Dr Raj Kumar’s Top-11 Songs

H.C. LAKSHMIKANTH writes: Forget K.L. Saigal, forget Geeta Dutt, forget Kishore Kumar. Dr Raj Kumar was Indian cinema's finest singing star. Ever. No question about it.

From romantic ditties to devotional numbers, Dr Raj proved over and over again that he could sing most competently, as well as Dr P.B. Srinivas who did the playback for him before he took over the mike himself.

From the hundreds of songs he sang for his own films and for that of others in recent times, it is difficult to come up with a Top-10 list. Which is why we have a Top-11.

1) Naanaduva nudiye Kannada nudi (Gandhada Gudi)

2) Yaare koogadali (Sampathige Savaal)

3) Naa ninna mareyalaare (from the eponymous film)

4) Priyatame karuneya toreya (Kavi Ratna Kalidasa)

5) Banigondu elle yellide (Premada Kanike)

6) Ade kannu, ade kannu, bete aaduthide (Ade Kannu)

7) Chinnada mallige hoove (Huliya Haalina Mevu)

8) Aadisi nodu, beelisi nodu (Kasturi Nivasa)

9) Raaga, anuraaga, shubha yoge seride  (Sanadi Appanna)

10) Huttidare Kannada naadinalli hutta beku (Aakasmika)

11) Baadihoda balli inda (Yeradu Kanasu)

Agree with this list? Disagree with this list? Have your own favourites? Enter the churumuri debate. Leave a comment.

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53 Responses to “Dr Raj Kumar’s Top-11 Songs”

  1. KrishnaMohan Says:

    Just to clarify “Adisi nodu beelisi nodu” from kasturi Nivasa and “Baadihoda balli inda” from Eradu Kanasu are not sung by Rajkumar. I would add “Aradisuve madanari” from Babruvahana and “Nadamaya e lokavella” from Jeevana chaitra.

  2. Ramesh HP Says:

    BTW, Naavaduva Nudiye was sung by Dr PBS, not Dr Raj. I would put Jenina Holeyo Haalina Maleyo in that place. Music director, the famed pair Rajan-Nagendra, used 40+ instruments for that song from “Chelisuva Modagalu” (1984).

  3. Bharat Sagar Says:

    I would like to add:

    1) Ide Ragadalli – (shravana Banthu)
    2) Jeeva Hoovagide (Ni nanna gellalare)
    3) Tanuvu Manavu (Raja Nanna Raja)
    4) Cheluvaye ninna nodalu (Hosabelaku)

    the list goes on………….

  4. ravindra Says:

    jeeva hoovagide -Nee nanna gellalare

    I need lyrics of this song,

    Can anybody please send it to my mail?

    chitragar@yahoo.com

  5. Anand Balaji Says:

    My top five sung by and/or picturised on Dr. Rajkumar

    1.) Adisi nodu
    2.) Ekkangi sanchari
    3.) Nadamaya
    4.) Huttidhare
    5.) Idhu yaaru bareda kathe

  6. gadipaaru Says:

    my most favourite is “naadamaya.” followed by “aa ratiye dharegilidante.” followed by hundreds of others.

  7. krishna prasad Says:

    fantastic collection hip hip hurray

  8. Faldo Says:

    While all the songs mentioned are great I would like to add “Cheluveya nota chenna ..” and “Chinna baalalli ee raatri baradu innendu.. ” from Shankar Guru just for the different moods the songs convey. I am also surprised that Naaniruvude Nimagaagi.. from Mayura is not on this list. I just assumed it was there.

  9. Anoop Says:

    my favourite is naadamaya pl pl publish that song

  10. V Says:

    Are there Rajkumar songs beginning

    1) “Onde raaga, onde taala … (something, something ) meghashyama” or thereabouts? It’s a duet with Janaki.

    2) “Kelano hari …” (?)

    and what are the links to them? Thanks.

  11. mayura Says:

    >>“Onde raaga, onde taala … (something, something ) meghashyama” or thereabouts? It’s a duet with Janaki.
    >>

    Yes there is…but the lyrics are “Ide Raagadalli, Ide Talladalli, Radhegagi hadida neela megha shyama” from the movie Shravana banthu, the music was by M Ranga Rao.

