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Pattabhirama Reddy Tikkavarapu

Pattabhirama Reddy Tikkavarapu, (19 February 1919 – 6 May 2006) was an Indian film screenwriter, producer, director, social activist, poet, and writer known for his pioneering works in Telugu cinema, and Kannada cinema.[1][2]

Pattabhirama Reddy Tikkavarapu
Born(1919-02-19)19 February 1919
Died6 May 2006(2006-05-06) (aged 87)
Alma materUniversity of Calcutta
Occupationwriter, producer, director, social activist
Known forSamskara
Spouse(s)Snehalata Reddy
RelativesRamana Reddy
T. Subbarami Reddy

Reddy has received four National Film Awards for his works.[3] In 1972 he produced and directed Samskara which garnered the National Film Award for Best Feature Film and Bronze Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival.[4] Reddy has actively participated the Indian Emergency opposition movement, human rights movement, and child labor movements as founder member of People's Union for Civil Liberties. In 1977, he produced and directed the bilingual Chandamarutha in Kannada, and English. The film was banned during the Emergency, and was later released to critical appreciation.[5][6]

Personal lifeEdit

He was born in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. He studied at Shantiniketan, Calcutta University and Columbia University. He was married to Snehalata Reddy, and founded the organisation Concerned for Working Children.[7] In 2003, he directed In the Hour of God, a play based on Sri Aurobindo's classic Savitri, inspired by the mythical woman who defied death for love, which he dedicated to his wife Snehalata Reddy.[8] Pattabhirama Reddy died on 6 May 2006, at the age of 86.[9]


  • Fidelu Ragala Dozen (1939), (Telugu)
  • Kaitha Naa Dayita 1978, (Telugu)
  • Pattabhi Panchangam (1980), (Telugu)

Selected filmographyEdit

As producer
As producer and director
  • Samskara (1970)
  • Chanda Marutha (1977)
  • Devara Kaadu (1993)
  • Sringara Masa (1984)

Awards and honorsEdit

National Film Awards - Telugu cinema
National Film Awards - Kannada cinema
Karnataka State Film Awards

International honorsEdit

State honorsEdit


  1. ^ Khajane, Muralidhara (29 June 2015). "Celluloid's two-pronged response to Emergency" – via The Hindu.
  2. ^ "Directorate of Film Festival" (PDF).
  3. ^ "A pioneer passes away". 12 May 2006 – via The Hindu.
  4. ^ "Tikkavarapu Pattabhirama Reddy – Poet, Film maker of international fame from Nellore". 18 December 2011.
  5. ^ "The Hindu : A forgotten prophet".
  6. ^ Khajane, Muralidhara (29 June 2015). "Celluloid's two-pronged response to Emergency" – via The Hindu.
  7. ^ Khajane, Muralidhara (29 June 2015). "Celluloid's two-pronged response to Emergency" – via The Hindu.
  8. ^ Nagesh, Rama Reddy wrote the preface for experimental films in Kannada — Photo: Courtesy D. C. (17 February 2005). "Fruits of labour". p. 03 – via The Hindu (old).
  9. ^ Singh, Jangveer (14 May 2006). "He set new directions". The Tribune. Bangalore. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
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