Veteran Tollywood actor and trainer Devadas Kanakala passed away on Friday at KIMS Hospital in Hyderabad. Kanakala was born in Yanam in July 1945, 74-year Devadas was suffering from some health-related issues.
He acted in several movies and serials and trained actors by setting up an acting school in Hyderabad. Devadas’ wife, Late Lakshmi Kanakala, and his son, Rajeev Kanakala, are also actors, while his daughter-in-law, Suma Kanakala, is a popular Telugu anchor. Last year his wife Lakshmi Kanakala was passed away
Devadas Kanakala trained famous actors like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Raghuvaran in Chennai, while Telugu actors like Chiranjeevi, Rajendra Prasad and Subhalekha Sudhakar are also said to have trained under him.
Telangana Chief Minister KCR also expressed his condolences over the death.
Andhra Pradesh Leader of Opposition Nara Chandrababu Naidu also expressed grief over the demise of the actor and said that Devadas had contributed many actors to the industry.