Velagapudi Ramakrishna

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Velagapudi Ramakrishna
  • Velagapudi Venkata Subbayya Choudary (father)

Velagapudi Ramakrishna was an Indian Civil Service (ICS) officer, industrialist, and philanthropist. He started the KCP (Krishna Commercial Products) group of companies in 1941 with a co-operative sugar factory in Andhra Pradesh.[1] He was a pioneering industrialist in the erstwhile Madras State.


Ramakrishna was born in a Telugu-speaking Kamma[2] family to Velagapudi Venkata Subbayya Choudary in 1896 in the village Bellamvaripalem (Nagaram mandal, near Repalle) in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, India. He studied at Oxford University and acquired B.Sc. and M.A. degrees. His father (pre-adoption surname: Katragadda) originally came from Tellapadu, Maddipadu Mandal, in Prakasam District.[3]

Ramakrishna died in 1968 and was survived by two sons and a daughter: V. Maruthi Rao, V. Lakshmana Dutt, and Rajeshwari Ramakrishnan.[4]

Ramakrishna's second son, V. L. Dutt, a past chairman of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI),[5][6][7][8] is the current chairman and managing director of KCP Limited.[9] His wife, Indira Dutt, is a daughter of the Raja of Muktyala and the President of the World Telugu Federation.[10] Ramakrishna's daughter, Smt. Rajeswari Ramakrishnan, is the managing director of Jeypore Sugar Company Limited. Her son R. Prabhu is the Congress MP from the Nilgiris (Ooty), Tamil Nadu, a five-term Member of Parliament [11] and a former Union minister in India. [11]

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  1. ^ KCP Web site
  2. ^ "Khammas of AP have money power, so they just go get it - The Economic Times". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  3. ^ Chalichema, Venkataramaiah (1964). Guntur Jilla Kammavaaru. pp. 176–177.
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  10. ^ The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : KCP's Indira Dutt is now looking to new horizons
  11. ^ a b Current Lok Sabha Members Biographical Sketch
  12. ^ Welcome, V R Siddhartha Engineering College
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  14. ^ Accredited Colleges
  15. ^ The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : In Chennai Today

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