T. Chalapathi Rao
Tatineni Chalapathi Rao
T. Chalapathi Rao
|Born||22 December 1920|
Vuyyuru, Krishna, Madras Presidency, British India
|Died||22 February 1994 (aged 73)|
Chennai, Madras State, India
|Occupation(s)||Composer, music director|
Tatineni Chalapathi Rao was a Telugu film music director very popular in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Born to Dronavilli Manikyamma and Rattayya in the village of Vuyyuru in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh on 22 December 1920, but he was adopted by Tatineni Koteswara Rao and his wife Kotamma. He was the cousin of T. Prakash Rao.
His first film as music director was the Telugu film Puttillu in 1953 jointly with another music director, Mohan Das. His first independent work was for the Tamil film Amara Deepam. Thereafter until 1984 he scored music for around 125 films mostly in Telugu and some in Tamil.
He created many popular songs for films starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao. Through the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, Chalapathi Rao & Nageswara Rao gave innumerable hits. Notable among them are Illarikam (1959), Punarjanma (1963), Manushulu Mamatalu (1965), Navaratri (1966), Dharma Daata (1970) and Shrimantudu (1971); together with some real chartbusters in 1972 which include Datta Putrudu, Manchi Rojulu Vachhayi and Raitu Kutumbam. To the end the pair continued to create music for films including Kanna Koduku (1973), Palletoori Baava (1973), Aalu Magalu (1977) and Shri Rama Raksha (1978).
T. Chalapathi Rao's hit scores with other Telugu heroes including Manchi Rojulu Vachchayi, Amma Nanna, Manchi Manasu and Kamalamma Kamatam with Krishnam Raju, Lakshadhikari, Ramuni Minchina Ramudu, Kalavaari Kodalu with N. T. Rama Rao and films such as Goodhachari 116, Asadhyudu with Krishna.
The last film he scored music for was Janam Manam in 1984.
He was married to Annapurna with whom he did not have children and later married Dr Jamuna with whom he fathered two sons and a daughter.
|1956||Amara Deepam||Tamil||Venus Pictures||G. Ramanathan|
|1959||Uthami Petra Rathinam||Tamil||Amara Productions|
|1959||Illarikam||Telugu||Prasad Art Pictures|
|1959||Koodi Vazhnthal Kodi Nanmai||Tamil||Narasu Studios|
|1960||Meenda Sorgam||Tamil||Madhuram Pictures|
|1960||Maa Babu||Telugu||Pragathi Art Productions|
|1961||Punar Jenmam||Tamil||Vijaya Films|
|1961||Anbu Magan||Tamil||Pragathi Art Productions|
|1963||Punarjanma||Telugu||Prasad Art Pictures|
|1964||Nalvaravu||Tamil||S. V. Movies|
|1964||Mane Aliya||Kannada||Prasad Art Pictures|
|1965||Manushulu Mamathalu||Telugu||Navayuga Films|
|1965||Mavana Magalu||Kannada||Prasad Art Pictures|
|1966||Navaratri||Telugu||Prasad Art Pictures|
|1966||Gudachari 116||Telugu||Vauhini Studios|
|1966||Badukuva Daari||Kannada||Balaram Pictures|
|1967||Maadi Veettu Mappilai||Tamil||Prasad Art Pictures|
|1968||Brahmachari||Telugu||Prasad Art Pictures|
|1968||Bangaru Gaajulu||Telugu||Ravindra Art pictures|
|1970||Dharma Daata||Telugu||Ravindra Art Pictures|
|1972||Manchi Rojulu Vachchayi||Telugu|
|1975||Ramuni Minchina Ramudu||Telugu|
|1978||Shri Rama Raksha||Telugu|