Krishna Bhakthi

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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.

Krishna Bhakthi
Krishna Bhakthi.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byR. S. Mani
Story byR. S. Mani
Based onThe Monk
by Matthew Lewis
Produced byS. N. Laxmana Chettiar
StarringP. U. Chinnappa
T. R. Rajakumari
CinematographyJiten Banerjee
Edited byP. S. Winfred
Music byS. V. Venkatraman
Kunnakudi Venkatarama Iyer
Krishna Pictures
Release date
  • 14 January 1949 (1949-01-14)
Running time
160 minutes


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[1]


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.[2]


Music was composed by S. V. Venkatraman and Kunnakudi Venkatarama Iyer and lyrics were written by Udumalai Narayana Kavi.[1][3] 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".[4] The song "Entha Vedu Kontha O Raagavaa" is set in the raga Saraswathi Manohari.[2]

No Song Singer Lyrics Length
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
17 "Thamarai Senkann"

Release and receptionEdit

Krishna Bhakthi was released on 14 January 1949.[5][3] 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".[6]


  1. ^ a b Krishna Bhakthi (song book) (in Tamil). Krishna Pictures. 1949.
  2. ^ a b Guy, Randor (15 February 2008). "Krishna Bhakthi 1948". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 29 December 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b Film News Anandan (23 October 2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [History of Landmark Tamil Films] (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivakami Publishers.
  4. ^ Krishna Bhakthi (motion picture) (in Tamil). Krishna Pictures. 1949. Opening credits, from 0:00 to 2:40.
  5. ^ "Krishna Bakthi". The Indian Express. 14 January 1949. p. 12.
  6. ^ "Krishna Bakthi Evokes Enthusiastic Praise from the Press". The Indian Express. 13 February 1949. p. 1.

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