Kalyanam Raghuramaiah, popularly known as Eelapata Raghuramaiah (Telugu: కల్యాణం రఘురామయ్య) (1901-1975) is famous Telugu drama and film actor and recipient of Padmasri Award.
He was born in Suddapalli village of Guntur district and named as Venkata Subbaiah. He was popular during childhood days in playing Raghurama, hence named as Raghuramaiah by Kasinadhuni Nageswara Rao.
He was famous for the roles of Sri Krishna or Dushyantha, Bhavanisankar, Narada etc. He performed those roles for about 60 years. He indulged in elaborate raga alapana, based on different ragas while rendering padyams.
He had the extraordinary ability to sing padyams and songs through whistle, by putting his finger in mouth and producing the whistle or flute sound (meaning Eela in Telugu). He has acted in various dramas and gave more than 20,000 stage performances. Many eminent personalities held Raghuramaiah's talent at highest regard. Nehru, Tagore and Sarvepalli Radhakrisnhan are known to have appreciated Raghuramaiah. He has been named as "Andhra Nightingale" by Rabindranath Tagore
He entered Telugu cinema in the 1930s. He acted as Sri Krishna in many films including Sri Krishna Rayabaram and in the film Chintamani.
He toured Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore with a drama troupe in 1972.
He died of a heart attack in 1975 at the age of 75 years.
Effort are being made to create life size carvings and put them on display in his home town and adjoining areas. A bronze statue of him has recently been installed in Suddapalli village where he was born. A charity fund was set up to collect resources to promote Telugu drama in Suddapalli. Not many of his fans seem to be coming forward to donate generously for a good cause.
More effort needs to go into reviving the glory he brought to the district.