Rajkumar (Kannada: ಡಾ. ರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್), born as Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju (Kannada: ಸಿಂಗಾನಲ್ಲೂರು ಪುಟ್ಟಸ್ವಾಮಯ್ಯ ಮುತ್ತುರಾಜು) (Apr 24, 1929 - Apr 12, 2006) was an actor and singer in the Kannada film industry. Having acted in more than 200 Kannada movies, he worked primarily in Karnataka and is considered a cultural icon of Kannada.
Rajkumar was born on 24 April 1929 in Singanallur of Undivided Mysore District (presently in Chamarajnagar District) to Lakshmamma and Singanallur Puttaswamiah. He was brought up in Dodda Gajanur (prior to 1947, it was in Princely State of Mysore now in Erode district of Tamil Nadu) a place that he used to visit three to four times each year.
He was often referred to as Rajanna, Natasarvabhouma (emperor of acting), Gaana Gandharva (singer in the court of Gods), and was hugely popular in Karnataka, where he was also known as Annavru, meaning "beloved elder brother". Of his fans, he once said, "I don't know whether I will ever see God. But for me all my fans are my Gods." Rajkumar entered the film industry at the age of eight and got his first break as a hero in the 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.
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