Komarraju Venkata Lakshmana Rao
He was the son of Venkatappaiah and Gangamma on May 18th, 1877 in a Brahmin family in Penuganchiprolu village in Krishna district-Andhra Pradesh. His father died two years after his birth, leaving one daughter and two sons. His early education was imparted at Bhongir under his mother and step brother Shankar Rao. Later he was shifted to Nagpur for higher education under the care of his older sister, Bhandaru Acchamamba and her husband Bhandaru Madhava Rao. Lakshmana Rao married Ramakotamma in 1897. With his help, Acchamamba became a notable scholar. Lakshmana Rao passed his B.A. examination in 1900 and took his M.A. privately in 1902. His guru was Hari Mahadev Pandit, editor of Vividh Gnyan Vistar. Lakshmana Rao was the assistant editor. He wrote Shivaji Charithram in Telugu here.
He shifted to Andhra in 1902, where he was first appointed as the private secretary to the Nayani Venkata Ranga Rao Bahadur, Zamindar of Munagala and subsequently as the Diwan. Later he moved to Madras.
Along with Shyamji Rama Rao, Ayyadevara Kaleswara Rao and Gadicherla Harisarvottama Rao, he started a publication agency, Vignana Chandrika. Hari Sarvothama Rao was appointed editor and Kaleswara Rao, his assistant. Later Lakshmana Rao assumed the duties of the editor.
Contribution to Andhra Encyclopaedia
He published “Andhra vijnana sarvasvam” three volumes of essays on various topics in science and arts. He contributed about 40 essays that included articles on diverse subjects like language, mathematics, astrology, history, arts etc.
- Komarraju Venkata lakṣmaṇaravu by Akkiraju Ramapatiravu,Visalandhra Publishing house, Vijayawada 1978
- Komarraju Venkata Lakshmana Rao: G.Krishna, Life and Mission in Life Series, International Telugu Institute, Hyderabad, 1984.
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