Meka Rangaiah Appa Rao

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Meka Rangaiah Appa Rao
Member of Legislative Assembly
Constituency Nuzvid
Personal details
Born 21 March 1915
Nuzvid, Krishna district
Died January 31, 2003(2003-01-31) (aged 87)
Political party Indian National Congress

Meka Rangaiah Appa Rao shortly M. R. Appa Rao (21 March 1915 – 31 January 2003) was Vice Chancellor of Andhra University, Member of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Minister in Government of Andhra Pradesh, Member of Rajya Sabha and Telugu film producer.[1]

He is the son of Meka Venkatadri Appa Rao, a zamindar (landlord), and was born in Padmanayaka Velama Community FamilyNuzvid, Krishna district. His father was the Maharajah of Nuzvid and an Indian freedom activist having held thousands of acres of land under his control. He was Chairman of Andhra Mahasabha in 1913 and translated and published the "Gita Govinda" in Telugu language. He was recipient of "Kala Prapoorna" from Andhra University in 1953.[2].

He has entered politics and elected to the Madras Legislative Assembly in Madras State legislative assembly election, 1952 from Nuzvid constituency.[3] He was elected to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Nuzvid constituency in 1955 (then Andhra State),[4] 1962,[5] 1967[6] and 1972[7] as a member of Indian National Congress. He held the portfolio of Minister of Cultural Affairs in the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

He held the position of Vice Chancellor of Andhra University for two terms between 13 December 1974 and 12 December 1980.[8] He has written Prajaswamika Socialism Pranalikalu (1980) and Bharateeya Chitrakala (1987) in Telugu language and Land Development Banks in Andhra Pradesh (1981) and Round the World (1981) in English.[9]

He was member of Rajya Sabha in Indian Parliament from 20 March 1981 to 2 April 1982.[10]

He died on 31 January 2003. The University college of Acharya Nagarjuna University at Nuzvid was named after him as Dr. M. R. Appa Row Campus.[11]