishnasastri; Singers: Ghantasala and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam)
  • "Thotaloo Naaraju Thongi Choosenu Naadu" - (Lyrics: C. Narayana Reddy; Singers: P. Susheela and Ghantasala).
  • "Vandanamu Janani Bhavani" (poem) - (Lyrics: Devulapalli Krishnasastri; Singer: Ghantasala)
  • "Ye Parijatammu Leeyagalano Sakhi" - (Lyrics: C. Narayana Reddy; Singer: S. P. Balasubrahmanyam)
  • "Yeduru Choochina Valapu Thotalu" (poem) - (Lyrics: C. Narayana Reddy; Singer: P. Susheela)
  • "Yenta Dooramo Adi" - (Lyrics: C. Narayana Reddy; Singers: S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and P. Susheela)


  1. ^ "Novels of Viswanatha". Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Ekaveera (1969)". Indiancine.ma. Retrieved 21 March 2024.
  3. ^ Lyrical details of Ekaveera film at Ghantasala Galamrutamu.

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