Dharmavarapu Subramanyam

Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam (20 September 1954 – 7 December 2013)[1] was an Indian actor, comedian and film director who worked in Telugu cinema.[2] He was established as one of the highly paid and top most leading comedians in Telugu film industry. Dharmavarapu had huge fan following among Telugu audience for his unique style and dialogue modulation. He hosted several popular television shows.

Dharmavarapu Subramanyam
Dharmavarapu Subramanyam
Born(1954-09-20)20 September 1954
Died(2013-12-07)7 December 2013 (age 59)
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • writer
  • singer
  • politician
Years active1982–2013
Political partyIndian National Congress (1999—2010)
YSRCP (since 2011)
Varalakshmi Kalpavalli
(m. 1979; died 1990)

Saroja Devi
(m. 1992)

Being close to Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Dharmavarapu was a member of the Indian National Congress and worked as chairman of Andhra Pradesh Cultural Association. Dharmavarapu has received two state Nandi Awards for best male comedian for his roles in Alasyam Amrutham (2010) and Yagnam (2004).

Early lifeEdit

Dharmavarapu was born in a Telugu Brahmin family[3] at Komminenivaripalem in Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh.[4]


Dharmavarapu originally worked as a government employee. He became popular through his comedy serial "Anando Brahma" which he both acted in and directed. It was aired on Doordarshan in the 1980s becoming a sensational hit show in Andhra Pradesh changing the trend of Television media in entertainment.

His first film appearance was in the Jandhyala-directed Jayammu Nischayammu Raa in 1989.[5] He was renowned for his comedy roles and flawless dialogue delivery.

Later, he went on to act in various films with star heroes like Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna, Rajinikanth, Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, Mahesh Babu, Pawan Kalyan, Prabhas, Jr. NTR, Ram Charan, Allu Arjun, Ravi Teja. He also directed a Telugu film, Thokaleni Pitta, starring Naresh in the lead produced by Kona Venkat.

Dharmavarpu was a close knit to the then Chief Minister Late Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and has been active in the Congress party.

He hosted a political satire program 'Ding Dong' on Sakshi TV from 2011.


Dharmavarapu died on 7 December 2013, after fighting liver cancer for several months.[4]


As an actorEdit

As directorEdit

  • Thokaleni Pitta
  • Aanando


  1. ^ "ABN- Andhrajyothi - Interview with RK at 11:18 minutes - Dharmavarupu subrahmanyam himself said he is 58 years in 2012". youtube.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Dharmavarapu Subramaniam". Chakpak. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Dharmavarapu passes away". www.thehansindia.com. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Telugu actor Dharmavarapu Subramanyam dies of bone cancer at 53". Deccan Chronicle. 8 December 2013. Archived from the original on 8 April 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  5. ^ Seshagiri, Sangeetha (22 December 2013). "Celebrity Deaths 2013: Remembering Srihari, AVS, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam and Other Telugu Film Personalities". International Business Times, India Edition. Archived from the original on 8 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Venkatesh, Srikanth starrer Shadow muharat held". cinegoer. Archived from the original on 30 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.

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