Yandamuri Virendranath

Date of Birth: November 14, 1948
Occupation:
Actor, Director, Screenplay, Story Writer, Dialogue Writer
Awards:
Sahitya Academy Award, Nandi Award as Best Director, Nandi Award as Best Socially Relevant Film Director
Years Active:
1970-present
Yandamuri Virendranath
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Yandamuri Veerendranath
Born November 14, 1948 (1948-11-14) (age 62)
Rajolu, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, India
Occupation Novelist
Nationality Indian
Period 1970–present
Genres thriller, playwright, novelist, Film director

Yandamuri Veerendranath (Telugu: యండమూరి వీరేంద్రనాథ్), (b. 14 November 1948) is a renowned Telugu novelist. Hailing from Andhra Pradesh state in India, he influenced younger generations with his socially relevant writings. In his writings he addresses many of the important social problems in India like poverty, prejudices, and superstitions, and encourages people to be socially responsible. He successfully bridges the idealistic and the popular styles of literature.

Early life and background
Yandamuri Veerendranath was born in Rajolu, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh to Chakrapani, an Income Tax Department employee, and Narasamaamba. He received his schooling in Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Jammalamadugu, Anantapuram and Hyderabad. He did his Bachelor of Commerce degree in Kakinada. In 1972 he completed his Chartered Accountancy at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. During his school days, he worked as a tutor to support himself.


Career
Yandamuri Veeerendranath is a multi-faceted personality, being a playwright, novelist, film director, and personality development motivator. In Telugu literature during the 1960s and 1970s, female writers like Yaddanapoodi Sulochana Rani were dominating the scene, because most of the readers were female. This led to sidelining of the male writers. Some male writers wrote stories and novels using female pen names. Yandamuri reversed these trends and came up with his first novel "Rushi". He stole the limelight with Tulasi Dalam without using any pen name. This book became a best seller. He wrote about 50 novels including Vennello Aadapilla and Antarmukham. His works were translated into several languages, namely Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, English, Hindi, and Marathi. His personality-development book Vijayaniki 5 Metlu (Success in Five Steps) created an all time record in Telugu literature, by generating sales worth 20,000,000 rupees. He started Saraswati Vidya Peetham in Kakinada by investing 10,000,000 rupees to educate the poor tribal students in academics as well as personality development.


Personal life
Yandamuri married Anugeetha on 10 March 1974. They have a son Praneeth, who received his MBA from the European Institute of Business Administration in France. Many of his novels have been made into motion pictures in Telugu. He also directed two motion pictures in Telugu, the first being "Agnipravesham", starring Yamuna, and the second film with Chiranjeevi by name, "Stuvartpuram Police Station". Both the films were based on his own novels. But, were not well-received by audience. Hence, Veerendranath reverted to writing, at which he is second to none. Currently, he is writing a weekly serial in Saakshi Sunday magazine "Funday", by name "Dega Rekkala Chappudu".


Awards
In addition to financial success, he has won many awards for his work. His first film as a dialogue writer won a best regional award from the President of India.
* Sahitya Academy Award for Raghupati Raghava Rajaram in 1982.
* Nandi Award as Best Director for the serial Vennello Adapilla in 1996.
* Nandi Award as Best Socially Relevant Film Director for Vijayam vaipu payanam in 2002 and many more.