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Madras Lalithangi Vasanthakumari
MLV in late 1940s
MLV in late 1940s
Background information
Born(1928-07-03)3 July 1928
Madras, Madras Presidency, British India
Died31 October 1990(1990-10-31) (aged 62)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
GenresCarnatic music – Indian Classical Music and Playback singing
Years active1942 – 1990
LabelsHMV, EMI, RPG, AVM Audio, Inreco, Vani, Amutham Inc, Doordarshan, Super Audio, Geethanjali, Kosmic Music, Charsur Digital Workshop etc.

Madras Lalithangi Vasanthakumari (popularly referred to as MLV) (3 July 1928 – 31 October 1990) was a Carnatic musician[1][2] and playback singer for film songs in many Indian languages. MLV and her contemporaries D. K. Pattammal and M. S. Subbulakshmi are popularly referred to as the female trinity of Carnatic Music.[3] A prime disciple of G. N. Balasubramaniam, she was the youngest among the established musicians of that era, and was the youngest female to receive the Sangita Kalanidhi award.[4] In 1967, she was honored with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award by the government of India. Her daughter, the late K.Srividya, was an actress in Tamil and Malayalam languages.

As well as being a much sought-after playback singer for films, MLV popularized unfamiliar ragas, and her Ragam Thanam Pallavis were considered cerebral.[5] Additionally, she popularized the compositions of the Haridasas. Her most famous disciples include Srividya (her daughter), Sudha Raghunathan, Charumathi Ramachandran and A. Kanyakumari.[6]

Early life

MLV was born to a musical family. Her father, Kuthanur Ayya Swamy Iyer, was a noted musician. Her mother, Lalithangi, was also a musician.[7] When Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das died in 1925, Lalithangi came out with a song as a tribute to his patriotism. A rare gramophone record of her rendition of this song is said to be in V. Sundaram's possession.[citation needed]

MLV's school education was in Madras, in a convent, where she was set to pursue a medical career until Carnatic musician G. N. Balasubramaniam became her guru. In her own words, "My parents had rendered yeomen service to Carnatic music. They were mainly instrumental in popularising the compositions of Purandara Dasa in South India. They were not keen that I should enter the music field and gave me general education. But in the musical atmosphere of my house, I had ample opportunity of practising vocal music. Once G. N. Balasubramaniam heard me sing and he prevailed upon my parents to place me under his tutelage. It was he who was responsible for the status I occupy in the music world today."[citation needed]

Learning Carnatic music

MLV learnt Carnatic music from G. N. Balasubramaniam (GNB). She was also GNB's first disciple.

Performing and recording career

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MLV made her debut in 1940, at 12 years old, by accompanying her mother at a recital. Two years later, she gave a solo recital in Bengaluru. She also cut her first 78 rpm disc. From then on, her career took on a geometric progression, as a stage artiste, and by 1950 she had established herself as a front-ranker. A music critic said that MLV brought the struggle of women in the world of music to a successful culmination. Her music was said to have more male characteristics than that of any other female musician.[citation needed]

Her own musical style

MLV imbibed much of GNB's style, but did not make a fetish of speed and struck out on her own, evolving an inimitable style of her own.[8]

While MLV was known more for her cerebral style, rather than her emotional one, this was compensated for by her rich and original manodharma. Similar to GNB, she was said to be a genius in her tricky, instantaneous brilliant manodharma. Indira Menon comments, "MLV did adopt her Guru's idea of a quick impressionistic sketch of the raga covering the two octaves at the start, but settled down to a reposeful elaboration, unfolding it gradually with her virtuosity in the form of BRIGA - CASCADES appearing only where necessary. She was careful not to carry to an excess what her versatile voice was capable of."

MLV's mastery over vocal techniques was comprehensive and complete. She could render several difficult ragas, with her alapana and kalpana swaras, suitably embellished with shruthi-bheda. Her listeners had the same ecstatic experience when she sang and more particularly when in a lightning manner she shifted gracefully from the melodic world of one raga in one pitch to another raga in another pitch. In this context, one has to refer to raga combinations like Shanmukhapriya-Sankarabharanam, Bhairavi-Kamas, Abhogi-Valaji to illustrate this point.

