Anonymous wrote on Jun 20 2011 3:04PM
Suddala Ashok Teja is a popular lyric writer in Tollywood Born to well known Telugu poet, Suddala Hanmanthu, a Padmashali poet of the Telangana Rebellion of 1940's. His native place is Suddala a village in Nalgonda district. He was a teacher in Bandalingapoor (Karimnagar district) before coming into the Telugu film industry. He started writing lyrics ever since he was a child. His nephew Uttej a well known character artist in Telugu films helped him to get a first chance in films. He became popular after penning the lyrics for the films Osey Ramulamma and Ninne Pelladutha during the years 1996-1997 and there was no looking back for him after. He won the National Film Award for Best Lyrics in the year 2003 for his song Nenu Saitham in the movie Tagore (2003),it is based on Sri Sri's 'Nenu Saitham' from Mahaprasthanam. He is the third writer to win this award after Sri Sri for his "Telugu veera levaraa" in Alluri Sitaramaraju and Veturi for his "Raalipoye puvva neeku ragaalenduke" in "Matrudevobhava". He wrote over 1000 songs till 2004.