Dr Rajkumar is Karnataka's most-beloved actor and a Kannada icon. The winner of the 1995 Dadasaheb Phalke award for his contribution to cinema, Dr Rajkumar remains the only actor in India to ever win a National Film Award for singing. On the occasion of Dr Rajkumar’s 94th birth anniversary, Chetan Nadiger tells the story of how Dr Raj came to be first superstar singer of Kannada cinema.
Much has been said about the acting prowess of Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Dr Rajkumar. His passion for the Kannada language, his legacy, style, diction, humility and large-heartedness have been talked about in detail.
But Dr Rajkumar was not only a great actor, he was also a great singer.