In GNB's own words,"Vasanthi typifies real discipleship – she absorbs all, but presents her own glorious creations."[9]

Purandaradasa Tradition

Lalithangi, MLV's mother, had a vast repertoire of Purandaradasa kritis. She passed on this tradition to her daughter, MLV. As a result, like T. Brinda who brought Kshetrayya Padams to the public platform and M. S. Subbalakshmi who brought Annamacharya kritis to the public arena, MLV popularized the Devaranamas of Purandaradasa.


She popularized the composition 'Kalyana Gopalam', composed by Narayana Teertha, in raga Sindhubhairavi. She also popularized the composition, 'Venkatachala Nilayam' by Purandaradasa in the same raga. Hindustani maestro Bade Ghulam Ali Khan was generous in his praise for her music. Sudha Ragunathan mentions, "MLV Amma has told me that it was Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Saab who taught her the nuances of Sindhu Bhairavi in the Hindustani style."[5]

Ragam Thanam Pallavi

MLV's forte was Ragam Tanam Pallavi, where she not only maintained the tradition brought to the stage by D. K. Pattammal, but enriched it in her own unique way. A. Kanyakumari who had accompanied MLV on violin for almost two decades says, "MLV akka had a sharp mind and good memory and I have never seen her practice a song or a ragam or for that matter a ragam-tanam-pallavi also before a concert." Sudha Ragunathan, a prime disciple of MLV, remarked that "In all my twelve years of learning under her, I had never seen Amma practicing at home. But, to my great surprise, she would compose a Pallavi in the car on the way to the concert!"[5]

Playback Singing

By 1946, MLV was also a playback singer.[5] Her first big hit was in the 1951 film Manamagal, where she sang the song Ellam Inbamayam in Ragamalika, and Subramania Bharathiyar's evergreen composition, Chinnanchiru Kiliyae. In the 1960 film Raja Desingu, MLV also sang another Ragamalika, Parkadal Alaimele, which was well received, and later became popular in Bharatha Natyam recitals. In later years, MLV would also sing these songs towards the end of her Carnatic music concerts, and today, many musicians often include them in their repertoire.[10]

MLV also sang Ayya Saami in the 1951 film, Or Iravu. This song was based on the song Gore Gore from the film Samaadhi, which was in turn based on the Latin American song Chico Chico from Puerto Rico, from the film Cuban Pete. In the 1952 film Thayullam, MLV sang Konjum Purave which was based on the famous Hindi song, Thandi Havayen.[10]

Other songs MLV sang include Adisayam Vanathu Arivumayam, Senthamarai Kannanae, Vanna Tamizh and Adum Arul Jothi in the films Vikramadithian, Vairamalai and Sornakili. Incidentally, each of these songs contained the raga Kalyani and were also well received.[10]

MLV sang the Dashaavataara song for Bhookailas like Munneeta Pavalinchu Naagashayana, while Kumari Kamala danced in a classical way.[11] She sang for films until 1970.[citation needed]


As one of the top ranking stage artistes, MLV was noted for her charm, grace, warmth, self-restraint and humility. Her self-restraint as an artist can be understood from her own words: Brigas in fast tempo should adhere to the shruthi and above all, true music must touch the listener's heart. MLV however maintained a philosophy: A concert is a daily test of the caliber of a musician. A slight lapse may let the musician down and a constant vigil is essential.[citation needed]


Mridangam maestro Palghat Mani Iyer made an exception to the decision he had made early in his career not to accompany a female performer and accompanied her in concerts. MLV helped her ot istrstis including Mannargudi Easwaran, Srimushnam V. Raja Rao, Seerkazhi J. Skandaprasad, Thiruvarur Bakthavathsalam, R. Ramesh, Karaikudi Krishnamurthy, G. Harishankar (kanjira), Dwaram Mangathayaru (Violin) And Kannyakumari (Violin) and more, establishing them by encouraging them and giving them opportunities to accompany her in concerts.[citation needed]


MLV married Kalaimamani Vikatam R.Krishnamurthy in the year 1951. They had a son, K. Shankarraman and Srividya.[citation needed]


MLV taught her daughter K.Srividya, who at the age of ten was ready to perform and sang very much like MLV. Srividya however, wanted to pursue a career in the film industry, and went on to become a notable actress in Indian films.

