Ponvayal (transl. Golden Farm) is a 1954 Indian Tamil-language drama film written and directed by A. T. Krishnasami, and produced by T. R. Ramachandran. It is based on the story Poimaan Karadu by Kalki Krishnamurthy that was serialised in the weekly magazine Kalki. The film stars T. R. Ramachandran and Anjali Devi. It was released on 12 February 1954 and failed commercially. The film is lost.

Ponvayal poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byA. T. Krishnasami
Produced byT. R. Ramachandran
Screenplay byA. T. Krishnaswamy
Based onPoimaan Karadu
by Kalki Krishnamurthy
Music byThurayur Rajgopal Sarma
R. Rajagopal
Jayanthi Pictures
Release date
  • 12 February 1954 (1954-02-12)




Poimaan Karadu was a novel written by Kalki Krishnamurthy and serialised in his own magazine Kalki. When the film rights to this story were bought, the film adaptation was titled Ponvayal. It was directed and written by A. T. Krishnasami, and produced by T. R. Ramachandran (who also played the male lead) under Jayanthi Pictures.[1][2]


The music of the film was composed by Thuraiyur Rajagopal Sarma and R. Rajagopal, under the supervision of N. P. Abdul Khader. The lyrics were written by Yogi Suddhanantha Bharathiyar and Sundara Vathiyar.[1] The playback singers are Sirkazhi Govindarajan, N. L. Ganasaraswathi, Jikki and A. Andal.[3]

No. Song Singer/s Lyricist Duration
1 Maathamum Maari Group song
2 Pongalo Pongal Pongalo N. L. Ganasaraswathi Suddhanantha Bharathiyar 03:20
3 Polladha Paavigal Ellaam
4 Maadugalaa Kaalai Maadugalaa Sirkazhi Govindarajan
5 Siripputhaan Varuguthaiyaa 05:53
6 Onghi Valarndha Payir
7 Namma Kalyaanam Romba Nalla T. R. Ramachandran & N. L. Ganasaraswathi 02:47
8 Enna Vinodham Paaru K. Sarangkapani
9 Vaazhvinile Naame Jaaliyaaka Povom
10 Koodayirundhu Kudiyai Keduththida
11 Azhaiyaadha Veettil Nuzhayaadha Seemaan Jikki 02:57
12 Vaanga Vaanga Maappillai A. Andal
13 Azhaiyaadha Veettil

Release and receptionEdit

Ponvayal was released on 12 February 1954.[2][4] The critic from The Indian Express positively reviewed the film for Krishnaswamy's writing and direction, along with the performances of Ramachandran, Anjali Devi and Muthulakshmi.[5] Despite this, it failed at the box office. No print of the film is known to survive, making it a lost film.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Guy, Randor (14 January 2012). "Ponvayal 1954". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b Film News Anandan (2004). Saadhanaigal Padaitha thamizh thiraipada varalaru [Tamil film history and its achievements] (in Tamil). Sivagami Publications. Archived from the original on 28 July 2017.
  3. ^ Neelamegam, G. (2014). Thiraikalanjiyam — Part 1 (in Tamil). Chennai: Manivasagar Publishers. p. 77.
  4. ^ "Ponvayal". The Indian Express. 12 February 1954. p. 3.
  5. ^ "Ponvayal". The Indian Express. 13 February 1954. p. 3.

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