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Raj Kumar: End of an era

The people of Karnataka adore him. They call him with love "Annavaru" meaning beloved elder brother.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 16:00 IST

The people of Karnataka adore him. They call him with love "Annavaru" meaning beloved elder brother.

Rajkumar entered the film industry at the age of eight years and got his first break as a hero in film Bedara Kannappa in 1954.

Thereafter, he went on to work in over 220 films and became a household name in the Kannada-speaking world.

He is known for his simplicity and generosity. A kind-hearted and peace loving person. His contribution to the film industry is incredible. He has served his whole life for the growth of the Kannada Cinema Industry.

Rajkumar is also a famous singer. However, his singing career started when he sang yaare kugadali in Sampathige Savaal.

His devotional songs have a touch of class. Needless to say he has created history in Kannada Cinema Industry which will never fade off. He fought for Kannada in Gokak Chaluvali.

He has been awarded numerous state, national and international awards. He is a recipient of Padma Bhushan and a doctorate from Mysore University, he has won a number of national and state awards including the prestigious Karnataka Rathna Award recognising him as a 'jewel' of Kannada films.

In 1995, he received the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his outstanding contribution to the Kannada film industry.

He has a large fanfare following him. His memorable films Bedara Kannapa, Bangarada Manushya, Kastoori Nivasa , Kula gowrava, Gandhada Gudi, Sampahige Sawal, Shankar Guru, Babruvana, Bhakta Prahalada, Halu Jenu, Bhagyada Laxmi Baramma, Jeevana chaitra, Akasmika are only a few to name.