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Raghupathi Venkaiah Naidu

Died when: 53 years 151 days
Star Sign: Libra


Raghupathi Venkaiah Naidu Raghupathi Venkaiah Naidu (15 October 1869 – 15 March 1941), widely regarded as the father of Telugu cinema, was an Indian artist and filmmaker who was a pioneer in the production of silent Indian films and talkies. Starting in 1909, he was involved in many aspects of Indian cinema's history, like travelling to different regions in Asia to promote film work. In 1912, he had built a permanent cinema named Gaiety Theatre which was the first in Madras to screen films on a full-time basis. The Raghupati Venkaiah Award is an annual award incorporated into the Nandi Awards. It is considered Telugu cinema's highest award to recognize people for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the Telugu film industry.
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