Nerella Venu Madhav
|Nerella Venu Madhav|
|Birth name||Nerella Venu Madhav|
Nerella Venu Madhav (born 28 December 1932), popularly known as NV, is a famous mimic from India. He rose to popularity imitating celebrities, politicians, local dialects, Nizams et cetera. He started a diploma course at Telugu University, a first in the world. He is often regarded as father of Indian Mimicry.
Venu Madhav started his career in 1947 at the age of 16. He performs in English, Urdu, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. He has toured all over the world and is the only mimic in the world who performed at the United Nations Organisation, New York. His mimicry from the movie Ten Commandments is world famous.
He was nominated as a Member of Legislative Council of Andhra pradesh by the then Chief Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao in 1971. His disciples celebrate his birthday i.e., 28 December as world mimicry day for the past 12 years.
An auditorium has been constructed by the government at Hanamkonda Public gardens and was named it in his Honour as Padmasri Dr. Nerella Venu madhav Kalaa Pranganam.
- Padma Shri for performing arts from the Government of India in 2001
- Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation award in 1981
- Kala Prapoorna title from Andhra University (Vishakhapatnam) in 1978
- Honorary Doctorates by Andhra University, IGNOU and Kakatiya University
- Chalapathi Rao, I. V: "Mimicry and World Renowned Venumadhav", page 55. Vamsi Krishna Publications, 1999