Chakravarthy's actual name is Kommineni Apparao. He first sung two songs for 'Jaya Vijaya'. He then worked as a dubbing artist for MGR, Gemini Ganeshan, Kannada Rajkumar, Kamal Hassan, and Rajnikanth for more than 600 films. He worked under K.V. Mahadevan. His first film as music director was 'Mooga Prema'.
Born in Poonnekallu as Kommineni Apparao, Chakravarthy had learnt classical vocal from Mahavadi Venkatappaih. During his college days, ha had formed a music troupe, vinod orchestra in Guntur and gave light music concerts. And he was also the main singer. During this phase, Mangapati of HMV spotted him and invited him to Madras. He later gave two private records for HMV, which include "Kanna Nenoka Kala". Here he met Rajen-Nagendra who gave him a singing assignment in the Kannada movie.
His success story as a music composer spread to 959 films, which include 60 in Kannada, four in Tamil, one in Malayalam, and the rest in Telugu. A personal calamity stopped him from taking further assignments in 1989. He had the unique record of composing music for 66 films in one calendar year and in 20 days, he had done live recording of 79 songs during 1978-79.