|Directed by||Keshav Rao Dhaibar|
|Produced by||A. V. Meiyappan|
|Written by||A. T. Krishnaswamy|
|Music by||S. V. Venkatraman|
Nandakumar is a 1938 Indian Tamil-language film directed by Keshav Rao Dhaibar. Produced by A. V. Meiyappan, the mythological film features a T. P. Rajalakshmi, C. V. V. Panthulu, and T. S. Rajalakshmi in lead roles. T. R. Mahalingam and T. R. Ramachandran made their cinematic debuts through the film.
The film is about the birth and life of Krishna.
- T. R. Mahalingam
- T. P. Rajalakshmi
- T. R. Ramachandran
- T. S. Rajalakshmi
- Master Sethuraman
Noted Marathi filmmaker Keshav Rao Dhaibar planned to produce and direct a Marathi film based on the life of Lord Krishna with A. V. Meiyappan and Jayanthilal Thakore agreeing to produce the Tamil version. T. P. Rajalakshmi was signed up to play Yeshoda, with C. V. V. Panthulu, as Nandagopan. T. S. Rajalakshmi portrayed the role of Radha. T. R. Mahalingam, who was then a stage actor made his acting debut with this film at the age of 14 portraying the character of Lord Krishna. T. R. Ramachandran, who went to become a famous comedian and music composer S. V. Venkataraman started their career with this film.
Dhaibar and Meiyappan were disappointed with a song sung by the actress who portrayed Devaki's mother hence they both came up with an innovative idea to replace the soundtrack with another voice. Lalitha Venkatraman, prominent Carnatic vocalist in Mumbai was brought in to do the playback singing thus earned her the credit of being the first playback singer of Tamil cinema and also became the first Tamil film to introduce playback singing. Meiyappan took the Club House in Mount Road on lease and shot scenes with erecting the sets.
- Dhananjayan, G. (2014). Pride of Tamil Cinema: 1931 to 2013. Blue Ocean Publishers. ISBN 978-93-84301-05-7.
- on YouTube - The very first play-back song in Tamil films. Sung by Lalitha Venkataraman