Thunga Sivaprabhat Reddy (Prabhu), Editor, Journalist, Community leader

Thunga Siva Prabhath Reddy popularly known as “Prabhu” is the grandson of a prominent freedom fighter and son of Thunga Rajagopal Reddy, a Social worker who founded News weekly called “Lawyer”. He fought many a battle against social injustice and political corruption. Siva Prabhath Reddy also started internet edition which has 1,00,000 hits every week from all over the world.

Prabhu actively participates in social, cultural and philanthropic activities. He is the District Convener, AIDS Awareness Program, in Nellore District and he organized public meetings and seminars in schools and colleges to create awareness among masses on AIDS control.

In the recent past a statue of Annamacharya, an immortal legend who composed thousands of keerthanas on Lord Venkateswara as the chief coordinator of the respective committees. He was also involved in organizing Srinivasa Kalyanam and Unjala Seva by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. In 2010 the statue of Sri Annamacharya was dedicated to the citizens of Nellore by Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji. NATA recognized Prabhu’s contributions and welcomed him to NATA conference 2012 in Houston, USA.

Mrs. Syama Reddy, Chairman and President of Reddy Properties

Mrs. Syama Reddy from Nellore district received B.Sc. degree from S.V. University, and B.S. degree from Iowa State University, U.S.A. She serves as Chairman and President of Reddy Properties, a real estate holding company with properties in 10 states in U.S. and elsewhere in the world, and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the American Dairy and Food Consulting Laboratories, Inc. and International Media and Cultures Inc., of USA, which she owns along with her husband, Dr. M.S. Reddy. Syama and her husband Dr. M.S. Reddy started working together, right after college graduation, to build a massive U.S. and International business empire.

Syama Reddy received several national and international business awards. To name few: Entrepreneur of the year award in 2002; Mercurial Business Woman of the year in 2003 from IAFC at Washington, D.C.; Entrepreneur Leadership award in 2002, from “Asian Woman in Business” organization of U.S.A. Syama Reddy was the first person to receive this prestigious international award representing the entire Indian woman in the world; Elected as “NRI” of the year in 2003; Outstanding “NRI Woman” Award in 2005; She has received Hind Rattan Award from the Governor of Andhra-Pradesh, in 2005, at Hyderabad, India; International Entrepreneur of the year award in 2003; In 2006, she has received Bharath Gaurav Award at Delhi from the Prime Minister of India. She has served as Board of Director of ATA for over 12 years and she is currently the Board of Director of NATA.

Syama Reddy is an excellent administrator, and also outstanding at financial management. Her specialty is banking and worked with 100’s of U.S. and International banks. She serves as board of director for several companies and organizations. Syama Reddy has been recognized as a world class business leader and a great philanthropist, and strives hard to uplift the underprivileged. With all her achievements and worldwide recognition, she is humble and very well liked by everybody in the community.

She won the Lifetime Achievement Award in Business from the North American Telugu Association (NATA) – Convention 2012 – George Brown Convention Center, Houston – Texas.


Dr. Malireddy Srinivasulu Reddy, Chairman & CEO of IMAX, Inc., Denver, Colorado

Dr. Malireddy Srinivasulu Reddy (M.S. Reddy), is from Nellore District, in Andhra Pradesh. He has received his B.V.Sc. degree from A.P. Agricultural University, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in food technology, bacteriology and virology, from Iowa State University, U.S.A. with honors and distinctions. He currently serves as Chairman and President of U.S.A. based American Dairy and Food Consulting Laboratories, and International Media and Cultures with twelve manufacturing facilities in eight states.

Born in Uppalapadu village near Kovur, he was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2012. His brother Raveendranath Reddy served as the Director of AP Seeds Corporation. Another brother Rama Raghava Reddy works for Rockwell International, USA.

