Nandamuri Harikrishna

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Nandamuri Harikrishna
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
10 April 2008 – 22 August 2013
ConstituencyUnited Andhra Pradesh
Member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byN. T. Rama Rao
Succeeded byC. C. Venkataramudu
Personal details
Born(1956-09-02)2 September 1956
Madras State, India.
Died29 August 2018(2018-08-29) (aged 61)
Narketpally, Nalgonda District, Telangana, India
Cause of deathCar crash
Political partyTDP
  • Lakshmi Nandamuri (m. 1973)
  • Shalini Nandamuri (m. 1983)
ParentsN. T. Rama Rao
Basava Tarakam
RelativesNandamuri Balakrishna (brother)
Daggubati Purandeswari (sister)
Taraka Ratna (nephew)
Nara Lokesh (nephew)
Nara Rohit (nephew)
N. Chandrababu Naidu (brother-in-law)
Bhuvaneshwari (sister)
ResidenceHyderabad, Telangana, India
OccupationPolitician, actor, film producer

Nandamuri Harikrishna (2 September 1953 – 29 August 2018) was an Indian film actor, producer and politician who was the Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh. He was known for his works in Telugu cinema. Harikrishna was the fourth son of Telugu matinee idol, and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. T. Rama Rao. Harikrishna was the father of actors N. T. Rama Rao Jr., and Nandamuri Kalyan Ram.[2]

Harikrishna made his acting debut in 1964 as a child artist in Sri Krishnavataram, in which he played Krishna. It was directed by Kamalakara Kameshwara Rao.[3] He then starred in Thalla? Pellama? (1970), which was followed by Tatamma Kala (1974), Ram Raheem (1974) and Daana Veera Shura Karna (1977). After long years of sabbatical, and political stint he then started as a Character actor in works such as Sri Ramulayya (1998), followed by a full length role alongside Nagarjuna in Seetharama Raju (1999), Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo (2002) and Seetayya (2003). In 2002, he received Nandi Award for Best Character Actor for his work in Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo. Harikrishna died in a crash on 29 August 2018 at age 61.[4][5] He served as the member of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly during 1996-1999. He became a Cabinet Minister for Road Transport in 1996. In 2008, he was a candidate of the Telugu Desam Party and was elected to Rajya Sabha.[2]

Early life[edit]

Harikrishna was born on 2 September 1956 in Nimakuru village of Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh to Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao and Basava Ramatarakam.[2] He has eleven siblings; seven brothers and four sisters.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Harikrishna married Nandamuri Lakshmi Kumari on 22 February 1973 and they have two sons Janaki Ram and Kalyan Ram and he has one daughter Nandamuri Suhasini. He has a third son N. T. Rama Rao Jr. out of wedlock with Nandamuri Shalini. His elder son Janaki Ram died in a road mishap on 6 December 2014.[2][7] His other sons Kalyan Ram and N.T.R Jr both are well known actors while latter being among Biggest Superstar of Telugu Cinema at present.


Harikrishna died in a crash in Nalgonda district, Narketpalli on 29 August 2018 at the age of 61. He was driving without a seat belt to Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh to attend the home ceremony of his friend. His Toyota Fortuner crashed into a road median on Nalgonda district Highway near Anneparthy Narketpally. His son Janakiram died on the same highway in 2014.[4][5]


Year Film Role Notes
1967 Sri Krishnavataram Little Krishna Child Artist
1970 Thalla? Pellama? Child Artist
1974 Tatamma Kala Venkatesam
Ram Raheem Raheem
1977 Daana Veera Soora Karna Arjuna Also Producer of the Movie
1998 Sri Ramulayya Comrade 'Sathyam' Cameo Role
1999 Seetharama Raju Seetayya
2002 Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo Krishnama Naidu Received Nandi award for Best Character Actor
Siva Rama Raju Ananda Bhupati Raju Cameo Role
2003 Seetayya Seetayya
Tiger Harischandra Prasad Harischandra Prasad
2004 Swamy Swamy
2005 Sravanamasam Trimurtulu


  1. ^ Janaki Ram died in a crash
  2. ^ a b c d "Detailed Profile: Shri Nandamuri Harikrishna". Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Sri Krishnavataram (1967)". Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Nandamuri Harikrishna, NTR's Son And TDP Leader, Dies In Nalgonda Road Accident". Headlines Today. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Nandamuri Harikrishna died in road accident - INDToday".
  6. ^ R., Majoj Kumar (29 August 2018). "The life and career of Nandamuri Harikrishna". The Indian Express. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  7. ^ Reddy, T. Karnakar (6 December 2014). "Former MP Nandamuri Harikrishna's son dies in accident in Nalgonda district". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 January 2019.

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