Nerella Venu Madhav

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Nerella Venu Madhav
Background information
Birth name Nerella Venu Madhav
Born (1932-12-28) 28 December 1932 (age 82)
Genres Impressionist (entertainment)
Occupation(s) Mimicry
Years active 1947-present

Nerella Venu Madhav (born 28 December 1932), popularly known as NV, is a famous mimic from India.[1][2] 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.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Warangal, Hyderabad state he was known as mimicry artist earlier only


Madhav started his career in 1947 at the age of 16. He performs in Telugu, English, Urdu, Hindi and Tamil.[citation needed] He has toured all over the world and is the first mimic in the world who performed at the United Nations Organisation, New York.[3]

He was nominated as a Member of Legislative Council of Andhra Pradesh by the then Chief Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao in 1971. His birthday, 28 December, is celebrated as World Mimicry Day by some of his students.

Other Honours[edit]

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. The venue hosted a mimicry festival on his 80th birthday, 28 December 2011[4]



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  3. ^ Chalapathi Rao, I. V: "Mimicry and World Renowned Venumadhav", page 55. Vamsi Krishna Publications, 1999
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  5. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 

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