Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao
|K. Raghavendra Rao|
|Born||Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao
May 23, 1942
Kolavennu, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Relatives||K. S. Prakash Rao (father)
Prakash Kovelamudi (son)
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 six Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards and three Filmfare Awards South.
He has directed over 106 films and delivered blockbuster's in multiple genre's across romantic comedy, biographical, devotional, fantasy, melodrama, action and romance films. In 1992, He directed the melodrama, Gharana Mogudu, which became the first Telugu film to gross over 10 crore at the box office.
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.
- B. N. Reddy National Award for life time contribution to Indian cinema (2009)
- Nandi Award for Best Director - Annamayya (1998)
- Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (director) - Annamayya (1998)
- Nandi Award for Best Choreographer - Pelli Sandadi (1995)
- Nandi Award for Best Director - Allari Priyudu (1994)
- Nandi Award for Best Director - Bobbili Brahmanna (1985)
- Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) - Prema Lekhalu (1977)
- Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) - Allari Priyudu (1993)
- Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award - South (2002)
- CineMAA Award for Life Time Contribution - (2012)
- CineMAA Awards for Best Film (Jury) - Shirdi Sai - (2013)
- Telugu Cinema Celebrity Bio Data - K Raghavendra Rao
- CINEmaa Lifetime Achievement Award for Raghavendra Rao - The Hindu
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- Candid and confident - The Hindu
- First Telugu film to gross 100 million – Times Of India
- When the stars descended - The Hindu