Rajiv Kanakala’s father and actor Devadas Kanakala passed away at a private hospital this evening after a brief illness. He was 74 and is survived by his son Rajiv Kanakala and daughter Sri Lakshmi. His wife Laxmi Devi, a famous character actress, died very recently.
Devadas was also a famous trainer and trained popular actors like Rajinikanth, Chiranjeevi, Rajendra Prasad, Subhalekha Sudhakar, Nazr, Pradeep Sakthi, Bhanuchander, Arun Pandyan, Rankee, and Raghuvaran. He runs a film Insitute in Manikonda and most of the present-day television actors were his students. May his soul rest in peace.