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Relangi Venkata Ramaiah
Relangi Venkata Ramaiah
(9 August 1910 – 26 November 1975) was an Indian film
Indian film
character actor, comedian and producer known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema.[1][2] He was honored with the Padma Shri, for his contribution to Indian cinema in 1970. Relangi is regarded as one of the finest comic actors of India, noted particularly for his comic expressions, and dialogues during the golden age of Telugu cinema. Together with Ramana Reddy
Ramana Reddy
were a comedy double act during the era of early Tollywood. Notable Relangi performances include those from Gunasundari Katha, Missamma, Mayabazar, Nartanasala, Donga Ramudu, Iddaru Mitrulu, Chaduvukunna Ammayilu, Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu, Velugu Needalu, Vipra Narayana, Lava Kusha , Kula Gothralu
Kula Gothralu
and Preminchi Choodu.[3][4] The Relangi Art Academy Award was instituted in his honor for best comic performances.[5]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Filmography

3.1 1930s 3.2 1940s 3.3 1950s 3.4 1960s 3.5 1970s 3.6 Singer 3.7 Producer

4 Awards 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Relangi was born in a Telugu Gowda family in the village of Ravulapalem
Ravulapalem
in the East Godavari
East Godavari
district in Madras State
Madras State
(now Andhra Pradesh). He was a professional Harikatha
Harikatha
performer and also an expert Harmonium player.[4] He grew up in Kakinada; however, he didn't show interest in education due to his passion for acting. Career[edit] Relangi started his initial career acting in stage and folk theater and also took female roles in stage theatre. He started his film career by playing a Vidushaka (Jester) role in his first Telugu film Sri Krishna Thulaabaaram in 1935 under the direction of C. Pullaiah. Later on, he assisted Pullaiah as a Production Manager until he got a major break with the film Gollabhama released in 1947. Subsequently, he played a comedic role in Vindhyarani, which was a big hit. He was a regular face in all the movies made under the Vijaya Films banner from 1950. He grew so popular that he was given a chance to play a comedic hero role in Pakkinti Ammayi
Pakkinti Ammayi
in 1953 under Pullayya opposite Anjali Devi.[6] Filmography[edit] As a comedic actor, he was quite popular when partnered with actress Girija, actress Suryakantham, and another comedian actor, Ramana Reddy. These combinations were repeated for several hit movies in Telugu. Some of the well-known movies in which Relangi acted are shown below.

1930s[edit]

Sri Krishna Thulaabaaram in 1935 Vara Vikrayam in 1939

1940s[edit]

Malathi Madhavam in 1940 Bala Nagamma in 1942 Gollabaama in 1947 Vindhyarani
Vindhyarani
in 1948 Keelu Gurram
Keelu Gurram
in 1949 Gunasundari Katha
Gunasundari Katha
in 1949 Mana Desam
Mana Desam
in 1949

1950s[edit]

Samsaram in 1950 Maya Ramba in 1950 Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha in 1950 Shavukaru Navvite Navaratnalu in 1951 Patala Bhairavi
Patala Bhairavi
in 1951 Perantaalu in 1951 Agni Pariksha in 1951 Prema in 1952 Dharmadevatha in 1952 Daasi in 1952 Manavati in 1952 Priyuralu in 1952 Tingu Ranga in 1952 Peda Rythu in 1952 Pardesi in 1953 Pakkinti Ammayi
Pakkinti Ammayi
in 1953

Chandirani
Chandirani
in 1953 Bratuku Theruvu in 1953 Peddamanushulu in 1954 Chandraharam
Chandraharam
in 1954 Raju Peda
Raju Peda
in 1954 Vipra Narayana
Vipra Narayana
in 1954 Rani Ratnaprabha in 1955 Jayasimha in 1955 Missamma
Missamma
in 1955 Ardhangi
Ardhangi
in 1955 Rojulu Marayi
Rojulu Marayi
in 1955 Santhanam in 1955 Donga Ramudu
Donga Ramudu
in 1955 Jayam Manade in 1956 Bhale Ramudu
Bhale Ramudu
in 1956 Chintamani in 1956 Charana Daasi in 1956 Veera Kankanam in 1957 Todi Kodallu
Todi Kodallu
in 1957 Sarangadhara in 1957 Kutumba Gauravam in 1957 Dongallo Dora in 1957 Bhagya Rekha
Bhagya Rekha
in 1957 Allauddin Adhbhuta Deepam
Allauddin Adhbhuta Deepam
in 1957 Maya Bazaar
Maya Bazaar
in 1957 Suvarna Sundari
Suvarna Sundari
in 1957 Mangalya Balam in 1958 Manchi Manasuku Manchi Rojulu
Manchi Manasuku Manchi Rojulu
in 1958 Chenchu Lakshmi
Chenchu Lakshmi
in 1958 Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu
Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu
in 1958

