Jetti Veera Raghavulu, shortly called J. V. Raghavulu was a south Indian music director and playback singer. He has done 172 Telugu films in total and died most recently on 7 June 2013. He started his career as a playback singer and later became film music composer. As a playback singer, he started his career in the late 1950’s. His early films as a playback singer include Pelli Sandadi (1959), Bhakta Raghunath (1960), Jagadeka Veeruni Katha (1961), Lava Kusa (1963) and Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha (1966). He debut as a music director in the year 1970 with the movie, Droha and was active in the industry as a singer and music director throughout 1970’s, 1980’s and till mid-1990’s.
Jetti Veera Raghavulu was born in an agricultural family in Ramachandrapuram, East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. His parents were Veeraswami Naidu and Adilaxmi. He had 5 siblings. He learned acting and singing from Bhadracharyulu, who used to organize Harischandra play. The role of Lohitakshu was one of his earliest roles as an actor. His troupe used to conduct plays at different plays and while at school, young Raghavulu used to actively participate in those activities. Famous poets Indraganti Hanumachastri and Vedula Satyanarayana Sastry were his school teachers, who encouraged him to sing their poems. For "Geetavali" programme of All India radio, he used to tune and sing their poems.
Once Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao heard him singing a light song and was impressed by his singing. He invited young Raghavulu to film world. He left home to Chennai without informing parents at the age of 15. He worked as assistant of Ghantasala for a long time and later became an independent music director. Janani Janmabhoomischa, Veena Naadi Teega Needi Teegachatu Raagamundi, Tarangini O Tarangini and Ee Jeevana Tarangalalo are among his memorable songs.
Updated: January 23, 2014