Kalyanam Raghuramayya
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Kalyanam Venkata Subbayya

5 March 1901
Suddapalli village, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died24 February 1975(1975-02-24) (aged 73)
Hyderabad, India
Occupation(s)Actor, thespian
ChildrenThota Satyavathi (daughter)

Kalyanam Raghuramayya (1901–1975), popularly known as Eelapata Raghuramayya, was an Indian actor, and thespian known for his works in Telugu cinema, and Telugu theatre. A recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, and the Padmashri, He was known for the roles of Krishna, Dushyantha, Narada etc. He performed those roles for about 60 years. He indulged in elaborate Raga Alapana, based on different ragas while rendering padyams.[1][2][3]

One of the finest method actors, he had the ability to sing padyams and songs through whistle, by putting his finger in mouth and producing the whistle or flute sound (meaning Eela in Telugu). He has acted in various dramas and gave more than 20,000 stage performances.[4] He was called the "Nightingale of the Stage" by Rabindranath Tagore.[1]

Early life

He was born in Suddapalli village of Guntur district and named as Venkata Subbayya. He was popular during childhood days in playing Raghurama, hence named as Raghuramayya by Kasinadhuni Nageswara Rao.[2][3][5]

Early career

He entered Telugu cinema in 1933 in the film "Prudhvi Putra". It is the fifth talkie film in Telugu cinema industry.[citation needed] This is the first Telugu film produced by Telugu person viz. Pothina Srinivasa Rao.[citation needed] He acted as Krishna in many films including Sri Krishna Rayabaram (1960) and in the film Chintamani.[2][3][6]

Personal life

He married Savitri, second daughter of Rohini Venkata Subbayya and Sitamma in 1938 at Bapatla. She inaugurated the statue of her husband Raghuramayya at Chebrolu, Guntur district on 5 March 2013. At the age of 92 years i.e. on 8 December 2014 she died due to old age at Vijayawada. They have only one daughter viz. Thota Satyavathi, Son-in-law Thota Parvateeswara Rao.[2][3][6]

Their grand children are Dr. T.V.S. Gopal, Chintala Ratna, and Gangisetty Raja. His brother-in-law Rohini Venkaiah, Commercial Tax Officer (Retd.) and his wife Dr. Rohini Venkata Sundara Varada Rajeswari, Famous Devotional Writer of several books and Member Sree Hampi Virupaksha Vidyaranya Maha Samsthanam and their son Rohini Mahesh, Devotional Writer of several articles and Member Sree Hampi Virupaksha Vidyaranya Maha Samsthanam date of birth and his son Rohini Harish date of birth and Raghramaiah's date of death is same i.e. 24 February. He toured Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore with a drama troupe in 1972.[2][3][6]

Death and popularity

He died of a heart attack in 1975 at the age of 75 years. He was called the "Nightingale of the Stage" by Rabindranath Tagore. A well sheltered bronze statue of him was installed in his honor at Suddapalli village, his birthplace, on 14 February 2014 by his eldest brother's son Sri. Kalyanam Narasimha Rao, Retd. Senior Manager, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Hyderabad and the statue was inaugurated by Sri. Mandali Budda Prasad, Chairman Official Languages, Andhra Pradesh.[1][2][6]



National Honors
Civilian Honors


  1. ^ a b c Article in Eenadu "Eenadu - the Heart and Soul of AndhraPradesh". Archived from the original on 11 October 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "He was ahead of his times - Tirupati". The Hindu. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e "pranaism: తెలుగు నాటకరంగ ప్రముఖుల ఫోటోలు (సశేషం)". Pranaism.blogspot.in. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  4. ^ 20th Century Telugu Luminaries, Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, 2005
  5. ^ "Telugu Cinema Prapamcham: Daksha Yagnam (1962)". Telugucineblitz.blogspot.in. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d "Kalyanam Raghuramaiah". IndionTV. 5 March 2013. Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.