M. S. Ramarao

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M.S.Rama Rao
Born (1921-07-03)July 3, 1921
Moparthi, Tenali, Andhra Pradesh
Died April 20, 1992(1992-04-20) (aged 75)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres Playback singing, Devotional
Occupation(s) Singer, Composer
Website Official site

M. S. Ramarao(Telugu: ఎమ్మెస్ రామారావు) (July 3, 1921 - April 20, 1992) is an Indian singer and composer. He was popular for his devotional songs especially sundarakandamu in Telugu.[1]

Early life[edit]

M.S. Ramarao is from Moparru, son of Village Karanam. He went to Nidubrolu High School and Hindu College at Guntur.

He lived in Rajahmundry from 1964-74 where he has written Sundarakanda. After 1975 he lived in Hyderabad.


This beautiful work is a master piece and for all Telugu people; it is a dedication from MS RamaRao. The language used is very simple and the way MS rendered with dedication and conviction was commendable. This will take you back to the actual scene where Lord Hanuman searching for Goddess Janaki. I know Valmiki wrote a great epic of Ramayana , but this portion of Sundarakanda is really special. This will give a detail picture of Lord Hanuman's devotion to his Lord Rama, the commitment to his work in searching Goddess Sita, courage to enter Lanka, intelligence in finding Goddess Janaki ( hanuman never seen Janaki before), foresightedness in finding the strength of enemy, confrontation with Ravana to gauge his personality. He also checks what kind of personality Vibhishan ( younger brother of Ravana)is , as in the later part of the inevitable war how he can be useful to them. This will give us loads of information of the personality and characteristics of a student (Lord Hanuman) to his teacher Lord Ram). As a student for life we need to learn from Lord Hanuman, the way Lord Hanuman not only just went to in search of Lord Janaki and also he looked at all the dimensions of enemy and helped Lord Rama.

Sri MS RamaRao explained all this facts with a simple Telugu script, where everyone can easily understand.

Ghantasala gave a good rendition of Bhagavadgeetha with Telugu translation, in this work MS RamaRao not only wrote these beautiful poems and rendered the poems.

Singing career[edit]

Rama Rao debuted at World Telugu Conference held in Hyderabad in 1977.[2]

He became popular for his Telugu Version of Hanuman Chalisa. He also narrated Sundara Kanda (one part of the epic Ramayana) in form of Songs in Telugu. He gained fame for singing the devotional songs and was awarded the name of 'Sundara Dasu' in 1977.

In 2003, a street in Hyderabad at Chikkadpally was named M S Rama Rao Lane in his honour.

He wrote Hanuman Chalisa and Sundarakandamu of Valmiki Ramayana in Telugu during 1972-74. He sang Sundarakanda in the form of Telugu songs.

His movie career as singer spanned 1944-64 in Madras.

He also sang for the great music director legend OP Nayyar for Telugu Movie Neerajanam. The song is eternal.. " Ee vishala prashantha ekanta soudamlo..."


Rama Rao gained fame for his singing the above two works and was awarded the name of 'Sundara Dasu' in 1977.

Personal life[edit]

M.S.Rama Rao married Lakshmi Samrajyam in 1942 he is survived by three children capt. M.Babu Rao (Pilot Air India) Mr nageshwar rao Smt. chitti polapragada One of his many great grandsons are Aman Moparti rao and Anuj moparti rao, both being sons of M.S Rama Rao's second grandson Anil Moparti rao who is married to Madhavi rao . His third grandson, Dr P.Srinivas is a singer and practices cultural and traditional songs and religious events. M.S Rama Rao's inspirational songs still provide incentives to follow the path of singing, even a decade after his unfortunate death.[3]


  • Sundarakandamu
  • Hanuman Chalisa


Year Film Songs
1941 Devatha Ee Vasanthamu Nityamu Kadoyi
1948 Drohi Idenaa Nee Nyayamu
1949 Mana Desam Emito Ee Sambhandam Enduko Ee Anubhandam
1949 Jeevitham
1950 Shavukaru
1950 Modati Rathri
1951 Anni
1951 Deeksha
1952 Palletooru Aa Sankrantiki Ee Sankrantiki
1953 Pichi Pullaiah
1953 Naa Illu
1955 Jayasimha Jeevitamintele Manava Jeevitamintele
1957 Panduranga Mahatyam Oh Daari Kaanani
1957 Suvarna Sundari Naa Chitti Paapaa, Naa Kanna Paapaa
1957 Sarangadhara
1957 Vinayaka Chaviti
1961 Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam
1974 Sree Rama Anjaneya Yuddham


  1. ^ Singh, T. Lalith (October 27, 2001). The Hindu (Chennai, India) http://www.hindu.com/2001/10/27/stories/0427403j.htm.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Sarma, B. Prabhakara (December 6, 2012). "World Telugu Conference: Then and now". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 
  3. ^ "Hymns for the lord". The Hindu (Chennai, India). April 15, 2005. 

sri m s ramarao sung a song "ee visaala prasantha" in the movie "neerajanam" music composed by o.p. nayyar http://www.pravachanam.com/audio/by/artist/ms_rama_rao

External links[edit]

Ms Ramarao's devotional ramayana ganam link