Tikkavarapu Pattabhirama Reddy

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Tikkavarapu Pattabhirama Reddy
Born(1919-02-19)19 February 1919
Died6 May 2006(2006-05-06) (aged 87)
Alma materUniversity of Calcutta
Occupationwriter, producer, director, social activist
Known forSamskara
Spouse(s)Snehalata Reddy
RelativesRamana Reddy
T. Subbarami Reddy

Tikkavarapu Pattabhirama Reddy (19 February 1919 – 6 May 2006) was an Indian film screenwriter, producer, director, social activist, poet, and writer known for his pioneering works in Telugu cinema, and Kannada cinema.[1][2]

Reddy has received four National Film Awards for his works.[3] In 1972 he produced and directed Samskara which garnered the National Film Award for Best Feature Film and Bronze Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival.[4] Reddy has actively participated the Indian Emergency opposition movement, human rights movement, and child labor movements as founder member of People's Union for Civil Liberties. In 1977, he produced and directed the bilingual Chandamarutha in Kannada, and English. The film was banned during the Emergency, and was later released to critical appreciation.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. He studied at Shantiniketan, Calcutta University and Columbia University. He was married to Snehalata Reddy, and founded the organisation Concerned for Working Children.[7] In 2003, he directed In the Hour of God, a play based on Sri Aurobindo's classic Savitri, inspired by the mythical woman who defied death for love, which he dedicated to his wife Snehalata Reddy.[8] Pattabhirama Reddy died on 6 May 2006, at the age of 86.[9]


  • Fidelu Ragala Dozen (1939), (Telugu)
  • Kaitha Naa Dayita 1978, (Telugu)
  • Pattabhi Panchangam (1980), (Telugu)

Selected filmography[edit]

As producer
As producer and director
  • Samskara (1970)
  • Chanda Marutha (1977)
  • Devara Kaadu (1993)
  • Sringara Masa (1984)

Awards and honors[edit]

National Film Awards - Telugu cinema
National Film Awards - Kannada cinema
Karnataka State Film Awards

International honors[edit]

State honors[edit]


  1. Khajane, Muralidhara (29 June 2015). "Celluloid's two-pronged response to Emergency". The Hindu.
  2. "Directorate of Film Festival" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  3. "A pioneer passes away". The Hindu. 12 May 2006.
  4. "Tikkavarapu Pattabhirama Reddy – Poet, Film maker of international fame from Nellore". 18 December 2011. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  5. "A forgotten prophet". The Hindu. 20 November 2002. Archived from the original on 24 March 2003.
  6. Khajane, Muralidhara (29 June 2015). "Celluloid's two-pronged response to Emergency". The Hindu.
  7. Khajane, Muralidhara (29 June 2015). "Celluloid's two-pronged response to Emergency". The Hindu.
  8. Nagesh, Rama Reddy wrote the preface for experimental films in Kannada - Photo: Courtesy D. C. (17 February 2005). "Fruits of labour". The Hindu. p. 03. Archived from the original on 28 February 2007 – via The Hindu (old).
  9. Singh, Jangveer (14 May 2006). "He set new directions". The Tribune. Bangalore. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  10. http://dff.nic.in/2011/41st_nff_1994.pdf
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