Mahakavi Kalidasu

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Mahakavi Kalidasu
Mahakavi Kalidasu.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKamalakara Kameswara Rao
Produced byK. Nagamani
P. Suri Babu
Written byPingali Nagendra Rao
(story /screenplay /dialogues)
Based onLife of Kālidāsa
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao
Music byPendyala Nageswara Rao
Edited byR. V. Rajan
Sarani Productions
Distributed byNavayuga Films
Release date
  • 2 April 1960 (1960-04-02)
Running time
150 mins

Mahakavi Kalidasu is a 1960 Telugu movie produced by K. Nagamani and P. Suri Babu under the Sarani Productions banner and directed by Kamalakara Kameswara Rao. It stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao playing the title role and Sriranjani as the female lead, with music composed by Pendyala Nageswara Rao. The movie is based on the 1955 Kannada movie Mahakavi Kalidasa, which also went on to be remade in Tamil in 1966 as Mahakavi Kalidas.


The Avanti king (Lingamurthy) refuses to give his daughter Vidyadhari (Sriranjani) in marriage to his minister Hariharamathyudu’s (K. V. S. Sarma) son and asks him instead to find a scholarly bridegroom for his artist daughter. The villainous minister brings the illiterate shepherd Kaludu (ANR) passing him off as a great scholar, currently on a mission to promote the colloquial language. After the marriage, Vidyadhari learns she has been cheated. She laments before the family deity Kali and faints. Fearing for her life, Kaludu prays and Goddess Kali (Vasanthi) appears before him and grants a boon that he will acquire new knowledge. Kaludu forgets his past, assumes a new name Kalidasa, a Sanskrit scholar, earns kudos for his works from the kings and finally lands in the court of Bhoja Raja (SVR), who shows great admiration and respect for him. But this irks the self-proclaimed poet-laureate Kavi Rakshasa (CSR), who plots to defame Kalidasa, who stays at the ashram of Bharatacharya (P. Suribabu). But all his ploys turn against him. The court dancer Vilasavati (Rajasulocahana) falls in love with Kalidasa. Meanwhile, Vidyadhari searching for her husband comes to the city of Dhaara. Kalidasa fails to recognize her. Saved from a suicide attempt by Bhattacharya's disciples, Vidyadhari stays at the ashram determined to win back her husband. How Kalidasa recollects his past and unites with his wife forms the climax.




Mahakavi Kalidasu
Film score by
ProducerPendyala Nageswara Rao

Music composed by Pendyala Nageswara Rao. Music released on Audio Company.[1]

S. No Song Title Lyrics Singers length
1 "Manikya Veena Mupaalalayanti" Kalidasa Ghantasala 4:06
2 "Jaya Jaya Jaya Sharada Jaya Kalabhi Sharada" Pingali P. Susheela 3:37
3 "Aa Maatante" Pingali Madhavapeddi Satyam, P. Susheela 2:25
4 "Nanu Choodu Naa" Pingali Madhavapeddi Satyam, K. Rani 1:44
5 "Neekettundogani Pilla" Pingali Ghantasala 5:15
6 "Velugu Velagara Nayana" Pingali Ghantasala 2:22
7 "Rasikaraja" Pingali P. Leela, Radha Jayalakshmi 4:04
8 "Srikaramagu Paripaalana" Pingali P. Leela 3:16
9 "Sakuntala" (Natakam) Kalidasa Ghantasala, Jikki 8:33


Lyrics were written by P. Suribabu

No. Song Title Singers length
1 "Drowpadya" Ghantasala 0:41
2 "Entha Pralayamu Vachina" P. Susheela 0:42
3 "Pranakarini Vanuchu" P. Susheela 1:05
4 "Vagardha" Ghantasala 0:38


National Film Awards



  1. ^ "Mahakavi Kalidasu (1960)". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  2. ^ "8th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 23 November 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2011.

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