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* 14 Dec 2021
Guru Gopinath was a famous court dancer of the Travancore state. K. Subrahmaniam invited Guru Gopinath and his wife and dancer Thankamani to act in ‘Prahlada'.
 It was the debut film of Guru Gopinath and Thankamani Gopinath. The episode from Vishnu Purana, a holy text of Hindus, tells the story of Prahlada (Kumari Lakshmi) who worships Lord Vishnu against the orders of his father Hiranyakashipu (Guru Gopinath). All the attempts of the demon king and his wife Kayadhu (Thankamani Gopinath) to change their son's mind fail. The Lord comes to Prahlada's rescue every time he is tortured by Hiranyakashipu. And then, finally, the Lord appears as Narasimha (a man-lion avatar) to kill Hiranyakashipu.
The main attraction of the film was a dance by Guru Gopinath as Yama, the god of death. Apart from acting as Hiranyakashipu, the dance sequences of the dancer and his wife stood out. 
Source: Prahlada (1941) by B. Vijayakumar, The Hindu, April 10, 2011

Guru Gopinath danced as the demon Bhasmasur and Guru Gopalakrishnan as Lord Shiva in the movie Mayabazar (1957).
Source: cinemanrityagharana. blogspot.com

Guru Gopinath acted as Jesus Christ in the movie Jeevitha Nauka, danced as Bhasmasura in Maya Bazaar and as Poothana in the film Bhakta Kuchela and was the dance director of Jeevitha Nauka, Visappinte Vili, Athmasakhi, Thozhilali, Maya Bazaar and Kumara Sambhavam.
Source: An imaginary interview with Guru Gopinath by Tapati Chowdhurie, narthaki.com


* 5 Oct 2021
National and State awards for the film Thunaivan
A.Maruthakasi, lyricist for Tamil films received the 1969 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards - Best Lyricist for the song 'Marudhamalai yaane' and K. B. Sundarambal received the National Film Award as well as the Tamil Nadu State Film Award in 1969 for Best Female Playback Singer and Balamurugan was awarded Best Story Writer.
Source: wikipedia.org


* Jul 2021
Bharathidasan has penned lyrics for several Tamil film songs such as `Vennilavum vaanum pole... ' from the movie Kalyanam Panniyum Brahmachari, `Thunbam nergaiyil inbam... from Or Iravu, `Thamizhikku amudhendru per... ' from Panchavarna Kili and `Sange muzhangu... ' from Kalangarai Vilakkam.

He has also written the story, script and songs for films including Valaiyapathi, Aayiram Thalaivaangiya Apoorva Sindhamani, Aadhithan Kanavu.
Source: Bharathidasan's gift to Tamil and Pondicherry, Deepa H Ramakrishnan, The Hindu, Apr 18, 2006


* Jul 2021
The film Kalyanam Panniyum Bramhachari (1954) had melodious music (composer T. G. Lingappa) with lyrics by K. D. Santhanam and others. Today not many are aware that a peppy song, ‘Jolly life….jolly life …' was filmed on Sivaji Ganesan with Chandra Babu lending his voice! The song became popular.
Source: Kalyanam Panniyum Bramhachari 1954, Randor Guy, The Hindu, March 20, 2011


* Jul 2021
In the film Kalyanam Panniyum Bramhachari (1954) the music director was TG Lingappa with lyrics by K. D. Santhanam and others.
But the song Vennilavum vaanum pole sung by Radha Jayalakshmi was composed by Dhandapani Desikar with lyrics by Bharathidasan.
Source: Kalyanam Panniyum Bramhachari 1954, Randor Guy, The Hindu, March 20, 2011