Bommasandra Srinivasaiah Suryanarayana Murthy (16 March 1933 – 26 December 1985), known by his screen name Udaykumar, was an Indian actor and producer in Kannada cinema. He, along with Kalyan Kumar and Rajkumar, were called the Kumarathrayaru (meaning the three Kumars) of Kannada cinema[1] He has authored many dramas and books.[2] He has performed a broad range of roles and worked with all of the prominent actors of his day.[3] He portrayed heroic characters early in his career later it became more nuanced villainous characters, often counterpointing Rajkumar’s heroic persona in historicals and mythologicals.[4]

Udaykumar
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Born
Bommasandra Srinivasaiah Suryanarayana Murthy

(1933-03-16)16 March 1933
Died26 December 1985(1985-12-26) (aged 52)
Bangalore, India
NationalityIndian
OccupationActor, film producer, director, writer, novelist, lyricist
Years active1954–1985
Spouse
Kamalamma
(m. 1953)
Children5

Vikram Udaykumar and Vishwa Vijetha, his sons, were also performers who starred in several Kannada films and serials. Renukabaali, his daughter, has appeared in various Kannada serials.

Early lifeEdit

Udaykumar was born into a family of Mulukanadu Brahmins on 5 March 1933 (some sources say, 16 March 1933). His father's name was B. S. Srinivasaiah, and his mother's name was Sharadamma. Udaykumar was the second of four children born to the couple; he has three sisters. The family had their roots in Andhra Pradesh; their ancestors had moved to Karnataka close to 200 years before Udaykumar's birth. Udaykumar finished primary education in the villages of Heelalige and Muthanallur near the Sarjapura village in Bangalore and secondary schooling in Anekal. During that period, he was an enthusiastic participant in cultural school activities and contests. He married Kamalamma after failing his matriculation exams; he was 20 at the time. Udaykumar thereafter started working as a physical education teacher at an Anekal school. He eventually relocated to Bangalore city on the advice of a friend and joined the theatre company of Gubbi Veeranna where he began his career as an actor.[5]

Film careerEdit

In 1954, story and screenwriter Kanagal Prabhakar Shastry began working on the script of Bhagyodaya. During this time, Udaykumar played Buddha on stage in Mandya with Gubbi Veeranna's theatre troupe, when Shastry's assistant during the time, S. K. Bhagavan, offered him the lead role in the film. Udaykumar was cast in the part after a successful screen test with Shastry a few days later. Shastry also gave Udaykumar his screen name after the film's title and the banner it was being produced under – Udaya Productions.[6]

"Kalakesari", "Natasamrat", and "Pavanasutha" Udaykumar were popular South Indian film artists of yesteryear. "Gandugali" Udaykumar has acted in 193 feature films which include 171 in Kannada, 15 in Telugu, 6 in Tamil, and one in Hindi. He has won many regional and national awards for best performance, especially in Kannada films.

Udayakumar possessed a wide range of abilities. He is admired by his fans as a playwright, a lyricist, a novelist, a music composer, a producer and a director, besides being an actor. AUdayakumar possessed a wide range of abilities. When he was a teenager, he headed a team of volunteers to help his fellow citizens. (At his early age, he was the sole artist to participate in India's liberation movement.) He has battled for the objective of "Kannadigas unification" as a strong leader and orator. He aggressively engaged and took the front line with leaders like Ma. Ramamurthy Kannada flag, Aa. Na. Kru A. N. Krishna Rao, Thirumale Shriranga Tatacharya (of the Karnataka Navodaya movement), Ta. Su. Shama Rao, Dr. Ha. Ma. Nayak, Ta. Ra. Su and many more had fought for the well-being of the language Kannada and the people of Karnataka, through his travels, write-ups, and public speeches throughout the state.

