File photo of veteran actor Kaikala Satyanarayana.
The people of Gudivada, especially relatives, friends and others who had a close relationship and admiration for veteran actor Kaikala Satyanarayana were plunged into grief on Friday morning over her demise. They remembered his valuable contributions in the field of performing arts and the Telugu film industry in a career that spanned six incredible decades. He had a huge following in Gudivada, as there is a street named after him.
“Satyanarayana had many friends, relatives and well-wishers in Gudivada besides die-hard fans,” said Kaikala Siva, one of the actor’s nieces. Talking the hindu over the phone, Mr. Siva said that Satyanarayana got one Kala Mandir Gudivada was built with his personal donation combined with government funds. He acted in 777 films, in which he played various roles.
Satyanarayana was born in 1935 in Kavutaram village of Gudlavalleru Mandal in Krishna district. Later, his family moved to Gudivada because of the timber business of that time. He was brought up and educated in Gudivada.
Before entering the Telugu film industry, Satyanarayana Prabhakar was a stage artist of the Natya Mandali for more than a decade, said Gudivada’s Naraharisetti Prasad, who was a member of the organization.
Mr. Prasad, who retired as a municipal employee, informed that Satyanarayana was popular for his leading role in a stage play. Pelli Paduchu. He said, “Satyanarayana was very active in Natya Mandali. He was the best student of Pamarthi Subba Rao, the founder of Natya Mandali in the 1940s. Even after Subba Rao’s death in 2004, Satyanarayana visited and encouraged artists. His first film Sipayi Koothuru In 1959, which was directed by Changayya”.
Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Leader of Opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu expressed condolences on the death of the versatile actor.
Mr. Harichandan expressed deep grief over Satyanarayana’s demise and said that apart from making his mark in Tollywood, Satyanarayana also served as a Member of Parliament.
In his message, Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy said that Satyanarayana was a formidable figure in cinema, and his death left a void that was not easy to fill. He recalled the ease with which Satyanarayana played various roles in genres, from mythology to crime thriller.
Mr. Chandrababu Naidu said that Satyanarayana’s death was a great loss to the film industry and stated that he had a brotherly relationship with NT Rama Rao.