Krishna Leelalu 1959 Jayabheri
Jayabheri
in 1959 Illarikam
Illarikam
in 1959

1960s[edit]

Bhatti Vikramarka
Bhatti Vikramarka
in 1960 Shantinivasam in 1960 Samajam in 1960 Pelli Kaanuka in 1960 Mamaku Tagga Alludu in 1960 Vagdanam
Vagdanam
in 1960 Usha Parinayam
Usha Parinayam
in 1961 Shabash Raja in 1961 Iddaru Mitrulu in 1961 Bharya Bharthalu
Bharya Bharthalu
in 1961 Bhaktha Jayadeva in 1961 Jagadeka Veeruni Katha
Jagadeka Veeruni Katha
in 1961 Kalasivunte Kaladu Sukham in 1961 Sri Srikakula Andhra Mahavishnuvu Katha in 1962 Siri Sampadalu
Siri Sampadalu
in 1962 Raktha Sambandham in 1962 Mohini Rugmangada in 1962 Kula Gothralu
Kula Gothralu
in 1962 Bhishma in 1962 Aradhana in 1962

Tiger Ramudu in 1962 Mahamantri Timmarusu in 1962 Chaduvukunna Ammayilu
Chaduvukunna Ammayilu
in 1963 Lakshadhikari
Lakshadhikari
in 1963 Lava Kusha
Lava Kusha
in 1963 Paruvu Prathishta in 1963 Narthanasala
Narthanasala
in 1963 Velugu Needalu
Velugu Needalu
in 1964 Ramudu Bheemudu
Ramudu Bheemudu
in 1964 Pooja Phalam
Pooja Phalam
in 1964 Aatma Balam in 1964 Sri Simhachala Kshetra Mahima
Sri Simhachala Kshetra Mahima
in 1965 Satya Harishchandra in 1965 Preminchi Choodu
Preminchi Choodu
in 1965 Chitti Chellelu in 1965 Antastulu
Antastulu
in 1965 Aatma Gowravam
Aatma Gowravam
in 1965 Navarathri in 1966 Letha Manasulu in 1966 Aastiparulu
Aastiparulu
in 1966 Rahasyam in 1967 Private Master in 1967 Goodachari 116
Goodachari 116
in 1967 Bhakta Prahlada in 1967 Aada Paduchu
Aada Paduchu
in 1967 Bhale Tammudu
Bhale Tammudu
in 1969 Matrudevata in 1969

1970s[edit]

Thalli Thandrulu in 1970 Jeevitha Chakram
Jeevitha Chakram
in 1971 Ganga Manga in 1973 Nippulanti Manishi in 1973 Pooja in 1975

Singer[edit] Some of the well-known songs sung by Relangi are in the following movies:

Year Film Song

1949 Gunasundari Katha Adive Eduraivachche Daka Padara Munduku Padipodam

1951 Patala Bhairavi Talalene Ne Talalene Vinave Bala Naa Prema Gola

1952 Dharma Devata Virise Vennelalo

1954 Vipra Narayana Aadadhi Ante Layam Layam Aa Needantene Bhayam Bhayam

1954 Pedda Manushulu

1955 Missamma Dharmam Cheyyi Babu Kaani Dharmam Seetaram Seetaram Seetaram Jai Seetaram

1959 Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu

1966 Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha

Producer[edit]

Relangi acted and produced the film Samajam in 1960.

Awards[edit] In 1970, he was awarded the Padma Shri, a civilian award from the Government of India. References[edit]

^ M.L. NARASIMHAM. "Blast from the past: Illarikam
Illarikam
(1959)". The Hindu.  ^ M L Narasimham. "Blast from the Past: Mahakavi Kalidasu (1960)". The Hindu.  ^ http://www.filmchamber.com/tmpl.asp?it=prfbrelangi ^ a b http://www.tollynation.com/article/1926 ^ "Relangi Art Academy awards declared". The Hindu.  ^ "CineGoer.com - Titbits". Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. 

External links[edit]

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