K. Raghavendra Rao (born Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao, 23 May 1942), popularly known as Darshakendra is an Indian film director, screen writer and choreographer, known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema, few Bollywood and Kannada films. He has garnered seven state Nandi Awards, three Filmfare Awards South, and two CineMAA Awards.
Known for his works in devotional, biographical films, Rao has directed blockbuster's across multiple genre's like romantic comedy, fantasy, melodrama, action and romance films. In 1992, He directed the melodrama, Gharana Mogudu, which became the first Telugu film to gross over 100 million at the box office. In 1997, he directed the biographical film, Annamayya which won two National Film Awards. Subsequently he directed, critically acclaimed devotional films like Sri Manjunatha (2001), Sri Ramadasu (2006), Pandurangadu (2008), and Shirdi Sai (2013), which received several state Nandi Awards.
Raghavendra Rao was born to veteran Telugu film director Kovelamudi Surya Prakash Rao. He graduated with Bachelor of Arts from Andhra University, after a brief stint as assistant director to his father, he ventured into film direction. He is the father of actor turned film maker Prakash Kovelamudi.
- Nandi Awards
- Filmfare Awards South
- CineMAA Awards