Popular Telugu producer Thammareddy Krishnamurthy passed away
this morning (Monday, September 16). The 93-year-old, who had
produced several hit movies of NT Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao, is
survived by son Thammareddy Bharadwaja, who is
also a popular Telugu filmmaker.
A family friend of Tammareddy Krishnamurthy confirmed the news
about the death of the producer. "He died early this morning due to
some old age related issues at CR Foundation home for the aged in
Kondapur (Andhra Pradesh)," IANS quoted him as saying.
Born in 1920 in Chinapalaparru village in Krishna district, Andhra
Pradesh, Krishnamurthy participated in Indian Independence movement
in his youth. He liked communist principles and participated in the
works of Praja Natya Mandali. Before entering films, he was also a
tuition teacher for the children of cinema artists in Chennai. He
debuted in films as a production executive with the movie
Palletooru in 1950.
Following his return to Hyderabad, he worked for many movies
made in Saradhi Studios. Later, he started his own production house
- Ravindra Art Pictures. He produced NT Rama Rao's
Lakshadhikari, Akkineni Nageswara Rao's Jamindar,
Bangaru Gajulu, Dharma Daata, Dattaputhrudu,
Sisindri Chitttibabu, Dr Babu, Iddaru
Kodukulu, Chinna Nati Kalalu, Amma Nanna and
Love Marriage. He was honoured with the prestigious
Raghupathi Venkaiah award in 2007.