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 71)
Hyderabad, Andhra pradesh, India
Genres Playback singing, Devotional
Occupation(s) Singer, Composer
Website Official site

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

Singing career[edit]

Rama Rao debuted at World Telugu Conference held in Hyderabad in 1975.[2]

He became popular for his Telugu Version of Hanuman Chalisa. He also narrated Bala kanda,Ayodya kanda and Sundara Kanda (some parts 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.

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

Tollywood[edit]

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

He also sang " Ee vishala prashantha ekanta soudhamlo" for O. P. Nayyar's Telugu movie, Neerajanam.

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

His grandson, Dr P.Srinivas is a singer. He lived in Chikkadpally until 1972. In 2003, a street in Hyderabad at Chikkadpally was named M S Rama Rao Lane in his honour.

Awards[edit]

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

Rao's inspirational songs still provide incentives to follow the path of singing, even a decade after his unfortunate death.[3]

Discography[edit]

  • Sundarakandamu
  • Hanuman Chalisa

Filmography[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sea of sangeet". The Hindu. 2001-10-27. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  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. 

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