Song Book: Amuthavalli (1959)

1Songbook cover of Amuthavalli (1959) directed by A.K. Sekar. The lead actors M.N. Rajam, T.R. Mahalingam and Tambaram Lalitha are seen in the image. The music was by the duo Viswanathan-Ramamurthy and lyrics by Udumalai Narayana Kavi, Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass, Kannadasan, Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram and Muthu Koothan.

There were 12 songs in this movie:

  1. Taththuva Kalaiyudan
  2. Anbum Amaidhiyum
  3. Kannirandum Ondrai Onru
  4. Pitham Theliya Marundhondru
  5. Jilu Jilukkum Pachai Malai
  6. Kollimalai Vaazhum
  7. Kaalam Ennum Oru Aazhak Kadalinil (duet)
  8. Kangal Rendum Vandu
  9. Singara Vadivaana Thithikkum
  10. Kaalam Ennum Oru Aazhak Kadalinil (Female solo)
  11. Aadai Katti Vantha Nilavo
  12. Paasaththaal Enai Yeendra

Amuthavalli (1959) starred M.N. Rajam in the lead role. Although she started acting at the age of 9 as a child artist in Nallathambi (1949), she seldom played the lead role. Methavigal (1955) was her first film playing a female lead. She was then in a few films as the heroine (before Amuthavalli, opposite Prem Nazir), like Thai Piranthal Vazhi Pirakkum (1958), Periya koil (1958) and Kalyanikku Kalyanam (1959). She played a vamp in most of the films and received appreciation before shifting to motherly and elderly roles from the 1970s.

She married the singer A.L. Raghavan, a popular Tamil playback singer, on 2 May 1960. Both of them had started their careers on stage, at the ages of 7 and 8 respectively.

A.L. Raghavan started his acting career in 1947 with Jupiter Pictures’ Krishna Vijayam, which released only in the year 1950 as Lord Krishna. He also played Lord Panduranga in Royal Talkies’ Sudarshan (1951).


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