Popular Telugu producer Thammareddy Krishnamurthy passed away this morning (Monday, September 16). The 93-year-old, who had produced several hit movies of NT Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao, is survived by son Thammareddy Bharadwaja, who is also a popular Telugu filmmaker.
A family friend of Tammareddy Krishnamurthy confirmed the news about the death of the producer. "He died early this morning due to some old age related issues at CR Foundation home for the aged in Kondapur (Andhra Pradesh)," IANS quoted him as saying.
Born in 1920 in Chinapalaparru village in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, Krishnamurthy participated in Indian Independence movement in his youth. He liked communist principles and participated in the works of Praja Natya Mandali. Before entering films, he was also a tuition teacher for the children of cinema artists in Chennai. He debuted in films as a production executive with the movie Palletooru in 1950.
Following his return to Hyderabad, he worked for many movies made in Saradhi Studios. Later, he started his own production house - Ravindra Art Pictures. He produced NT Rama Rao's Lakshadhikari, Akkineni Nageswara Rao's Jamindar, Bangaru Gajulu, Dharma Daata, Dattaputhrudu, Sisindri Chitttibabu, Dr Babu, Iddaru Kodukulu, Chinna Nati Kalalu, Amma Nanna and Love Marriage. He was honoured with the prestigious Raghupathi Venkaiah award in 2007.