Veerabhadrarao Adiraju (1890-1973)
Veerabhadrarao Adiraju was one of the few people who worked very hard for the renaissance of Telugu language in Telangana when there was no respect for it during the autocratic rule of Nizam. He was born in 1890 in Dendukuru village in Madhira taluka of Khammam district in a Brahmin family. His father was Lingayya and mother was Venkamamba. He lost his father at a very young age. So, he was educated at his uncle Rangarao Ravichettu’s place in Hyderabad. He finished his schooling at Chadarghat High School. He was one of the few that attended the foundation function of Srikrishnadevarayandhra Bhashanilayam in Hyderabad, when he was still in High School. Later, he served the Bhashanilayam as a member of the working committee and secretary.
When Lakshmanarao Komarraju’s Vijnana Chandrika Mandali (Mandali) was forced to move from Hyderabad to Chennai, he moved to Chennai at the request of Lakshmanarao to work for the Mandali in 1908. While working at Mandali, he met many reputed writers, researchers and pundits. He was influenced by Lakshmanarao. Under the mentorship of Lakshmanarao, he was trained to be a very good researcher and a responsible writer.
He moved to Hyderabad in 1914 from Chennai and was appointed as a Telugu Pundit at Mahboob College. Later, he worked as a Telugu Pundit at Chaderghat High School and at Girls High School in Narayanguda.
He was a very good writer and a historian. His writings include Jeevita charitraavali, Shitaabkhaan charitra, praacheenaandhra nagaramulu, mana telangaanamu, greeku puraana kathalu, lalita kathaavali, etc. He passed away in 1973. He was one of the few who greatly helped discover many details of ancient Telugu history.
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