T. Chalapathi Rao

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Tatineni Chalapathi Rao
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Background information
Native name
T. Chalapathi Rao
Born22 December 1920
Vuyyuru, Krishna, Madras Presidency, British India
Died22 February 1994(1994-02-22) (aged 73)
Chennai, Madras State, India
Occupation(s)Composer, music director
Years active1953-1984

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.

Career[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

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.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Language Banner Co-Music Directors
1953 Puttilu Telugu Mohan Das
1954 Parivartana Telugu Janata Pictures
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
1963 Lakshadhikari Telugu
1964 Nalvaravu Tamil S. V. Movies
1964 Kalavaari Kodalu Telugu
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
1969 Asadhyudu Telugu
1969 Madhura Milana Kannada
1970 Dharma Daata Telugu Ravindra Art Pictures
1971 Shrimantudu Telugu
1972 Datta Putrudu Telugu
1972 Manchi Rojulu Vachchayi Telugu
1972 Raitu Kutumbam Telugu
1973 Kanna Koduku Telugu
1973 Palletoori Bava Telugu
1973 Doctor Babu Telugu
1975 Parivartana Telugu
1975 Ramuni Minchina Ramudu Telugu
1976 Amma Nanna Telugu
1976 Alludochchaadu Telugu
1977 Ardhangi Telugu
1977 Aalu Magalu Telugu
1978 Shri Rama Raksha Telugu
1978 Manchi Manasu Telugu
1979 Kamalamma Kamatam Telugu
1980 Nayakudu Vinayakudu Telugu
1980 Harischandrudu Telugu
1984 Janam Manam Telugu

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swarnayuga Sangeetha Darsakulu. 2011.
  2. ^ "T. Chalapathi Rao". Raaga.com.
  3. ^ "T. Chalapathi Rao All Telugu Songs". Allbestsongs.com.