Gollapudi Maruti Rao

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Gollapudi Maruti Rao
Gollapudi Maruthi Rao, December 2007.jpg
Gollapudi Maruti Rao on his way to Kalahasthi, December 2007
Born (1939-04-14) 14 April 1939 (age 75)
Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
Occupation Writer (plays, stories, novels), screenwriter, TV anchor,
journalist, film editor, actor, director
Website
www.gollapudimaruthirao.com
www.koumudi.net.

Gollapudi Maruti Rao is an Indian film actor, theatre actor, screenwriter, dramatist, playwright, and dialogue writer known for his works in Telugu Cinema, Theatre arts and Telugu Literature. He has acted in over 230 Telugu films.[1][2] His noted literary works and plays, like Rendu Rellu Aaru, Patita, Karuninchani Devatalu, Mahanatudu, Kaalam Venakku Tirigindi, Aasayaalaku Sankellu, have won numerous State Awards.[3][4][5][6][7]

He was a member of the Script Scrutiny Committee of National Film Development Corporation and served as a Jury Member at International Film Festival of India for Indian Panorama section in 1996. He is known for scripting landmark films like Doctor Chakravarthy, Tharangini, Samsaram Chadharangam, Kallu etc. He has garnered six Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Awards.[8][9] In 1997, He has established the Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Foundation, which presents the Gollapudi National Award, for the best first film of a director in Indian cinema.[10]

Rao was also known for his works in All India Radio and Journalism, for over two decades. His play was included in the Master of Arts (Telugu literature) curriculum of Osmania University. This work was translated into all Indian languages by the National Book Trust, under the Aadaan Pradaan programme. The work was remade into a Telugu film in 1988 which won the Nandi Award for the Best Story in 1989. His 1975 play Kallu, was also remade into a Telugu film Kallu, which has also garnered Nandi Award for Best Feature Film.[11] His play Oka Chettu – Rende Puvvulu was purchased by the Song and Drama Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for popular exhibition.[12][13]

A volume of essays on theatre, Telugu Nataka Rangam, was prescribed as a textbook for the Department of Theatre Arts, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam (1967). He has published two research articles appeared in Andhra Vignana Sarvaswam (Telugu Encyclopedia) 11th volume: "History of the development in 'Thought' and 'Technique' of Telugu Play-writing" and "Amateur Theatre – its origin and growth in relation to the World Amateur Theatre movement.[14] His Telugu play Vandemaataram, the first one in Telugu about the Sino-Indian War, was published by Andhra Pradesh State Information & Public Relations Department, (1963).[15]

Early life[edit]

Maruti Rao was born in a Telugu speaking family on 14 April 1939, in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India and graduated from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh in 1959 specializing in Mathematical Physics.[16]

Literary activity[edit]

Maruti Rao has written and published several plays (9), playlets (18), novels (12), story volumes (4), essays (2), children's stories (3). He wrote a weekly column, "Jeevana Kaalam" (The Living Times), a kaleidoscopic study of contemporary social and political issues for over 24 years. It was a very popular feature in one of the largest circulated Telugu dailies of Andhra Pradesh, Andhra Jyothy, and the feature continued to appear in Vaartha (Daily). His column with an audio reading (his voice) is presented, in an internet magazine Koumudi.[17]

His autobiography Amma Kadupu Challaga, a 550-page compendium of his memoirs was released in India, USA and Australia.[18] A travelogue Tanzania Teerthayatra was published by Koumudi in the USA in 2008 in its collection. It is based on 15-day safari with his friend Ganti Prasada Rao in the major national parks and historical places in Tanzania. The novel Pidikedu Aakaasham was released as an audio publication on 16 February 2009 while conferring the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Vanguri Foundation in Hyderabad.[19][20][21]

Awards[edit]

Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Awards
  • Nandi Award for Best Story – Atma Gowravam (1965)
  • Nandi Award for Best Comedian – Tarangini (1983)
  • Nandi Award for Best Character actor – Ramayanamlo Bhagavatham (1985)
  • Nandi Award for Best Dialogue – Mestri kapuram (1991)
  • Nandi Award for Best Screenplay – Prema Pusthkam (1994)
  • Nandi Award for Best actor (Television) (1996)
All India Radio Awards
  • Best Script in the Inter-University Radio play contest conducted by All India Radio, for Anantam (1959)
  • Mahatma Gandhi Award for Creative Literature in an All India Contest, for Prasna

Literary Awards and honours[edit]

Sangam Academy Awards
  • Sangam Academy Award for Best Play Kallu (1975)
  • Sarvaraya Dharmanidhi Puraskaram for the Best Humorous writing (1983)
Other Awards
  • Gurazada Apparao Memorial Gold Medal by Vamsee Art Theatre (1985)
  • Telugu Velugu Award (1987)
  • Madras Telugu Academy Award for Best All-rounder (1996)
  • Paidi Lakshmayya Dharmanidhi Puraskaram (2002)
  • Pulikanti Krishna Reddy Puraskaram (2007)
  • Sarvaraya Memorial Puraskaram
  • Andhra Nataka Kala Parishad Award

Selected filmography[edit]

(1991)
  • Devantakudu (1984)
  • Simhapuri Simham (1983)
  • Gudachari No.1 (1983)
  • Aalaya Sikharam (1983)
  • Abhilasha (1983)
  • Aalyasikharam (1983)
  • Palletoori Monagadu (1983)
  • Shivudu Shivudu Shivudu (1983)
  • Intlo Ramayya Veedilo Krishnayya (1982)
  • Tarangini

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Special Program on Gollapudi Maruthi Rao Filmography (TV5) -Part 05 – AP News 2012-11-12 – Video – APLatestNews.com
  2. ^ Gollapudi Maruthi Rao Movies List Telugu Actors Pluz Cinema
  3. ^ "Doing the write thing". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 30 September 2006. 
  4. ^ http://www.tana.org/webfiles/docs/Gollapudi_Felicitation.pdf
  5. ^ "Mohan Krishna receives Gollapudi award". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 14 August 2006. 
  6. ^ "‘Telugu story stands out on many counts'". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 5 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Rich tributes paid to Gurajada Appa Rao". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 22 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Rich tributes paid to Bharago". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 15 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Stalwarts enliven Ugadi festivities". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 5 April 2011. 
  10. ^ http://www.gollapudinationalaward.com/aboutus.htm
  11. ^ "The saga of a lensman". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 9 June 2003. 
  12. ^ "Channels dishing out decorated lies: Gollapudi". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 26 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "‘Stories captured Yanam milieu'". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 29 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Uphold values, says Gollapudi". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 6 February 2011. 
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  16. ^ "Telugu short story collection released". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 14 September 2009. 
  17. ^ "Telugu poet selected for 'Saahithi Puraskar'". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 25 December 2006. 
  18. ^ "‘A liberating experience'". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 15 November 2010. 
  19. ^ Gollapudi’s autobiography 'AMMA KADUPU CHALLAGA'
  20. ^ "Tamil literature needs to be explored, says Gollapudi". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2 January 2010. 
  21. ^ Autobiography of Gollapudi Maruthi Rao Released – Telugu Movie News