Nandamuri Harikrishna funeral: Family and friends bid tearful adieu to Telugu actor

Nandamuri Harikrishna funeral: Nandamuri Harikrishna was killed in a road accident in the early hours of Wednesday sending shock waves across the south Indian film industry and political circles.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: August 30, 2018 4:23:19 pm
Nandamuri Harikrishna dead Nandamuri Harikrishna was 61.

Telugu actor and politician Nandamuri Harikrishna’s funeral was held at Mahaprasthanam, Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad. The former MP and minister was given full state honours during his last rites.

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Harikrishna was killed in a road accident in the early hours of Wednesday sending shock waves across the south Indian film industry and political circles. He is survived by his wife Lakshmi Harikrishna and sons N. T. Rama Rao Jr and Nandamuri Kalyan Ram.

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The south Indian film fraternity is mourning the loss of actor-politician Nandamuri Harikrishna.

16:23 (IST) 30 Aug 2018
Adieu, Nandamuri Harikrishna...

Nandamuri Harikrishna's mortal remains cremated with full state honours. The family left soon after the pyre was lit.

16:18 (IST) 30 Aug 2018
Watch: Nandamuri Harikrishna's funeral

16:16 (IST) 30 Aug 2018
Kalyan Ram lights the pyre

Nandamuri Harikrishna's elder son Kalyan Ram lights the pyre.

16:10 (IST) 30 Aug 2018
Kalyan Ram and Jr NTR perform the last rites

Kalyan Ram and Jr NTR perform the last rites. Nandamuri Harikrishna's mortal remains placed on the pyre, covered with pieces of wood.

16:06 (IST) 30 Aug 2018
Last respects

Politicans, film stars, friends and family pay their respect to Nandamuri Harikrishna for the final time.

16:00 (IST) 30 Aug 2018
Nandamuri Harikrishna's last rites set to begin

Nandamuri Harikrishna's brother Nandamuri Balakrishna, brothers-in-law and AP CM Chandra Babu Naidu carry the body on a stretcher inside the cremation area where the pyre is set.

15:56 (IST) 30 Aug 2018
Nandamuri Harikrishna's mortal remains arrive at Mahaprasthanam

The funeral procession arrives at the Mahaprasthanam cremation site. Nandamuri Harikrishna's eldest son Kalyan Ram will perform the last rites. Elaborate arrangements have been made at the site for the VIPs.

15:25 (IST) 30 Aug 2018
Huge crowd follows Chaitanya Ratham

The funeral procession of Nandamuri Harikrishna proceeds peacefully through the streets of Hyderabad without any trouble in spite of a huge crowd. 

15:01 (IST) 30 Aug 2018
Nandamuri Harikrishna's final journey

Jr NTR, Kalyan Ram and N Chandrababu Naidu among others travel in Chaitanya Ratham that's carrying the mortal remains of Harikrishna.

14:33 (IST) 30 Aug 2018
N Chandrababu Naidu joins Nandamuri Harikrishna's funeral procession

The funeral procession of Harikrishna begins. The body will be taken to Mahaprasthanam for the last rites, which will be performed with full state honours. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has joined the procession along with Harikrishna's other family members.

14:26 (IST) 30 Aug 2018
Watch: Nandamuri Harikrishna's funeral procession begins

14:24 (IST) 30 Aug 2018
Nandamuri Harikrishna used to treat me like his younger brother, says Nagarjuna

"He used to treat me like his younger brother. We became close while working in Seetharama Raju. Not able to believe what has happened. My deep sympathies to his family and may his soul rest in peace," Nagarjuna told reporters. 

13:22 (IST) 30 Aug 2018
Nandamuri Harikrishna garu was a dear friend, says Chiranjeevi

"Nandamuri Harikrishna garu was a dear friend and was like a brother to me. I have been deeply pained and shocked by his untimely death. He spoke to everyone with affection and made us all laugh with his jokes. I never imagined that one day he would push us into such sadness and leave," Chiranjeevi told reporters.

13:01 (IST) 30 Aug 2018
Chaitanya Ratham to carry Nandamuri Harikrishna's mortal remains

Nandamuri Harikrishna's mortal remains will be carried on the iconic "Chaitanya Ratham" in the final procession. Harikrishna drove this vehicle carrying his superstar father NT Rama Rao across the undivided Andhra Pradesh during 1982 state elections. The vehicle parked at Nacharam Ramakrishna studios is being prepared for the procession.

12:48 (IST) 30 Aug 2018
Venkaiah Naidu shares anecdote about Nandamuri Harikrishna

Vice president M. Venkaiah Naidu paid his last respects to Nandamuri Harikrishna at the latter’s residence earlier today. While talking to the media, he praised Harikrishna's love for the Telugu language. And he recalled the incident when the late member of parliament insisted on speaking in Telugu in the Rajya Sabha. Venkaiah said he supported Harikrishna when then Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien objected to it.

Nandamuri Harikrishna died in a car accident in the early hours of Wednesday. He was 61. The accident took place on Narketpally-Addanki highway in Nalgonda district, Telangana. Harikrishna was driving alone to attend a fan’s wedding when his car crashed into a road median on the highway.