Sri Palghat T.S. Mani Iyyar, a Mridanga veteran of international fame came down to Rajahmundry
and graciously released the book "Mridanga Thatwam" for the public in 1966. Sri Mani Iyyar has
adorned Sri Rama Murty with Swarna Kankana and a title "Mridanga Vidwachekara" in that sabha.
Smt. M.S. Subbalakshmi had honorably sent Rs.501/- through Sri Mani Iyyar for felicitation in
His book "Mridanga Thatwam" was selected as the best book in Indian languages and English by
the National Academy of Music and Dance, New Delhi. Sri Rama Murty has given a number of
demonstrations in the Music Academy, Madras, All India Radio Stations, Doordarshan and in
many sabhas. He had received many appreciations and felicitations including the First World
Telugu Conference held by Govt. of A.P. He was honored by the then President of India
Sri V.V. Giri when releasing the book "Mridanga Thatwam" in English that was co-authored
by his eldest son Sri D. Venketeswara Rao.
He also authored the books "Muktayi Sutra Bhashyam" and "Suryopasana Sarvaswam" and had
received the appreciation of many scholars.
He attained the Lotus Feet of Lord Sri Venkateswara (expired) on 15-08-1978 at 5AM at
the banks of river Godavari, Rajahmundry.
Sri Rama Murty has five sons and among them the eldest son Sri Dharmala Venkateswara Rao
is a Mridanga Vidwan and co-author of the books. He has taken pains in publishing his father's
books and also toured extensively including U.S.A and propagated the art of Mridanga and
their books. Sri Rama Murty's grand son Chi. D.V. Rama Murty (son if D. Venkateswara Rao) who
is an engineer in U.S.A is also a Mridangam Artist and has been giving performances.
Sri Rama Murty is always alive in the music world through his invaluable books.