T. R. Mahalingam (actor)

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Thenkarai Ramakrishna Mahalingam (Tamil: தென்கரை இராமகிருஷ்ணன் மகாலிங்கம்; 1923–1978) was a Tamil film actor, singer and music composer of the 1940s and 1950s. He was known for his melodious songs mostly based on romantic or devotional themes.

Early days[edit]

From his childhood, Mahalingam used to act and sing in the stage dramas popularly called special dramas. During those days, his closest companion was the famous singer S. C. Krishnan. During that time, when microphones and amplifiers were rarely available, performers had to sing very loudly to make themselves heard. This was how the early singers like Mahalingam, S. G. Kittappa, Krishnan, M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar and to a large extent TMS trained their voices. In 1933, when prominent singer Kittappa died at the early age of 28, Mahalingam got his first chance at film.

Acting[edit]

In 1937, at the age of 14, Mahalingam got the chance to appear in the film called Nandakumar (which was the third film produced by AVM). The film was based on the story of Lord Krishna wherein Mahalingam was chosen to play the lead role. However, the film flopped at the box office in all the three languages (Tamil, Hindi and Marathi) in which it was made. Nevertheless, the film was praised for its songs.

Mahalingam got his big break in the film Sri Valli made at the height of the Second World War, in which he played the part of Lord Murugan. The film did well at the box-office and established Mahalingam's reputation as both an actor and singer.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Language Song Music Banner
1937 Nandhakumar Tamil S. V. Venkatraman AVM Productions
1939 Prahaladha Tamil Sharma Brothers Salem Sankar Films
1940 Bhooloka Rambai Tamil G. Ramanathan Salem Shanmugha Films & Vijaya Maruthi Pictures
1940 Parasuramar Tamil G. Ramanathan
1940 Sathi Murali Tamil Modern Theatres
1941 Dhayalan Tamil Modern Theatres
1942 Manonmani Tamil T. A. Kalyanam & K. V. Mahadevan Modern Theatres
1943 Dhaasippen or Jothi Malar Tamil Lalitha Venkatraman & S. Rajeswara Rao Bhuvaneshwari Pictures
1945 Sri Valli Tamil * Kaayadha Kaanagatthe.... Mevaadha Maan T. Rajagopala Sarma & R. Sudharsanam AVM Productions
1947 Nam Iruvar Tamil * Iga Vaazhvinile Aanandham (with T. S. Bagavathi)
* Solai Malaroliyo (with T. S. Bagavathi)
* Jega Meedhile Mei Kaadhalthaane (with T. S. Bagavathi)
* Devaamudha Mozhiyaale
* Viduthalai Viduthalai Viduthalai
* Kodaiyile Ilaipaatrikolla
R. Sudharsanam AVM Productions
1948 Gnana Soundari Tamil * Kaadhalitthaalum Inbam Melaam (with P. A. Periya Nayaki)
* Mana Mohanane (with P. A. Periya Nayaki)
* Mannile Kadalil
S. V. Venkatraman Citadel Films
1948 Vedhala Ulagam Tamil * Senthamizh Naadennum Podhinile
* Kalviyil Sirandha Thamizh Nadu
* Mahaasugitha Rooba Sundhari
* Aadhi Paraasakthi
* Satthiyam Seidhu Tharuven
* Un Manam Kalangaadho
* Dhayai Purivai
* Sendhazhavum Vennilave (with T. S. Bagavathi)
R. Sudharsanam AVM Productions
1948 Adhithan Kanavu Tamil * Madhuramaana Rusiyullathe (with Soolamangalam Jayalakshmi) G. Ramanathan Modern Theatres
1949 Pavalakkodi Tamil * Annam Vaangalaiyo
* Arjuna Mahaaraajan
C. R. Subburaman Pakshiraja Studios
1949 Laila Majnu Tamil S. V. Venkatraman Balaji Pictures
1949 Mayavathi Tamil * Pennenum Maaya Peyaam Poi Maadharai
* Maane En Prema Raani (with )
G. Ramanathan Modern Theatres
1949 Inbavalli Tamil * Inbamana Mohini Maane (with P. Leela)
* Natha En Aasai (with T. V. Rathinam)
* Anbe Perum Nidhiye (with P. A. Periya Nayaki)
* Eno Innum vara
G. Ramanathan Shyamala Pictures
1950 Parijatham Tamil * Vaan Nilave (with T. V. Rathinam)
* Porumaiyae Inbam Tharum
S. V. Venkatraman & C. R. Subburaman Lavanya Pictures
1950 Ithaya Geetham Tamil * Vaanulaavum Thaarai Nee (with T. R. Rajakumari)
* Odi Vaa Venmugil Pole (with T. R. Rajakumari)
* Aaasai Kiliyai Azhaithu Vaaraai Thendrale
S. V. Venkatraman Citadel Films
