Pappu Venugopala Rao

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Pappu Venugopala Rao
Background information
Born (1948-06-30) 30 June 1948 (age 71)
OriginIndia Andhra Pradesh
Occupation(s)Musicologist, Writer

Dr.Pappu Venugopala Rao (born 30 June 1948) is a well-known Indian educationist and renowned musicologist. He specializes in Telugu and Sanskrit literature. He is also a writer and has written on varied subjects such as Music, Culture and spiritual subjects.

Early life[edit]

Pappu as he is fondly known was born in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh. He has post graduated in English, Telugu and Sanskrit Literature from M. R. College, Vizianagaram. He earned his doctorate in Telugu and Sanskrit.


Pappu Venugopal Rao began his career as a Lecturer in Telugu at Mrs.AVN College, Visakhapatnam. Since 1980 he had been working with the American Institute of Indian Studies and retired as its Associate Director General for the Southern Indian region during 2008. He is presently the organisation's Consultant.

He is actively involved in research activities in Carnatic Music and Dance songs. He has delivered several lectures and presentations on the subject.

Dr.Pappu Venugopala Rao is also a book reviewer for the newspaper The Hindu and a contributing editor to Sruti Magazine.


  • Performed 'Ashtavadhanam' about twenty times in Telugu and Sanskrit languages.
  • Delivered about 50 Lecture Demonstrations on various topics on Music & Kuchipudi Dance with Vempati Chinna Satyam in India and abroad.
  • Delivered about 100 lectures on literature.

Dance Dramas[edit]

S.No. Name of Drama
01 'Agni Sambhuta' performed by Shri Dhananjayan and his disciple Anitha
02 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' in Sanskrit choreographed by Kishore and performed by Sailaja of Saila Sudha
03 'Om Shanti' in Sanskrit choreographed by Kishore & performed by Sujatha Vinjamuri in the US
04 'Grahaanugraha' in Sanskrit performed by Vasantha Viaikunth in UAE & US
05 'Guru Stuti' in Sanskrit performed by Anuradha Nehru in the US
06 'Pitrarchana' in Sanskrit choreographed by Kishore & performed by Uma Muralikrishna
07 'Gajamukha' in Sanskrit performed by Jayanthi Raman in the US and world over.
08 'Stree' in Sanskrit performed by Vyjayanthi Kashi
09 'Kundalini' in Sanskrit choreographed by Kishore & performed by Sujatha Vinjamuri in the US.
10 'Pada Kavitaa Pithamaha' performed by Anita Guha's Bharantanjali
11 'Uddava Gita' in Sanskrit - Concept, Choreography and Bharatanatyam by Bala Devi Chandrashekar.

Books published[edit]

S.No. Name of Publication
01 Thematic identity between the Mahabharata & Bhagavata Purana in Sanskrit & Telugu (Doctoral dissertation)
02 Bhagavata Tattvamu - Manavattvamu
03 Commentary for the Bhaja Govindam
04 Bhagavata Katha Sudha Vol I - II & III
05 Nityarchana
06 Bhuvana Vijayam
07 Adi Sankarula Jeevita Charitra
08 English translation of Dasarathy Satakam
09 Flowers at His Feet
10 Rama Paada Yatra
11 Science of Sri Cakra

12. Nritta Ratnavali book released in 2013 by Dr.Pappu Venugopala Rao & co authored by Dr. Yasoda.



  • Aasukavi Sekhara conferred by Prof. S.V.Jogarao
  • Kalavipanchi
  • Sangeetha Saastra Visaarada
  • Sangeeta Saastra Siromani
  • Ashtavadhaana Sekhara

Newspaper article links[edit]

  • "'Science of Sri Cakra' released". The Hindu. 15 March 2008.
  • "From the pages of History". The Hindu. 27 July 2007.
  • "Book on Annamacharya's compositions released". The Hindu. 24 April 2006.
  • "Uddhava's anguish". The Hindu. 13 December 2012.
  • "Nritta, natya, music… philosophy". The Hindu. 28 December 2012.

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