|Type||Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||1 January 1901, Guntur district|
1 January 1975, Hyderabad
(aged 74 years)
Kalyanam Raghuramaiah (1901–1975), popularly known as Eelapata Raghuramaiah, was an Indian film 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 or Dushyantha, Bhavanisankar, Narada etc. He performed those roles for about 60 years. He indulged in elaborate raga alapana, based on different ragas while rendering padyams.
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. He was called the “Nightingale of the Stage” by Rabindranath Tagore
He was born in Suddapalli village of Guntur district and named as Venkata Subbaiah. He was popular during childhood days in playing Raghurama, hence named as Raghuramaiah by Kasinadhuni Nageswara Rao.
He entered Telugu cinema in 1933 in the film “Prudhvi Putra”. It is the 5th movie in Telugu cinema industry. This is the 1st Telugu movie produced by Telugu person viz. Pothina Srinivasa Rao. He acted as Krishna in many films including Sri Krishna Rayabaram and in the film Chintamani.
He married Savitri second daughter of Rohini Venkata Subbaiah and Sitamma in 1938 at Bapatla. She inaugurated the statue of her husband Raghuramaiah at Chebrolu, Guntur district on 5 March 2013. At the age of 92 years i.e. on 08.12.2014 she died due to old age at Vijayawada. They have only one daughter viz. Thota Satyavathi, Son-in-law Thota Parvateeswara Rao.
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. February 24. He toured Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore with a drama troupe in 1972.
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 bronze statue of him was installed in his honor at Suddapalli village, his birthplace.
- Prithvi Putra (1933)
- Bhakta Kuchela (1935)
- Lanka Dahanam (1936)
- Rukmini Kalyanam (1937)
- Pasupathastram (1939)
- Apavadu (1941)
- Talliprema (1941)
- Madalasa (1948)
- Maya Rambha (1950)
- Mayapilla (1951)
- Prapancham (1953)
- Sati Sakkubai (1954) …. Lord Krishna
- Shri Krishna Tulabharam (1955/I) …. Sri Krishna
- Chintamani (1956)
- Shri Krishna Maya (1958)
- Sri Krishna Rayabaram (1960)
- Nagarjuna (1961/I)
- Usha Parinayam (1961) … Lord Krishna
- Dakshayagnam (1962/I) …. Narada
- Valmiki (1963/I)
- Mohini Bhasmasura (1966)
- Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna (1967)
- National Honors
- Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1973
- Civilian Honors
- He was awarded Padmashri by Government of India in 1975.