Chennai: Well-known writer Mullapudi Venkata Ramana breathed his last in his house in Abhirmapuram here on Thursday. He was 80 and survived by wife, a son and a daughter. He was suffering from illness since some time, his family members said.
Venkata Ramana was born on January 25, 1931 in Dowleswaram in East Godavari district. His original name was Venkata Rao. He hadchanged his name as Venkata Ramana after he started writing. His wife Sridevi is the sister of noted journalist and writer Nanduri Ramamohana Rao.
Mullapudi Venkata Ramana and the noted caricature artist and film director Bapu are close friends and their friendship is legendary. The two have created several hit films that mixed esthetics with commercial elements. Their films “Saakshi, Muthyala Muggu, Sita Kalyanam, Sampoorna Ramayanam, Buddhimantudu, Andala Ramudu, Pelli Pusthakam, Radha Gopalam and other films were trend setters in the film industry. Mullapudi Venkata Ramana’s “Budugu” remains one of the outstanding writings in children’s literature.
Venkata Ramana was a journalist and worked for several years in “Andhra Patrika” weekly magazine. He turned a full-time film writer with the film ‘Dagudu Moothalu.’
Venkata Ramana is the writer for the ‘Srirama Rajyam’ film being directed by Bapu with Nandamuri Bala Krishna as Lord Rama. His recent writings in “Swathi” ‘Koti Kommachi’ an auto biography was applauded by the common readers as well as literary critics as one of the best writings in Telugu literature. (NSS)