S. V. Ranga Rao

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Samarla Venkata Ranga Rao (Telugu: సామర్ల వెంకట రంగారావు) (3 July 1918 – 18 July 1974) Popularly Known as S.V.R. was an Indian Theater actor, Tollywood actor, director and producer. He was popularly known as "Viswa Nata Chakravarthi." He was Iconic in his acting, portraying the Roles of Ravanasura, Gatothkacha and Keechaka from Indian Mythology. He serves as a role model for upcoming Tollywood, Theater and Indian actors.

Early life

Rao was born to Lakshmi and Koteswara Rao, an excise inspector at Nuzvidu town in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, India when World War I was drawing to a close. His mother, Lakshmi Narasayamma, a staunch devotee of Lord Venkateswara, named the boy after him.

The possessive father sent S.V.R. to the erstwhile Madras Presidency where he completed his schooling at Hindu College. At an early age of 12, the boy showed immense interest in stage action. While doing his B.Sc, the mind of youthful S.V.R. was always preoccupied with the thoughts of stage-plays and film acting. Soon after graduation, S.V.R. could get a job in the Fire Service in the cadre of an officer at Machilipatnam (Bandar). Two objectives were still clear in his mind, which were to do M.Sc. and to take active part in dramas and films.He won the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Keechaka in Nartanasala at the Indonesian Film Festival at Jakarta in 1963. It was the first time an Indian actor received an international...
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