K. Sarangapani in the 1951 film Mohana Sundaram
|Occupation||Stage actor, film actor|
|Years active||1935 - 1968|
Sarangapani was born in 1904 in Kumbakonam, Tanjore district. His parents were Shivakolunthu and Jagadambal. Sarangapani was the youngest of his three brothers Periya Rajanna (Artist), Thambussamy (Mrudangam Vidwaan), Chinna Rajanna (Nadaswara Vidwaan) and his Sister Ambaal Ammal.
Sarangapani was married to Thayalnayaki. He had three sons and a daughter. As a follower of the freedom movement, he named his children as Gandhi Padamanbhan, Vijayalakshmi Pandit, Bhaskara Patel and Subash Chandra Bose.
Belonging to a family involved in music performance, his love towards arts was in his genes. At the age of seven, Sarangapani had wandered behind a drama advertising bullock cart and joined Jagannatha Iyer Company. It was here he learned to sing, dance and act. During his early days, he mostly performed "Stree part" – a woman role. Later, he started acting in comedy and lead roles in various dramas.
He moved from Jagannatha Iyer Company and Joined Nawab Rajamanikyam Pillai Company. This company traveled the length and breadth of the state and also to Sri Lanka to perform various dramas.
Sarangapani got his break in movies while performing for Devi Bala Vinoda Sangeeta Sabha in Coimbatore. Though he became busy in movies, he never stopped performing in dramas.
Hero and VillainEdit
Though Sarangapani has acted as a comedian in most of the films, he was the main star in "Rambhaiyin Kaadal". In Andhaman Kaidi, Sarangapani deftly played a villain role as well.
Sarangapani was conferred with Tamil Nadu State Award – Kalaimamani in the year of 1964. He was also given the "Raja Sando" Award for lifetime contribution to films in the year of 1982 by His Excellency Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy.
Though a staunch Congress party man, Sarangapani had friends in all parties.
When Arignar Anna was diagnosed with cancer and was admitted in Adyar, Sarangapani was a daily visitor. He visited a temple to perform pooja in the name of Anna and would bring kumkum as prasadam and apply it to his forehead. Anna, an atheist, would not remove the kumkum from his forehead, as a mark of respect to his friendship.
|1943||Kaaraikkaal Ammaiyaar or Moondru Thengaai|
|1956||Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum|
|1956||Mathar Kula Manickam|
|1956||Naan Petra Selvam|
|1957||Makkalai Petra Magarasi|
|1958||Kadan Vaangi Kalyanam|
|1958||Nalla Idatu Sambandham|
|1960||Adutha Veettu Penn|
|1963||Naan Vanangum Dheivam|
- "K. Sarangapani Comedian". antrukandamugam. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
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