He was a very accomplished stage artist who used his stage plays to convey social messages to the general public through "Udaya Kalanikethana," a training school for Theatrical Arts and Film Acting that he created. Despite his busy filming schedules, Kalakesari Udaykumar used to help underprivileged professional theatre organizations by appearing in plays all throughout Karnataka for at least a week every month beginning in 1960.

Kalakesari Udaykumar (1933-1985) 'was' an 'is' an inspiration to promote a variety of social and cultural activities. On the occasion of Kalakesari Udaykumar's 73rd birthday in 2005, the registered charity trust "Pavanasutha Kesari Kalaa Shalaa" was established. The trust was established during a cultural event called "Udaya-73 ONDU SAVINENAPU" (Udaya-73 a treasured remembrance) held in his birthplace of Anekal, Bangalore. Mr. Vikram Udaykumar, the trust's Founder-President, is backed by Smt. Kamalamma Udaykumar, the Chief Trustee, a team of Executive Trustees, and an advisory group composed of specialists from various fields such as Doctors, Chartered Accountants, Journalists, Advocates, and Seniors. The Trust aims to provide social and cultural services and has established a formal educational institution known as "P.S.M. School" in Anekal, as well as "Kalaashaala," a cultural school that is active in offering opportunities to learn classical music and performing arts such as Bharathanatyam. The trust has numerous dreams. Formal education, educating and encouraging the rural talents in the Performing Arts, arranging drama competitions at the state level, felicitation of achievers from different fields, arranging health camps, blood donation camps, etc.

