Banda Kanakalingeshwara Rao

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Banda Kanakalingeshwara Rao B.L. (Telugu: బందా కనకలింగేశ్వరరావు) (20 January 1907 – 3 December 1968) was an Indian actor known for his works in Telugu theatre, and Telugu cinema. He was the member of Kendriya Sangeet Natak Akademi since 1952 and Andhra Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi since 1957.[1][2]

Banda Kanakalingeshwara Rao
Born20 January 1907
Died3 December 1968(1968-12-03) (aged 61)
OccupationActor
AwardsSangeet Natak Akademi Award (1963)

He promoted Kuchipudi dance along with Vedantam Parvatisam in 1957 helped the government in the establishment of Siddhendra Kalakshetra in Kuchipudi village. This institution was later merged with the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University in 1989.[3] He wrote many articles to take this art form to the public.[4] He joined All India Radio in 1956 and broadcast many drama and playlets. He founded Shiva temple and Vedic School in his native village.[5][6]

He founded College for Theatre arts in Eluru in 1938 and trained many students and art lovers. He established Prabhat Theatre in 1942, an institution and introduced new techniques into the stage plays. He entered the Telugu film industry during the early period and acted in some films like Paduka Pattabhishekham (1945), Bala Nagamma (1942), Sarangadhara (1937), and Draupadi Manasamrakshanam (1936).[7][8]

Early lifeEdit

He was born in 1907 at Atapaka village in Kaikaluru mandal of Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh. After primary education, he joined Noble College, Machilipatnam. He graduated in Law from Madras Law College in 1932. He practiced as a lawyer for some time and later shifted to the theatre field as his profession. He played many different roles in various dramas. He was well known for the Bahuka in Chitranaleeyam and Bilwamangal in Chintamani.[9][10]

Personal lifeEdit

He lost his wife in 1942 and returned to Eluru. He married again. He had seven daughters and a son.[11][12]

DeathEdit

He left this world leaving behind vast audiences in 1968. His statue was built opposite to LORD SIVA temple by Dr.Banda Venkata Ramanaiah in the ATAPAKA village.[13][14]

AwardsEdit

FilmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nata Ratnalu, Mikkilineni Radhakrishna Murthy, Second edition, 2002.
  2. ^ Luminaries of 20th Century, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, 2005
  3. ^ Kuchipudi by Sunil Kothari.
  4. ^ Article of Banda in Kamat.
  5. ^ Nata Ratnalu, Mikkilineni Radhakrishna Murthy, Second edition, 2002.
  6. ^ Luminaries of 20th Century, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, 2005
  7. ^ Nata Ratnalu, Mikkilineni Radhakrishna Murthy, Second edition, 2002.
  8. ^ Luminaries of 20th Century, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, 2005
  9. ^ Nata Ratnalu, Mikkilineni Radhakrishna Murthy, Second edition, 2002.
  10. ^ Luminaries of 20th Century, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, 2005
  11. ^ Nata Ratnalu, Mikkilineni Radhakrishna Murthy, Second edition, 2002.
  12. ^ Luminaries of 20th Century, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, 2005
  13. ^ Nata Ratnalu, Mikkilineni Radhakrishna Murthy, Second edition, 2002.
  14. ^ Luminaries of 20th Century, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, 2005
  15. ^ Nata Ratnalu, Mikkilineni Radhakrishna Murthy, Second edition, 2002.
  16. ^ Luminaries of 20th Century, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, 2005

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