His depiction of the erotic "sringara rasa", as Satyabhama, in Sri Krishna Tulabharam i.e. "The Weighing of Sri Krishna" kept audiences spellbound, and equally invigorating performances, if not more, in "Roshanara" i.e. Roshanara-Shivaji or "Roshanara and Shivaji", signified dejected love. Deva Devi in Vipmnarayana, who in her victory in love found spiritual salvation and the eponymous Chintamani made his place in Telugu theatrepermanent. His most memorable acting, however, was as Madhuravani in Appa Rao's comedy Kanyasulkam or "Bride Price". In this role he enchanted three generations.
Sthanam had over 1500 performances to his credit. His productions of classics such as Kanyasulkam and Ganapati on All India Radio, where he served as a producer, remain important documents.
Sthanam Narasimha Rao died in 1974.
* He was recipient of Padma Shrifrom Government of India in 1956. He was the first person and artist from Andhra Pradesh to receive this award.
* He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting in 1961.
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