KamalaKara Kameswara Rao

Date of Birth: October 04, 1911
Director, producer, Screenplay
National Film Award, National Film Award
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KamalaKara Kameswara Rao
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Kamalakara Kameshwara Rao
Born 4 October 1911
Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Died 29 June 1998
Nellore, Andhra Pradesh
Occupation Film direction
Ethnicity Hindu
Citizenship India
Education Bachelor of Arts
Alma mater Noble College, Machilipatnam
Period 1940s to 1980s
Genres Journalist, Writer, Director
Notable work(s) Nartanasala

K. Kameshwara Rao or Kamalakara Kameshwara Rao (Telugu: కమలాకర కామేశ్వరరావు) BA (b: 4 October 1911 - d: 29 June 1998) is famous Indian film director popularly known as Pouraanika Chitra Brahma.1 He has directed about 50 films in Telugu and Tamil languages, majority of them are Mythological in nature. The most renowned among them is Nartanasala.

Life Sketch

He was born in 1911 in Machilipatnam. He has completed Bachelor of Arts from the Noble College, Machilipatnam. He has worked as a Film journalist for Krishna Patrika between 1934 and 1937. His unbiased reviews about the released films are highly appreciated by the audiences.2 On invitation from H. M. Reddy, he has reached Madras. He has joined as assistant director and worked with K. V. Reddy and Moola Narayana Swamy for the film Grihalakshmi in 1938. He has worked as assistant director for the films Vande Mataram, Sumangali, Devatha and Swarga Seema under Bomireddi Narasimha Reddy and for Bhakta Potana and Yogi Vemana under Kadiri Venkata Reddy. After observing him closely, Vijaya Pictures has given the responsibility of independently direct Chandraharam in 1954. He has left Vijaya pictures in 1955. He has directed about 30 films of National Art Theatres, Rajyam Pictures, Ponnaloori Brothers, Padmalaya Pictures, Mahija pictures and Suresh Productions over the period of three decades.
Film poster of his film Nartanasala.

He used to describe the film Nartanasala (1963) as his best directoral work, which won many National and International awards. He died at the age of 88 years on 29 June 1998.


* National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for Mahakavi Kalidasu in 1960.
* National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for Mahamantri Timmarusu in 1962
* Nartanasala has been screened in Jakarta International Film Festival. S. V. Ranga Rao won the best actor award and T. V. S. Sharma the best art director award.
* Nartanasala won National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film in 1964.