  12. sathish Says:

    I request you to kindly prepare and realse mp3 of all songs of rajkumar’s

  13. Hosa-Belaku Says:

    I like sad songs. Kaneera Dhaare (Hosa Belaku); Ninagagi Ododi Bandhe (Sannadhi Appanna) and Anuraaga (Nee Nanna Gellalare). And I like his devotional songs –he infused bhakti without making it overtly religiously or Hinduistic!

  14. Sajith N Says:

    Where can I find lyrics of these songs?

  15. Poornima Says:

    Here is my list of top-11 songs of Dr. Raj. (there are many more of my favourites – but I can’t list them all)
    1. Bhamini baare agaliralare – Srinivasa kalyana
    2. Beladingalagi baa – huliya halina mevu
    3. Idu yaaru bareda katheyu – Premada Kanike
    4. Bidalare yendu ninna – Premada Kanike
    5. Heluvudu ondu – Jwalamukhi
    6. Bombeyatavayya – shruthi serdaga
    7. Cheluveya nota chenna – Shankar Guru
    8. Priyathama – Kavirathna Kalidasa
    9. Manikya Veena – Kavirathna Kalidasa
    10. Ninna nanna Manavu – Bhagyavantharu
    11. Ee mounava thalenu – Mayura

  16. sapna Says:

    i would like to add “jeen na holeye” and “ide raagadalli ide taladalli” beautiful song

  17. sapna Says:

    where can i get the lyrics of “banina anchinda kande” and “ide raagadalli”

  18. dharshan Says:

    to my opinion… i feel the order of priority in terms of musical degree of diificulties the songs should be in this order
    1. Manikya veena- Kavi ratna kalidasa (all words are sanskrit)
    2. Naadamaya- Jeevana chaitra (national award for singing)
    3. Thaayi naavu hado bhoomi thaayige- Hoovu Hannu
    4. Aaradisuve madanaari- Babruvahana
    5. yava kaviyu- Anuraga aralithu

  19. Gaby Says:

    Funny but the beginning, middle ( Number 8) and the end is built on a false premise- all 3 by the fabulous PBS. Krishna Mohan and Ramesh pointed this out in their comments but sadly the lies still exist!

  20. Sanjeev Says:

    Can some one write the lyrics of Manikya veena- from Kavi ratna kalidasa.

  21. Sanjeev Says:

    maaNikya veeNaa muphalaalayaMteeM
    madaalasaaM maMjula vaagvilaasaaM
    mahEMdra neeladyuti kOmalaaMgeeM
    maataMgakanyaaM manasaa smaraami

    caturbhujE caMdrakaLaavataMsE
    kucOnnatE kuMkumaraagaSONE
    puMDrEkshu paaSaaMkuSa pushpabaaNahastE
    namastE! jagadEkamaata@h jagadEkamaata@h …aa…

    maataa…! marakataSyaamaa! maataMgee madhuSaalinee!
    kuryaatkaTaakshaM kalyaaNee! kadaMba vanavaasinee…!

    jaya maataMgatanayE…!
    jaya neelOtpaladyutE!
    jaya saMgeetarasikE!
    jaya leelaaSukapriyE…!

    jai jananee!

    sudhaasamudraaMta RdyanmaNidweepa saMrUDha bilvaaTavee madhya
    kalpadrumaakalpa kaadaMba kaaMtaaravaasapriyE…!
    kRttivaasapriyE…!
    saadaraarabdha saMgeetasaMbhaavanaa saMbhramaalOla neepa sragaabaddha
    cULee sanaathatrikE! saanumatputrikE…!
    SEkhareebhUtaSeetaaMSurEkhaa mayUkhaavaLIbaddhasusnigdha neelaalakaSrENi
    SRMgaaritE! lOkasaMbhaavitE…!
    kaamaleelaa dhanussannibhabhrUlataa pushpa saMdEha kRcCaaru gOrOcanaa
    paMkakELI – lalaamaabhiraamE…! suraamE! ramE…!

    sarvayaMtraatmikE! sarvataMtraatmikE!
    sarvamaMtraatmikE! sarvamudraatmikE!
    sarvaSaktyaatmikE! sarvacakraatmikE!
    sarvavarNaatmikE! sarvarUpE!
    jaganmaatRkE! hE jaganmaatRkE!
    paahi maaM paahi maaM, paahi paahi!

