Pic Talk: When NTR Worshipped His Wife

Iconic actor and former chief minister of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh NT Rama Rao’s love for his wife Basavatarakam needs no introduction. And this vintage picture only proves it. NTR placed his late wife’s photograph in his puja room alongside the deities as if he was worshipping her.

NTR married Basavatarakam when he was just 20 years old, in May 1942. Basavatarakam was the daughter of NTR’s maternal uncle. The couple had eight sons and four daughters. Basavatarakam had died in 1985 after suffering from cancer.

It was NTR’s dream to establish an advance cancer hospital in the memory of his loving wife. He had even set up Smt.Nandamuri Basavataraka Rama Rao Memorial Cancer Foundation (NBTRCF). In 2000, The Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute was established as a tribute to Basavatarakam.