Tapi Dharma Rao

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Thapi Dharma Rao
Born(1887-09-19)19 September 1887
Berhampur, India
Died1973 (aged 85–86)
Pen nameThapi Dharma Rao Naidu
Alma materPachaiyappa's College, Chennai
GenreWriter, Poet, Lyricist
Notable awardsSahitya Akademi Award
SpouseThapi Anaapornama
ChildrenTwo daughters and three sons

Thapi Dharma Rao Naidu (1887–1973) was a Telugu writer, lyricist and social reformer. He wrote dialogues and lyrics for the films like Mala Pilla, Drohi, Thathaji, Bhishma, and Patni. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Indian Literature. He had authored many books which were the eye openers for many in the field of social sciences in India, in particular South India. His books Vidhi Vilasam, Devalayala paina bootu Bommalu endhuku and many more have found a place in the annals of Indian literature.

Early life[edit]

He was a native of a village in Srikakulam, and born in Berhampur on 19 September 1887. His father Thapi Appanna Naidu was a medical practitioner and mother’s name was Narasamma. His early education was in Sreekakulam until 1900 and continued further in Rippan High school of Vizianagaram. He did his F.A. in Parlakhamidi. He was a pet student of Gidugu Ramamurthy at Parlakhamidi. He had completed his B.A. graduation from Pachaiyappa's College, Madras.

He was the trend setter in Telugu journalism. He introduced the spoken language in journalism. He worked as an editor for Telugu magazines Kondegadu and Janavani. In 1940, he established a popular weekly named Kagada. Thapi Dharmarao was the founder of book publisher Veguchkka Grandhamala.



Thapi Dharma Rao Naidu had two daughters and three sons.

Literary works[edit]

  • Devalayala Meeda Bhutu Bommalenduku?
  • Pelli- Dani Puttupurvotharalu,
  • Inupakatchadalu,
  • Pathapali, Kotha Pali,
  • All India Adukkutinevalla Mahasabha,
  • Sahityamormaralu.
  • Rallu-Rappalu is his autobiography from 1887 to 1908.
  • Translated Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina in Telugu (1952)



  • 20th Century Luminaries, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, 2005.

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