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Bedara Kannappa
Bedara Kannappa.jpg
Directed by H. L. N. Simha
Produced by 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
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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57 news items

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 22 May 2014 08:53:13 -0700

He created the poster for Bedara Kannappa, Rajkumar's debut film, 56 ft cut out of Na Ninna Mareyalare, 60 ft image of the thespian for the blockbuster Mayura. “The 60 x 30 huge banner of Huliya Halina Mevu created by me adorned one end to the other ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 04:46:47 -0800

His performance in plays such as “Bedara Kannappa”, “Bharata Lakshmi” and “Ramayana” helped him carve a niche for himself in professional theatre. During this period he befriended Rajkumar, Narasimharaju, G.V. Iyer and others. After success of the film ...
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 05:35:17 -0700

New Delhi: Kannada film industry will come together to mark the 90th birth anniversary of veteran actor Hasya Chakravarthy Narasimharaju. Narasimharaj was a contemporary of Dr Rajakumar and birth anniversary will be celebrated by Karnataka ...

Daily News & Analysis

Daily News & Analysis
Wed, 30 Oct 2013 23:43:31 -0700

By Kamal's own admission, when he was shooting for Kalathur Kannamma in the early 50s, Rajkumar too was making his foray into filmdom at the adjoining studio of AVM in Chennai with Bedara Kannappa (Rajkumar's debut). The film released in 1954, and ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:26:15 -0700

Adding to the list are re-releases of Rajkumar's films. Though, these Kannada productions could be called trendsetters in many ways. For Bedara Kannappa has been re-released time and again, so have Rajkumar's Veerakesari, Bangaarada Manushya and ...
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 01:15:32 -0700

Girish Kasaravalli (born 1950) is a Kannada film director and one of the pioneers of Indian parallel cinema. He won the National Award for Best Feature Film four times, for Ghatashraddha, his debut film, in 1977, Tabarana Kathe in 1986, Thaayi Saheba ...


Mon, 07 Oct 2013 23:22:30 -0700

Indian cinema has seen great actors but Dr. Rajkumar, stands apart from everyone of them for the simple reason that he enacted the reel life performance of" Bedara Kannappa," his début movie role in the real life too by donating his eyes, thus ...
Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:12:21 -0700

New Delhi: Dr Rajkumar was born on April 24, 1928 at Gajanur. Originally known as Muthuraju, the actor started his career as a theatre artist. He entered into films in 1954 with Bedara Kannappa. The actor has over 208 films to his credit in which, he ...

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