Krishna Bhakthi (transl. Devotion to Krishna) is a 1949 Tamil-language historical musical film, directed by R. S. Mani, and produced by S. N. Laxmana Chettiar. The film stars P. U. Chinnappa and T. R. Rajakumari as a hypocrite saint and chaste court dancer respectively. Inspired by Matthew Lewis' French novel The Monk, it was released on 14 January 1949.
|Directed by||R. S. Mani|
|Story by||R. S. Mani|
|Based on||The Monk|
by Matthew Lewis
|Produced by||S. N. Laxmana Chettiar|
|Starring||P. U. Chinnappa |
T. R. Rajakumari
|Edited by||P. S. Winfred|
|Music by||S. V. Venkatraman |
Kunnakudi Venkatarama Iyer
Harikanandha Bhagavathar is a hypocrite saint who lusts after a chaste court dancer Devakumari.
Male cast according to the opening credits of the film and female cast according to the song book
S. Ramanathan, an assistant of director R. S. Mani, bought a copy of the English translation of Matthew Lewis' French novel The Monk at Moore Market for one rupee. Subsequently, Mani began writing his next film Krishna Bhakthi taking inspirarion from this novel. While Mani was credited for the story, the dialogues were written by S. D. S. Yogi, Shuddhananda Bharati, Ku. Pa. Sedhu Ammal and Sandilyan. Work on the script lasted more than six months, and the protagonist played by P. U. Chinnappa was based on the Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin. The film was produced by S. N. Laxmana Chettiar under Krishna Pictures. M. L. Vasanthakumari appeared onscreen as a singer, and Krishna Bhakthi was the only film she ever acted in.
Music was composed by S. V. Venkatraman and Kunnakudi Venkatarama Iyer and lyrics were written by Udumalai Narayana Kavi. The song "Saarasam Vaseegara" was composed by G. Ramanathan. Kunnakudi Venkatarama Iyer composed music for the song "Kannan Varuvarodi", to which dance was choreographed by Vazhuvoor B. Ramaiah Pillai. He also composed music for "Thamarai Senkann" and "Entha Vedu". The song "Entha Vedu Kontha O Raagavaa" is set in the raga Saraswathi Manohari.
|1||"Aattam Enna Solluven"||C. S. Jayaraman||Udumalai Narayana Kavi||03:20|
|2||"Sarvarthana Krishna"||P. U. Chinnappa||07:42|
|3||"Marumurai Nee Indha"||P. U. Chinnappa||07:09|
|4||"Saarasam Vaseegara"||P. U. Chinnappa||02:30|
|5||"Pennulagilae"||K. R. Ramasamy|
|6||"Poojithamana Meignanam"||P. A. Periyanayaki|
|7||"Entha Vedu"||M. L. Vasanthakumari||04:18|
|8||"Murali Gaana Mohana"||P. U. Chinnappa & Chorus|
|9||"Naan Kanavil Kanden"||P. A. Periyanayaki|
|10||"Edhu Vendum"||C. S. Jayaraman|
|11||"Kannan Varuvarodi"||P. A. Periyanayaki|
|12||"Ellorum Nallavarae"||P. U. Chinnappa||03:22|
|13||"Kalaimagal Devakumari"||P. U. Chinnappa|
|14||"Poovaiyar Karpin Perumai"||P. U. Chinnappa|
|15||"Raadha Samethu"||M. L. Vasanthakumari||03:00|
|16||"Enna Vazhvu"||T. R. Rajakumari|
Release and receptionEdit
Krishna Bhakthi was released on 14 January 1949. The Indian Express wrote, "P. U. Chinnappa as the wily Rajaguru does credit to his reputation as top male star of the day. T. R. Rajakumari as the charming and ingenuous Rajanartaki gives a convincing performance". The Hindu wrote, "Krishna Bhakthi should have a very popular run for several weeks for more reasons than one.The theme has been handled in a very dignified and telling manner." The Mail wrote, "The drab found in most Tamil mythological pictures is completely eliminated in Krishna Bakthi".
- Krishna Bhakthi (song book) (in Tamil). Krishna Pictures. 1949.
- Guy, Randor (15 February 2008). "Krishna Bhakthi 1948". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 29 December 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
- Film News Anandan (23 October 2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [History of Landmark Tamil Films] (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivakami Publishers.
- Krishna Bhakthi (motion picture) (in Tamil). Krishna Pictures. 1949. Opening credits, from 0:00 to 2:40.
- "Krishna Bakthi". The Indian Express. 14 January 1949. p. 12.
- "Krishna Bakthi Evokes Enthusiastic Praise from the Press". The Indian Express. 13 February 1949. p. 1.