By coincidence, Srividhya made her Acting Debut in a Tamil Movie as a Concert Vocalist. It was her Mother MLV who sang for Srividhya. The Asaveri Raga Krithi MLV sang for Daughter Srividhya to mouth in the film, and it would have been equally in place in a Concert in December Season

MLV trained several other students, and many of them are the top-ranking musicians today. Some of the notable musicians who have studied under MLV include Sudha Ragunathan, Charumathi Ramachandran and A. Kanyakumari.

Saraswathi Srinivasan (b 1936) was the first disciple of MLV. After marriage also Saraswathy Srinivasan jointly with MLV gave some concerts.[12]


Year Award Awarded by
1967 Padma Bhushan Third highest civilian award by the government of India
1970 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award Sangeet Natak Akademi, India
1976 Doctorate degree for her work with regards to Purandaradasa's contributions to music Mysore University
1977 Sangeetha Kalanidhi (Highest accolade in the field of Carnatic music) Music Academy, Madras
1977 Isai Perarignar Tamil Isai Sangam, Madras
1987 Sangeetha Kalasikhamani Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai


She died in 1990 at the age of 62 due to cancer, and was stoic about the suffering she faced in the last year of her life.[13]

Playback singer

Vasanthakumari on a 2018 stamp of India

She was a much sought after playback singer from the late 1940s until the mid-1960s.

Music composers she sang for

She worked under C. R. Subburaman, S. M. Subbaiah Naidu, G. Ramanathan, S. Dakshinamurthi, K. V. Mahadevan, Vedha, V. Nagayya, Pendyala Nageshwara Rao, T. Chalapathi Rao, Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy, S. Rajeswara Rao, R. Sudarsanam, R. Govardhanam, T. R. Pappa, S. V. Venkatraman, Kunnakudi Venkatrama Iyer, G. Aswathama, T. A. Kalyanam, M. S. Gnanamani, C. N. Pandurangan, C. S. Jayaraman, G. Govindarajulu Naidu, T. G. Lingappa, K. G. Moorthy, Ghantasala, Master Venu, G. Aswathama, V. Dakshinamoorthy, G. Devarajan, K. Raghavan and Shankar–Jaikishan.

Playback singers she sang with

She sang duets mostly with Thiruchi Loganathan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan and A. M. Rajah. Others are M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, V. N. Sundaram, T. R. Mahalingam, T. A. Mothi, C. R. Subburaman, C. S. Jayaraman, Ghantasala, G. K. Venkatesh, T. M. Soundararajan, P. B. Sreenivas, K. S. George, V. Dakshinamoorthy and K. J. Yesudas.

She also sang duets with female singers with most notably with P. Leela & N. L. Ganasaraswathi. Others are A. P. Komala, T. S. Bagavathi, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi, Jikki, T. V. Rathnam, Radha Jayalakshmi, P. A. Periyanayaki, P. Bhanumathi, K. Jamuna Rani and A. G. Rathnamala.

