Mudigonda Lingamurthy, shortly Lingamurthy (Telugu: ముదిగొండ లింగమూర్తి) (10 October 1908 – 24 January 1980), was an Indian film character actor known for his works in Telugu cinema, and theater.
|Born||10 October 1908|
|Died||24 January 1980(aged 71)|
Mudigonda Lingamurthy was born to a Hindu Shaiva family in Tenali, Andhra Pradesh. He used to play in school dramas in his childhood. He was very fond of arts and was introduced to Sthanam Narasimha Rao, a very famous Telugu theater artist and a Padma Shri awardee which kickstarted his journey. He joined Rama Vilasa Sabha of Tenali where he portrayed different characters in Kanyasulkam, Pratapa Rudreeyam and other dramas. He became popular and earned fame for his portrayal of Ramappa Pantulu character in Kanyasulkam drama.
He moved to filmdom in 1937 and acted in the movie Tukaram along with Chittor V. Nagaiah. He later joined Vijaya Vauhini Studios and was associated with them for about 7 years and acted as Ajamisa in Bhakta Potana, Gangadu in Swarga Seema, Abirama in Yogi Vemana and Ramadas in Peddamanushulu. He was closely associated with Chitoor V. Nagaiah and acted in his films like Tyagayya, Naa Illu and Ramadasu. In total Lingamurthy acted in about 70 films in his illustrious career.
Lingamurthy wrote some playlets including Venkanna Kapuram, Pelli Choopulu, Thyagam. They are played widely across theater screens and have won many prizes. Some of the above have been translated into various languages.
He was founder member of Cine Technicians Association. He also held the post of Secretary and Chairperson of the Association. He retired from the profession after his Sashtiabdhapoorthi celebrations.
After the death of his wife, Durgavardhanamma in 1974, he took Sanyasa as is custom in Indian families. He died in 1980. He was survived by 4 sons, namely, Mudigonda Prabhakar Rao, Mudigonda Chandrasekar, Mudigonda Thyagaraju, Mudigonda Sivashankar and a daughter.
A mini hall named after him still exists today at the place where he lived in Nana Street, T. Nagar, Chennai.
This is partial list of his films. Please help expand the list.
|1945||Swargaseema||Telugu||Father of Subbalaxmi|
|1954||Bedara Kannappa||Kannada||Kailasanatha Sastry|
|1954||Sri Kalahastiswara Mahatyam||Telugu||Kailasanatha Sastry|
|1961||Batasari||Telugu||Diwan at Zamindari|
|1962||Sri Srikakula Andhra Mahavishnuvu Katha||Telugu||Mahendrajit, the minister|
- A Compelling Character Actor - Lingamurthy (Part I) by Satyasai Karavadi at Cinegoer.com
- "A Compelling Character Actor - Lingamurthy (Part II) by Satyasai Karavadi at Cinegoer.com". Archived from the original on 28 September 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
- Mudigonda Lingamurthy in Nata Ratnalu, Mikkilineni Radhakrishna Murthy, Second edition, Sitaratnam Granthamala, Vijayawada, 2002, pp: 484-6.