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Bedara Kannappa
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Directed by H. L. N. Simha
Produced by A. V. Meiyappan
C. R. Basavaraju
Gubbi Veeranna
Written by G. V. Iyer
Starring Rajkumar
Pandari Bai
Raja Sulochana
Narasimha Raju
Music by R. Sudarshanam
Cinematography S. Maruthi Rao
Edited by K. Shankar
AVM Productions
The Karnataka Films Ltd.
Distributed by AVM Productions
The Karnataka Films Ltd.
Release dates
7 May 1954
Running time
165 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada

Bedara Kannappa (Kannada: ಬೇಡರ ಕಣ್ಣಪ್ಪ) is a 1954 Indian Kannada film directed by H. L. N. Simha and written by G. V. Iyer. It stars Pandari Bai and Rajkumar in lead roles. Bedara Kannappa started as a play produced by the Gubbi Veeranna Nataka Company before it became a Kannada film.[1] The release was a historic moment for the Kannada cinema industry causing its production of films to increase over the next ten years. The film was a launch pad to Rajkumar's career. It marked the debut of Narasimharaju, who went on to be named among Kannada cinema's finest actors, alongside Rajkumar.

The movie is based on the folktale of the hunter Kanna who proves his extreme devotion to Shiva by plucking out both of his eyes.[2] It ran in theaters for one hundred days and was remade in Telugu as Kalahasti Mahatyam. It was the first Kannada film to win a national award.[3] The song 'Shivappa Kayo Tande' (literally Shiva, protect me oh father) is very popular and is sung even today in orchestras.


Character Actor / Actress
dinna / Kannappa Rajkumar
Neela, wife of dinna Pandari Bai
Young dinna Ratan
Young Neela Kushala Kumari
Kailasanatha Sastry G. V. Iyer
Gowri, Wife of Kailasanath Kumari
Kasinatha Sastry, son of Kailasanath Narasihmaraju
Lord Shiva H. R. Ramachandra Sastry
Parvathi Yellamma Devi
Srihari Rushyendramani
Chintamani Rajasulochana
Basavareddy A. V. Subba Rao
M. R. Dasappa
Mani Aiyar
M. R. Nanjappa
S. R. Raju


The film's soundtrack was composed by R. Sudarshanam with lyrics penned by S. Nanjappa.

Track# Song Singer(s) Duration
1 "Shivappa Kaayotande" C.S. Jayaraman 3:47
2 "Shivane Endodane" C.S. Jayaraman 3:28
3 "Kaayo Tandeye Seva Karunisee" C.S. Jayaraman 2:51
4 "En Manavu Chanchalada" C.S. Jayaraman 2:57
5 "Daari Kaadu Naa Balu Nonde" M.L. Vasanthakumari 3:05
6 "Aasha Gaganadhe" T.S. Bhagavathi 3:02
7 "Dayaamayaa Eshaa" T.S. Bhagavathi 2:03
8 "Saaku Saaku Navamohana" T.S. Bhagavathi 2:49
9 "Naliyuva Baa Iniyaa" T.S. Bhagavathi 2:42
10 "Saaku Saaku Navamohana" T.S. Bhagavathi 2:49
11 "Aasha Gaganade" T.S. Bhagavathi 3:21
12 "Maayege Siluki Marulade Manuja" T.A. Moti 2:53
13 "Sringeri Geervani" P. Susheela 3:11


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Bedara Kannappa 1954". The Hindu. 17 May 2008. 
  2. ^ Kannappa
  3. ^ "History: Landmark film - Bedara Kannappa". Chitraloka. 25 August 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "2nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 

External links[edit]

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Daily News & Analysis

Daily News & Analysis
Sat, 23 May 2015 17:00:00 -0700

But Bedara Kannappa (BK) changed that in 1954. Directed by HLN Simha, it was based on a play by vaunted theatre troupe, Gubbi Veeranna Nataka Company – of which Iyer was a crucial part. Scripted by Iyer, BK was the first Kannada film to run for 100 ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:56:15 -0800

The Chief Minister also announced that he has decided to donate his eyes, inspired by the veteran actor. Rajkumar, who first acted in the movie 'Bedara Kannappa' as a lead actor in the year 1954, ruled the Kannada tinsel town as its undisputed ruler ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 31 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0800

In the business of painting cut-outs, hoardings and banners for films for the last 69 years, Chinappa talks of his journey from Bedara Kannappa, Rajkumar's first film, Apoorva Raagangal, Rajinikanth's first film and several cut-outs of Rajesh Khanna ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:56:15 -0800

In fact, he was rejected when he went to audition for his debut film Bedara Kannappa. Actress Pandari Bai persuaded them to give him a chance. There was no looking back. His 208 films as hero spanned five decades, his last film being Shabdavedi.

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 03:48:45 -0800

... concerts in various parts of the state including Bengaluru, his 44 films remaining incomplete owing to various reasons including financial constraints, his first film not being 'Bedara Kannappa' as many people thought, but being 'Prahlada' (1942 ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:03:45 -0800

... the State including Bengaluru, his 44 films remaining incomplete owing to various reasons including financial constraints, his first film not being Bedara Kannappa as many people thought, but being Prahlada (1942) in which he had appeared as child ...


Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:22:30 -0800

His parts of 'Keechake Vadheya Vijaya', Uttarana Paurushada Uttara, 'Bedara Kannappa Kashi Mani', 'Bhoo Kailasada Mani', 'Kalidasa', 'Chandravali Ajji' and 'Manthare' have become memorable. He started to get his name and fame in recent dramas as ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:07:30 -0800

More than being a formidable name in Indian cinema and a reputed production house, the landmark film studio in Vadapalani, Chennai, is an invaluable symbol of sentiment for the AVM family. "To us, the three letters spell deference, diligence and dignity.

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