Dasari Yoganand

Born 16 April 1922
Madras, British India
Died 23 November 2006(2006-11-23) (aged 84)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Occupation Film director
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Hanumayamma

Dasari Yoganand shorty D. Yoganand (Telugu: డి.యోగానంద్) (16 April 1922 23 November 2006) was a South Indian film director.[1][2]

Early life

Yoganand was born in Madras under British India. His parents are Venkata Das and Lakshmi Bai. Venkata Das was estate manager under Nawaab Raza Ali Khan of Machilipatnam. He was the youngest of three children survived. His elder brother Koteswara Rao is a Sound Engineer. D. Subbayya, a Photographic equipment businessman in Machilipatnam, adopted Yoganand. He was exposed to Photography and became an expert photographer. He was interested in playing and directing dramas and came close to Tungala Chalapathi Rao and Yadavalli Nageswara Rao in Machilipatnam. He went to Bangalore, trained in Radiology, and he went to Madras in 1939 to help his father. Yoganand joined Jiten Benarjee of Newtone Studios after his father's death and later worked with famous cinematographer M. A. Rehman.

He has participated in the Quit India Movement of 1942. In the Indian Freedom Movement, he came close to great Congress leaders like Rajagopalachari, Tanguturi Prakasam and Bulusu Sambamurthi.[3]

Film career

Yoganand has worked as an associate to Gudavalli Ramabrahmam and L. V. Prasad. He has worked in Samsaram directed by L.V. Prasad. In 1943, he joined as an editor, with Manikyam for the film Mayalokam and also worked as an assistant director to Gudavalli Ramabrahmam. He has worked for Bhakta Tulasidas by Lanka Satyam in Salem for three years.

His debut film was Ammalakkalu (Telugu) and Marumagal (Tamil) by Leena Chettiar in 1953. He became the in-house filmmaker for his Krishna Pictures and made many box-office successes including the iconic film, Madurai Veeran (1956). The film sowed the seeds for M. G. Ramachandran to be projected as more than a mere good-looking hero.

After working with Yoganand, N. T. Rama Rao offered him to direct for Thodu Dongalu (1954). He also wrote story for the film. The film got many awards, including a merit certificate from the President of India and an award in China Film Festival. NTR gave him a second chance in his next film Jayasimha which became a blockbuster.

He has directed about 50 films in Telugu and Tamil languages; among them N. T. Rama Rao had the lead role in 17 films. His successful films include Thodu Dongalu, Ilavelpu, Kodalu Diddina Kapuram, Ummadi Kutumbam, Muga Nomu, Jai Jawan, Vemulavada Bheema Kavi, Kathanayakuni Katha, Dabbuku Lokam Dasoham, Jayasimha, Vade Veedu, Thodu Dongalu, Thikka Shankarayya and Pelli Sandadi. He had the unique distinction of directing all the top stars, both in Telugu and Tamil film fields such as Sivaji Ganesan, M. G. Ramachandran, Gemini Ganesan, S. S. Rajendran, K. Balajee, N. T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Relangi Venkata Ramaiah, Bhanumathi Ramakrishna, Savitri, Padmini, Vyjayanthimala, Jayalalitha, Pandari Bai, B. Saroja Devi and Devika.

He died of Heart attack in Chennai. He is survived by his wife Hanumayamma, two sons and three daughters.[4]


Year Film Language Role
1945 Mayalokam Telugu Assistant editor
1953 Ammalakkalu Telugu Director
1953 Marumagal Tamil Director
1954 Todu Dongalu Telugu Director
1955 Jayasimha Telugu Director
1955 Kaveri Tamil Director
1955 Vijaya Gowri Telugu Director
1956 Ilavelpu Telugu Director
1956 Madurai Veeran Tamil Director
1956 Shri Gowri Mahatyam Telugu Director
1958 Anbu Enge Tamil Director
1958 Bhooloka Rambha Telugu Director
1958 Boologa Rambai Tamil Director
1958 Pareeksha Telugu Director
1959 Kalyana Penn Tamil Director
1959 Pelli Sandadi Telugu Director
1959 Vachchina Kodalu Nachchindi Telugu Director
1960 Engal Selvi Tamil Director
1960 Kanna Kooturu Telugu Director
1960 Parthiban Kanavu Tamil Director
1962 Raani Samyuktha Tamil Director
1963 Pareeksha Director
1963 Parisu Tamil Director
1964 Pasamum Nesamum Tamil Director
1967 Farz Hindi Assistant cameraman
1967 Ummadi Kutumbam Telugu Director
1968 Baghdad Gajadonga Telugu Director
1968 Tikka Shankaraiah Telugu Director
1969 Mooga Nomu Telugu Director
1970 Jai Jawan Telugu Director
1970 Kodalu Diddina Kapuram Telugu Director
1971 Thangaikkaga Tamil Director
1973 Dabbuku Lokam Dasoham Telugu Director
1973 Vaade Veedu Telugu Director
1974 Thayi Tamil Director
1974 Vemulawada Bheemakavi Telugu Director
1975 Ee Kalam Dampatulu Telugu Director
1975 Katha Nayakuni Katha Telugu Director
1976 Gruhapravesam Tamil Director
1978 General Chakravarthi Tamil Director
1978 Justice Gopinath Tamil Director
1979 Naan Vazhavaippen Tamil Director
1980 Yamanukku Yaman Tamil Director
1982 Oorukku Oru Pillai Tamil Director
1982 Vaa Kanna Vaa Tamil Director
1983 Simham Navvindi Telugu Director
1983 Sumangali Tamil Director
1984 Sarithira Nayagan Tamil Director


National Film Awards
Other Awards


  1. "Remembering D. Yoganand". Telugu Cinema. 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  2. http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-fridayreview/patriot-and-an-idealist/article3231514.ece
  3. Guy, Randor (2006-12-01). "Patriot and an idealist". The Hindu. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  4. "Director Yoganand is no more". IndiaGlitz. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  5. "2nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  6. "8th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 7 September 2011.

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