S. V. Sahasranamam

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S. V. Sahasranamam
S. V. Sahasranamam.jpg
Sahasranamam as seen in Policekaran Magal (1962)
Born
Singanallur Venkataramana Iyer Sahasranamam

(1913-11-29)29 November 1913
Singanallur, Coimbatore
Died19 February 1988(1988-02-19) (aged 74)
Other namesS. V. S.
OccupationActor, director
Years active1935–1988
ChildrenJanaki, Lalitha, Shanti S. V. S. Khumar, Gowri

Singanallur Venkataramana Iyer Sahasranamam[1] (29 November 1913 – 19 February 1988), also known as S. V. S.,[2] was an Indian actor and director. Primarily a theatre actor, he also worked in over 200 films, mainly in Tamil cinema.

Early life[edit]

Sahasranamam was born on 29 November 1913 at Singanallur.[3][4] He was the fourth child born to Venkatraman and Parvathi.[2] Because of his interest in acting, he left his home at an early age to join the Madurai Sri Balashanmuganandha Sabha, a popular theatre group, which was later renamed T. K. S. Nataka Sabha.[5]

Career[edit]

Several years after he joined T. K. S. Nataka Sabha, Sahasranamam started his own theatre group titled "Seva Stage". With that, he staged several popular plays such as Kangal, Irulum Oliyum and Vadivelu Vaathiyar. These plays were later adapted into feature films and were commercially successful. He also adapted the novels of writers such as B. S. Ramiah, T. Janakiraman and Ku Pa Rajagopalan, and made them into feature films.[5] Although Sahasranamam was also successful in cinema, having acted in over 200 films since debuting in that field with Menaka (1935),[6] he always considered theatre his main interest.[7]

Awards[edit]

Sahasranamam won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting (Tamil) in 1967,[8] and received the Sangeetha Kalasikhamani award in 1980 by the Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai.[9]

Illness and death[edit]

Between March 1974 and February 1988, Sahasranamam had suffered more than five heart attacks. He had chosen the artists for the play Nandha Vilakku, authored by novelist/dramatist Krishnamani, and asked them to come for a rehearsal on 21 February. But he suffered a heart attack on 19 February 1988 and died at 4:30 pm IST.[7][6] Sahasranamam's son S. V. S. Khumar is also an actor.[10][11]

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
1935 Menaka
1937 Balamani Ranjit Singh[12]
1941 Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum
1942 Kannagi
1942 Naveena Vikramadityan
1944 Mahamaya
1944 Prabhavathi Shiva[13]
1944 Rajarajeswari
1944 Poompaavai Shiva[14]
1947 Paithiyakkaran
1949 Nallathambi Bhoopati[15]
1949 Vaazhkai Murthi
1951 Marmayogi
1951 Manamagal Male protagonist
1951 Singari
1952 Parasakthi Chandrasekaran[16]
1953 Kangal
1953 Rohini
1954 Edhir Paradhathu Gopu[17]
1955 Needhipathi
1955 Valliyin Selvan
1956 Kula Dheivam Muthaiyya[18]
1956 Naane Raja
1958 Sengottai Singam Dharmalingam[19]
1959 Alli Petra Pillai
1959 Kalaivaanan Viswanathan[20]
1959 Kan Thiranthathu
1959 Naalu Veli Nilam
1959 Nalla Theerpu
1959 Orey Vazhi
1959 President Panchatcharam District Board president[21]
1959 Uthami Petra Rathinam
1962 Policekaran Magal
1962 Padithal Mattum Podhuma
1963 Anandha Jodhi Muthiah[22]
1966 Yaarukkaga Azhudhaan Naidu[23]
1966 Marakka Mudiyumaa?
1966 Avan Pithana? Nallaiah Raja[24]
1967 Kan Kanda Deivam Judge[25]
1966 Selvam
1968 Jeevanaamsam
1968 Kuzhanthaikkaga
1969 Iru Kodugal
1969 Soappu Seeppu Kannadi
1971 Punnagai
1971 Sabatham Nalli Muthu
1972 Nawab Naarkali Thandavam
1974 Urimaikural
1976 Dasavatharam King Mahabali
1979 Gnana Kuzhandhai

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lal, Ananda (2004). The Oxford companion to Indian theatre. Oxford University Press. p. 403.
  2. ^ a b "நினைவும் விருதும்: வாழும்போதும் வாழ்ந்த பிறகும்..." The Hindu Tamil. 25 November 2016. Archived from the original on 21 October 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  3. ^ Reference India. 1. Tradesman & Men India. 1975. p. 94.
  4. ^ Majordasan. "Serial story, Thiraichuvai – Potpourri of titbits about Tamil cinema, S.V.Sahasranamam". Kalyanamalai Magazine. page 1. Archived from the original on 31 August 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Theatre artiste's birth centenary celebrations held". The New Indian Express. 1 December 2012. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  6. ^ a b "எஸ். வி. சகஸ்ரநாமம் நூற்றாண்டு". Theekkathir (in Tamil). 2 December 2013. Archived from the original on 11 December 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  7. ^ a b Majordasan. "Serial story, Thiraichuvai – Potpourri of titbits about Tamil cinema, S.V.Sahasranamam". Kalyanamalai Magazine. page 2. Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar (Akademi Awards)". Sangeet Natak Akademi. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Awardees of Sangeetha Kalasikhamani". The Indian Fine Art Society. Archived from the original on 26 September 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  10. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (5 December 2013). "Stage, Service and Sahasranamam". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  11. ^ Srinivasan, G. (6 December 2017). "Chennai dramatist S V Sahasranamam remembered". The News Today. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  12. ^ Guy, Randor (22 November 2014). "Balamani 1937". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 3 December 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  13. ^ Guy, Randor (10 December 2011). "Prabhavathi 1942". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 17 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  14. ^ Guy, Randor (16 August 2014). "Poompaavai 1944". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 2 January 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  15. ^ Rajadhyaksha & Willemen 1998, pp. 315.
  16. ^ Rajadhyaksha & Willemen 1998, pp. 327.
  17. ^ Rajadhyaksha & Willemen 1998, pp. 336.
  18. ^ Rajadhyaksha & Willemen 1998, pp. 346.
  19. ^ Guy, Randor (11 October 2014). "Blast from the past: Sengottai Singam 1958". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 12 November 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  20. ^ Guy, Randor (18 October 2014). "Blast from the past: Kalaivaanan 1959". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 21 September 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  21. ^ Rajadhyaksha & Willemen 1998, pp. 360.
  22. ^ Ramachandran, T. M. (27 July 1963). "Another Hit From Veerappa". Sport and Pastime. Vol. 17. p. 48.
  23. ^ Rajadhyaksha & Willemen 1998, pp. 389–390.
  24. ^ Guy, Randor (13 August 2016). "Avan Pithana? (1966)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  25. ^ Guy, Randor (1 June 2017). "Kan Kanda Deivam (1967)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 27 July 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2018.

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