Aarani Satyanarayana is a well known Telugu actor who lived in the period of 1898 to 1969. He was born in a village called Sangadi Gunta in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. Aarani Satyanarayana was a stage actor and he started his career on the stage at the age of 14. ‘Gayopakhyanam’ was his first theatre experience and he was given a female role in that. His role as Sathya Bhama was well appreciated during those times. He acted in so many dramas before entering the cinema industry. It was the period of silent pictures, when Aarani Satyanarayana entered the cinema. He was introduced to the Telugu cinema by R. S. Prakash, in the year 1921. One of his popular movies during those days was ‘Ramadasu’, which was released in the year 1933. This movie had top stars of those periods such as Ghantasala Balaramaiah, Ramatilakam, Nelluri Nagaraj Rao and
Chilakalapudi Seeta Rama Anjaneyulu. He acted as Thanisha in that movie and was lauded well by the audience.
Later, he acted in ‘Balayogini’, Draupadi Vastrapaharanam, ‘Kanakadhara’, ‘Chandika’, and ‘Ratnamala’. In Chandika,
Pasupuleti Kannamba played the role of the princess and she was supported by Aarani Satyanarayana,
Vemuri Gaggaiah and Bellary Raghava. Ratnamala was a movie produced by Bharani Pictures.
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna played the title role in that movie. In Draupadi Vastrapaharanam, Aarani Satyanarayana played the positive role. It was the story of Mahabharata and this movie had the sequences of the Pandavas being cheated by the Kauravas while playing the game of dice. Draupadi was tortured by the Kauravas and Krishna saves her. In this story, Aarani Satyanarayana acted as Vidura and the part of Draupadi was performed by Kannamba, while Chilakalapudi Seeta Rama Anjaneyulu played the role of Krishna. It was a super hit movie and Satyanarayana was praised for his role.
Balayogini is the first Tamil and Telugu bilingual movie, and it was the first film for children too. During 1950, Satyanarayana got a job in Vinoda Pictures as an accountant. He acted in pictures produced by Vinoda Pictures such as ‘
Shanti’ and ‘Devadasu’. He joined the stars at his age of 70.