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|Born||8 September 1936|
Ponnekallu, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Died||3 February 2002(aged 65)|
|Occupation(s)||Film composer, music director|
|Instruments||Vocals (playback singing), guitar, keyboard/harmonium/piano|
Chakravarthi learned classical vocal from Mahavadi Venkatappaiah. He formed a music troupe called Vinod Orchestra in Guntur and organised light music concerts. Those days, Mangapati of HMV identified his talent and invited him to Madras. HMV released two private records, which includes "Kanna Nenoka Kala".
His first film in Telugu, Mooga Prema was released in 1971; before this film he composed background music for a Hindi movie, in that movie titles his name was wrongly mentioned as Chakravarthi, actually it is Apparao; then he continued as Chakravarthi. Mooga Prema film was not a good hit at the box-office, Saradha (1973) gave him a good hit, but after this film also he was not well recognized.
In 1977, Yamagola was released and this was the great turning point of his career.
He was a dubbing artiste and lent his voice in 600 movies. He also penned lyrics for a few songs. He was also a singer and acted in a few films.
- Mooga Prema (1971)
- Saradha (1973)
- Yamagola (1977)
- Prema Kanuka (1981)
- Pagadai Panirendu (1982) (Tamil)
- Kathanayakudu (1984)
- Pattabhishekam (1985)
- Vikram (1986)
- Kaliyuga Krishnudu (1986)
- Chinababu (1988)
- Shakthi (1988)(Kannada)
- Lorry Driver (1990)
- Amma Rajinama (1991)
- Golmaal Govindam (1992)
- Pellam Chebite Vinali (1992)
- Hendthi Helidare Helabeku (1992) (Kannada)
- Khaidi (1983) (Telugu)
- Pasivadi pranam
- Raja (1999) (Telugu)
- Sudhish Kamath (20 August 2010). "Arts / Music : Baton and beat". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 January 2012.