Year Film Language Song Music Co-singer
1948 Krishna Bakthi Tamil Raadhaa Samedhaa Krishnaa S. V. Venkatraman & Kunnakudi Venkatrama Iyer
Endha Vedugo O Raagavaa
1948 Raja Mukthi Tamil Kulakkodi Thazhaikka C. R. Subburaman
Aaraaro Nee Aaraaro
Ingum Angum Engum Inbame M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar
Enna Aanandham M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar
Sandhoshamaai Anbar Varuvaaradi P. Bhanumathi
1949 Kanniyin Kaadhali Tamil Puvi Raajaa S. M. Subbaiah Naidu & C. R. Subburaman Thiruchi Loganathan
Kaanbana Yaavum Kaaviyam Pole
1949 Mayavathi Tamil Maane En Prema Raani G. Ramanathan T. R. Mahalingam
Vaaraai En Inba Vaazhve
Aahaa Thanimai Tharum Inbam
Alli Malaraayirundhen
Varuvano Madhivadhanan
Jeyame En Vaazhvile
1949 Nallathambi Tamil Gaanalolan Madhanagopaalan S. M. Subbaiah Naidu & C. R. Subburaman
1949 Nam Naadu Tamil Mosam Pogadhe Nee G. Govindarajulu Naidu & Purushotham
Enthan Mana Ullaasam
Enadhu Ennam Veene
Vedhanai Ilaa Logam
Maname Enna Pedhamai
1949 Pavalakodi Tamil Kandeepan Maithunaa C. R. Subburaman
Naane Vendinen
Ini Nammodellaam
Unathu Pugazh Paaduven
1949 Vazhkai Tamil Gopaalanodu Naan Aaduvene R. Sudarsanam
1950 Beedala Patlu Telugu Yauvaname Aahaa Yauvaname S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Sarasaku Raade Aane
1950 Ezhai Padum Padu Tamil Yauvaname Aahaa Yauvaname S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Kannan Mana Nilaiye
Vaanamudhe Ondraai Thiruchi Loganathan & P. A. Periyanayaki
1950 Manthiri Kumari Tamil Isai Kalaiye Inidhaana G. Ramanathan
Kaadhal Baliyaagi
Manam Pola Vaazhvu Peruvome Jikki
Aahaahaahaa Vaazhvile
Ennum Pozhuthil Inbam
1950 Parijatham Tamil Niyaayam Alladi Bhaamaa S. V. Venkatraman & C. R. Subburaman
Piraana Naathanae
Anbinil Yaavume.... Thulasi Jegan Maathaa
1950 Prasanna Malayalam Kalaanikethe Keralamaathe M. S. Gnanamani
Gaanamohana Hare
Jaathivairam Neethirahitham
Thakarukayo Sakalamen
1950 Vijayakumari Tamil Geethaanandham Perinbam C. R. Subburaman P. Leela
1951 Manamagal Tamil Chinnanciru Kiliye Kannammaa C. R. Subburaman V. N. Sundaram
Ellaam Inbamayam P. Leela
Aayirathu Tholaayirathu P. Leela
Paaviyinum Padu Paavi V. N. Sundaram
Iru Kaadhalar Magizhndhe C. R. Subburaman
1951 Mayamalai Tamil P. Adinarayana Rao
1951 Navvithe Navaratnalu Telugu Marubal Kavadhe Meera G. Aswathama
Uyyaala Loogena O Manasam
Telirekhalu Virise Thurupudisa
Saanthiye Ledhaa Naaku
Srī Rajarajesvari Sritajanavandita
1951 Or Iravu Tamil Ayyaa Saami Avoji Saami R. Sudarsanam
Boologam Thanai Kaana Varuveer T. S. Bagavathi
1951 Pelli Kooturu Telugu Veera Jaajula Valape C. R. Subburaman C. R. Subburaman
Anta Premamayam P. Leela
1950 Ki 60 Ki Ento Teda A. P. Komala
Paapula Loka Dupaapi C. R. Subburaman
C. R. Subburaman
1951 Rajambal Tamil Vaazhvu Uyara Vendum M. S. Gnanamani
Ahaa Haa Manaiviyaaven
Theeraadha Thunbam Thaanaa
1951 Saudamini Tamil Anbe En Sivame Aandarulvaaye S. V. Venkatraman
Maara Sundara Maadhu Ivale
1951 Soudamini Telugu Elukkona Ra S. V. Venkatraman
1951 Tilottama Telugu P. Adinarayana Rao
