Dr Rajkumar passed away on April 12 in Bangalore. He was 78.
In a career that spanned 45 years, Dr Raj, as he was fondly called, acted in 205 films, ranging from the mythological to social dramas. He was also a playback singer and won a National Award for the song Nadamaya from Jeevana Chaitra.
Staying away from politics and from acting in any non-Kannada films, Dr Rajkumar enjoyed the sort of popularity that could come only from immense talent and touching humility.
rediff pays tribute to Kannada cinema's Annavaru.