Dr. Reddy was very well known all over the world in the field of applied microbiology even at a young age of 21. He has received numerous national and international awards and honors from all over the world. Among the notable are: Richard M. Hoyt memorial award from the American Dairy Science Association, Outstanding Young Alumnus Recognition award from the Iowa State University, Sigma-Xi Research award, Outstanding Scientist award from IAFC, Washington, D.C., 2003, 2004 and 2005 Outstanding Businessman of the year award, and prestigious U.S. President Ronald.

Regan Gold Medal award at Washington, D.C. Dr. Reddy holds over 150 U.S. and international patents and has published over 70 scientific articles and has written several popular books. He is one of the leading authorities in the world in applied microbiology as it relates to dairy foods, Probiotics, and pollution mitigation. Over 100 of his company’s patented high tech products are used in commerce all over the world. He has not only built a billion dollar Business Empire but also helped to improve the world economy by increasing food production, reducing food spoilage and food prices, through significant scientific inventions.

He has contributed over one trillion dollars to the world economy through his lifetime involvement in the business and research. He has served as a technical consultant to over 70 national and international companies all over the world and also serves on the Committee of Complementary Alternative Medicine Division of AAPI. Dr. Reddy gave over 300 motivational, technical, and medical lectures, at his own cost, to improve the optimism all over the world, to uplift the communities and to curb poverty, hunger and disease. For all his lifetime achievements he was nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.

He won the Lifetime Achievement Award in Business and Food Technology from the North American Telugu Association (NATA) – Convention 2012 – George Brown Convention Center, Houston – Texas.


Manasu Kavi Dr. Acharya Aatreya

Kilambi Venkata Narasimhacharyulu, better known as Acharya Aatreya was born on 7 May 1921 in Mangalampadu village near Sullurpeta, Nellore. Before becoming a film lyricist he wrote many plays and dramas. Some of his famous plays are ‘N.G.O’ (Non-gazetted officer), Bhayam, Viswa Shanti, Kappalu, Goutama Buddha, Ashoka Samrat, Parivartanam, Edureeta and Tirupathi. His play Evaru Donga was staged more than100 times in Nellore alone not counting the shows in other parts of Andhra Pradesh.

1950 marked his entry in to the film world, with the song ‘Poraa Baabu Po’ for the film ‘Deeksha’. He wrote  the script for film ‘Samsaaram’ in the same year.  Athreya also produced and directed the filmVagdanam in 1961. His songs were, had simple words but were full of philosophical hints. There are many people who love him for the words of wisdom he had put into the songs. I am one such fan. My all time favourite quote is “అనుకున్నామని జరగవు అన్ని, అనుకూలెదని ఆగవు కొన్ని,జరిగీవన్నీ మంచికని అనుకూవదమె మనిషి పని” (anukunnaamani jaragavu anni, anukooledani aagavu konni,jarigeevannii manchikani anukoovadame manishi pani). He made many Telugu people shed a tear with his heart touching songs. He will be remembered for generations for his songs. He was popularly known as ‘Manasu Kavi’. And there is a popular saying about him ఆత్రేయ రాయకుండా నిర్మాతల్ని, రాసి ప్రేక్షకుల్ని ఏడిపిస్తాడు’ . He made everyone cry on 13 September 1989 when he breathed his last in Madras. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University of Hyderabad, for his contributions to Telugu Literature.

There are many songs that he is famous for. Here are my favourites in no particular order.

