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Dr.RAj Kumar-The vetern Kannada actor

Updated on December 20, 2011
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 Dr.Raj Kumar-With traditional Mysore turban,at one of the numerous facilitations functions he attended in his life timeRaj kumar,as hero in one of his best films-Mayra, as King Mayura varmaDr.Raj-When he was younger,in one of his more than 200 filmsDr.Raj, with actress Arathi,in  a black and white film The matinee idol Raj, in another filmPuneet-Youngest of the three acter sons of Dr.Raj Kumar,Who is now the hero in demand
 Dr.Raj Kumar-With traditional Mysore turban,at one of the numerous facilitations functions he attended in his life time
Dr.Raj Kumar-With traditional Mysore turban,at one of the numerous facilitations functions he attended in his life time
Raj kumar,as hero in one of his best films-Mayra, as King Mayura varma
Raj kumar,as hero in one of his best films-Mayra, as King Mayura varma
Dr.Raj-When he was younger,in one of his more than 200 films
Dr.Raj-When he was younger,in one of his more than 200 films
Dr.Raj, with actress Arathi,in  a black and white film
Dr.Raj, with actress Arathi,in a black and white film
 The matinee idol Raj, in another film
The matinee idol Raj, in another film
Puneet-Youngest of the three acter sons of Dr.Raj Kumar,Who is now the hero in demand
Puneet-Youngest of the three acter sons of Dr.Raj Kumar,Who is now the hero in demand

        Dr Raj Kumar was a famous Kannada film actor. He was well versed in acting. He has performed in more than 230 films and has sang hundreds of songs. He is well known for his character roles. He was the matinee idol of Kannada film and won the hearts of crores of Kannadigas.He worked in films for 50 years.He is immortal in the heart of those who have seen his films.Perhaps he is the only actor in India who has acted acted in only one language.He was the first film actor to be awarded honorary doctorate by a university in India.

And, he had gone to school just for 4-5 years!

Raj kumar’s original name was-Muthuraj.He was born on April 24,1929. at Gajanur,a backward village very near to the Tamilnadu border, in Karnataka.His father-Singanalluru Puttaswamaiah (first word indicates the name of his native village) was a celebrated theatre artist. Raj,inherited his talent from his father. His mother was Lakshmamma.

Raj, first made his entry to the theatre, as an actor in then famous ‘Gubbi Company’.His early professional life was o much difficult. He had less income.

His first film was ‘Bedara Kannappa’,the story of a devotee of Shiva.His film career was an enchanting one.

He married Parvathamma,who, in later years was a good adviser and manager to him.

They got three sons –Shivaraj, Raghavendra, and Puneeth.All of them are great actors now in the film field.

Dr.Raj was unfortunately abducted by notorious decoit- Veerappan, on July 30, 2000.Was kept as hostage for 109 days. The whole state was shook by this. Later he was left unharmed. Raj died on April 12th,2006, at the age of 77.

Dr.Raj was good singer too. He had practiced classical misic.He was a regular yoga performer too.

AWARDS

Dr.Raj Kumar had , to his credit, many awards. Some of them are mentioned below

1.Honorary Doctorate (D.Litt) by MysoreUniversity.

2. Dada Saheb Phalke award,the greatest award in In India for film artists and singers

3.TEN times winner of Film Fare award for best acting.

4 PadmaBhushan award in 1995.This is the second highest award Govt. Of India can award to a person(First being-Bharatha Rathna)

5 State award for best acting-NINE times

6 Many state level awards by different organizations .

7.Kentuky colonel award .

The photos and video here show his talent.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 5 years ago from Tumkur

      Yes. what you said is true.

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      ananthram_1969@yahoo.co.in 5 years ago

      I HAVE GOT INSPIRED BY WATCHING HIS MOVIES,THEIR WAS A MESSAGE IN EVERY FILM HE DID,HIS FANS LIKED HIS SIMPLYCITY,HIS SONGS ARE SUPER,HE WAS THE ICON OF KARNATAKA

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 5 years ago from Tumkur

      Thanks to all those who appreciated this hub.

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      Rajesh 6 years ago

      One of the legend of Karnataka.... No one can replace his presence in Karnataka.... Great actor and more than that great human being who called his fans as "abimani devarugalu" (fans are like god)

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      Rajesh 6 years ago

      One of the legend of Karnataka.... No one can replace his presence in Karnataka.... Great actor and more than that great human being who called his fans as "abimani devarugalu" (fans are like god)

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      jackie 6 years ago

      final i can say he is god for me jai annavru

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 7 years ago from Tumkur

      Thanks to you both

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      kiran (mumbai) 7 years ago

      i am the great fan of DR.RAJKUMAR

      we miss him really

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      ratnaveera 7 years ago from Cumbum

      Great Hub about Great Kannada actor Rajkumar. I like him very much and prayed God once he was kidnapped by Veerappan. But, now he is no more! All the photos of this Great actor are very nice! Thanks a lot!