Renowned mimicry and ventriloquism artist Nerella Venumadhav passed away today at his residence in Warangal following a brief illness. Mr Venumadhav, 85, was suffering from an illness for some time and breathed his last at around 11.30 am. He is survived by wife, two sons and two daughters.
Hailed as the pioneer and maestro of mimicry, Mr Venumadhav was the first Indian mimicry and ventriloquism artist to have performed at the UN headquarters. Born on December 28, 1932 in Mattewada of Warangal, he was honoured with the Padma Shri award in 2001. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao expressed deep condolences on the demise of the artiste.
In his condolence message, Mr Rao described Mr Venumadhav as a person who brought name and fame to the art of mimicry as well as universal recognition to it. Also, a recipient of honorary doctorate, he had introduced the syllabus for a diploma course in mimicry for the Potti Sriramulu Telugu University and had also taught the subject.