Adivi Baapiraju (1895–1952) was a famous Telugu novelist, poet, playwright, painter and art director. Famous "Bava Bava Panneru" telugu song was also written by him. 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, and Himabindu.
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 Rajamahendravaram. He 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 the 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 the Telugu film industry as an 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 a hundred stories. He also provided paintings for the famous Telugu poems such as Viswanatha Satyanarayana's Kinerasani Patalu and Nanduri's Enkipatalu. He also wrote many radio plays.
Baapiraju died in 1952.
Family Tree of Sri Adivi Baapiraju
- Gona Gannareddy
- 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 title Kulapathi.
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