1950 Machcha Rekhai Tamil C. R. Subburaman Sukumar Productions Limited
1950 Sukumar Tamil Sukumar Productions Limited
1951 Mohana Sundaram Tamil * O Jagamadhil Inbam (with S. Varalakshmi)
* Pulli Maanaippola (with S. Varalakshmi)
* Kanneer Thaano (with S. Varalakshmi)
* Kanavilum Unnai Maraven
* Paattu Venuma Oru Paattu
* Ninaivellam Neeya
T. G. Lingappa Sukumar Productions Limited
1952 Chinna Durai Tamil * Nilave Neethan Oru T. G. Lingappa Sukumar Productions Limited
1952 Theruppaadagan Tamil * Adivarum Thendralile G. Ramanathan Sukumar Productions Limited
1952 Velaikkaran Tamil
1954 Vilayattu Bommai Tamil * Mohathai Konruvidu
* Theertha Karaiyinile
* Inba Vaanil Ulaavum (with Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi)
* Mullaimalar Kodiyin Nizhalile
T. G. Lingappa Sukumar Productions Limited
1958 Maalaiyitta Mangai Tamil * Vengiyum Kumari Idai ….Engal Dravida Ponnaadu
* Sillendru Pootha.... Senthamizh Thenmozhiyaal
* Naanandri Yaar Varuvaar (with A. P. Komala)
* Thingal Mudi Soodum
Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy Kannadasan Films
1959 Manimekalai Tamil * Kanngalin Vennilave (with P. Bhanumathi)
* Aandavan Thamizhanada
* Unnai Kaana Engum
G. Ramanathan Shekhar Art Film
1959 Abalai Anjugam Tamil * Ilaiya Kanniyin Azhagiya Vadhanam (with S. Janaki)
* Vennile Kudai Pidikka (with P. Suseela)
K. V. Mahadevan
1959 Amudhavalli Tamil * Aadai Katti Vandha Nilavo (with P. Suseela)
* Kannirandum Ondrai Ondru
* Aadalama Nalam Aadalama (with P. Leela)
* Thannaale Thaan Ketta
* Thatthuva Kalaiyudan Viithagar
* Iyal Isai Naadaga Kalaiyaale (with S. C. Krishnan)
* Kaalam Enum Oru Aazha Kadalinil (with P. Suseela)
* Pittham Theliya Marundhoru
Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy Jupiter Pictures
1960 Aadavantha Deivam Tamil * Aasai Kondaen Amudhamae
* Kodi Kodi Inbam Peravae
* Sangam Muzhangivarum Singaara Thamizh Kalaiye (with P. Suseela)
* Sottu Sottunu Sottudhu Paaru Inge (with P. Suseela)
K. V. Mahadevan Majestic Studios
1960 Rathnapuri Ilavarasi Tamil * Padikka Padikka Nenjil Inikkum (with S. Janaki)
* Kaadhalukku Naanku Kanngal
* En Endru Ketkave Aalillai
* Porumai Oru Naal
Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy Sri Vinayaga Pictures
1960 Kavalai Illaadha Manithan Tamil * Naan Deivama Illai Nee Deivama Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy Kannadasan Films
1961 Ennai Paar Tamil * Kaatchiyum Neethan Karpaniyum Neethan (with S. Janaki)
* Edhirkondu Varaverkkudhe (with S. Janaki)
* Dhasaradha Raaja Kumaaraa Alangaaraa
T. G. Lingappa
1961 Sri Valli Tamil * Karpaga Cholaiyile
* Thandhaikku Annaalil Mandhiratthai
* Mogana Punnagaiyil Enakkoru Mogam
* Gnana Pazhame Mei Gnana Pazhame
* Unakkagave Pirandha Azhagan
G. Ramanathan RR Pictures
1965 Thiruvilayadal Tamil * Illaadhathondrillai Eellaamum Nee Endru Sollaamal Solli Vaithaai
* Isai Thamizh Nee Seidha Arumsaadhanai
K. V. Mahadevan Sri Vijayalakshmi Pictures
1971 Agathiyar Tamil * Aandavan Dharisaname Mei Adiyar Vendidum Anubavame
* Isaiyai Thamizhai Iruppavane (with Seerkazhi Govindarajan )
* Malainindra Thirukumaraa
* Muzhu Mudhar Porule
* Namachivaya Ena (with Seerkazhi Govindarajan )
Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan Sri Vijayalakshmi Pictures
1972 Thiruneelakandar Tamil * Nattiya Kalai
* Ambalavaananai Nambiya
* Kadalil Vizhuntha Or Kakkai
* Thaayae Thandhaiyae
* Etthanai Per Unnakku
* Sivaleelai En Veettila
* Aandavan Thaan Vanthu
* Pantha Pasa Kattukulle (with S. Janaki)
C. N. Pandurangan
1973 Rajaraja Cholan Tamil * Thanjai Periya Koyil (with Seerkazhi Govindarajan & S. Varalakshmi)
* Thendralodu Udanpiranthaal (with Sivaji Ganesan dialogues)
Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan Sri Vijayalakshmi Pictures
1973 Thirumalai Deivam Tamil * Thiruvarul Tharum Dheivam Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan Shanthi Combines
1977 Sri Krishna Leela Tamil * Naaranane Unadhu
S. V. Venkatraman
  • Nandanaar
  • Thanthaikku Pin Thamaiyan
  • Pannaiyar Magal

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