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Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao



  • Rama Rao was born on 28 May 1923 in Nimmakuru, a small village in Krishna District, which was a part of the erstwhile Madras Presidency of British India.
  • He was born to a farming couple, Nandamuri Lakshmaiah and Venkata Ramamma, but was given in adoption to his paternal uncle.
  • He attended school at first in his village, and later in Vijayawada. After his matriculation in 1940, he studied at SRR & CVR college in Vijayawada and at the Andhra-Christian College in Guntur.


  • In 1947, he joined the Madras Service Commission as a sub-registrar at Prathipadu of Guntur District.
  • After quitting the job, he started a food business in Bombay under the name of Andhra mess for a few months.
  • NTR started his film career with a walk-on role as a policeman in Mana Desam (1949). His first mythological film was in 1957, where he portrayed Krishna in the blockbuster film Maya Bazaar.
  • Later in his career, he stopped playing a prince in his commercial films and began to play roles of a poor yet heroic young man fighting against the existing system.


  • He founded the Telugu Desam Party(TDP) in 1982 and served three tumultuous terms as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh between 1983 and 1995.
  • He was the first non-Congress Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, representing the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founded by him in 1982.
  • His first term lasted 1&1/2 years from January 1983 to August 1984. He was ousted in a coup in August 1984, but returned to power a month later, which marked the beginning of his second term.


  • He remained Chief Minister for the next five years, completing his full 5-year term as Chief Minister. In 1989, his party lost in the assembly elections, and it was not until 1994 that he would become Chief Minister again.
  • His third and last term as Chief Minister only lasted nine months, from December 1994 to September 1995, following which he was ousted in a coup led by his sonin-law Nara Chandrababu Naidu.


  • When NTR became the Chief Minister in 1994, he appointed one of his sons-in-law Nara Chandrababu Naidu as the Revenue Minister.
  • Soon after the formation of the government, NTR was reportedly influenced in his political decisions by his wife Lakshmi Parvati, who was not an able political administrator.
  • Sensing this, Naidu took the MLAs of NTR Cabinet in Viceroy Hotel, Hyderabad and convinced them to support him in order to save the TDP. NTR was dethroned and the TDP’s leadership passed on to Chandrababu Naidu faction. The a new TDP(NTR) party was formed by Lakshmi Parvati after NTR’s death on 18 January 1996 in order to challenge Naidu’s TDP. Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP won the next elections with help of BJP.


  • In May 1943, at the age of 20, while still pursuing his Intermediate, NTR married Basava Rama Tarakam, the daughter of his maternal uncle. The couple had eight sons and four daughters.
  • NTR died of a heart attack on 18 January 1996 at his residence in Hyderabad, aged 72.He was cremated and his ashes were immersed at Srirangapatna