Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam (1960)
Cast: NT Rama Rao (Srinivasa), Savitri (Padmavathi), S. Varalakshmi (Lakshmi Devi), Gummadi (Bhrugu Maharshi), Chittooru Nagaiah (Bavaji), Santha Kumari (Vakulamala), Suri Babu (Narada), Shavukaru Janaki (Erukala saani), AV Subba Rao (Brahma), Sandhya (Saraswathi), Rushyendramani (Dharani Devi), Ghantasala, Rajanala, Relangi, Athreya (Akasa Raju), Ramana Reddy (Sarabha), Surabhi Balasaraswathi, Lanka Satyam, Vempati Peda Satyam (Siva), R. Nageswara Rao, Balakrishna, Vangara
Lyrics: Athreya, Malladi Ramakrishna Sastry, Arudra and Narasa Reddy
Playback: Ghantasala, S. Varalakshmi, P. Susheela, Santha Kumari, Pithapuram Nageswara Rao, P. Suri Babu
Music: Pendyala Nageswara Rao
Cinematography: PL Roy
Editing: KA Sriramulu
Art: SVS Rama Rao
Director: P. Pullaiah
Banner: Padmasri Pictures
Release Date: 9 January
Trivia: It released with 20 prints and had a 100-day run in 16 centers. It created new collection records at the box-office. It celebrated silver jubilee in Hyderabad and Vijayawada centers.
Ghantasala made a special appearance in the film and he was seen in the song 'Seshasailaa vaasa sri venkatesaa' rendered by himself.
Art director Rama Rao made the tirupathi temple set at Vauhini Studios, where most of the film's shoot done.
Every theatre, Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam is running, turned a temple those days. Rs. 46,000 collected from the hundees, kept in the theatres. Pullayya, the director, added another Rs. 4,000 to that money and given it as 'Viralam' to TTD.
The film was a spring board especially for NTR. It is his performance in this movie that turned him into the most beloved actor of the Telugu screen and stamped him as 'the screen god'. Admirers thronged in thousands every where behind NTR. Another great man behind this grand success was Pendyala Nageswara Rao, the music director of the film. The song 'Seshasaialavasa..' is heard and sung almost every day in Telugu homes till today. All credit to Pendyala for the tune, and all praise to the immortal voice of Ghantasala for rendering it so evocatively.
It was well mentioned that both movies Venkateswara Mahatyam (1939) and Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam (1960) directed by P. Pullaiah.
1. Sridevini needu deverini
2. Chiru chiru nagavula
3. Ennaallani naa kannulu kaayagaa
4. Evaro aa nava mohanudevaro
5. Kalagaa kammani kalagaa
6. Seshasailaa vaasa sri venkatesaa
7. Padave podaamu gauree
8. Kallu teruvaraa narudaa
9. Varaala beramayaa