G. Govindarajulu Naidu

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G. Govindarajulu Naidu (Tamil: ஜி. கோவிந்தராஜுலு நாயுடு) was an acclaimed music director in the olden days of the south Indian film industry. He is senior to the other great music directors such as G. Ramanathan, S. V. Venkatraman and S. M. Subbaiah Naidu. He composed music for Tamil and Telugu movies.

Early life[edit]

His family stayed in Thiruchi. This is where M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar (MKT) used to sing in their house and G. Govindarajulu Naidu introduced MKT to his children. G. Govindarajulu is a harmonium player in special dramas, but was also known as the one who taught music for K. B. Sundarambal. He also sold musical instruments and gramophone in Thiruchi, but the business was not doing very well.

T. G. Lingappa, another famous music director is the second son G. Govindarajulu Naidu. It is from his father that T. G. Lingappa had learned to play several musical instruments. In 1940, G. Govindarajulu Naidu took his family to Madras to look for greener pasture there.

Career[edit]

Few may be the films that came his way in a career spanning 3 decades, G. Govindarajulu Naidu but has left a lingering impact in his creations especially movies like Andhaman Kaidhi, Manithanum Mirugamum, Maya Manithan, Baghdad Thirudan and Raja Bakthi.

He worked with singers like Thiruchi Loganathan, M. L. Vasanthakumari, C. S. Jayaraman, R. Balasaraswathi Devi, P. Leela, Jikki, T. V. Rathinam, A. P. Komala, N. L. Ganasaraswathi, A. M. Rajah, Ghantasala, T. M. Soundararajan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan, Radha Jayalakshmi, K. Jamuna Rani, P. Suseela and S. Janaki.

The singing actors N. C. Vasanthakokilam, V. V. Sadagopan, K. Sarangkapani, N. S. Krishnan, T. A. Madhuram, J. P. Chandrababu and P. Bhanumathi also sang memorable songs under his compositions.

Works[edit]

Some compositions of G. Govindarajulu Naidu:

Filmography[edit]

Music direction in Tamil Movies.

Year Film Language Director Banner Co-Music Directors
1937 Sathi Anasuya Tamil
1938 Sri Kandha Leela Tamil Arshadrai Mehta Premier Cinetone
1941 Venuganam Tamil Murugadasa (Muthuswami Iyer) Jewel Pictures
1946 Vijayalakshmi Tamil
1949 Nam Naadu Tamil
1952 Andhaman Kaidhi Tamil V. Krishnan Radhakrishna Films
1953 Manidhanum Mirugamum Tamil K. Vembu & S. D. Sundaram Revathi Productions
1954 Vedan Kannappa Tamil
1955 Kalvanin Kadhali Tamil V. S. Raghavan Revathi Productions Ghantasala
1955 Santhasakku Kannada R. Krishnan & S. Panju Sri Panduranga Productions
1958 Maya Manidhan Tamil
1959 Patharai Mathu Thangam Tamil K. S. Mani Manivel Pictures
1960 Baghdad Thirudan Tamil T. R. Sundaram Modern Theatres
1960 Raja Bakthi Tamil K. Vembu Nandhi Pictures

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