List of Telugu people

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This is a list of notable Telugu people.




Musicians and composers[edit]

Religious leaders and philosophers[edit]

  • Vallabha Acharya - One of the prominent Bhakthi movement leaders
  • Acharya Nagarjuna - Buddhist Philosopher and Alchemist
  • Yogi Vemana- Poet and philosopher
  • Pothuluri Veerabrahmam-A well-known saint and astrologer in the 17th century
  • U. G. Krishnamurti - World famous 20th century Philosopher
  • Jiddu Krishnamurti - 20th century spiritual teacher and philosopher
  • Sringeri Shankaracharya
  • Nimbarka - One of the four principal Vaishnav acharyas of India.
  • Vishnuswami - One of the four principal Vaishnav acharyas of India.
  • Vallabha - Another major Vaishnav acharya.
  • Satya Sai Baba - An internationally renowned Spiritual Master, based in Puttaparti
  • Sadasiva Brahmendra - A Bhakthi Poet
  • Bhakta Potana - A realised Soul and a Bhakthi poet who translated Bhagavatam to Telugu
  • Kancherla Gopanna - Also popularly known as Ramadasu, is a great devotee to Lord Rama, composed many songs on Rama. Bhadrachalam temple is constructed by him. The offering of pearls on every Shri Rama Navami by the state government is a tradition since the Nawabs of Golkonda initiated it, after Lord Rama appeared to Nawab in dreams and instructed him to release Ramadasu from prison.
  • Annamacharya - A great devotee of Tirumala Lord Venkateshwara who has written 40000 songs and composed them.
  • Tyagaraja - A great devotee of Lord SriRama who is excelled in carnatic music and have written and composed some 30000 songs majorly on Sri Rama. He is born of a Telugu family, and brought up in present Tamil Nadu.
  • Syama Sastri- He is the oldest among the Trinity of Carnatic music, Tyagaraja and Muthuswami Dikshitar being the other two. All his compositions are in Telugu. He is born of a Telugu family, and brought up in present Tamil Nadu.

Warriors, martyrs and freedom fighters[edit]


Economists and Policy makers[edit]




Award winners[edit]

Bharat Ratna

Padma Vibhushan


Jnanpith Award[edit]

Sahitya Akademi Award[edit]

Dada Saheb Phalke award[edit]

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

Arjuna Award


French Yanam[edit]

Modern writers[edit]


  • Mullapudi Harischandra Prasad - Andhra Sugars




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