Kosaraju Raghavaiah Chowdary (23 June 1905 – 27 October 1987) was an Indian poet and writer. He wrote about 3,000 songs for 350 Telugu films. His lyrics are steeped in Telugu folklore and rural idiom. Born in an agricultural family in Appikatla village, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, Raghavaiah studied Telugu literature, epics and puranas. He died in 1987.
|Born||Kosaraju Raghavaiah Chowdary|
23 June 1905
Appikatla, Guntur district, India
|Died||27 October 1987 (aged 82)|
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
|Occupation||Lyricist, poet, actor|
|Literary movement||Raitu udyamam|
Raghavaih was influenced by a Telugu scholar Kondamudi Narasimham Pantulu in whose play based on the Ramayana he acted when still in his teens. Initially, he worked as a journalist in the Raitu Patrika where he met the famous writer Samudrala Sr. and the director Gudavalli Ramabrahmam. He published his first poetry anthology, Kadagandlu.
Raghavaiah acted in a Telugu film Raitu Bidda (1939) as a hero. Later, he shifted his focus to writing lyrics for the films. He penned humorous lyrics for K.V. Reddy's Pedda Manushulu (1954), followed by one of his most famous songs, Jebulo bomma je jela bomma (in B.A. Subba Rao's Raju Peda, 1954). He was well known for his earthy poetry, often referring to popular tales of morality and ethics. Raghavaih wrote about 3,000 lyrics for 350 Telugu films.
He wrote memorable songs like "Eruvaka Sagaro", "Illarikamlo Unna Maza" and "Chethilo Dabbulu Poyene".
|1954||Pedda Manushulu||Nandamaya Guruda Nandamaya|
|1954||Raju Peda||Jebulo Bomma Jejela Bomma|
|1955||Nammina Bantu||Chengu Chenguna Gantulu Veyyandi|
|1955||Rojulu Marayi||Eruvaaka Sagaroranno Chinnanna|
|1957||Thodi Kodallu||Aaduthu Paaduthu Panichestunte|
Townu Pakkakelloddura Dingari
|1958||Manchi Manasuku Manchi Rojulu||Anukunndokkati Ainadi Okkati Bolta Kottindile Bulbul Pitta|
Kalavari Swartham Nirupeda Dukham Yenatikaina Marena
|1959||Illarikam||Bhale Chansele.. Illarikam lo Unna Mazaa|
|1959||Jayabheri||Unnaaraa Jodunnaaraa, Mammodinche Vaarunnaaraa|
|1962||Kula Gothralu||Ayyayo Chetilo Dabbulu Poyene|
|1962||Manchi Manasulu||Maama Maama Mama Eme Eme Bhaama|
|1963||Chaduvukunna Ammayilu||Emitee Avataram|
|1963||Lava Kusa||Ye Nimishaniki Yemi Jaruguno Evaroohinchedaru|
|1963||Mooga Manasulu||Gowaramma Nee Mogudevaramma Evaramma Vaadevaramma|
|1964||Devatha||Mavooru Madarasu Naa Peru Ramdasu|
|1964||Ramudu Bheemudu||Desammu Maarindoy Kaalammu Maarindoy|
Saradaa Saradaa Cigarettu
|1965||Antastulu||Dulapara Bulloda Dummu Dulapara Bulloda|
|1966||Sri Krishna Pandaviyam||Bhala Bhala Naa Bandi Parugu Teese Bandi|
Mattu Vadalara Niddura Mattu Vadalala
|1967||Aada Paduchu||Rikshavaalanu Nenu Pakshilaga Pothanu|
|1967||Ave Kallu||Maa Voollo Oka Paduchundi Dayyamante Bhayamannadi|
|1967||Poola Rangadu||Neetiki Nilabadi Nijayateega Padara Munduku Padara|
|1968||Varakatnam||Sai Sai Jodedla Bandi|
|1970||Dharma Daata||Evvarikosam Evadunnaadu Pondiraa Pondi|
|1971||Bomma Borusa||Bomma Borusa Pandem Veyyi Needo Naado Paicheyi|
|1971||Chelleli Kapuram||Bhale Bhale Maa Annayya|
|1971||Sampoorna Ramayanam||Ramaya Tandri O Ramaya Tandri.. Maa Nomulanni Pandinayi Ramaya Tandri|
|1972||Papam Pasivadu||Manchi Annadhey Kaanaraadu|
|1975||Balipeetam||Takku Tikku Takkuladi Bandira|
|1976||Manushulanta Okkate||Muthyalu Vasthava Adigindi Isthava|
|1979||Sri Vinayaka Vijayamu|
Awards and honoursEdit
- He was awarded the prestigious Raghupathi Venkaiah Award by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh for his outstanding contribution to Telugu cinema in 1984.
- He was given the titles Janapada Kavi Sarvabhouma and Kaviratna.