1952 Andhaman Kaidhi Tamil Kaani Nilam Vendum Paraasakthi G. Govindarajulu Naidu C. S. Jayaraman
1952 En Thangai Tamil Dheena Dhayaabari Thaaye C. N. Pandurangan
1952 Kanchana Tamil Maye Thvam Yaahi S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Shivakameshwari Chintaye
1952 Kanchana Tamil Maye Thvam Yaahi S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Shivakameshwari Chintaye
1952 Kanjana Malayalam Maye Thvam Yaahi S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Shivakameshwari Chintaye
1952 Moondru Pillaigal Tamil Antha Raama Sowndharyam P. S. Anantharaman & M. D. Parthasarathy A. P. Komala
1952 Mr. Sampat Hindi Manchi Dinamu Nede B. S. Kalla & Emani Sankara Sastry
1952 Mugguru Kodukkulu Telugu Aaraaghu Ra Muni K. G. Moorthy N. L. Ganasaraswathi
1952 Panam Tamil Ezhai Nin Kovilai Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy G. K. Venkatesh
Kudumbatthin Vilakku
1952 Parasakthi Tamil Vaazhga Vaazhgave Vaazhgave R. Sudarsanam
1952 Penn Manam Tamil Kanavilum Maraven Kunnakudi Venkatarama Iyer
Vazhvile Vaazhvile Madhavapeddi Satyam
Sugamedhu Vaazhvile Madhavapeddi Satyam
1952 Puratchi Veeran Tamil Kaaranam Theriyaamal Shankar–Jaikishan
1952 Shyamala Tamil Ambaa Aadhi Sakthi Jegadhaambaa G. Ramanathan, T. V. Raju & S. B. Dinakar Rao
1952 Thai Ullam Tamil Konjum Puraave G. Ramanathan
Vellai Thamarai Poovil
Kovil Muzhuthum Kanden
Kathayai Kelada
1952 Velaikari Magal Tamil Anbe Endhan Aaruyire Azhaadhe C. R. Subburaman & S. Dakshinamurthi
Mudinthathe En Vazhvu
Pagalellam Velai Seithe K. Devanarayanan
1953 Aasai Magan Tamil Kalaigal Migundha Engal V. Dakshinamoorthy P. Leela
Neeye Arul Velavane
1953 Aashadeepam Malayalam Janani Jayikka Neenal V. Dakshinamoorthy P. Leela
Sharanam Mayilvaahanaa
1953 Ammalakkalu Telugu Nee Kosam C. R. Subburaman Pithapuram Nageswara Rao
1953 Anbu Tamil Adavare Naattile T. R. Pappa A. M. Rajah
1953 En Veedu Tamil Konjum Mozhi Maindharkale V. Nagayya & A. Rama Rao T. A. Mothi
Konjum Mozhi Maindharkale Radha Jayalakshmi
1953 Gumastha Tamil Aiyavin Penndattikku G. Ramanathan, V. Nagayya & C. N. Pandurangan K. R. Chellamuthu
Dance Baby Dance
1953 Inspector Tamil Varuvaai Mana Mohanaa G. Ramanathan V. N. Sundaram
Madhana Singaara Neelaa
Moodiyirundha En Vizhiyinul
1953 Inspector Telugu Marupayena Mohana G. Ramanathan
Mara Sukumara
Moodapa Dhinana Muddulaveena
1953 Jatagam Tamil Velan Varuvaanodi R. Govardhanam
1953 Kangal Tamil Inba Veenaiyai Meettudhu S. V. Venkatraman
Kann Kanda Deivame
Annai Karamena Nammai
Varungkaala Thalaivan Neeye
1953 Kodarikam Telugu Illalu Illalu C. N. Pandurangan
Mahaa Ganapathi Gajaananaa
1953 Mamiyar Tamil Penn Ivale Miga C. N. Pandurangan
Mahaa Ganapathi Gajaananaa
1953 Manam Pola Mangalyam Tamil Solai Naduve Odi A. Rama Rao
1953 Manidhanum Mirugamum Tamil Inbakuyil Kuralinimai G. Govindarajulu Naidu A. M. Rajah
Imayamalai Chaaralile
1953 Manithan Tamil Kuyile Unakku G. Ramanathan
1953 Marumagal Tamil Nianikkira Maaadhiri Ellaam C. R. Subburaman T. R. Ramachandran
1953 Naa Illu Telugu Adigadigo Gagana Seema V. Nagayya & A. Rama Rao T. A. Mothi
Raara Maa Intidaka
