M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar
Indian actor, producer and Carnatic music singer


Late Sh. Mayavaram Krishnamurthy Thyagaraja Bhagavathar (1 March 1910 – 1 November 1959), also called M.K.T., was an Indian actor, producer and Carnatic music singer. He is considered to be one of the most successful actors in Tamil cinema ever and the first super star of Tamil cinema. Bhagavathar was born in the town of Mayiladuthurai in then Tanjore district of the Madras Presidency, British India. He started his career as a classical singer and stage artist in the late 1920s. In 1934, he made his début in films with the movie Pavalakkodi which turned out to be a hit. From 1934 to 1959, Bhagavathar acted in 14 films of whom 7 were box-office hits. Bhagavathar's 1944 film Haridas ran for three consecutive years at Broadway Theatre, Madras and created the record for the longest continuous run at a single theatre.

  Title Role Notes
1934 Pavalakkodi Arjuna  
1936 Naveena Sarangadhara Sarangadharan  
1936 Sathyaseelan Sathyaseelan Also producer
1937 Chintamani Bilwamangal  
Ambikapathy Ambikapathy  
1939 Thiruneelakantar Thiruneelakanta Nayanar Also producer
1941 Ashok Kumar Gunalan  
1943 Sivakavi Poyyamozhi Pulavar/Ambalaththarasar  
1944 Haridas Haridas  
1948 Raja Mukthi Rajendravarman  
1953 Amarakavi Amarakavi  
1953 Syamala    
1957 Puthu Vazhvu Vaikuntam Also producer and director
1960 Sivagami M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar Cameo role
Posthumous film


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