Noted Telugu actor Devadas Kanakala passed away on Friday while undergoing treatment at the KIMS Hospital in Hyderabad. Born in Kanakalapeta in Puducherry’s Yanam district in July 1945, Devadas was 74 years old and was reported to be suffering from some health issues.
Coming from a theatre background, he acted in several movies and serials and trained actors by setting up an acting school in Hyderabad. Devadas’ wife, Lakshmi Kanakala, and his son, Rajeev Kanakala, are also actors, while his daughter-in-law, Suma Kanakala, is a popular Telugu anchor.
Media reports suggest that Devadas trained actors like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Raghuvaran during his stint in Chennai, while Telugu actors like Chiranjeevi, Rajendra Prasad and Subhalekha Sudhakar are also said to have trained under him.