1953 Naalvar Tamil Irul Soozhum Vaanil K. V. Mahadevan
Inbam Kolludhe
Vaana Veedhiyil Parandhiduvom Thiruchi Loganathan
1953 Naam Tamil C. S. Jayaraman
1953 Prapancham Telugu M. S. Gnanamani & T. Poornananda A. M. Rajah
Kalaye Navakalaye
1953 Ulagam Tamil Un Kaadhalaal En Anbellaam M. S. Gnanamani A. M. Rajah
En Jeevanile
1953 Vazha Pirandhaval Tamil Indhiya Naadu Nam Indhiya Naadu S. Rajeswara Rao & G. Ramanathan
1954 Ammaiyappan Tamil T. R. Pappa
1954 Bedara Kannappa Kannada Daari Kaadu Naa Balu Nonde R. Sudarsanam
1954 Kanavu Tamil Kannaana Thaai Naadae G. Ramanathan & V. Dakshinamoorthy
Eliyorku Suga Vaazhvu Edhu
Engume Thai Pongal
1954 Kudumbam Tamil Pandigai Dhinamithadah Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1954 Menarikam Telugu Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1954 Pudhu Yugam Tamil Kalaiye Puviyaarai Kavarum G. Ramanathan
1954 Ratha Kanneer Tamil Kadhavai Saathadi C. S. Jayaraman
Aalaiyin Sangge Nee Oothaayo
1954 Ratha Paasam Tamil Nilaiyaana Inbam Manavaalan Anbe M. K. Athmanathan & A. V. Natarajan
1954 Kalahasti Mahatyam Telugu Choochi Choochi R. Sudarsanam
Chaalu Chaalu Naa Mohana
1954 Thookku Thookki Tamil Vaaranam Aayiram Soozha Valam Seidhu G. Ramanathan P. Leela
1954 Thuli Visham Tamil Nandraaga Vaazha Vendum K. N. Dandayudhapani Pillai
1954 Vaira Malai Tamil Vanjamidho Vaanchaiyidho Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy Thiruchi Loganathan
Koovaamal Koovum Kogilam Thiruchi Loganathan
Unnai Ennum Podhe
Senthamarai Kannane
1955 Adarsha Sathi Telugu Parameshane Shiraverida R. Sudarsanam & R. Govardhanam
1955 Kalvanin Kadhali Tamil Tamil Thirunaadu Thannai Petra G. Govindarajulu Naidu N. L. Ganasaraswathi
1955 Kaveri Tamil Manjal Veyyil Maalaiyile G. Ramanathan C. S. Jayaraman
1955 Kaveri Tamil Manadhinile Naan Konda Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy
1955 Koteeswaran Tamil Ennudalum Ullak Kaadhalum Unakke S. V. Venkatraman
1955 Maheswari Tamil Andha NaaLum Endha NaaLo G. Ramanathan
1955 Ulagam Palavitham Tamil Adimaiyendre Ennathe Penne N. S. Balakrishnan
1955 Valliyin Selvan Tamil Kannin Maniye Vaa Parur S. Anantharaman
Vilaiyaadum Dheivamadi T. V. Rathnam
1955 Vijaya Gauri Telugu Andala Sandadilo G. Ramanathan A. M. Rajah
1954 Vedan Kannappa Tamil Thedi Thedi Naan Manam Nondhen R. Sudarsanam
1956 Amara Deepam Tamil Enge Maraindhanayo T. Chalapathi Rao & G. Ramanathan
1956 Chori Chori Hindi Theem Theem Shankar–Jaikishan
1956 Kaalam Maari Pochu Tamil Ennamadhellaam Neeye Niraindhu Master Venu
1956 Kannin Manigal Tamil Nalla Veenai Idhe Mannile S. V. Venkatraman
Velli Nilavinile
Aaraaro Aasai Kanmaniye
Anbin Dheepamidhe
1956 Koodappirappu Malayalam Alarsharaparithaapam K. Raghavan
Manivarnane Innu Njan
1956 Kula Dheivam Tamil Thaaye Yasodha Undhan R. Sudarsanam
1956 Madurai Veeran Tamil Aadal Kaaneero G. Ramanathan
Senthamizhaa Ezhundhu
1956 Naga Devathai Tamil Ghantasala
1956 Nagula Chavithi Telugu Marubal Kavadhe Meera Ghantasala
1956 Ondre Kulam Tamil Anda Pagiranda Akilandeswari S. V. Venkatraman & M. V. Ranga Rao
