Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju, popularly known by his stage name Rajkumar is an Indian actor cum Singer and was born on 24th April 1929.
On such a proud day of Kannadian film industry Doodle does not miss the chance to honour the beloved actor and his renowned works.
Giving a tribute to the method actor, Doodle remembers his one of the best singing performances he made in Kasturi Nivasa, a quintessential Kannada drama and a cornerstone of Rajkumar’s cinematic legacy.
Remembering and honouring the bunch of those iconic characters played by the actor was also a part of that feature.
The actor stepped into his acting career by joining Gubbi Veeranna's Gubbi Drama Company at the age of eight.
Rajkumar entered the Indian film industry after he got his first break as a lead in 1954 film Bedara Kannappa.
'Shabdavedhi' being the last the actor's career spanned 200 films and a wide swath of movie genres and roles.
Rajkumar achieved a lot within 50 years of his filmy career and bagged several awards including Padma Bhushan in 1983.
Indian cinema honoured the legend with eleven Karnataka State Film Awards, ten South Filmfare Awards, two National Film Awards and a
National Film Award for Best Playback Singer for song 'Naadamaya'.
Apart from these, he received the NTR National Award in 2002, an honorary doctorate from the University of Mysore and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1995 for the lifetime contribution to Indian Cinema.
Rajkumar breathed his last on 12th April 2006, six years after he was kidnapped from his farm house at Gajanur by Veerappan and was released after 108 days.
He died of cardiac arrest at the age of 77 at his residence in Bangalore.