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Dasari Yoganand

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Occupation  Film director
Siblings  Koteswara Rao
Role  Film director
Name  Dasari Yoganand
Religion  Hinduism

Born  16 April 1922Madras, British India
Died  November 23, 2006, Chennai
Spouse  Hanumayamma Yoganand (m. ?–2006)
Parents  Venkata Das, Lakshmi Bai, D. Subbayya
Movies  Madurai Veeran, Raani Samyuktha, Gruhapravesam, Jayasimha, Parthiban Kanavu
Similar People  N Trivikrama Rao, K R Vijaya, Sivaji Ganesan, Major Sundarrajan, N T Rama Rao

Dasari Yoganand shorty D. Yoganand (Telugu: డి.యోగానంద్) (16 April 1922 – 23 November 2006) was a South Indian film director.


Early life

Yoganand was born in Madras under British India. His parents are Venkata Das and Lakshmi Bai. Venkata Das was estate manager under Nawaab Raza Ali Khan of Machilipatnam. He was the youngest of three children survived. His elder brother Koteswara Rao is a Sound Engineer. D. Subbayya, a Photographic equipment businessman in Machilipatnam, adopted Yoganand. He was exposed to Photography and became an expert photographer. He was interested in playing and directing dramas and came close to Tungala Chalapathi Rao and Yadavalli Nageswara Rao in Machilipatnam. He went to Bangalore, trained in Radiology, and he went to Madras in 1939 to help his father. Yoganand joined Jiten Benarjee of Newtone Studios after his father's death and later worked with famous cinematographer M. A. Rehman.

He has participated in the Quit India Movement of 1942. In the Indian Freedom Movement, he came close to great Congress leaders like Rajagopalachari, Tanguturi Prakasam and Bulusu Sambamurthi.

Film career

Yoganand has worked as an associate to Gudavalli Ramabrahmam and L. V. Prasad. He has worked in Samsaram directed by L.V. Prasad. In 1943, he joined as an editor, with Manikyam for the film Mayalokam and also worked as an assistant director to Gudavalli Ramabrahmam. He has worked for Bhakta Tulasidas by Lanka Satyam in Salem for three years.

His debut film was Ammalakkalu (Telugu) and Marumagal (Tamil) by Leena Chettiar in 1953. He became the in-house filmmaker for his Krishna Pictures and made many box-office successes including the iconic film, Madurai Veeran (1956). The film sowed the seeds for M. G. Ramachandran to be projected as more than a mere good-looking hero.

After working with Yoganand, N. T. Rama Rao offered him to direct for Thodu Dongalu (1954). He also wrote story for the film. The film got many awards, including a merit certificate from the President of India and an award in China Film Festival. NTR gave him a second chance in his next film Jayasimha which became a blockbuster.

He has directed about 50 films in Telugu and Tamil languages; among them N. T. Rama Rao had the lead role in 17 films. His successful films include Thodu Dongalu, Ilavelpu, Kodalu Diddina Kapuram, Ummadi Kutumbam, Muga Nomu, Jai Jawan, Vemulavada Bheema Kavi, Kathanayakuni Katha, Dabbuku Lokam Dasoham, Jayasimha, Vade Veedu, Thodu Dongalu, Thikka Shankarayya and Pelli Sandadi. He had the unique distinction of directing all the top stars, both in Telugu and Tamil film fields such as N. T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Relangi Venkata Ramaiah, Bhanumathi Ramakrishna, Savitri, Padmini, Vyjayanthimala, Jayalalitha, Pandari Bai, B. Saroja Devi, Devika, Sivaji Ganesan, M. G. Ramachandran, Gemini Ganesan, S. S. Rajendran and K. Balajee.

He died of Heart attack in Chennai. He is survived by his wife Hanumayamma, two sons and three daughters.


National Film Awards
  • 1954: Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film in Telugu - Thodu Dongalu
  • 1960: President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Tamil - Parthiban Kanavu
  • Other Awards
  • His Ummadi Kutumbam (1967) film was selected for screening at Moscow Film Festival.
  • Kalaimamani Award from Government of Tamil Nadu in 1981.
  • References

    Dasari Yoganand Wikipedia

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