Amara Silpi Jakkanna

Amara Silpi Jakkanna is a 1964 Telugu-language biographical film, produced and directed by veteran B. S. Ranga under the Vikram Studios banner. It stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao, B. Saroja Devi and music composed by S. Rajeswara Rao. Thespian Akkineni Nageswara Rao enacted the role of Amara Silpi Jakkanna, known for sculpting Kalyani Chalukyas and Hoysalas. This film is the first Eastmancolor production of Telugu cinema.[1][2] In the song "Malligeya Hoovinantha", Jayalalithaa danced and the song is hailed as classic till date. This movie is a remake of director's own Kannada movie Amarashilpi Jakkanachari.[3]

Amara Silpi Jakkanna
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byB. S. Ranga
Written bySamudrala (dialogues)
Screenplay byB. S. Ranga
Produced byB. S. Ranga
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao
B. Saroja Devi
CinematographyB. S. Ranga
Edited byP. J. Mohan
M. Devendra Nath
Music byS. Rajeswara Rao
Vikram Studios
Distributed byNavayuga Films
Release date
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Running time
165 mins


There existed a great sculptor named Mallanna (Nagaiah) in the current day of Karnataka region. His son Jakkanna (ANR) inherits these qualities from his father and becomes a great sculptor by the time he reaches young age. He spends most of the time in between stones and dreams of making them into great sculptures. It is at this moment he falls in love with a dancer named Manjari (B. Saroja), a breathtakingly beautiful woman and a great dancer. They appreciate each other's art and get married. When things go on a relaxed pace, the king Gopadevudu (Udayakumar) lusts for Manjari. In dramatic circumstances, Manjari happens to dance in the court of Gopadevudu. Seeing that, Jakkanna is left heartbroken. He starts suspecting Manjari and establishes a huge temple compound. With severe sadness, Jakkanna leaves to an unknown location in grief. He tries to tell people not to love or fall for a woman and gets abuses in return. It is when Bhagawan Ramanujacharya (Dhulipalla) rescues Jakkanna and takes him towards the direction of service to God. Jakkanna rightfully follows the path and dedicates himself to make beautiful temples. Meanwhile, Manjari who is already pregnant attempts suicide because her husband left him. She is rescued by fishermen (Relangi, Girija) and delivers a baby boy. She names the son Dankana (Haranath). Dankana trains under his grandfather Mallanna and becomes a great sculptor. Vishnuvardhana (Kannada Narasimha Raju), the Emperor of Hoyasala makes a huge temple in Belur on the advice of Ramanujacharya. Dramatically, Jakanna and Dankana meet there. However, they don't realize that they are father and son respectively. Dankana points out a flaw in a brilliantly made sculpture by Jakkanna in public. Jakkanna takes the challenge and when Dankana hits the sculpture with a hammer, a frog comes out of it. Jakkanna immediately chops his arms off. Manjari reaches then and gets sad to see her husband and son. After the prayers in Belur temple in the presence of Ramanujacharya, Jakkanna gets back his hands. The family reunites. Jakkanna gets the title Amarasilpi, thereby making history.



Amara Shilpi Jakkanna
Film score by
ProducerS. Rajeswara Rao

Music composed by S. Rajeswara Rao. Music released on Audio Company.

S. No. Song Title Lyrics Singers length
1 "Ee Nallani Raallalo" C. Narayana Reddy Ghantasala 3:46
2 "Andhaala Bommatho" Dasaradhi P. Susheela 3:20
3 "Manase Vikasincheraa" Dasaradhi Ghantasala, P. Susheela 4:44
4 "Murisevu Virisevu" Samudrala Ghantasala 4:02
5 "Nagumomu Choopinchavaa" C. Narayana Reddy P. Susheela 3:38
6 "Niluvumaa Niluvumaa" Samudrala Ghantasala, P. Susheela 3:12
7 "Yechatikoyi Nee Payanam" Dasaradhi Ghantasala 3:31
8 "Yedho Yedho" C. Narayana Reddy Ghantasala, P. Susheela 3:52
9 "Tharamaa Varadhaa" Samudrala Ghantasala, P. Susheela 4:10


National Film Awards


  1. ^ Amarshilpi Jakanna (1964) – IMDb
  2. ^ "Amarasilpi Jakkanna (1964) – Telugu Movie |". Archived from the original on 4 March 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 July 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "11th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 2 May 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2011.