Yandamuri Veerendranath is a Telugu novelist, director, producer, actor, motivational speaker and personality development trainer. He belongs to Andhra Pradesh and was born on children’s day on 14th November 1948 in Razole which is part of East Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh.
His father Chakrapani worked for the income tax department and, his mother was Narasamaamba. He completed his education from Hyderabad, Anantapuram, Khammam, and Rajahmundry. He completed his graduation by doing B Comm from Andhra University in Vishakhapatnam.
After this, he went to Osmania University in Hyderabad from 1963 to 1964. He got married in 1974 to Anugeetha. His career began as a Chartered accountant and worked in the State Financial Corporation for five years and then in Andhra Bank Small Scale Industries department as a chief officer for a long span of 10 years.
Through the years he recognized his inclination towards literature and left his job to focus on it full-time. He writes books based on social situations and circumstances that are very relevant to today’s world. He believes in educating the parents, children, and citizens of the country and encourages them to think about social problems like poverty, corruption and take steps, even if at a small level, to bring about a change.
His works are influential for people of all strata, children as well as adults. His first ever Novel was Rushi. His Novels include Teens: Pillala Pempakam Oka Kala which is a novel focusing on how to raise teenagers in this generation and caters to parents and advises them on how to handle today's children.
His other books include Mee Pillalu Mimmalni Preminchali which deals with similar situations. He has also authored, Antarmukham and Vennello Aadapilla. His books have been translated to be read by readers in languages like Hindi, English, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, and Kannada. Many of his novels were converted into movies and released, but they didn't receive much appreciation from the masses.
He worked as a director for the first time for movie Agnipravesam. He has also directed
Stoovertpuram Police Station
and has also worked as an actor for a handful of films including Diary and Village Lo Vinayakudu. He has also worked for movies like Manchu Pallaki.
As a personality development mentor, he wrote the book 5 Metlu which fetched a turnover of two crores and broke the record for literature in Telugu. He also writes a weekly serial Dega Rekkala Chappudu. His work was felicitated with multiple awards.
His first movie as a dialogue writer earned him the best regional award from the president. He won the Sahitya Academy award in 1982 for Raghupati Raghava Rajaram. He has also been awarded the Nandi Award for best director in 1996 for his serial Vennello Adapilla. He also won the Nandi Award for best socially relevant film director in 2002 for Vijayam Vaipu Payanam.