Mahakavi Kalidasa

Mahakavi Kalidasa is 1955 Indian Kannada-language film directed by K. R. Seetharama Sastry, in his debut direction. The movie is based on the legends of the poet Kālidāsa. It stars Honnappa Bhagavatar as Kālidāsa, a Sanskrit poet who lived during the 4th and 5th Century CE. It tells the story of how he, an aristocratic young man cursed by his guru with ignorance, goes on to become a great poet. B. Raghavendra Rao, Narasimharaju and B. Saroja Devi (in her film debut) features supporting roles. It was remade in Telugu in 1960 as Mahakavi Kalidasu starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao in Tamil in 1966 as Mahakavi Kalidas starring Sivaji Ganesan. This Kannada film was dubbed into Tamil and released in 1956 as Mahakavi Kalidas.[1] At the 3rd National Film Awards, the film won the award for Best Feature Film in Kannada.[2] The film is seen as a landmark in Kannada cinema.[3]

Mahakavi Kalidasa
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Directed byK. R. Seetharama Sastry
Screenplay byK. R. Seetharam Shastry
Produced byHonnappa Bhagavathar
StarringHonnappa Bhagavatar
B. Raghavendra Rao
B. Saroja Devi
CinematographyA. N. Paramesh
Edited byP. L. A. Narayan
Music byK. R. Seetharama Sastry
Background score:
CS Sarojinidevi Lalithakala Vadya Goshti
Lalithakala Films Ltd.
Release date
Running time
140 minutes



3rd National Film Awards


  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 26 August 2017.
  2. ^ "3rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  3. ^ K. Moti Gokulsing; Wimal Dissanayake (17 April 2013). Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-136-77284-9.