  22. johny Says:

    i need a lyrics of title song from sapthapadhi and hrudhya haadithe

    sapthapdheeeee idhu sapthpadheeee &
    naliyuthaaaaaa hridhaya haadanu haaadidhe

  23. madhavi maya Says:

    we are lucky to see such a great,simple,honest and manava purusha. i can say that iam very lucky to be here to enjoy my life in a systematic way,leading systematic life, earning, learning,talking and every thing in a beautiful manner.may god blesshim always

  24. raju Says:

    would like to request to publish all the superhit songs with lyrics so that we can taste & feel the song in reality
    also noted the above , there is a demand for the lyrics not only for me but for many….
    raju_701@rediffmail.com

  25. Sandesh Says:

    Some of my fav songs of Raj are (no particular order)
    1. Anuraga enaytu
    2. BaaLu beLakayitu
    3. Kallina Veeneya
    4. Hoovinda bareda katheya
    5. Ellelli nodali ninnanna kaanuve

  26. Ramesh Says:

    @Sanjeev: thanks a bunch for the lyrics of “manikya veena” .. without being too critical, is it possible for you to cleanup the last part of the song, it seems to be off .. again, thanks for a wonderful effort. I definitely couldnt have done that.

  27. manju.KC Says:

    Annavru Annavre !!!! bere yaaru avrige equal illa…… RAJ ” The King ” of all Actors…..

  28. Sundeep Says:

    Can anyone please advice as to where can i get the lyrics written in english of all the lovely songs mentioned above. Any website?

  29. Palahalli Says:

    Ok…this post made me nostalgic..i’m listening to his songs on youtube now :) They have so many there!

  30. sisya Says:

    try kannadalyrics.com or kn.wikisource.org — copy the lyrics from there and ‘paste-special’ it in Baraha (baraha.com). You’ll get the english transliteration. Or ask on any of the several Kannada communities on Orkut.

  31. gajee Says:

    Top – 11 songs only ?? grave injustice…!!!

    there are way too many good songs sung by dr Raj.

  32. santhosh Says:

    From the above its clear that..all his songs are top class like him. And more interestingly its tough compositions too. For example, song Ganga Yamuna Sangama Janaki herself took too many rehearsals and revealed this. RAJ is MUTTU, those who know this only they know this!!

  33. Deepak Says:

    What about Ee gandigu Henugu yenu snehavu from Akasmika, Ee mounava from mayura and Ninna snehake naan sothe hodenu

  34. TLM Says:

    need to add:

    ಕಣ್ಣೀರಧಾರೆ ಇದೇಕೆ ಇದೇಕೆ, from Hosa Belaku

  35. Nalini Says:

    What about ‘Love me or hate me” song from Operation diamond racket. I was told that it is the most watched one on you-tube. I simply can’t forget “ee samaya shringara maya” from ‘Babruvahana’. Dr. Raj has sung with lot of shringara rasa. He was the only singer who could say dialogues in the middle of the songs and make it sound so melodious.

  36. SATISH KUMAR(RAICHUR) Says:

    SATISH KUMAR(RAICHUR)9738344372….
    MY FAV SONG IS…NAN HERUVUDE NIMAGAGI…

  37. Anjali Says:

    Can i get a song from Ne Nana Gellarae

  38. mahesh g Says:

    hey , can any one send the lyrics of song”jeeva hoovagide” from nee nanna gellalare film,,,,,,,,,,,

  39. Ajeesh kumar Says:

    good…………..

  40. Simha Says:

    Friends,
    Seems like a few super awesome “happy” numbers from Dr. Raj have been forgotten by y’all … my votes go to:

    1) naariyaa seeray kaddaa – daari tappida magaa
    2) satyabhaamay – ravichandra
    3) nagu nagutaa nee baruvay – giri kanye (East!)

    -Simha

  41. haneef Says:

    “chandira thanda hueneme ratri” can some one will tell which movie song this i thiks this Rajkumar movie but i am not able to find Movie name plz help me for the same.

  42. rekha Says:

    thank you very much for the lyrics of kalidasa song.Dr. Rajkumar was a very talented actor indeed. no can compete with the devotional acting.

