Mudigonda Lingamurthy

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Mudigonda Lingamurthy
Born 10 October 1908
Tenali, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died 24 January 1980(1980-01-24) (aged 71)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor

Mudigonda Lingamurthy, shortly Lingamurthy (Telugu: ముదిగొండ లింగమూర్తి) (10 October 1908 – 24 January 1980), was an Indian film character actor known for his works in Telugu cinema, and theater.[1][2]

Life sketch[edit]

He is born in a Shaivite family in Tenali, Andhra Pradesh. He used to play in school dramas in childhood. He is used to like arts and introduced to Sthanam Narasimha Rao. He has joined Rama Vilasa Sabha of Tenali and played different characters in Kanyasulkam, Pratapa Rudreeyam and other dramas. He has become popular and earned fame for his portrayal of Ramappa Pantulu character in Kanyasulkam drama.[3]

He has moved to filmdom in 1937 and acted in Tukaram along with Chittor V. Nagaiah. He joined Vauhini pictures, associated with them for about 7 years and acted as Ajamisa in Bhakta Potana, Gangadu in Swarga Seema, Abirama in Yogi Vemana and Ramadas in Peddamanushulu. He was closely associated with Nagaiah and acted in his films like Tyagayya, Naa Illu and Ramadasu. He has acted in about 70 films during his career.

Lingamurthy wrote some playlets including Venkanna Kapuram, Pelli Choopulu, Thyagam. They are played widely and won many prizes. Some of them translated to other languages.

He was founder member of Cine Technicians Association. He has held the posts of its Secretory and Chairperson of this Association for sometime. He has taken retirement after his Sashtiabdhapoorthi celebrations.

After the death of his wife Durgavardhanamma in 1974, he took Sanyasa . He died in 1980.He has 4 sons and 1 daughter, Mudigonda Prabhakar rao, Mudigonda Chandrasekar, Mudigonda Thyagaraju, Mudigonda Sivashankar. There is a mini hall named after him at the place where he lived in Nana Street, T.nagar, Chennai.


This is partial list of his films. Please help expand the list.

Year Film Language Character
1937 Tukaram Telugu
1939 Vandemataram Telugu
1940 Sumangali Telugu
1941 Bhaktimala Telugu
1941 Devatha Telugu
1942 Bhakta Potana Telugu Ajamilini
1943 Panthulamma Telugu
1945 Swargaseema Telugu Father of Subbalaxmi
1946 Narada Naradi Telugu
1946 Thyagayya Telugu Japesen
1947 Yogi Vemana Telugu Abhirama
1947 Palnati Yudham Telugu Narsingaraju
1949 Dharmangada Telugu
1952 Dharmadevata Telugu King Veerasena
1953 En Veedu Tamil
1953 Naa Illu Telugu Dhanraj
1954 Peddamanushulu Telugu Newspaper Editor
1954 Bedara Kannappa Kannada Kailasanatha Sastry
1954 Sri Kalahastiswara Mahatyam Telugu Kailasanatha Sastry
1960 Mahakavi Kalidasu Telugu King
1961 Batasari Telugu Diwan at Zamindari
1962 Mahamantri Timmarasu Telugu Hamvira
1962 Sri Srikakula Andhra Mahavishnuvu Katha Telugu Mahendrajit, the minister
1964 Ramadasu Telugu
1965 Zamindar Telugu Narahari
1965 Pandava Vanavasam Telugu Shakuni
1967 Shri Krishnavataram Telugu Shakuni


  1. ^ A Compelling Character Actor - Lingamurthy (Part I) by Satyasai Karavadi at
  2. ^ A Compelling Character Actor - Lingamurthy (Part II) by Satyasai Karavadi at
  3. ^ Mudigonda Lingamurthy in Nata Ratnalu, Mikkilineni Radhakrishna Murthy, Second edition, Sitaratnam Granthamala, Vijayawada, 2002, pp: 484-6.

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