R. N. Jayagopal
|Died||19 May 2008 (aged 72)|
|Occupation||Lyricist, film director|
|Parent(s)||R. Nagendra Rao|
|Family||R. N. Sudarshan (brother) |
R. N. K. Prasad (brother)
Early life and educationEdit
R. N. Jayagopal, known to friends and fans as RNJ, was born in 1935 to R. Nagendra Rao, another great of Kannada cinema. He did his primary and college education in Bangalore. He learnt Carnatic music from B. S. Raj Iyengar and was good at playing the violin. Jayagopal was one of four sons of his parents. His other famous siblings were older brother R. N. K. Prasad, who was a cinematographer, and younger brother R. N. Sudarshan, a veteran film actor and producer.
Jayagopal entered the film industry by writing the lyrics of "Tribhuvana Janani Jaganmohini" for the 1957 film Premada Putri produced by his father. From then on, he wrote script, dialogue and lyrics for hundreds of films. He had directed eight films, including Dhumaketu, Kesarina Kamala and Avala Antaranga. He won the State award as best dialogue writer for Namma Makkalu and Pallavi Anu Pallavi, which was Mani Ratnam's first film.
He did direct many serials as well, but he remained preoccupied by writing lyrics for Kannada films. His lyrics were meaningful and had a high degree of lyrical value. Many of his songs have been hugely successful not only for the tune composition, but as well for the quality of the songs.
Jayagopal started the first school in Chennai to offer Kannada as a second language - Vidya Vinaya Vinoda Mat. Hr. Sec. School. He also made his mark in the Tamil film industry with his well acclaimed roles in movies like Nayakan and Michael Madana Kama Rajan.
- "Haadonda Haaduve Nee Kelu Maguve"
- "Neerinalli Aleya Ungura"
- "Sanyaasi Sanyaasi Arjuna Sanyaasi"
- "Bellimodadha Anchinindha"
- "Gaganavu Ello Bhoomiyu Ello"
- "Nee Bandu Nintaga Nintu Neenu Nakkaga"
- "Nagu Endhidhe Manjina Bindu"
- "Naguva Nayana Madhura Mouna"
- "Raagake Swaravagi, Swarake Padavaagi"
- "Noorondu Nenapu Yedeyaaladinda"
- "Premada Kaadambari Baredanu Kanneerali"
|1991||Lion Jagapathi Rao||Kannada|
|1987||Sathyam Shivam Sundaram||Kannada|
|1983||Pallavi Anu Pallavi||Kannada|
|1978||Maathu Tappada Maga||Kannada|
|1977||Chinna Ninna Muddaduve||Kannada|
|1976||Raja Nanna Raja||Kannada|
|1975||Onde Roopa Eradu Guna||Kannada|
|1973||Edakallu Guddada Mele||Kannada|
|1972||Naa Mechida Huduga||Kannada|
|1968||Dhoomakethu||Also wrote screenplay, dialogues and lyrics|
|1972||Naa Mechida Huduga||Also wrote screenplay, dialogues and lyrics|
|1973||Kesarina Kamala||Also wrote screenplay, dialogues and lyrics|
|1979||Mutthu Ondu Mutthu||Also wrote screenplay, dialogues and lyrics|
|1981||Mareyada Haadu||Also wrote story, screenplay, dialogues and lyrics|
|1983||Makkale Devaru||Also wrote dialogues and lyrics|
|1987||Hrudaya Pallavi||Also wrote screenplay, dialogues and lyrics|
He died on 19 May 2008 at the age of 72 following a cardiac arrest. His wife Lalita Jayagopal died two years later, on 13 June 2010.
- "Veteran Kannada lyricist, director R.N. Jayagopal dead". thaindian. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
- "Lyricist RN Jayagopal passed away". 20 May 2008.