Nerella Venu Madhav (28 December 1932 – 19 June 2018), popularly known as NV, was a famous Indian mimicry artiste and ventriloquist. He was born in Mattewada, Warangal, Hyderabad state to Hari and Lakshmi. He rose to popularity imitating celebrities, politicians, local dialects, Nizams and was the first to perform at the United Nations headquarters. He started a diploma course at Telugu University, a first in the world. He is often regarded as the father of Indian Mimicry. He is also hailed as the pioneer and maestro of mimicry in India.


Career: Madhav started his career in 1947 at the age of 16. He worked as a school teacher in GCS school in Hanamkonda in 1953. He also worked as a Mimicry faculty at the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University.


An auditorium has been named after in his Honour as Padmasri Dr. Nerella Venu Madhav Kalaa Pranganam. The venue hosted a mimicry festival on his 80th birthday, 28 December by Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation at Hanamkonda Public Gardens and was named it 2011. Renowned mimicry and ventriloquism artiste Nerella Venumadhav died today at his residence in Warangal following a brief illness. Venumadhav (85) was suffering from illness for some time and breathed his last at around 11.30 am, his son N Radhakrishna.

He is survived by wife, two sons and two daughters. Hailed as the pioneer and maestro of mimicry, Venumadhav was the first Indian mimicry and ventriloquism artiste to have performed at the UN headquarters. Born on December 28, 1932.



Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao expressed deep condolences on the demise of the artiste. In his condolence message, Rao described Venumadhav as a person who brought name and fame to the art of mimicry as well as universal recognition.

Rao said he had issued instructions to the Chief Secretary to arrange for state honors during the funeral of the veteran artiste. Venumadhav had served as a nominated Member of Legislative Council of Andhra Pradesh from 1972 to 1978.

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