Active - 1976 - 2015  |   Born - Apr 24, 1929 in Gajanur, Madras Presidency, British India  |   Died - Apr 12, 2006   |  

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  • Left school when he was eight years old.
  • Appeared in films in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and English.
  • In 1983 he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian award.
  • Won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song "Naadamaya Ee Lokavella" for Jeevana Chaitra (1992).
  • Was granted the Dadashaheb Phalke Award, India's highest cinematic award, in 1995.
  • A ten-time winner of the Filmfare Awards South Best Actor award.