Adivi Baapiraju (1895–1952) was a famous Telugu novelist, poet, playwright, painter and art director. He was born on October 8, 1895 at Sarepalle near Bheemavaram in West Godavari district of Andhra. He is known for his works like Gonaganna Reddy, Narayanarao, Himabindu etc.
Life and Times
Baapiraju was raised in an artistic atmosphere by his parents Krishnayya and Subbamma. He obtained primary education in Bhimavaram and higher education at Narsapur and Rajamandry. He has visited tourist places around the country like Ajanta, Hampi etc. and that is how his interest in arts and paintings developed.
Inspired by the likes of Bipin Chandra Pal, Baapiraju participated in Non-cooperation movement in 1921 and he was jailed from 1922 for about one year. He remembered his experiences in jail in his book “tolakari”. After his release Baapiraju attended the Law college in Madras. He practiced law at Bhimavaram for one year and he later gave it up.
After gaining name as writer and painter Baapiraju served as the principal of Jateeya Kalasala of Machilipatnam for a brief period. In 1934 he gave up the principal ship to enter Telugu film industry as art director. He also directed movies like Druva Vijayam, Meerabahi, Anasuya etc. Baapiraju edited the Telugu daily Mijan Published by him from Hyderabad from 1943 to 1946.
In his versatile career Baapiraju wrote over hundred stories. He has also provided paintings for the famous Telugu poems such as Viswanatha Satyanarayana's Kinerasani Patalu and Nanduri's Enkipatalu. He has also written many radio plays.
Baapiraju died in 1952.
Family Tree of Sri Adivi Baapiraju
- Gonaganna Reddy
- Adivi Shantisree
- Narayana Rao
- Narasanna Papayi
- Shabda Bramha
- Sundari Nandudu
- Bhagavatha Purushudu
- Paintings for 'Kinnerasani patalu' of Viswanatha Satyanarayana
- Baapirajus novel Narayanarao won the Andhra Viswakala Parishattu Award.
- He holds the tile Kulapathi.
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