Born on 5 December 1931 in Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh, Shri Chatla Sreeramulu is a notable
personality of the Telugu stage, with wide-ranging contributions as an actor, director, teacher
and author on the theatre. Holding a Master's degree in English literature, he has received
training at the British Drama League, and headed the Department of Theatre Arts at Osmania
University for many years. He has also been guest faculty at the University of Hyderabad and
P.S. Telugu University.
Shri Sreeramulu started his career as an actor in 1950. In this intervening half a century, he has acted in and directed a great number of plays to critical acclaim. The plays for which he is best remembered include adaptations of Brecht’s Exception and the Rule, Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy, Ibsen’s Enemy of the People, and the Telugu plays Maro Mohenjodaro, Trijaki Yama Darsanam, Bharati, Praja Devata, and Tupaki Rajyam.
His literary output includes an edition of Gullapudi Maruthi Rao’s essays on Telugu theatre history and a monograph titled Changes in Production Techniques during 100 years of Telugu Theatre, published by the Andhra Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi (1980). He has visited many countries and presented papers on theatre in seminars.
Recipient of a Best Actor award of the Andhra Nataka Kala Parishad, he is the first individual to be awarded an honorary doctorate (2009) by the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University. The Government of Andhra Pradesh has honoured him with the N.T.R. Award (2009).
Shri Chatla Sreeramulu receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as an actor.