K Raghava, Telugu Producer passes away

K Raghava, Telugu Producer passes awayK Raghava, one of the senior producer of Tollywood and the owner of Pratap Arts Productions, passed away today. He breathed his last in the early hours of Tuesday i.e 31st July 2018.

K Raghava was 105. He has seen 100 years of Indian Cinema and has produced 30 movies, of which 25 were blockbuster. In his 90 years filmy career, he saw the changing colours of Indian Film Industry.

K Raghava was born in 1913 and he left his home when he was just eight years old, after a tiff with his father. Later he came to Kolkatta and struggled for few years. He joined the silent pictures as a trolley puller. Later he shifted to Vijayawada where he started to work for Maruthi Talkies. When he started to work for film Industry, there was only one theater in Vijayawada. As that time, there was no audio system, a handwritten copy of film used to send along with film print. And when the film was screened, a narrator would read out the story to the audiences. Kasturi Siva Rao was very popular narrator that time and K Raghava used to assist him and help him to provide the music. Later K Raghava came in the contact of veteran film maker Raja Raghava and introduced veteran Film maker LV Prasad.  During the making of Palnati Yuddham, when the directior Ramabrahmam passed away, K Raghava suggested the name of LV Prasad to Raja Raghava and he took him on the board and roped him as assistant director. Later LV Prasad made a social movie  Mana Desam in which Legend Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (Sr NTR) played the lead role.

K Raghava was the action directior for NTR starrer Pathala Bhairavi, which was a landmark film for NTR. K Raghava has worked as production executive and stunt man for many movies. He was one of the popular film makers from across India and abroad as he was able to speak about eight languages. K Raghava also introduced late Darshakaratna Dasari Narayana Rao with Thatha-Manavadu film. His popular production ventures are Sukha Dukhalu, Intlo Ramayya Veedhilo Krishnayya, Tharangini and others.

 K Raghava was also the recipient of prestigious Raghupathi Venkaiah Award.