Thiruvarul Purivaai Jaganmaathaa
1956 Sahasra Veerudu Telugu Aatal Kanalero Maa Aatal Kanalero G. Ramanathan
Andhamula Rashi Neevoyi
1956 Punniyavathi Tamil Kani Voorum Amudhaana Idhayam V. Dakshinamoorthy
1956 Raja Rani Tamil Vaanga Vaanga ... Indriravu Miga Nandriravu T. R. Pappa S. V. Ponnusamy
Manippuraa Pudhu Manippuraa
Inba Nan Naalidhe
1956 Thaaikkuppin Thaaram Tamil Naadu Sezhithida NaaLum Uzhaithida K. V. Mahadevan
1957 Bhale Ammayilu Telugu Gopaala Jaagela Raa S. Rajeswara Rao & S. Hanumantha Rao P. Leela
Theem Thaam Thirana (Thillana) T. V. Rathnam
1957 Chakravarthi Thirumagal Tamil Enthan Ullam Kollai Kolla G. Ramanathan
1957 Iru Sagodharigal Tamil Thaaye Un Seyalallavo S. Rajeswara Rao P. Leela
Theem Thaam Thirana (Thillana) T. V. Rathnam
1957 Karpukkarasi Tamil Kaniyo Paago Karkando G. Ramanathan P. B. Sreenivas
Vizhiyodu Vilaiyaadum P. Leela
1957 Manamagan Thevai Tamil Vanthaal Varattum Podi G. Ramanathan
1957 Maya Bajaar Tamil Chellamudan Devarkalum Nallaasi Ghantasala & S. Rajeswara Rao
1957 Mayabazar Kannada Srisuraru Thamadhalu Ghantasala & S. Rajeswara Rao
1957 Mayabazar Telugu Srikarulu Devathalu Ghantasala & S. Rajeswara Rao
1957 Nala Damayanthi Telugu Jaali Chpppavadelara B. Gopalam
1957 Rajaputhri Rahasyamu Telugu Sreeramu Meedhane Perasha G. Ramanathan
1957 Rani Lalithangi Tamil Kannaale Mannaadhi Mannarum G. Ramanathan
1957 Sati Anasuya Telugu Maa Roopa Nava Shobana Ghantasala
1957 Soubhagyavathi Tamil Matha Maragadha Shyaamaa Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1957 Soubhagyavathi Telugu Matha Maragadha Shyaamaa Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1957 Thalavanchani Veerudu Telugu Raa Raa Raa G. Ramanathan
1957 Vanangamudi Tamil Siramathil.... Vaa Vaa Vaa G. Ramanathan
1957 Varudu Kavali Telugu Nandasuthudu Andam Chandam G. Ramanathan
1958 Baktha Ravana Tamil Dheva Mahadheva R. Sudarsanam & R. Govardhanam
1958 Bhookailas Telugu Dheva Mahadheva R. Sudarsanam & R. Govardhanam
Munneeta Pavalinchu
1958 Bhookailas Kannada Dheva Mahadheva R. Sudarsanam & R. Govardhanam
Ksheeraabdhi Varadhaama Naga Sayana
1958 Kanniyin Sabatham Tamil Attatthil Sirandhadhu Pitthalaattam T. G. Lingappa Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi
Solla Theriyaamal
1958 Mangalya Bhagyam Tamil Nenjathile Achcham Illaadhavar G. Ramanathan P. Leela
Anusooya Kadhaakaalatchebam Seerkazhi Govindarajan, A. P. Komala, K. Jamuna Rani & A. G. Rathnamala
Annaiye Paraasakthi
1958 Sati Anasuya Tamil Maa Roopa Nava Shobana Ghantasala
1958 Uthama Illalu Telugu Veyinola Koniyaru Rasakalpame G. Ramanathan & M. S. Raju P. Leela
1959 Chathurangamm Malayalam Kaatte Va Kadale G. Devarajan
Kaatte Va Kadale Va K. S. George
1959 Jayabheri Telugu Neeventa Nerajaa Navauraa Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1959 Kalaivaanan Tamil Kaadhal Silai Aadudhe Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1959 Kalyanikku Kalyanam Tamil Aanandham Indru Aarambam G. Ramanathan P. Leela
1959 Kaveriyin Kanavan Tamil Vannatamizh Sornakili K. V. Mahadevan
1959 Krishna Leelalu Telugu Thaalalenuraa Thaginadaanaraa S. Dakshinamurthi
