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Relangi Venkataramaiah

Relangi Venkata Ramaiah (13 August 1910 – 26 November 1975) was a comedian during the golden years of Telugu film. Hailing from East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, he has acted in several films as chief comedian, hero, anti-hero and character artist.

During his golden days, Relangi was so popular that he was paid equally as that of a main hero and heroine of the film. He was also a good playback singer in Telugu. His songs were so popular that people remember and enjoy till today.That impact was such that audience started expecting separate songs for his character in the movies though he was a comedian actor.

Relangi was born in Ravulapadu village of West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. He was a professional Harikatha performer and also an expert Harmonium player.[1]. He Grew up in Kakinada, he didn't show interest in education due to passion in acting.

As a comedian actor, he was quite popular in combination with actress Girija, actress Suryakantham, and another comedian actor Ramanareddi. These combinations were repeated for several super hit movies in Telugu.Some of the well known movies in which Relangi acted were shown below

  • Sri Krishna Thulaabaaram in 1935
  • Vara Vikrayam in 1939
  • Malathi Madhavam in 1940
  • Bala Nagamma in 1942
  • Gollabaama in 1947
  • Vindhyarani in 1948
  • Keelu Gurram in 1949
  • Gunasundari Katha in 1949
  • Mana Desam in 1949
  • Samsaram in 1950
  • Maya Ramba in 1950
  • Paramanandhayya Shishyula Katha in 1950
  • Navvite Navaratnalu in 1951
  • Pathala Bhairavi in 1951
  • Perantaalu in 1951
  • Agni Pariksha in 1951
  • Prema in 1952
  • Dharmadevatha in 1952
  • Daasi in 1952
  • Manavati in 1952
  • Priyuralu in 1952
  • Tingu Ranga in 1952
  • Peda Rythu in 1952
  • Pardesi in 1953
  • Pakkinti Ammayi in 1953
  • Chandirani in 1953
  • Bratuku Theruvu in 1953
  • Peddamanushulu in 1954
  • Chandraharam in 1954
  • Raju Pedha in 1954
  • Vipra Narayana in 1954
  • Rani Ratnaprabha in 1955
  • Missamma in 1955
  • Ardhangi in 1955
  • Rojulu Marayi in 1955
  • Santhanam in 1955
  • Donga Ramudu in 1955
  • Jayam Manade in 1956
  • Chintamani in 1956
  • Charana Daasi in 1956
  • Veera Kankanam in 1957
  • Todi Kodallu in 1957
  • Sarangadhara in 1957
  • Kutumba Gauravam in 1957
  • Dongallo Dora in 1957
  • Bhagya Rekha in 1957
  • Maya Bazaar in 1957
  • Suvarna Sundari in 1957
  • Mangalya Balam in 1958
  • Chenchu Lakshmi in 1958
  • Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu in 1958
  • Krishna Leelalu 1959
  • Jayabheri in 1959
  • Illarikam in 1959
  • Bhatti Vikramarka in 1960
  • Shantinivasam in 1960
  • Samajam in 1960
  • Pelli Kaanuka in 1960
  • Mamaku Tagga Alludu in 1960
  • Vaagdhanam in 1960
  • Usha Parinayam in 1961
  • Shabash Raja in 1961
  • Iddaru Mitrulu in 1961
  • Bharya Bharthalu in 19601
  • Bhaktha Jayadeva in 1961
  • Jagadeka Veeruni Katha in 1961
  • Kalasivunte Kaladu Sukham in 1961
  • Sri Srikakula Andhra Mahavishnuvu Katha in 1962
  • Siri Sampadalu in 1962
  • Mohini Rugmangada in 1962
  • Kula Gothralu in 1962
  • Aradhana in 1962
  • Tiger Ramudu in 1962
  • Mahamantri Timmarasu in 1962
  • Chaduvukunna Ammayilu in 1963
  • Lava Kusa in 1963
  • Paruvu Prathishta in 1963
  • Narthanasala in 1963
  • Velugu Needalu in 1964
  • Ramudu Bheemudu in 1964
  • Poojaphalam in 1964
  • Aatma Balam in 1964
  • Satya Harishchandra in 1965
  • Preminchi Choodu in 1965
  • Chitti Chellelu in 1965
  • Anthastulu in 1965
  • Navarathri in 1966
  • Letha Manasulu in 1966
  • Rahasyam in 1967
  • Goodachari 116 in 1967
  • Bhakta Prahlada in 1967
  • Aada Paduchu in 1967
  • Thalli Thandrulu in 1970
  • Ganga Manga in 1973

 Singer

Some of the well known songs sung by Relangi were for the following movies

  • Missamma
  • Appu Chesi Pappu Kudu
  • Vipra Narayana
  • Pedda Manushulu
  • Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha

 Producer

  • He also acted and produced a movie Samajam as a producer in 1960.

 Awards

In 1954, he became the first comedian in the Indian film industry to receive the Padma Shri, a civilian award from the Government of India.

 

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