Aaraama Dravidulu

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Dravidulu is a sub-caste of the Telugu Brahmins of Andhra Pradesh in South India. There are several castes of Dravida Brahmins who originated from Dravida Brahmin of South India. They belong to Pancha Dravida Brahmins. During the reign of Raj Raja Narendra of Thanjavur (Tanjore) Tamil Nadu, a few of these families settled in Dimili and in Konaseema. They are primarily categorized as the Saiva Brahmins or followers of Lord Shiva [1][2][3]

The Saiva Brahmins reside in the East Godavari, West Godavari, Visakha, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of Andhra Pradesh, though they can be found all over Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India. They are the Brahmins who migrated from the state of Tamil Nadu into Andhra Pradesh a few centuries ago. Dravidulu who settled in different parts of Andhra Pradesh are named after the places in which they settled. Examples of these locations are Pudur Dravidulu, Konaseema Dravidulu, Peda Dravidulu and Dimili Dravidulu.

Surnames[4][edit]

  • Achalla
  • Adiraju
  • Ailavajjhala
  • Akkapanthula
  • Allamraju
  • Aryasomayajula
  • Ayyagari
  • Ayyalasomayajula
  • Adibhatla
  • Akondi
  • Ayapilla
  • Aathiseashan
  • Animilla
  • Anivilla
  • Anupindi
  • Aravelli
  • Avadhanula
  • Bankupalli
  • Bhallamudi (Bhimavaram Agraharam )
  • Bhairavabhatla
  • Bhagavatula
  • Bhogapurapu
  • Chamarti
  • Charla
  • Cherla
  • Chellapilla
  • Chilakamarthi
  • Chittella
  • Choppalli
  • Chotneeru
  • Duddu
  • Irukuvajjula
  • Dwibhashyam
  • Dwibhashi
  • Dwivedula
  • Darlapudi
  • Dharmapuri
  • Dharmavarapu
  • Dhavala
  • Doddipatla
  • Gannavarapu
  • Ganti
  • Ganti Mahapatruni
  • Gumma
  • Jyosula
  • Kakara
  • Kakarala
  • Kakaraparthi
  • Kamavarapu
  • Kandala
  • Kasi
  • Karra
  • Karri
  • Kodukula
  • Kolluru
  • Kota
  • Koochibhatla
  • Kolaganti
  • Kuchibhatla
  • Maddala
  • Madhunapantula
  • Madhurapantula
  • Madhurakavi
  • Mahavratayajula
  • Mahendravada
  • Mamidi
  • Mantha
  • Mahendrada
  • Muddu
  • Mavuduru
  • Nagabhatla
  • Nagarampalli
  • Naladiga
  • Neteti
  • Nemani
  • Nrusimhadevara
  • Mula
  • Nukala (Nookala)
  • Olety
  • Oruganti
  • Pappu
  • Peddinti
  • Palanki
  • Pantula
  • Patnala
  • Penta
  • Puranapanda
  • Patrayudu
  • Peri
  • Ponnapalli
  • Podila
  • Podili
  • Pudipeddi
  • Pulakhandam
  • Pullapantula
  • Purohetham
  • Purohitham
  • Ramadugula
  • Ramayanam
  • Rambhatla
  • Rampa
  • Samavedula
  • Sanndhi
  • Saripalli
  • Sista
  • Sistla
  • Somayajula
  • Tata
  • Tatapudi
  • Vedula
  • Viswanadha
  • Voleti
  • Upamaka
  • Murapaka
  • Pariti
  • Jada
  • Vemakoti
  • Vadlamani
  • Vruddhula
  • Vayuvegula
  • Upadhyayula
  • Yellayi / Yellai

Notable members of Dravidulu[edit]

