Born : 14 July 1954 (age 60)
Secunderabad, Telangana, India
Occupation : Actor, writer and film director
Years active : 1984–present
Spouse(s) : Durga Bhavani
Children : Maha Teja, Soundarya Lahari
Parent(s) : Sethu Ramalingeswara Rao, Laxmi Narasamma.
Tanikella Bharani (born on 14 July 1956) is an Indian film and theater actor, screen writer, poet, magazine editor, playwright and director.
Tanikella Bharani was born in Secunderabad at Gandhi Hospital [then it was King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital, Hyderabad State] to TVV Setu Ramalingeswar Rao and Laxminarasamma of Brahmin community. He is a commerce graduate, B.Com and a PG Diploma in Theatre Arts.
His great grandfather was Diwakarla Venkatavadhani, a Telugu scholar and his grandfather was Divakarla Tirupati Sastry. His uncle was Viswanatha Satyanarayana.
Bharani did stage plays in the mid 70s and during this time he made the acquaintance of Rallapalli, a Tollywood actor. With his help Bharani started writing small dialogues and stage scenes. Later, he took a diploma in Theatre arts. Following Rallapalli's advice he moved to Chennai.
Bharani is married to Bhavani and has a son, Maha Teja and a daughter, Soundarya Lahari.