Singanalluru Puttaswamy Mutturaju, known by his stage name Rajkumar
• Born: 24 April 1929
• Birthplace: Gajanur, Madras Presidency, British India (now in Erode, Tamil Nadu, India)
• Died: 12 April 2006 (aged 76)
• Occupation: Actor, singer
• Debut movie: Bedara Kannappa (1954)
• Last movie: Shabdavedhi (2000)
• Spouse: Parvathamma
• Children: 5 (3 sons, 2 daughters)
• Awards: Padma Bhushan (1983), Karnataka Ratna (1992), Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1995) Popularly adulated as Nata Saarvabhouma (emperor of actors), Bangarada Manushya (man of gold), Vara Nata (gifted actor) and Rajanna (elder brother, Raj), Dr. Rajkumar is truly one of the most versatile and greatest actors' Indian cinema has ever seen.
Dr Rajkumar was born in Gajanur on 24 April 1929. He was an actor and singer in the Kannada cinema. Recognizing his immense contribution to Indian cinema, Rajkumar was honoured with the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award in 1983 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1995. He is the only actor to date to win Eight South Filmfare Awards in the Best Actor category in the Kannada cinema. Rajkumar got married to his cousin, Parvathamma, on 25 June 1953 in Nanjangud.
They have three sons, Shiva, Raghavendra and Puneeth; all of them are famous Kannada cinema actors. They have two daughters named Lakshmi and Poornima. Rajkumar has acted in more than 200 movies to date, across all genres. Rajkumar was trained in classical music during his theatre days has sung approximately 300 songs in movies and more than 400 devotional (non-film) songs. Rajkumar won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for his rendition of the song “Naadamaya ee lokavella”, from the movie Jeevana Chaitra. Before beginning his career in the Kannada film industry, Rajkumar worked as a dramatist in Gubbi Veeranna's Gubbi Drama Company, which he joined at the age of eight. Rajkumar's first lead role was in the 1954 movie Bedara Kannappa, directed by H. L. N. Simha. He has been portrayed in mythological and historical characters are Bhakta Kanakadasa (1960), Ranadheera Kanteerava (1960), Satya Harishchandra (1965), Immadi Pulikeshi (1967), Sri Krishnadevaraya (1970), Bhakta Kumbara (1974), Mayura (1975), Babruvahana (1977) and Bhakta Prahlada (1983). Apart from his acting, Rajkumar was also an avid Yoga, Pranayama and Carnatic music performer. He was known to lead a highly disciplined and simple lifestyle in both personal and professional fronts. Rajkumar was. Dr. Rajkumar was kidnapped by Veerappan from his farmhouse at Gajanur in 2000 and was released after 108 days. The only other language movie in which Rajkumar has acted is Sri Kalahastiswara Mahatyam in Telugu, a remake of Bedara Kannappa. He is credited to be the first Indian artist to enact the role of James Bond in Jedara Bale. Later, he played similar roles in Operation Jackpotnalli CID 999, Goadalli CID 999 and Operation Diamond Racket. Rajkumar’s movies had a success rate of 90%. A couple of evergreen movies of Rajkumar are Kaviratna Kaalidaasa, Kasturi Nivaasa, Eradu Kanasu, Srinivasa Kalyana, Bangarada Manushya, just to mention a few. Kudos to you sir!