Jothi (1939 film)

Jothi (alternatively titled Sri Jyothi Ramalinga Swamigal) is an Indian Tamil language film directed by T. R. Raghunath and was released in 1939. It is the life story of Saint Ramalinga Swamigal popularly known as Vallalar. No print of the film is known to survive, making it a lost film.[2]

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Film Poster
Directed byT. R. Raghunath
Written byC. A. Lakshmanadas
Screenplay byPammal Sambandha Mudaliar
Story byPammal Sambandha Mudaliar
Based onThe life of Vadalur Ramalinga Vallalar
StarringK. A. Muthu Bhagavathar
P. G. Venkatesan
V. B. Ramaiah
M. G. Chakrapani
Miss. Madurai A. Sundaram
N. S. Krishnan
T. A. Mathuram
Music byMadurai Mariappa Swamigal
CinematographyA. Kapoor
Jothi Pictures
Release date
  • 16 March 1939 (1939-03-16) (India)
Running time
19,000 ft.


K. A. Muthu Bhagavathar as Ramalinga Swamigal
P. G. Venkatesan
V. B. Ramaiah as Ramalinga Swamigal's father
M. G. Chakrapani
T. V. Janakam
K. S. Sankara Iyer
K. S. Velayudham
Miss. Madurai A. Sundaram as Ramalinga Swamigal's mother
N. S. Krishnan
T. A. Mathuram
P. S. Krishnaveni
M. R. Swaminathan
K. K. Soundar
B. Gopal
M. R. Subramaniam
V. Nataraj
‘Master’ Ramudu as Child Ramalinga Swamigal
‘Master’ Mahadevan as teenager Ramalinga Swamigal
T. M. Pattammal
M. S. Kannammal
H. S. Tawkar
S. R. Sami
‘Master’ Muthu



Madurai Mariappa Swamigal scored the music and wrote the lyrics. This is the first film he worked as Music Director.[3] Singers are: P. G. Venkatesan, Muthuswamy, N. S. Krishnan and T. A. Mathuram.

There were many songs in the film and most of them became popular. The gramophone discs were by Odeon Records, a company owned by A. V. Meiyappan.


  1. ^ Film News Anandan (23 October 2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [History of Landmark Tamil Films] (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivakami Publishers. Archived from the original on 6 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Guy, Randor (4 October 2014). "Jothi 1939". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Music Director Madurai Mariappa Swamigal". Retrieved 17 October 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Some Songs from the film