Seshasailavasa Srivenkatesha

Silalapai Silpaalu Chekkinaru

Nee Sukhame Ne Koruthunna

Kaarulo Shikarukelle

Prema Entha Madhuram Priyuralu antha katinam

Prema Ledhani Premincha raadhani

Edhuta neeve

Theta theta Telugula tellavari velugula Terula Selayerula

Unnavaa Asalunnavaa Unte Kallu Moosukunnavaa

Kaarulo Shikarukelle

Aaduthu Paaduthu Panichestuntu

Muddabanthi Poovulo

Neevuleka Veena Palukalenannadi

Tella Cheera Kattukunnadi Evari Kosamu

Kanulu Kanulato Kalabadite

Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda

Manasu Gati Inte Manishi Bratukinte

Bharatha Mathaku Jejelu

Amma Choodali Ninnu Naannani Choodali

Unnavaa Asalunnavaa Unte Kallu Moosukunnavaa

Kallalo Unnadedo Kannulake Telusu

Sirimalle Poovalle Navvu Chinnari Papalle Navvu

Kurralloy Kurrallu Verrekki Vunnollu

Mauname Nee Basha O Mooga Manasa

Andamaina Lokamani

Saapatu Etu Ledhu Paataina Padu Brother

Velapala Ledu Kurrallataku

Chinnaari Ponnaari Kittayyaa

Tell us your favourite Atreya songs.


– Nellore Lover

Gunturu Seshendra Sharma – Yuga Kavi and Sahitya Ratna from Nellore

Gunturu Seshendra Sharma (గుంటూరు శేషేంద్ర శర్మ) (October 20, 1927 – May 30, 2007), also known as Yuga Kavi, was a Telugu poet, critic and litterateur. He is well known for his works Naa Desham Naa Prajalu and Kaala Rekha. He wrote over fifty works which have been translated into English, Kannada, Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, Nepali and Greek.

Gunturu Seshendra Sharma spent his childhood in his ancestral home in Totapalli Guduru, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh, India. Seshendra Sharma graduated with a B.A. in Literature from the Andhra University and obtained his Law degree from the Madras University. He joined Andhra Pradesh State Government civil service in 1949 and retired as the Municipal Commissioner of Hyderabad.

When he was 18, Seshendra’s marriage was arranged to Janaki and they had two girls and two boys. Later in 1970 he married Indira Devi Dhanrajgir, an Anglo-Indian poetess. He lived with her at her Gyanbagh Palace in Hyderabad.

Seshendra’s first work in print appeared in 1952. It is the translation of Matthew Arnold’s Sohrab and Rustum, which is based upon the Persian Epic Shahnama. Initially he focused on poetry and occasionally worked on literary criticism. Seshendra’s first collection of prose-poems was entitled Sesha Jyotsna.

His magnum opus Naa Desham Naa Prajalu (My Country My People, Meri Dharti Mere Log) brought Seshendra prominence as one of the outstanding poets of India. It led to his nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004.

Seshendra Sarma is the second person to have been nominated for the Nobel Literature prize for his contribution to literary field from India, the first being Rabindranath Tagore.

Other Awards and Titles conferred on him:

  • 1994 Sahitya Akademi Award in Telugu literature for his work Kaala Rekha – won
  • 1994 Honorary D.Litt by Telugu University
  • 1999 Central Sahitya Akademi fellowship for contribution to Telugu literature
  • 2001 Sahitya Ratna by Sri Ram Sahitya Mandal, Himachal Pradesh – won
  • Jnanpeeth award for contribution to Telugu literature – nominated
  • 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature for My Country, My People – nominated
  • 2004-2005 Hamsa Award by Andhra Pradesh State Government for contribution to Telugu literature – won
  • Rashtrendu (Moon of the Nation) by West Bengal State Government
  • Kalidas Samman by Madhya Pradesh State Government
  • Subrahmanya Ekta Award by Hindi Academy – won
  • Rashtriya Sanskriti Puraskar – won
  • Ugadi Puraskar – won
  • Lokamanya Tilak Award – won
  • Member of Kendriya Hindi Samiti – nominated by Prime Minister of India

Shodasi, his tantric commentaries on the Ramayana, and Swarna Hamsa, the study of Harsha Naishadhiya Charita, are works of literary criticism. Kaala Rekha, Seshendras’ 1994 book, is a collection of twenty-five essays on various subjects like ancient Sanskrit drama and ancient Greek drama, comparative literature, classical poetry and Aurobindo’s Savitri. The collection of poems Neerai Paaripoyindi (literally, “Melted and floated away”) was brought out in 1976 in bilingual editions.