  • Sri Avadhanula Kameswara Narasinga Rao gaaru,Rtd. MEo , maths scientist ,vizianagaram
  • Sri.Adibhatla Naarayana dasu gaaru (Harikadha pithamaha birudankithulu )
  • Sri. Ayyala Somayajula vasista Ganapathi Muni kaarana janmulu, Yogi ( Bhagavaan Ramana Mharishi Shishulu)
  • Kota S Vyas (Deputy Inspector General of Police K. S. Vyas, a brave pollice officer was shot by Maoists at Lal Bahadur stadium, Hyderabad on Jan 27, 1993.)
  • Madhunapantula Satyanarayana Sastry (Littérateur) (madhunapantula)
  • Muddu Venkata Narayana Rao (First DGP of Police, Andhra Pradesh and Former chief of Intelligence Bureau, he later served as a Home Secretary of State for the AP Govt, the first IPS officer to do so, as usually IAS officers are given this honor)
  • Patrayani Seetharama Sastry (Saluru Chinna Guruvu gaaru) (Was a Music (Vocal) professor at Vizianagaram Music College)
  • Dr. Pantula Rama
  • Nrusimhadevara Ramamurthy Panthulugaru of Injaram East Godavari was the first civil contractor who has constructed the bridge between Kolanka and Injaram (called the pedda vanthena) which leads to Yanam (UT). He was also the correspondent of the SDVRR High school committee.
  • Dr.D.Kasi Viswanadham founder Chintalur Aurveda Pharmacy Chintaluru.
  • Dr.K.Narayana Murthy (Kakaraparthy) a prominent Anesthesiologist (consultant) staying in . Vijayawada.
  • Dr. Satyanarayana Vedula, a prominent Anesthesiologist staying in Vijayawada.
  • Kalyani Kakaraparthi (Dwibhashyam) prominent Annamacharya singer attended TANA 2013.
  • Allamraju Lakshmipati(Writer, Hindi pandit)in peddapuram
 Prof.Rambhatla Venkat Rao,  who  is Vice Chancellor, National Law School University, Bangaloru,  at  a  young age.
  • Nookala China Satyanarayana, A prominent musician (vocal) who was also the principal of AP Music College, Hyderabad.
  • Dokka Seethamma garu, a noted social worker from lankala Gannavaram, East Godavari Dt., who was feeding the needy and socially deprived people. Her food charity was acknowledged by the then British rulers and though she is known very little in India, her portrait exists in the British Museum and later a bridge (aqueduct) was named after her as a recognition for her services rendered to the mankind.
  • Madhurakavi Adinarayana (Writer,poet,Telugu Pandit) - Noted Social worker who helped and developed the village palteru.
  • Madhurakavi Satyanarayana son of Madhurakavi Adinarayana a noted social worker served as Deputy Director General IOFS. He has constructed a 100Sq yards of Pooja Mandapam (Satyanarayana Vrata mandapam) in village Palteru and donated the same to the villagers for their use. He is Highly qualified and taken initiative to promote education activities at village palteru and he has donated book shelf with books to libreary of High School Palteru to develop English language to the students of High School Palteru. He has introduced on the name of his father and mother Ist, 2nd and 3rd prizes for X class Public Examination for both English & Telugu medium.

Puranapanda Sundar Rao (Hindi Pandit,State Best Hindi Teacher Award Winner-1989).

  • Sri. Oruganti Venkata Narasimha Murthy (O.V.N MURTHY)famous K.P Astrologer Hyderabad.
  • Bhallamudi Lakshmi Narasimheswara Sarma (simhalugaru) panchayathi president of Bhimavaram village and who is instrumental in bringing electricity to rural village bhimavaram, during 1965, and extended selfless services in guiding them properly. He is an ex-lent in providing muhartams & Jataka s to villagers as a free service. He is true well wisher to the village Bhimavaram. He is youngest son of Bhallamudi gouaripati sastry of Alajangi village, who is the Great poet, Aasukavi & Famous Astrologer.
  • Padmasri Peri Venkateswara Satry, Mahamahopadhyaya, Ex Prinicpal of Vizayanagaram Maharaja College, and president award winner in Sanskrit literature . Author of Guruprasada Seshamu (Interpretation of Panini's Grammar), krishna Charithamu available in Digital library of Hyderabad Central University.
  • Aryasomayajula Ramamurthy, Professor of philosophy (Retired) Hyderabad Central University. Author of Several Books on Advaitha, Hinduism.
  • Dr. Gumma Shankara Rao (Vizianagaram, Settled in Hyderabad later), Doctorate in Telugu Literature, Telugu Sahitya Academy winner, writer of many books like Vyasa Parijatam, Jatiyalu Tirutiyalu etc. Also a well known Ashtavadhani, Astrologer (who wrote Panchangam). He was well noted student of Shri C Narayana Reddy and got patronize from then state cabinet minister Bhattam Sri Ram Murthy of his time.
  • Sri Gumma Venkata Ramana Murthy Retired Head Master (Settled in Gajapathinagaram) and winner of "Best Teachers Award" District Level in 1983.
  • Sri Gumma Sanyasi Rao, 30 yrs unanimously elected Panchayat President of Puriti Penta Panchayat (Vijayanagaram district, near Gajapathinagaram Mandalam) and did many charity works not just to develop the village but also to help the poor across the district.
  • Akundy Kameswara Rao (Vishakhapatnam), Retired Director (HP, Haryana and Punjab) from Geological Survey of India.
  • Gumma Satyanarayana, Retd Executive Officer, Gram Panchayati, Kasimkota, Anakapalle. He has done commendable work in realizing drinking water supply to Kasimkota village.
  • Chellapilla Venkata Ramana Retired Principal from Injaram/Yanam. Writer of Saketa Vibhu Satakam.
  • Peri Lakshmi Narasimham Retired AGM Indian Bank from Amalapurm
  • Dr.Vruddhula Lakshmi narasimha Sastry, (Retd).Author of Text Book on Paediatrics in Aryurveda
  • Vruddhula Kalyana Rama Rao-founder President 'Sahitya Surabhi' at Visakhaptnam
  • Srikari Mula-Carnatic singer,Ex fellow- National Chemical Laboratory,alumnus of NIT Warangal

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "aaraamadraavida (arama dravida) Brahmins, mana sanskriti". Vepachedu.org. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  2. ^ Global Encyclopaedia of the Brahmana Ethnography - Krishna Rao
  3. ^ http://pudurdravida.com/2%20Puduru%20Dravidas%20-%20A%20Short%20History.pdf
  4. ^ Telugu Brahmin Communities, Including: Mulukanadu Brahmins, Niyogi, Telugu ... - Hephaestus Books - Google Books. Books.google.co.in. 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 

External links[edit]

  • Vamsa Vruksham [1]
  • Tatapudi Trust [2]