1959 Mamiyar Mechina Marumagal Tamil Pathu Viral Modhiram R. Sudarsanam
Ranga Ranga Ranga Seerkazhi Govindarajan
Maithunare Maithunare A. P. Komala
Kanna Vaa Vaa
Inge Irupadhaa
Ilavu Kaaththa Kili Pol
1959 Manimekalai Tamil PazhangkAla Thamizharin Vaazhkai Murai G. Ramanathan N. L. Ganasaraswathi
1959 Minnal Veeran Tamil Manamirunthaal Vedha P. Leela
1959 Orey Vazhi Tamil Kalvi Kalvi Endru Paadu R. Govardhanam P. Leela
1959 Pennkulathin Ponvilakku Tamil Kadavul Padaikkavillai Master Venu P. Leela
1959 President Panchatcharam Tamil Oli Padaitha Kanninaayi G. Ramanathan Radha Jayalakshmi
1959 Thanga Padhumai Tamil Varugiraal Unnai Thedi Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi
1959 Vachina Kodalu Nachindi Telugu Pahimam Jayajaya S. Dakshinamurthi
Pahimam Saranantimamma Ghantasala & Jikki
1960 Mannadhi Mannan Tamil Kalaiyodu Kalandhadhu Unmai Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy
Aadadha Manamum Undo T. M. Soundararajan
1960 Meenda Sorgam Tamil Aadum Arul Jothi T. Chalapathi Rao Seerkazhi Govindarajan
1960 Parthiban Kanavu Tamil Andhi Mayanguthadi Vedha
Vadiveru Thirisoolam Thondrum
Munnam Avanudaya Naamam Kettaal
1960 Petra Manam Tamil Sindhanai Seiyadaa S. Rajeswara Rao Sivaji Ganesan (dialogues)
1960 Raja Bakthi Tamil Karka Kasadara Katraapin G. Govindarajulu Naidu
1960 Raja Desingu Tamil Paakkadal Alai Mele G. Ramanathan
1960 Seetha Malayalam Kanne Nukaru Swargasukham V. Dakshinamoorthy
1960 Thilakam Tamil Kaathirundha Kannukku R. Sudarsanam
Manasukkulle Maraichu Vaikka Seerkazhi Govindarajan
Ezhaikkum Vaazhvukkum Seerkazhi Govindarajan & T. S. Bagavathi
1961 Desinguraju Katha Telugu Pala Kadali Meedha Pamarthi
1961 Sri Kanyaka Parameswari Mahatmyam Telugu Virahini Ninu Kore R. Sudarsanam Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi
1961 Kongunattu Thangam Tamil Irundhum Illaadhavare K. V. Mahadevan
1961 Krishna Kuchela Malayalam Varnippathengine K. Raghavan P. Leela
1961 Malliyam Mangalam Tamil Avarindri Naanillai Kanne T. A. Kalyanam
1961 Sthree Hrudayam Telugu Neeve Jagajyothi Nityanand Seerkazhi Govindarajan
1961 Ummini Thanka Malayalam Geethopadesham V. Dakshinamoorthy V. Dakshinamoorthy & P. Leela
1962 Ekaika Veerudu Telugu Nanukora Thagadidi Vinumaa S. P. Kodandapani
Hrdayamulu Pulakinnchavo Seerkazhi Govindarajan
1962 Vikramaadhithan Tamil Adhisayam Ivanadhu S. Rajeswara Rao
1963 Susheela Malayalam Thaalolam Thankam Thaalolam V. Dakshinamoorthy
1964 Veeranganai Tamil Angamellam Sornthu Vaada Vedha P. Leela & K. J. Yesudas
1965 Maganey Kel Tamil Kalai Manggai Uruvam Kandu Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy Seerkazhi Govindarajan
1965 Pinchuhridhayam Malayalam Gaanavum Layavum Neeyalle V. Dakshinamoorthy P. Leela
1965 Shakunthala Malayalam Kaamavardhiniyaam K. Raghavan P. Leela
Kaalil Chilanka K. J. Yesudas
Guru Brahma
1966 Rangula Ratnam Telugu Chepa Rupamuna S. Rajeswara Rao & B. Gopalam A. P. Komala
1967 Sri Purandara Dasaru Kannada Aadidano Ranga C. N. Pandurangan


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