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This article is about the book. For the plant, see Mysore mallige. For feature film, see Mysore Mallige (film). For the pornographic film, see Mysore Mallige Scandal.

Mysooru Mallige (1942) is a literary work of Kannada poet, K. S. Narasimhaswamy. The collection of poems inspired a movie[1] made by T.S. Nagabharana and also a musical play by Kalagangothri. The book was first released in 1942 at Maharaja College. Due to its popularity, the book was often presented in marriages and it has been re-printed several times.


It is the narration style, centered on the observations of a theater director, B.V. Rajaram. By according flexibility to the character of "Balegaara Channayya" (fictitious character of a bangle seller in rural parts, who converses with the granddaughter of the poet and looks critically at the socio-economic changes in the post-Independence era), he succeeds in communicating effectively.

Film Portrayal[edit]

While T.S. Nagabharana directed "Mysooru Mallige" based on the poems of Narasimhaswamy and portrayed rural life and the pre-Independence movement, Rajaram dared to explore various stages in the poet's life, beginning from adolescence to old age in a vivid manner and unveil life in its entirety to the viewers.

Rajendra Karanth aptly adopted the poetry to the theatre and made it more contemporary. He adopted songs by P. Kalinga Rao, Mysore Ananthaswamy and C. Ashwath, who have popularised poems of Narasimhaswamy. However, by composing popular tunes, S.R. Ramakrishna lost a golden opportunity to experiment with the (Ranga-Geethegalu) songs meant specifically for theatre production. But poems such as "Balegara Channayya, Bagilige Bandihanu", "Hattu Varshada Hinde" and "Nee Baruva Dariyali" enthralled theatre lovers.

Audio Cassette of Mysore Mallige (Sugama Sangeeta)[edit]

The unique aspect of the cassette is the narration before the commencement of the songs by Kannada poet, Dr.N.S.Lakshmi Narayana Bhatta. The narration makes some of the rare revelations like the one about the Kannada poet Da Ra Bendre`s acknowledgement about K. S. Narasimhaswamy`s prowess. Dr.N.S.Lakshmi Narayana Bhatta in his narration compares Mysore Mallige songs to the "beauty of Apsara".


  • Ninna Hesaru
  • Rayaru Bandaru
  • Akki Aarisuvaaga
  • Ondirulu Kanasinale
  • Ninna Olumeindale
  • Baare Nanna Sharade
  • Modala Dina Mauna
  • Balegaara Cheennaya
  • Ninna Premada Pariya
  • Taura Sukadolagenna
  • Nagu


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51 news items

Times of India

Times of India
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 03:18:52 -0700

The Kannada play Mysooru Mallige will be staged by the Bangalore-based Kalagangothri Troupe at Ranga Shankara on April 1. The play, which is written by Rajendra Karanth, is based on poems by KS Narasimhaswamy and has been directed by Dr BV Rajaram. The ...

Times of India

Times of India
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:33:34 -0700

The popular play Mysooru Mallige, which is based on the poems of Dr KS Narasimha, returns to the Bangalore stage this week. The Kannada play -- which has been by Rajendra Karanth and directed by Dr BV Rajaram -- is being presented by Kala Gangotri and ...

Times of India

Times of India
Thu, 26 Dec 2013 01:42:23 -0800

Mysooru Mallige is a play based on the poems of Dr. K S Narasimha Swamy. The play has been written by Rajendra Karanth, directed by Dr. B V Rajaram performed by Kala Gangotri, Bangalore. A bangle-seller Balegara Chennaiah visits Karnataka in its 50th ...

Bangalore Mirror

Bangalore Mirror
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:03:45 -0700

Mysooru Mallige, an anthology of poems by literary genius K.S. Nara-simhaswamy deals with the life of a poet who has gone through a lot of ups and downs in life. This work is a combination of music, dance, drama and emotions. A true treat for theatre ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:29:19 -0800

The notion of love and its expression may have changed over a generation, but K.S. Narasimhaswamy holds his place in the Kannada literary canon as the ultimate “poet of love”. His best known work Mysooru Mallige, published in 1942, still is fresh and ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:45:45 -0700

Mysore has similar traditions in agriculture and is known for its Mysooru Mallige, Mysore betel leaf, erangere badanekayi and Nanjangud rasabale, which had received Geographical Indication (GI) status, underlining their uniqueness and have a prominent ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:41:15 -0700

... we decided to make a movie where I wove the story around the songs and that is how the film was conceived," he explains. According to Deepak, the adaptation of an album into a movie score is a one-of-its-kind experiment in recent times and an ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:30:00 -0700

The opening plaintive flute strains for “Deepavu Ninnade” created a dramatic environment, with Pallavi's rendition of this song from the film Mysooru Mallige being intense. It was evident that Pallavi's engagement with the song was a continued one – it ...

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