| Film Director|
| Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao|
K. S. Prakash Rao (father)Prakash Kovelamudi (son)Kovelamudi Bapayya (brother)Madhavi (daughter)Shobu Yarlagadda
Kovelamudi Surya Prakash Rao, Varalakshmi G.
Prakash Kovelamudi, Madhavi
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South
Baahubali: The Beginning, Annamayya, Shirdi Sai, Gangotri, Allari Priyudu
M M Keeravani, Mohan Babu, Prakash Kovelamudi, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Kovelamudi Surya Prakash
Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao Wikipedia
K. Raghavendra Rao (born Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao), was born on 23 May 1941, popularly known as Darsakendra, is an Indian film director, Screenwriter and choreographer, known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema, few Bollywood and Kannada films. He has garnered seven state Nandi Awards, the IIFA Award, the SIIMA Award, five Filmfare Awards South, and two CineMAA Awards. In a film career spanning more than five decades, Rao has directed more than hundred feature films of which around ninety films were box office hits, across multiple genres such as romantic comedy, fantasy, melodrama, action thriller, biographical, and romance films.
The 1987 Social problem film, Agni Putrudu, and the 1988 action thriller, Aakhari Poratam, were screened at the 11th and 12th International Film Festival of India respectively in the mainstream section. In 1992, he directed the melodrama Gharana Mogudu, premiered at the 1993 International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section, which became the first Telugu film to gross over ₹ 10 crore at the box office. Next he directed the instant hit Allari Priyudu, which was also premiered at the 1994 International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section.
In 1997, he scripted and directed the historical biographical film, Annamayya which won two National Film Awards, was also premiered at the 1998 International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section. Subsequently he directed, critically acclaimed biographical devotional films such as Sri Manjunatha (2001), Sri Ramadasu (2006), Pandurangadu (2008), Shirdi Sai (2012), and Om Namo Venkatesaya (2017) which received several state Nandi Awards. On the other hand, Rao has directed several action films which were box office hits, and is known for portraying his lead actresses in a sensuous manner.
Mr. Raghavendra Rao is the son of veteran director Kovelamudi Surya Prakash Rao, and Rao is the father of actor turned filmmaker Prakash Kovelamudi. Raghavendra Rao is an executive member in the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam Board.State Nandi AwardsB. N. Reddy National Award for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema (2009)Nandi Award for Best Director – Annamayya (1997)Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (director) – Annamayya (1997)Nandi Award for Best Choreographer – Pelli Sandadi (1996)Nandi Award for Best Director – Pelli Sandadi (1996)Nandi Award for Best Director – Allari Priyudu (1993)Nandi Award for Best Director – Bobbili Brahmanna (1984)Filmfare Awards SouthFilmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) – Prema Lekhalu (1977)Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) – Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari (1990)Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) – Allari Priyudu (1993)Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) – Annamayya (1997)Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award - South (2002)IIFA AwardsIIFA Award for Outstanding contribution to Indian cinema (2017)SIIMA AwardsSIIMA Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)CineMAA AwardsCineMAA Award for Lifetime Contribution – (2012)CineMAA Awards for Best Film (Jury) – Shirdi Sai – (2013)Other AwardsAllu Ramalingaiah Award (2016)Student No. 1 (2001)Pallakilo Pellikuturu (2004)Vagdanam (1961)Naya Kadam (1984)Allari Priyudu (1993)Iddaru Mitrulu (1999)Pelli Sambandham (2000)Okato Number Kurradu (2002)Morning Raga (2004)Bommalata (2004)Sarigamalu (1992)Student No. 1 (2001)Bobby (2002)Anaganaga O Dheerudu (2011)Baahubali: The Beginning (2015)Baahubali: The Conclusion (2017)Pelli Sandadi (1996)2002 Shanti Nivasam (writer)2014 Soundrya Lahari2016 Koyilamma (MAA TV)