K. Krishnaswamy Rao

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Kanchi Krishnaswamy Rao

K. Krishnaswamy Rao.jpg
Portrait of Krishnaswamy Rao
Diwan of Travancore
In office
MonarchMoolam Thirunal
Preceded byS. Shungrasoobyer
Succeeded byV. P. Madhava Rao
Personal details
Occupationcivil servant, Administrator

Diwan Bahadur Kanchi Krishnaswamy Rao CIE (1845–1923) was an Indian civil servant, judge and administrator who served as the Diwan of Travancore from 1898 to 1904.

Early life and education[edit]

Krishnaswamy Rao was born into Deshastha Madhva Brahmin family[1] Salem in September 1845. His father Kanchi Venkata Rao was a Huzur Sheristadar at the District Collectorate. He had his schooling and on completion of his matriculation at the age of sixteen, he entered government service.


Krishnaswamy Rao began his career in October 1864 as a record-keeper in the Nellore district court at a salary of Rs. 20. In 1867, he was promoted as Sheristadar in view of his superior abilities and became a District Munsiff in July 1870. In 1883, he was appointed sub-judge at Cocanada. In May 1894, he was made Chief Justice of Travancore by the then Maharaja and served from 1884 till his appointment as Diwan in 1898.

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE) in November 1901.[2]


Krishnaswamy Rao died in 1923.[3]


  1. ^ C. Hayavandana Rao. The Indian Biographical Dictionary, 1915 (Classic Reprint). Fb&c Limited. p. 238. Retrieved 24 February 2018. Krishnaswami Rao Kanchi, Dewan Bahadur, (1895), C.I.E, (1898), Dewan of Travsncore (retired), belongs to respectable Madhwa Deshastha Brahmin family; of late Mr. Kanchi Venkat Rao; b. 1845.
  2. ^ "No. 27374". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 November 1901. p. 7288.
  3. ^ The Indian review, Volume 24. G. A. Natesan. 1923.