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  My Father Ramachandraiah (1944-79) 

Born and brought up in a village called Damaramadugu in Nellore district, AP state, My Father - Ramachandraiah India. Worked as a BEd Teacher at ZP Boys High School BuchiReddyPalem, Kavali, Bramhanakraka and in several High Schools in Nellore district.

As an Artist
He was a great artist and inspiration to me. He used to draw and paint in his leisure time. Won first prize for his Indian Ink sketch of American President Abraham Lincoln in a state-wide competition held in Nellore when he was doing BA at VR College, Nellore, India. Also his drawing of Rama and Sita that he drew when he was doing B.Ed at Vijaya Teacher's college, Bangalore impressed everyone with no exception of his college Principal who later announced to publish the drawing in the first page of the College Souvenir every year. Later, I copied the same painting in 1993 and with a little modification made it to look like Radha and Krishna.

Here is another master piece from his hand - Swamy Vivekananda which he drew in Chirala when we went to our Grandma's place for Summer vacations in 1973. Here are the two pictures of Lord Rama with water colors and color pencils drawn on a wall when he was about 14 years old. They are still being preserved by his brother on the wall in the house where he was born and brought up.

He was a born Artist and used to Draw/Paint in his own Photographic style. Probably, I inherited his Drawing style too. We lost many of his works. I am proud to display some of his works in the gallery dedicated to him. I have displayed only the ones that we could preserve. My Father was the first Artist that I had known. He was also the first person to inspire me in my childhood and created love towards Arts. Visit my Father's Art Gallery- A Tribute to my Father.

As an Artiste
Ramachandraiah - My Father as Dhuryodhana on the stageNot only an artist, but also he was a stage artiste and used to perform Dhuryodhana Ekapathrabhinayam during his School Anniversary celebrations when he was working as a Teacher.

"The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reach us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiation of their personalities." -Kahlil Gibran, poet and artist (1883-1931)

As a Father
My Father & Mother He was a great person and remains an inspiring personality in every moment of my life. But, God wouldn't let great people to do what they desire to do in this world - took my father away from us in 1979 when he was very young.

"He, whom the gods love, dies young." -Titus Maccius Plautus, dramatist (circa 254-184 BCE)

  My Mother Vijayalakshmi  

My Mother - Vijayalakshmi Born and brought-up in Kavali, AP, India. She did her Bachelor's degree in arts (BA). Being a house-wife for about 13 years until my father passed away, she left with no financial choice to raise kids other than accepting the job as a 'Junior Assistant' at Z.P. Girls High School, Kavali. Later on got promoted as a 'Senior Assistant' and moved to Mandal Revenue Office, Kavali, India where she worked until she retired in 2003. Currently she lives with my brother in Nellore, India. She sacrificed her entire life for us and brought my brother and me to what we are today.

"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers." -Rudyard Kipling
  My Brother Sridhar  

My Brother - Sridhar Born and brought-up in Kavali, AP, India. He is a B.Ed Teacher by profession. He followed my father's foot steps in choosing his career. Currently he lives with my mom, his wife Sridevi and daughter Srihitha in Nellore, AP, India. He did everything to me just like a father would do to a son though he is just one year elder to me. He is not only my brother but also my best friend in my life and good adviser to me in my career and personal matters.

"A brother is a friend given by nature." -Gabriel Legouve, writer (1807-1903)
  My Elder Son Rithvik  

My Son - Rithvik Born in Boston, MA, USA on 31st March, 2000.
Enter his Kids World.

Click to see his portrait from my hand.

"Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children?" -Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman, orator, writer (106-43 BCE)
  My Younger Son   Bhuvan

My little son - Bhuvan Born in Urbana, IL, USA on 15th December, 2002.

Right from the age of one year, he has been amazing me with his fine (art) skills.


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