Rekandar Nageswara Rao
|Born||1 June 1949|
|Died||9 June 2022 (aged 73)|
|Awards||Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2011)|
Padma Shri (2013)
Rekandar Nageswara Rao, popularly known as Surabhi Babji (1 June 1949 – 9 June 2022) was an Indian thespian, and director, known for his works in Telugu theatre. He was honored by the Government of India, in 2013, by bestowing on him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his contributions to the field of art.
Rekander Nageswar Rao, born in a theatre-owning family, in the remote village of Gimidi Peta in Srikakulam district, in Andhra Pradesh, in India, is a fourth generation theatre owner. His forefathers, viz. Rekander Chiina Venkatrao, who founded the Sri Venkateswara Natya Mandali (Surabhi) in 1937, Rekandar Dasaradhi Rao and Rekandar Bhoja Raju were well known theatre personalities. He took charge of running the theatre group in 1973.
Some of his notable plays are Lavakusa, Mayabazar, Anasuya, Sri Veera Brahmam gari Charitra, Harishnandra, Bobbili Yuddham, Balanagamma, Chintamani, and Rangoon rowdy. He has also assisted B. V. Karanth, renowned Kannada director, in a play by the name of Chandi Priya.
Rekander Nageshwar Rao is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, which he received in 2011. Later, the Government of India honoured him with the civilian award of Padma Shri, in 2013.
Recipients of Padma Shri in Art