BANGALORE: The late thespian Rajkumar, who made Kannadigas proud with his brilliant acting skills and his golden voice, has yet another book dedicated to him, this time in English. “Dr. Rajkumar: The Inimitable Actor With A Golden Voice” was released here on Thursday by the actor’s wife Parvathamma Rajkumar.
She handed over the first copy to poet K.S. Nisar Ahmed.
The book, originally written in Kannada by A.N. Prahalada Rao, and titled “Bangarada Manushya”, was first released in 2005 in the presence of Dr. Rajkumar himself.
It ran into three editions and sold over 15,000 copies. It has now been translated into English by literary critic C.N. Ramachandran and journalist Alladi Jayashri.
Published by Sapna Book House, the book closely examines Dr. Rajkumar’s films, dividing them into those that dealt with mythology, on novels and the social dramas. It also explores his role of a singing star, and includes photographs from his films and other achievements. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Ramachandran said: “He was not just a great actor but also a great singer and a great human being. He is the only great actor to have acted in only one language.”
To mark the completion of 75 years of Kannada film industry, Prof. Rao announced that the book would be released in New Jersey on May 10, sponsored by Brindavana, the Kannada Association of New Jersey. Prof. Rao said: “The aim was to reach out to a global audience. Rajkumar was a cult figure and cannot be restricted to just the local geography, he has a large fan following even abroad.”