Madhavapeddi Satyam was born in Brahmana Koduru (village), Guntur to Madhavapeddi Lakshmi Narasayya and Sundaramma in 1922 at Brahmanakoduru, Bapatla.. His original name was Madhavapeddi Satyanarayana Murthy. He had a rich and melodius voice and was a recognised singer, even from childhood! He came to limelight on the Telugu Stage, as a member of the famous Malladi Suryanarayana drama trupe, for his role as"Nakshathraka" in "Harischandra" drama. His talent was recognised by Late Chakrapani who took him to Madras to act in the film "Shavukaru", produced by him and Nagi Reddy under the newly founded banner "Vijaya pictures". Though he acted in this and a few other telugu films, essentially being a talented singer, he attracted the attention of famous cine music directors, such as S. rajeswara rao, Ghantasala Venkateswara rao and many others, who utilised him as a cine play back singer.
He became a famous singer by signing songs in all the languages. He has sung 7000 songs in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and Simhali languages to his credit. At the age of 75, he sung a song - Sankurathri Pandagochero - in Krishna Vamsi's Sindhuram and got lot of appreciation by all.
Madhavapeddi Satyam is an actor by profession. He used to do stage plays starting at the age of eight. His first screen appearance was done for the bilingual film Rama Dasu that is made in both Hindi and Tamil. He did sing the songs of his character in both these languages. His Telugu entrance was paved with the film 'Shavukaru'. He acted as a blind man in that film and sung three songs in that film for his character. The most famous song 'Ayyoyyo Jebulo Dabbulu Poyena' came from his melodious voice. Another famous song 'Vivaha Bhojanambu' from Mayabazaar was the magic of his voice. His voice was better known to fit legendary actor Sri.S.V.Rngaa rao.
He lent his voice particularly to S.V. Ranga Rao and Relangi Venkata Ramayya, in most of their films. He was specially famous for singing telugu stanzas in Mythological films. He has earned unprecedented name and fame, particularly for the song "Vivaha Bhojanammu" in the film "Maya Bazaar", produced by Vijaya Film pictures! Satyam passed away in Dec 2000, leaving a void in telugu film industry, that is hard to fill up!
The man who made a difference with his golden voice to Telugu cinema is no more. He died in Chennai on 18th December 2000 with an ailment at the age of 78. His wife had passed away earlier in 1999. He is survived by a son and a daughter. His other family members are also popular in different fields.
Contributed by : Satya.M. Madhavapeddi.
Madhavapeddi Satyam's son, Madhavapeddi Murthy, a Kuchipudi exponent, instituted the Madhavapeddi Awards. Some of the film personalities who have received this award include: