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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.

It was dubbed into Tamil as Vedan Kannappa (Tamil: வேடன் கண்ணப்பா) and released in 1955.


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. Sudharsanam.

Kannada Songs[edit]

Lyrics were by S. Nanjappa.

Track# Song Singer(s) Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Shivappa Kaayotande" C. S. Jayaraman S. Nanjappa 03:47
2 "Shivane Endodane" C. S. Jayaraman 03:28
3 "Kaayo Tandeye Seva Karunisee" C. S. Jayaraman 02:51
4 "Yennodey Noo Aemba.... Yennodayaa Bava Banthu" C. S. Jayaraman 03:02
5 "Daari Kaadu Naa Balu Nonde" M. L. Vasanthakumari 03:05
6 "Aasha Gaganadhe.... Vidhi Gaidha" T. S. Bagavathi 03:02
7 "Dayaamayaa Eshaa" T. S. Bagavathi 02:03
8 "Saaku Saaku Navamohana" T. S. Bagavathi 02:49
9 "Naliyuva Baa Iniyaa" T. S. Bagavathi 02:42
10 C. S. Jayaraman
11 "Aasha Gaganade" T. S. Bagavathi 03:21
12 "Maayege Siluki Marulade Manuja" T.A. Moti 02:53
13 "Sringeri Geervani" P. Susheela 03:11

Tamil Songs[edit]

Lyrics were by

Track# Song Singer(s) Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Ennappan Andro Endhan T. M. Soundararajan 03:47
2 Sivane Endradhudan Manathil T. M. Soundararajan 03:28
3 Karo Thandhaiye Dhevaa Arulnidhi T. M. Soundararajan 02:51
4 En Manamum Iruladhanil.... Ennudaiyaai Bhava Bandham T. M. Soundararajan 03:12
5 Thedi Thedi Naan Manam Nondhen M. L. Vasanthakumari 03:05
6 Aasai Kadalile.... Vidhi Seidha Mosatthinaale T. S. Bagavathi 03:02
7 Dhayaa Mayaa Eesa T. S. Bagavathi 02:03
8 Thaarum Thaarum Navamoganaa Radha Jayalakshmi 02:49
9 Azhaguru Maalai Idhe T. S. Bagavathi 02:42
10 Dhaasano Dhaasan Nee T. M. Soundararajan 00:44
11 T. S. Bagavathi 03:21
12 Maayaiyin Irulil Marulaadhe Manidha T. A. Mothi 02:53
13 P. Suseela 03:11
14 Aasaikkoru Aann Pillai Thiruchi Loganathan & T. S. Bagavathi 03:02


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 23 August 2011. 

External links[edit]

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