Relangi Venkata Ramaiah

Relangi Venkata Ramaiah
Born 1909-1910
Ravulapalem, British Raj
Died 26 November 1975(1975-11-26) (aged 65)
Tadepalligudem, Andhra Pradesh
Occupation Actor and playback singer
Spouse(s) Sridevamma
Awards Padma Shri 1970

Relangi Venkata Ramaiah (9 August 1910 – 26 November 1975) was an Indian film character actor, comedian and producer known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema.[1][2] He was honored with the Padma Shri, for his contribution to Indian cinema in 1970. Relangi is regarded as one of the finest comic actors of India, noted particularly for his comic expressions, and dialogues during the golden age of Telugu cinema. Together with Ramana Reddy were a comedy double act during the era of early Tollywood. Notable Relangi performances include those from Gunasundari Katha, Missamma, Mayabazar, Nartanasala, Donga Ramudu, Iddaru Mitrulu, Chaduvukunna Ammayilu, Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu, Velugu Needalu, Vipra Narayana, Lava Kusha , Kula Gothralu and Preminchi Choodu.[3][4] The Relangi Art Aacademy Award was instituted in his honor for best comic performances.[5]

Early life

Relangi was born in the village of Ravulapalem in the East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. He was a professional Harikatha performer and also an expert Harmonium player.[4] He grew up in Kakinada; however, he didn't show interest in education due to his passion for acting.


Relangi started his initial career acting in stage and folk theater and also took female roles in stage theatre. He started his film career by playing a Vidushaka (Jester) role in his first Telugu film Sri Krishna Thulaabaaram in 1935 under the direction of C. Pullaiah. Later on, he assisted Pullaiah as a Production Manager until he got a major break with the film Gollabhama released in 1947. Subsequently, he played a comedic role in Vindhyarani, which was a big hit. He was a regular face in all the movies made under the Vijaya Films banner from 1950. He grew so popular that he was given a chance to play a comedic hero role in Pakkinti Ammayi in 1953 under Pullayya opposite Anjali Devi.[6]



As a comedic actor, he was quite popular when partnered with actress Girija, actress Suryakantham, and another comedian actor, Ramana Reddy. These combinations were repeated for several hit movies in Telugu. Some of the well-known movies in which Relangi acted are shown below.






  • Thalli Thandrulu in 1970
  • Jeevitha Chakram in 1971
  • Ganga Manga in 1973
  • Nippulanti Manishi in 1973
  • Pooja in 1975


Some of the well-known songs sung by Relangi are in the following movies:

Year Film Song
1949 Gunasundari Katha Adive Eduraivachche Daka Padara Munduku Padipodam
1951 Patala Bhairavi Talalene Ne Talalene
Vinave Bala Naa Prema Gola
1952 Dharma Devata Virise Vennelalo
1954 Vipra Narayana Aadadhi Ante Layam Layam Aa Needantene Bhayam Bhayam
1954 Pedda Manushulu
1955 Missamma Dharmam Cheyyi Babu Kaani Dharmam
Seetaram Seetaram Seetaram Jai Seetaram
1959 Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu
1966 Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha



In 1970, he was awarded the Padma Shri, a civilian award from the Government of India.


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