Krishneswara Rao is an Indian actor who has worked predominantly in Telugu movies. He is known for portraying roles of supporting characters in films. Hailing from Andhra Pradesh, he played the role of a beggar in the National award-winning movie, Chandamama Kathalu and received praises for his performance for the same by veteran actor Krishna and director Vijaya Nirmala.
He was born at Bodapadu in Guntur district to Hanumantha Rao and Venkata Ramamma with the name Yellapragada Sowbhagya Krishneswara Rao, which he later shortened. Growing up, his parents always supported him and his interest in stage art and resultantly his acting career began during his school days. His first ever play was called Vapas. He currently resides in Hyderabad with his wife, Saraswati.
Though professionally he is a qualified homeopathist, he rarely practices, as his prominent interest lies in theatre. Up till now has been part of over 1500+ plays, of which he has scripted many, like, Gongalipurugu, Pakkintlo Puttandi, Sampada, Adhikari, Nashta Pariharam, Bhoomi Kosam, Kallu Kadigina Chetulu, Sara Suddulu among others. In almost all of the plays he wrote and directed, he also played a vital role.
The play, "
Manasu Chooda Tarama
" telecasted in ETV was one of many he had helped writing. To put before public his theatrical compositions independently, he set up Rasajhuri Cultural Organisation. In the span of his theatre career, he has won several awards due to his unmatchable acting and has earned respect among the theatre fraternity.
He won the Bharata Muni Award for his performance in the play, Kuturikosam. Being an utter traditionalist when it comes to theatre production and composition, he is of the opinion that current playwrights don’t use their souls while writing plays and that theatre should be promoted more in this age of technology. He credits his guru Shri Akurati Murali Krishna for his success in theatre and films.
Owing to his passion and dedication towards theatre, he had initially lost a lot of opportunities in the movie industry. But after the viewing of his play, Roju Chastunna Manishi, film actor M Prabhakar Reddy invited him to write dialogues for a film Prachanda Bharatham.
Since then, he has worked in movies like Ankuram, Sri Ramulayya, Jayam Manade, Bhadrachalam, Yerra Samudram, Kuturikosam, Osi Nee Prema Bangaram Kanu, Roommates, Gopi Gopika Godavari, and Saradaga Kasepu with directors like Vamsi, Umamaherswara Rao, Shankar, AVS, and Praveen S.