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Kosaraju or Kosaraju Raghavaiah or Kosaraju Raghavaiah Chowdary (23 June 1905 – 27 October 1987) was a Telugu poet and writer. He wrote about 3,000 songs for 350 Telugu films. His lyrics are steeped in Telugu folklore and rural idiom. Born in an agricultural family in Appikatla village, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, Raghavaiah studied Telugu literature, epics and puranas.
Raghavaih was influenced by a Telugu scholar Kondamudi Narasimham Pantulu in whose play based on the Ramayana he acted when still in his teens. Initially, he worked as a journalist in the Raitu Patrika where he met the famous writer Samudrala Raghavacharya and the director Gudavalli Ramabrahmam. He published his first poetry anthology, Kadagandlu.
Film Career :
Raghavaiah acted in a Telugu film Raitu Bidda (1939) as a hero. Later, he shifted his focus to writing lyrics for the films. He penned humorous lyrics for K.V. Reddy - Pedda Manushulu (1954), followed by one of his most famous songs, Jebulo bomma je jela bomma (in B.A. Subba Rao - Raju Peda, 1954). He was well known for his earthy poetry, often referring to popular tales of morality and ethics.
He wrote memorable songs like "Eruvaka Sagaro", "Illarikamlo Unna Maza" and "Chethilo Dabbulu Poyene".
1939 - Raitu Bidda
1954 - Pedda Manushulu - Nandamaya Guruda Nandamaya
1954 - Raju Peda - Jebulo Bomma Jejela Bomma
1955 - Nammina Bantu - Chengu Chenguna Gantulu Veyyandi
1955 - Rojulu Marayi - Eruvaka Sagaro Ranno Chinnanna
1957 - Thodi Kodallu - Aaduthu Paaduthu Pani Chestunte, Townu Pakkakelloddura Dingari
1958 - Manchi Manasuku Manchi Rojulu - Anukunndokkati Ainadi Okkati Bolta Kottindile Bulbul Pitta, Kalavari Swardham Nirupeda Dukham Yenatikaina Marena
1959 - Illarikam - Bhale Chancele.. Illarikam lo Unna Maza, Niluvave Valukanuladana
1959 - Jayabheri - Unnaaraa Jodunnaaraa, Mammodinche Vaarunnaaraa
1962 - Kula Gothralu - Ayyayo Chetilo Dabbulu Poyene
1962 - Manchi Manasulu - Maama Maama Mama Eme Eme Bhaama
1963 - Chaduvukunna Ammayilu - Emitee Avataram
1963 - Lava Kusha - Ye Nimishaniki Yemi Jaruguno Evaroohinchedaru
1963 - Mooga Manasulu - Gowaramma Nee Mogudevaramma Evaramma Vaadevaramma
1964 - Devatha - Mavooru Madarasu Naa Peru Ramdasu
1964 - Ramudu Bheemudu - Desammu Maarindoy Kaalammu Maarindoy, Saradaa Saradaa Cigarettu
1965 - Antastulu - Dulapara Bulloda Dummu Dulapara Bulloda
1966 - Shri Krishna Pandaviyam - Bhala Bhala Naa Bandi Parugu Teese Bandi, Mattu Vadalara Niddura Mattu Vadalala
1967 - Aada Paduchu - Rikshavaalanu Nenu Pakshilaga Pothanu
1967 - Ave Kallu - Maa Voollo Oka Paduchundi Dayyamante Bhayamannadi
1967 - Poola Rangadu - Neetiki Nilabadi Nijayateega Padara Munduku Padara
1968 - Varakatnam - Sai Sai Jodedla Bandi
1970 - Dharma Daata - Evvarikosam Evadunnaadu Pondiraa Pondi
1971 - Bomma Borusa - Bomma Borusa Pandem Veyyi Needo Naado Paicheyi
1971 - Chelleli Kapuram - Bhale Bhale Maa Annayya
1971 - Sampoorna Ramayanam - Ramaya Tandri O Ramaya Tandri.. Maa Nomulanni Pandinayi Ramaya Tandri
1972 - Papam Pasivadu - Manchi Annadhey Kaanaraadu
1975 - Balipeetham - Takku Tikku Takkuladi Bandira, Yesukundam Buddoda
1975 - Pooja
1976 - Manushulanta Okkate - Muthyalu Vasthava Adigindi Isthava
1979 - Shri Vinayaka Vijayamu
Awards and Honours :
He was awarded the prestigious Raghupathi Venkaiah Award by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh for his outstanding contribution to Telugu cinema in 1984.
He was given the titles Janapada Kavi Sarvabhowma and Kaviratna.