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Panapakkam Ananda Charlu
President of the Indian National Congress
Preceded byPherozeshah Mehta
Succeeded byWomesh Chunder Bonnerjee
Personal details
BornAugust 1843
Kattamanchi, Chittoor, Madras Presidency, British India
Died1908 (aged 64–65)
Political partyIndian National Congress

Sir Panapakkam Anandacharlu CIE (1843–1908)[1] was an Indian advocate, freedom fighter and one of the early doyens of the Indian National Congress. He was the President of the Nagpur session of the Indian National Congress held in 1891.

Early life[edit]

Anandacharlu was born in the village of Kattamanchi in Chittoor district, Madras Presidency in a Brahmin family. He moved to Madras city at an early age and became an apprentice to a leading Madras advocate called Kayali Venkatapathi. His practise as a full lawyer began in 1869 when he became a member of the Chamber of the Madras High Court.

Legal career[edit]

Anandacharlu became a member of the Chamber of the High Court of Madras in the year 1869. Soon he emerged as a prominent advocate and was appointed Leader of the Bar. It was in his Chambers that the Madras Advocates' Association was born in 1899.

By way of information, Anandacharlu was made a Rai Bahadur and was awarded the CIE (Companion of the Indian Empire) in 1897. He was not knighted (i.e. given the title of KBE—Knight of the British Empire) hence he can't be referred to as Sir Panampakkam.


From the very beginning, Anandacharlu was interested in politics and journalism. He contributed regularly to magazines as Native Public Opinion and the Madrasi. In 1878, he helped G. Subrahmania Iyer and C. Viraraghavachariar in starting The Hindu and became a frequent contributor to it.

He founded the Triplicane Literary Society (of which he was elected President) and the Madras Mahajana Sabha in 1884. He was one of the 72 delegates at the first session of the Indian National Congress held at Bombay in 1885. He also participated in the Nagpur session of the Indian National Congress in 1891 of which he was elected President. When the Congress split in 1906, he was on the side of the moderates. However, he died soon after the split.


  1. ^ "Past Presidents – P. Ananda Charlu". Indian National Congress. Archived from the original on 9 November 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2017.