Pawan Kalyan was born in Chirala, to Sri Venkat Rao and Smt Anjana Devi. Pawan Kalyan's actual name is Konidela Kalyan Babu, re-christened himself as Pawan Kalyan with his first film, Akkada Abbai Ikkada Ammayi, in 1996. He has worked in several successful films and has established himself as one of the leading actors in Telugu cinema .Kalyan is a trained Martial Artist.He holds a black belt in karate.He was awarded the title "Pawan", symbolizing Hanuman. From then, he started using the name Pawan Kalyan. Kalyan is a vegetarian and is highly influenced by Che Guevara, Jiddu Krishnamurti and Swami Vivekananda's philosophy.