  43. Rajarama Rao B Says:

    ಕವಿರತ್ನ ಕಾಳಿದಾಸ – ಮಾಣಿಕ್ಯ ವೀಣಾWikisource ಇಂದ
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    ಚಿತ್ರ: ಕವಿರತ್ನ ಕಾಳಿದಾಸ
    ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ: ಕಾಳಿದಾಸ
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    ಗಾಯನ: ಡಾ| ರಾಜ್‍ಕುಮಾರ್

    ——————————————————————————–

    ಮಾಣಿಕ್ಯ ವೀಣಾ ಮುಫಲಾಲಯಂತೀಂ

    ಮದಾಲಸಾಂ ಮಂಜುಲ ವಾಗ್ವಿಲಾಸಾಂ
    ಆಆ……
    ಮಾಣಿಕ್ಯ ವೀಣಾ ಮುಫಲಾಲಯಂತೀಂ
    ಮದಾಲಸಾಂ ಮಂಜುಲ ವಾಗ್ವಿಲಾಸಾಂ
    ಮಾಹೇಂದ್ರ ನೀಲದ್ಯುತಿ ಕೋಮಲಾಂಗೀಂ……
    ಮಾಹೇಂದ್ರ ನೀಲದ್ಯುತಿ ಕೋಮಲಾಂಗೀಂ

    ಮಾತಂಗಕನ್ಯಾಂ ಮನಸಾಸ್ಮರಾಮೀ….ಈ..
    ಮನಸಾಸ್ಮರಾಮೀ

    ಚತುರ್ಭುಜೇ ಚಂದ್ರಕಳಾವತಂಸೇ
    ಕುಚೋನ್ನತೇ ಕುಂಕುಮರಾಗಶೋಣೇ….
    ಚತುರ್ಭುಜೇ ಚಂದ್ರಕಳಾವತಂಸೇ
    ಕುಚೋನ್ನತೇ ಕುಂಕುಮರಾಗಶೋಣೇ….

    ಆ……
    ಪುಂಡ್ರೇಕ್ಷುಪಾಶಾಂಕುಶ ಪುಷ್ಪಬಾಣಹಸ್ತೇ
    ನಮಸ್ತೇ.. ಜಗದೇಕಮಾತಹಾ..ಆ..

    ಮಾತಾ… ಮರಕತಶ್ಯಾಮಾ ಮಾತಂಗೀ ಮಧುಶಾಲಿನೀ
    ಆ…..
    ಮಾತಾ… ಮರಕತಶ್ಯಾಮಾ ಮಾತಂಗೀ ಮಧುಶಾಲಿನೀ

    ಕುರ್ಯಾತ್ಕಟಾಕ್ಷಂ ಕಲ್ಯಾಣೀ.. ಕದಂಬ ವನವಾಸಿನೀ…
    ಮಾತಾ… ಮರಕತಶ್ಯಾಮಾ ಮಾತಂಗೀ ಮಧುಶಾಲಿನೀ
    ಕುರ್ಯಾತ್ಕಟಾಕ್ಷಂ ಕಲ್ಯಾಣೀ.. ಕದಂಬ ವನವಾಸಿನೀ…

    ಜಯ ಮಾತಂಗತನಯೇ, ಜಯ ನೀಲೋತ್ಪಲದ್ಯುತೇ
    ಜಯ ಸಂಗೀತರಸಿಕೇ, ಜಯ ಲೀಲಾಶುಕಪ್ರಿಯೇ…

    ಸುಧಾಸಮುದ್ರಾಂತ ಹೃದ್ಯನ್ಮಣಿದ್ವೀಪ ಸಮ್ರೂಢ ಬಿಲ್ವಾಟವೀ ಮಧ್ಯ
    ಕಲ್ಪದ್ರುಮಾಕಲ್ಪ ಕಾದಂಬ ಕಾಂತಾರವಾಸಪ್ರಿಯೇ…
    ಕೃತ್ತಿವಾಸಪ್ರಿಯೇ.. ಸರ್ವಲೋಕಪ್ರಿಯೇ
    ಪಲ್ಲಕೀವಾದನ ಪ್ರಕ್ರಿಯಾಲೋಲತಾಲೀದಲಾಬದ್ದ
    ತಾಟಂಕ ಭೂಷಾವಿಶೇಷಾನ್ಮಿತೇ ಸಿದ್ದ ಸಮ್ಮಾನಿತೇ…