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Director Notes
1956 Bhagyodaya P. V. Babu Kannada
Daiva Sankalpa M. B. Ganesh Kannada
Panchrathna K. Vembu Kannada
1957 Varadakshine Chandramohan Kannada
Bettada Kalla S. M. Sreeramulu Naidu Kannada
Rathnagiri Rahasya B. R. Panthulu Kannada
Premada Puthri R. Nagendra Rao Kannada
1958 Badi Pantulu B. R. Panthulu Telugu
1958 Bhakta Prahlada H. S. Krishnaswamy Kannada
1958 Mane Thumbida Hennu B. Vittalacharya Kannada
1958 School Master B. R. Panthulu First Film to celebrate Silver Jubilee
1958 Sengottai Singam V. N. Reddy Tamil
1959 Mahishasura Mardini B. S. Ranga
1959 Veer Bhaskaradu Kadaru Nagabhushanam Telugu
1960 Yanai Pagan (யானைப் பாகன்) M. A. Thirumugam Tamil
1960 Dashavathara Dashavathara P. G. Mohan With Rajkumar
1960 Ivan Avanethan (இவன் அவனே தான்) T. G. Raj Tamil
1960 Ranadheera Kanteerava N.C. Rajan With Rajkumar, Narasimharaju
1960 Bhakta Kanakadasa Y. R. Swamy With Rajkumar
1960 Shivalinga Sakshi Chandramohan
1961 Mahavat M. A. Thirumugham
1961 Vijayanagarada Veeraputhra R. Nagendra Rao
1961 Mahout M. A. Thirumugham
1961 Raja Satya Vrata D. Shankar Singh
1961 Sri Sitarama Kalyanam N. T. Rama Rao as Kumba Karna, Telugu with NTR
1962 Ratnamanjari Hunsur Krishnamurthy
1962 Vidhi Vilasa S. V. Mahesh
1962 Thayi Karulu G. V. Iyer
1962 Bhoodaana G. V. Iyer With Rajkumar, Kalyan Kumar
1962 Nanda Deepa M. R. Vittal With Harini, Leelavathi(Super Hit)
1963 Sant Tukaram Sundarao Nadkarni As Shivaji Maharaj
1963 Amarashilpi Jakanachari B. S. Ranga With Kalyan Kumar
1963 Chandrakumara N. S. Varma
1963 Veera Kesari B. Vittalacharya
1963 Sri Ramanjaneya Yuddha M. S. Nayak
1963 Bevu Bella Jambulingam
1963 Mana Mecchida Madadi K. R. Seetarama Sastry
1963 Malli Maduve G. R. Nathan
1964 Chandavalliya Thota T. V. Singh Thakur with Rajkumar
1964 Kalavati T. V. Singh Thakur
1964 Naandi N. Lakshminarayan
1965 Miss Leelavathi M. R. Vittal
1965 Veera Vikrama S. R. Rajan
1965 Chandrahasa B. S. Ranga
1965 Kavaleradu Kulavondu T. V. Singh Thakur
1965 Ide Mahasudina B. C. Srinivas
1965 Madhuve Madi Nodu Hunsur Krishnamurthy
1965 Bettada Huli A. V. Sheshgiri Rao
1965 Sati Savitri P. R. Kaundinya
1965 Satya Harishchandra Hunsur Krishnamurthy
1965 Pativrata P. S. Murthy
1965 Vatsalya Y. R. Swamy
1966 Deva Manava Jambu
1966 Madhu Malathi S. K. Ananthachari
1966 Sandhyaraaga A. C. Narasimhamurthy
1966 Kathari Veera Y. R. Swamy With Honnappa Bhagavatar
1966 Mohini Bhasmasura N. S. Varma
1966 Badukuva Daari K. S. Prakash Rao
1966 Mane Katti Nodu Shri Sadguru
1966 Mantralaya Mahatme T. V. Singh Thakur with Rajkumar
1966 Sri Krishna Pandaveeyam N.T.Rama Rao Telugu movie with NTR
1967 Rajadurgada Rahasya A. C. Narasimhamurthy
1967 Padavidhara C. V. Shivashankar
1967 Immadi Pulakesi N. C. Rajan with Rajkumar
1967 Parvathi Kalyana B. S. Ranga
1967 Bangarada Hoovu Arasukumar with Rajkumar
1967 Sati Sukanya Y. R. Swamy
1967 Rajashekhara G. V. Iyer
1967 Chakra Teertha Pekati Shivram with Rajkumar
1968 Hoovu Mullu A. V. Seshagiri Rao
1968 Arunodhayam C. Srinivasan
1968 Simha Swapna W. R. Subba Rao
1968 Anna Thamma Ravi
1968 Dhoomketu R. N. Jayagopal with Rajkumar
1968 Mysore Tonga G. V. Iyer
1968 Maneye Maha Mandira B. C. Srinivas
1968 Namma Ooru C. V. Shivashankar
1968 Jedara Bale Dorairaj-Bhagavan with Rajkumar
1968 Mahasati Arundhati Aruru Pattabhi
1968 Naane Bhagyavathi G. V. Iyer
1969 Chaduranga N. C. Rajan
