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Directed by A. Bhimsingh
Produced by Vijayachander and Rev. Louis F. Knoll, STBC
Written by Fr. Christopher Coelho, O.F.M., Modukuri Johnson (dalogues)
Starring Vijayachander
Kongara Jaggaiah
Sreedhar Surapaneni
Music by Joseph Fernandez, B. Gopalam
Cinematography K. S. Prasad
Edited by Paul Doraisingh
Distributed by Radha Chitra
Release date
21 December 1978
Running time
160 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Karunamayudu (Telugu: కరుణామయుడు;English: Ocean of Mercy) is a 1978 Telugu hagiographical film written, and directed by A. Bhimsingh. The film starred Vijayachander as Jesus of Nazareth.[1] The film, which won the bronze Nandi Award for Best Feature Film, was notable for two song sequences narrating the Birth of Jesus and Entry into Jerusalem, the film was screened at the International Film Festival of India.[2]

Role in Evangelization in India[edit]

Directed and produced in India, with all-Indian actors, Karunamayudu was seen by many missionaries as one of the most culturally relevant tools for Christian evangelization in India. In India, many of the villagers encounter a story that they are unfamiliar with: the Life of Christ. The gospel is rendered in their cultural context when the film is shown.




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  1. ^ Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Willemen, Paul (10 July 2014). "Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema". Routledge – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ W. Barnes Tatum Jesus: A Brief History -2009 Page 236 "The auspicious moments"

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