ANANTAPUR: Main circles and roads of Anantapur appeared with posters remembering noted playwright, thespian and film actor Bellary Raghava as part of the Bellary Raghava state-level cultural fete being held in Anantapur. The fete began on Tuesday at Arts College Grounds and Lalita Kala Parishad here to recall great services of Kala Prapoorna Bellary Raghava, who hails from Tadiapthri in the district.
As part of the Praja Natya Mandali's ninth state-level maha sabha, the three day fete is being held to remember Raghava, who was born on August 2, 1880. He finished his Metric in Bellari High School and graduated from the Madras Christian College and practiced law after graduating from the Madras Law College in 1905, historian Appireddy Harinath Reddy recalled and further added, “From the age of 12, Bellary Raghava founded the Shakespeare Club in Bellary and played Shakespeare dramas. Raghava portrayed main characters in various dramas in Sreenivasarao Kolachalam's group called Sumanohara in Bangalore. Raghava has founded the Amateur Dramatic Association of Bangalore."
Tadipatri Raghavacharyulu was his works predominantly in Telugu theatre and cinema after his uncle Dharmavaram Ramakrishnamacharyulu initiated him on the stage. Former Lalita Kala Parishad secretary and veteran artist A. Narasimha Murthy observed that Raghava acted in noted dramas of Harischandra, Padukapattabhishekamu, Savitri, Brihannala, Ramaraju charitra, Ramadasu, Tappevaridi, Saripadani Sangatulu among others.