1969 Bhale Basava B. S. Ranga With Rajesh
1969 Madhuve! Madhuve!! Madhuve!!! Geethapriya
1969 Ade Hridaya Ade Mamathe M. N. Prasad
1969 Mathru Bhoomi M. S. Gopinath
1969 Madhura Milana S. K. Ananthachari
1969 Kalpa Vruksha K. R. Seetarama Sastry
1969 Mukunda Chandra S. K. Ananthachari
1969 Odahuttidavaru B. N. Haridas
1969 Shiva Bhakta K. V. Srinivas
1969 Makkale Manege Manikya A. V. Sheshgiri Rao
1969 Bhagirathi T. V. Singh Thakur
1970 Takka! Bitre Sikka!! A. M. Samiulla
1970 Kallara Kala M. P. Shankar
1970 Hasiru Thorana T. V. Singh Thakur
1970 Aaru Mooru Ombattu Ravi
1970 Mrityu Panjaradalli Goodarachari 555 Sunand
1970 Sedige Sedu A. V. Sheshgiri Rao
1970 Mukti N. Lakshminarayan
1970 Rangamahal Rahasya Vijay
1970 Pratikara M. S. Gopinath
1970 Modala Rathri Vijay
1971 Sidila Mari B. S. Ranga
1971 Bhale Rani Vijaya Satyam
1971 Jaatakarathna Gunda Joisa B. Padmanabham
1971 Bhale Bhaskar R. Ramamurthy
1971 Samshaya Phala A. M. Samiulla
1971 Kasidre Kailasa Janakiram
1971 Purnima R. Dayanandsagar
1971 Signal Man Siddappa Tekkatte Nagaraj
1971 Mahadimane C. V. Shivashankar
1972 Kulla Agent 000 Ravi
1972 Kaanch Aur Heera Charandas Shokh
1972 Nari Munidare Mari Geethapriya
1973 Bettada Bhairava M. N. Srinivas
1973 Mannina Magalu B. S. Ranga
1973 Cowboy Kulla Vijay Reddy
1973 Bharathada Rathna T. V. Singh Thakur
1973 Triveni M. N. Prasad
1973 Prema Paasha Aruru Pattabhi
1974 Chamundeshwari Mahime Addala Narayana Rao
1974 Nanu Baalabeku K. S. Satyanara
1975 Sarpa Kavalu S. N. Singh
1975 Ashirwada Kunigal Nagabhushan
1975 Bili Hendthi S. R. Puttana Kanagal
1975 Jagruthi C. V. Sridhar
1975 Mantra Shakti Hunsur Krishnamurthy
1976 Sutrada Bombe Pekati Shivaram
1976 Rajanarthakiya Rahasya B. Harinarayana
1977 Banashankari K. S. L. Swamy
1977 Shani Prabhava Ratnakar-Madhu
1977 Hemavathi Siddalingaiah
1977 Shri Renukadavi Mahatme C. S. Rao
1977 Srimanthana Magalu A. V. Sheshgiri Rao
1978 Mathu Tappada Maga Pekati Shivram
1978 Madhura Sangama T. P. Venugopal
1978 Parashuraman C. S. Rao
1978 'Bhale Huduga T. R. Ramanna
1978 Devadasi C. V. Raju
1979 Putani Agents 1-2-3 Geethapriya
1979 Seetharamu Abbayi Naidu with Shankarnag
1980 Vajrada Jalapata Bhandaru Giribabu
1980 Maria My Darling Durai
1980 Moogana Sedu B. Subba Rao with Shankarnag
1980 Kaalinga V. Somashekhar with Vishnuvardhan
1981 Kula Puthra T. R. Ramanna
1981 Garjane C. V. Rajendran
1981 Thayiya Madilalli B. Subba Rao
1982 Sahasa Simha Joe Simon with Vishnuvardhan
1982 Mava Sose Saval Amrutham Chellida Raktha
1982 Kempu Hori B. M. Madhavaiah
1983 Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige Shankar Nag With Shankar Nag
1983 Maga Maharaju (Telugu) Vijaya Bapineedu
1983 Bhayankara Bhasmasura C. S. Rao
1983 Devara Teerpu B. S. Badrinath
1983 Kallu Veene Nudiyitu Tiptur Raghu last film with Vishnuvardhan
1984 Ganda Berunda Rajendra Singh Babu
1984 Agni Gundam Kranthi Kumar
1984 Bharyamani Vijaya Bapineedu
1984 Maryade Mahalu A. V. Sheshgiri Rao
1984 Police Papanna [Dasari Narayana rao] With [Dwarakish]
1985 Pithamaha Ravi With Rajesh
1985 Vish Kanya Vijaya Bapineedu
1985 Havu Yeni Aata Prasad with Ananth Nag
1985 Lakshmi Kataksha
1986 ' 'Varna Chakra last film

AwardsEdit

He won several National Awards and State awards for best performance.

Karnataka State Film Awards

  • 1967–68 – Best Supporting Actor
  • 1977–78 – Best Supporting Actor[7]

ReferencesEdit

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