N.T. Rama Rao Wiki, Bio, Profile, Height, Age, Family, Wife

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (May 28, 1923 – January 18, 1996), known as the NTR, was an Indian actor, producer, director, director, and politician who had served as chief minister for seven years for three terms. He is widely regarded as one of the best actors in Indian cinema. N.T. Rama Rao has received three national film awards for its co-productions with Thodu Dongalu (1954) and Seetharama Kalyanam (1960) under the National Art Theater of Madras and for the realization of Varakatnam (1970). NTR received the former Rashtrapati Awards for his performances in the films Raju Peda (1954) and Lava Kusa (1963). He won the Nandi Award for Best Actor for Kodalu Diddina Kapuram in 1970 and the inaugural Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu in 1972 for Badi Panthulu.

In May 1943, at the age of 20, while pursuing his intermediary, NTR married Basava Rama Tarakam, daughter of his maternal uncle. The couple had eight sons and four daughters.

His eldest son, Nandamuri Ramakrishna Sr., died in 1962, shortly after NTR completed the filming of Irugu Porugu. NTR founded the Ramakrishna Studios movie studio in Nacharam. His fourth son, Nandamuri Harikrishna, who died in a tragic car accident on August 29, 2018, was a child actor turned politician elected to the Rajya Sabha and representing the TDP. Harikrishna’s sons, Nandamuri Kalyan Ram and Jr. NTR, are also actors in the Telugu film industry (Tollywood), the latter being one of the major players in the industry today. His sixth son, Nandamuri Balakrishna, has been one of Tollywood’s leading actors since the mid-1980s. He also began his career as a child artist. Balakrishna challenged the 2014 assembly elections as a TDP candidate. He won the constituency of the Hindupur Assembly. His seventh son, Nandamuri Ramakrishna Jr. is a film producer. His third son, theater owner Nandamuri Saikrishna, died in 2004 as a result of diabetes-related complications. The other sons Jayakrishna and Mohanakrishna are well-known filmmakers. Taraka Ratna, the son of Mohanakrishna, is also a Tollywood actor.

NTR’s second daughter, Daggubati Purandeswari, represented the Indian National Congress at Lok Sabha and was a minister of the Union. She changed allegiance to the Bharatiya Janata party.

Basava Tarakam died of cancer in 1985. In her memory, NTR founded the Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital in Hyderabad in 1986. In 1993, NTR married Lakshmi Parvathi, a Telugu writer. She is the author of her two-volume biography of NTR, published in 2004. The first volume, “Eduruleni Manishi”, deals with her childhood as she enters the movies. The second volume, “Telugu Tejam”, deals with his political career.

After his film career, NTR entered politics. He founded the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1982 and served three tumultuous terms as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 1983 to 1995. He was known for defending the distinct cultural identity of Andhra Pradesh , distinguishing him from the former state of Madras with which he was was often associated. At the national level, he played a key role in forming the National Front, a coalition of non-Congress parties that ruled India from 1989 to 1990.

NTR died of a heart attack on January 18, 1996 at his home in Hyderabad at the age of 72. He was cremated and his ashes were immersed in Srirangapatna by his second wife eight years later, in 2004.

N.T. Rama Rao

N.T. Rama Rao Biodata and Biography

Name Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao
Nick-name NTR
Sex Male
Date of Birth 28 May 1923
Age 72 Years (as in 1996)
Date of Death 18 January 1996
Death of Cause Cardiac Arrest, Hyderabad
Profession / Occupation Actor, Producer, Director, Editor, Politician  (Telugu, Tamil)
Mother Tongue Telugu
Religion Hindu
Nation Indian
Caste Kamma/Chowdary
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Height / Weight 5′ 9” / 69kg
First Movie Mana Desam (1949, Telugu)
First Debut Movie Mana Desam (1949, Telugu)
Money Factor Not Known


N.T. Rama Rao Family and Relatives

Father Nandamuri Lakshmaih (Farmer)
Mother Venkata Ramamma (Farmer)
Brothers N. Trivikrama Rao (Director, Producer, Screenwriter in Telugu Cinema)
Sisters None
Marital Status Married
Wife Basavatarakam Nandamuri (m. 1942-till her death in 1985)
Lakshmi Parvathi (a Telugu writer and his biographer, m. 1993-till his death)
Daughters Daggubati Purandeswari (Politician), Nara Bhuvaneswari
Garapati Lokeswari, Kantamaneni Uma
Sons Nandamuri Ramakrishna Sr. (Deceased), Nandamuri Jayakrishna
Nandamuri Saikrishna (Deceased), Nandamuri Harikrishna (Actor, Deceased), Nandamuri Mohanakrishna, Nandamuri Balakrishna (Actor), Nandamuri Ramakrishna Jr. (Film Producer), Nandamuri Jayashankar
Girlfriends/ Affairs Not Known


N.T. Rama Rao Height, Weight and Body Measurements

Height in Centimeters 180 cm
Height in Meters 1.80 m
Height in Feet Inches 5′ 10”
Weight 72kg
Body Measurement Not Known
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Grey


N.T. Rama Rao Education School and Colleges

Education Qualification Bachelors of Arts
School Municipal school, Vijayawada
College / University SRR & CVR College, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
Andhra-Christian College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Others Not Known


N.T. Rama Rao Residence and Contact Address

Birth Place Nimmakuru, Krishna, Andhra Pradesh, India
Home Town Nimmakuru, Krishna, Andhra Pradesh, India
Present Residence Hyderabad, Telangana, India
House Address Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Phone No / Mobile No Not Known
Email ID Not Known
Website Not Known


N.T. Rama Rao Awards, Honours, Achievements

Civilian Awards 1968: Padma Shri Award Government of India
National Film Awards 1954:  Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film in Telugu (producer — National Art Theater) for Thodu Dongalu
1960: Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film in Telugu (producer — National Art Theater) for Seetharama Kalyanam
1968: National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu (director- National Art Theater) for Varakatnam
Rashtrapati Awards 1954: Best Acting for Raju Peda
1963: Best Acting for Lava Kusa
Nandi Awards 1970: Best Actor for Kodalu Diddina Kapuram
Filmfare Awards 1972: Best Telugu Actor for Badi Panthulu
Controversies He was stunned by his party and his government because of a coup led by his Cabinet colleague and son-in-law, N. Chandrababu Naidu. Two of his sons played a crucial role in the coup, as Naidu promised them power within the party. In addition, there were rumors that NTR intended to entrust the reins of the party to his second wife, Lakshmi Parvathi. Although he tried harder, he failed miserably to regain the support of his party and the public. In an interview, NTR claimed it was a planned treachery and said his sons and Naidu were power hungry and unreliable.


N.T. Rama Rao Social Media

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N.T. Rama Rao Politics

Political Party Telugu Desam Party (TDP)
Political Journey 1982: Launched Telugu Desam Party
1983: Won Andhra Pradesh’s State Assembly elections from both the seats he contested (Gudivada and Tirupati)
1983: Became first ever Non-Congress politician to become Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
1984: He was removed from his post as he was recovering from the By-Pass Surgery he underwent
1984: Sworn in as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for the second time (after contesting fresh elections)
1989: Lost State Assembly elections to Congress
1994: Came in power once again by becoming the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for the third time after making an alliance with Non-Congress parties; scoring a hat-trick from Hindupur
1995: Ousted from his party and Government after his party and family members turned against him
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