    ದೇವ ದೇವೇಶ ದೈತ್ಯೇಶ ಯಕ್ಷೇಶ ಭೂತೇಶ ವಾಗೀಶ ಕೋಣೇಶ

    ವಾಯ್ವಗ್ನಿ ಕೋಟೀರ ಮಾಣಿಕ್ಯ
    ಸಂಕೃಷ್ಟ ಬಾಲಾ ತಪೋತ್ತಾಮ
    ಲಾಕ್ಷಾರ ಸಾರುಣ್ಯ
    ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀಗೃಹೀತ್ತಾಂಗಿ ಪದ್ಮದ್ವಯೇ ಅದ್ವಯೇ..
    ಪುರುಚಿನನವರತ್ನ ಪೀಠಸ್ತಿತೆ, ಸುಸ್ತಿತೇ
    ಶಂಖ ಪದ್ಮದ್ವಯೋಪಾಶ್ರಿತೇ, ಆಶ್ರಿತೇ

    ದೇವಿ ದುರ್ಗಾ ವಟುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ಪಾಲೈರ್ಯುತೆ
    ಮತ್ತ ಮಾತಂಗ ಕನ್ಯಾ ಸಮೂಹಾನ್ವಿತೇ…

    ಸರ್ವಯಂತ್ರಾತ್ಮಿಕೆ
    ಸರ್ವಮಂತ್ರಾತ್ಮಿಕೆ
    ಸರ್ವತಂತ್ರಾತ್ಮಿಕೆ
    ಸರ್ವಮುದ್ರಾತ್ಮಿಕೆ

    ಸರ್ವಶಕ್ತ್ಯಾತ್ಮಿಕೆ
    ಸರ್ವವರ್ಣಾತ್ಮಿಕೆ
    ಸರ್ವರೂಪೇ ಜಗನ್ಮಾತೃಕೇ.. ಹೇ ಜಗನ್ಮಾತೃಕೇ
    ಪಾಹಿ ಮಾಂ ಪಾಹಿ ಮಾಂ ಪಾಹಿಮಾಂ ಪಾಹೀ

  44. srinivasa k Says:

    i love rajkumar rajkumar is king of kanndigas

  45. Nalini Says:

    Oh Rajkumar! Please come back. Sing all those wonderful songs again. The one and only Rajkumar. There will never be one like you.

  46. Chandru Says:

    Nanage Rajkumar Avaru Duets Tumba Istha..

    1. Atavenu Notavenu

    2 .Bere yenu Beda

  47. dr ramesh Says:

    Recently I was privileged to watch a spectacle unfold,
    DR.RAJKUMAR ‘s last movie as a bond — operation diamond racket was rereleased in Bangalore and other parts of karnataka, its always a treat to watch ANNAVRU on screen, so went to kapali theatre on a weekend,
    What I saw was a celebration of greatness by fans, housefull theatre, traffic jam, bursting of crackers, bands performing in front of screen, this shows that a phenomenon like Dr.Raj only gets bigger.
    It was a successful screening with great collections for over a week, not bad for a movie which was released in 1978.

    TIC TIC TIC—– full length English song sung by Dr.Raj with great confidence , when no other stars in India would not even dream of.

  48. NK Says:

    I would like to add
    Vedaanti helidhanu (not sure if PBS sung this but picturised on Annavru)

    Kallina Veeneya meetidharenu
    One more patho song by Raj with Madhavi as heroine, I do not rember that song, looking at all the above post, I feel so proud that I am annavru’s fan. he has sung so many classics.

  49. Gaby Says:

    Isn’t ವೇದಾಂತಿ ಹೇಳಿದನು from ಮಾನಸ ಸರೋವರ. Bit of a misogynistic whine by Puttanna and enacted on screen by Srinath. Sung of course by the fantastic PBS.

  50. vishnu Says:

    My story like annavru’s shruti seridaaga. I not get my love

  51. asha Says:

    Gaby,
    You are right.
    NK,
    Kallina Veeneya was from movie Guri..starring Raj and Archana directed by P Vasu

  52. asha Says:

    Hannef,
    Chanidra thanda song is from Chalisuva Modagalu movie..hope this helps.

  53. Dr. Raman Says:

    What about this song ‘Heluvudu ondu maduvudu matthondu’? Beautiful song.

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