Kathavarayan (1958 film)

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Directed by T. R. Ramanna
Produced by T. R. Rajakumari
T. R. Ramanna
Written by Thuraiyur K. Murthy
Screenplay by Thuraiyur K. Murthy
Based on 1940 Aryamala film
Starring Sivaji Ganesan
M. N. Rajam
P. Kannamba
T. S. Balaiah
K. A. Thangavelu
J. P. Chandrababu
Music by G. Ramanathan
Cinematography T. K. Rajabathur
Edited by M. S. Mani
T. Durai Rajan
R. R. Pictures
Distributed by R. R. Pictures
Release date
7 November 1958
Running time
184 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

Kaathavaraayan (Tamil: காத்தவராயன்) is a Tamil language Mythology film produced and directed by T. R. Ramanna. The film features Sivaji Ganesan and Savitri in the lead roles. The film, produced by T. R. Rajakumari and T. R. Ramanna under R. R. Pictures, had musical score by G. Ramanathan and was released on 7 November 1958.[1] The film was remade in Telugu as Karthavarayuni Katha again by Ramanna.


Due to quarrel between Lord Shiva and Shakti, Shakti and her son Veerabahu are cursed to be born on earth and live as mortals. Veerabahu is Kathavarayan whom the tribals adopt and he becomes the prince of the mountains. Kathavarayan (Sivaji Ganesan) grows up and goes on a world tour, his mother Shakti blesses him with the divine power of transforming into any form he wishes when he is in danger. During his quests Kathavarayan falls in love with Princess Aaryamala (Savithri). Aaryamala is reborn to a Rajaguru who predicts a tragic life for her, but the King adopts her and names her Aryamala (Savithri). But the King is against their love. Kathavarayan is arrested by the King and taken to be impaled when Shakti prays to Shiva who saves him. Kaathavarayan and Aryamala live happily thereafter.

This movie did very well at Box Office all over Tamil Nadu. MGR acted one reel after that cancel all his shooting of this film. Producer cum Director T R Ramanna was in a trouble financially. At that time Sivaji & Savithri thought to help the producer and signed in this movie and this movie was a Super Hit for Shivaji as well as T R Ramanna also



  • Producer: T. R. Rajakumari & T. R. Ramanna
  • Production Company: R. R. Pictures
  • Director: T. R. Ramanna
  • Music: G. Ramanathan
  • Lyrics: Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass
  • Story: Based on 1941 Aryamala
  • Screenplay: Thuraiyur K. Murthy
  • Dialogues: Thuraiyur K. Murthy
  • Art Direction: Ganga
  • Editing: M. S. Mani & T. Durai Rajan
  • Choreography: Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai & T. C. Thangaraj
  • Cinematography: T. K. Rajabathur
  • Stunt: Stunt Somu
  • Audio: A. Krishnan, T. S. Rangasamy, E. I. Jeeva & P. V. Koteeswara Rao


The music composed by G. Ramanathan.[2] All songs are penned by Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass. Singer is J. P. Chandrababu. Playback singers are T. M. Soundararajan, C. S. Jayaraman, Ghantasala, P. Leela, P. Suseela, Jikki, Radha Jayalakshmi, A. P. Komala, K. Jamuna Rani, A. G. Rathnamala & Sundaramma.

Some of the songs such as Vaa Kalaaba Mayile by T. M. Soundararajan and Vidhiyaa Sadhiyaa by C. S. Jayaraman became huge hits.[3]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Ada Moona Asal Mukkaalanaa Jikki & T. M. Soundararajan Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass 03:33
2 Kanne En.... Amudha Ootrile Radha Jayalakshmi & Ghantasala 02:46
3 Jaadhi Illai Mdaha Bedham Illaiye P. Leela & T. M. Soundararajan 02:50
4 Jigu Jigu J. P. Chandrababu & Jikki 03:26
5 Kumkara Kuppanna S. C. Krishnan & A. G. Rathnamala 06:08
6 Niraiveruma Ennam Niraiveruma P. Suseela & T. M. Soundararajan 03:13
7 Nithirai Illaiyadi Sagiye P. Leela 03:39
8 Thandhane Thana Thandhane J. P. Chandrababu 03:04
9 Vaa Kalaba Mayile T. M. Soundararajan 03:34
10 Dheviyaval Kirubai Vendum T. M. Soundararajan 01:10
11 Vetriye Arulamma A. P. Komala, K. Jamuna Rani, A. G. Rathnamala & Sundaramma 02:20
12 Thane Thandhaanane Jikki 02:23
13 Sangili Jingili.... Vaarandi Vaaraandi Kutticchaatthaan S. C. Krishnan, J. P. Chandrababu, A. G. Rathnamala & T. M. Soundararajan 06:55
14 Vidhiya Sadhiya C. S. Jayaraman 03:00


  • Randor Guy (11 August 2012). "Kaathavaraayan". The Hindu.
  1. ^ "Kaathavarayan". gomolo. Retrieved 2014-09-25.
  2. ^ "Kathavarayan Songs". gaana. Retrieved 2014-09-25.
  3. ^ "Kathavarayan Songs". raaga. Retrieved 2014-09-25.

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