Mallemala (MS Reddy) wrote in his autobiography (Idi Naa Katha) that Seshendra Sharma helped him get municipal permission for building Sundar Mahal cinema theater in Gudur, when Sarma was serving as Gudur Municipal Commissioner.

PL Reddy, VP of International Lawn Tennis Club of India from Nellore

P.L. REDDY was born in 1927. He hails from Yellayapalem village of Nellore district. He was initiated into sports while studying in VR High School of Nellore in the early 1940s. He learnt a number of games there including volleyball, soccer, tennis and even baseball.

He did his B.A. in Mathematics from Madras Christian College and took off to U.K. in 1949 for post-graduate studies. On his return to Madras, he joined Parry & Co. (now known as EID Parry). He was made a member of the Gymkhana Club in 1951, at a time when it was exclusive to the British.

He served as the secretary of the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association, and secretary-general of the All India Tennis Association. He was the vice-president of the International Lawn Tennis Club of India. He has also served as manager of the Indian Davis Cup team several times, and was involved closely with the Britannia Academy of Tennis in Chennai.

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Kala Bandhu Dr Tikkavarapu Subbarami Reddy, Nellore

Tikkavarapu Subbarami Reddy was born on 17th September 1943 in Nellore district. Though he wears many hats as an industrialist, politician and film producer, he is well known across India for his passion for arts especialy those related to Indian cinema.

He did his B.Com. from Nizam College, Hyderabad. He founded the Gayatri Group and has been in the field of construction business for the last 35 years apart from sugar, chemicals and now thermal power. He is also the founder of then India’s best cinema theatres (Maheswari and Parameswari), which were built in Hyderabad.

He received a Gold Medal by the then Prime Minister of India Smt. Indira Gandhi for his outstanding contribution in the construction of the then world’s biggest dam Nagarjuna Sagar Project in Andhra Pradesh in 1967. Reddy was the mud supplier for this dam.

He became the Chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Board (T.T.D.) in 2004, National Panorama Festival Committee in 1992, National Film Award Jury in 1994 and 1997, Andhra Pradesh Cultural Federation in 1994 and Member of Central Film Censor Board, 1983-85.

He produced a number of Hindi, Telugu and Tamil films of great technical and directorial excellence. He received Swarna Kamal, a national award for the best feature film and Rashtrapati Award for producing films Bhagwat Gita and Swami Vivekananda.

He as been with the Indian National Congress from the beginnning. He was elected to 11th and 12th Lok Sabha twice in 1996 and 1998 from Visakhapatnam constituency. He was elected as Rajya Sabha member in 2002 and continued in the position third term. He was member of various parliamentary committees. He was also Minister of State in the Ministry of Mines between 2006 and 2008.

He organized hundreds of music and dance concerts, participated actively in social, political, spiritual, cultural and philanthropic activities all over India, built community halls, hospitals, colleges, auditoria, etc.


  • Kala Samrat by Maharashtra Government, 1988
  • Kala Ratna by Lt. Governor, Delhi, 1989
  • Kala Ratna by Telugu Academy, 1993
  • Doctorate by Mangalore University in recognition of social work.
  • Life Time Achievement Award in U.S.A. by American Telugu Association in 2002 for his special interest in the upliftment of socially backward and the downtrodden

Biographic details in Lok Sabha website.

Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu

Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu was born on July 1, 1949 at Chavatapalem in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. He received his graduation degree from VR. College, Nellore. After that he obtained his law degree from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam.

Born in to an agricultural family, Naidu has always been very sympathetic towards the welfare of the common man, particularly the farmers and the downtrodden sections of the society. Both as a student and political figure, he gained a lot of popularity as a brilliant orator.

In 1978, Naidu was elected a member of the Legislative Assembly, Andhra Pradesh. In 1993, he was appointed the General Secretary of All India Bhartiya Janata Party and since then he has been actively involved in national politics. In the year 2000, he became the Minister of Rural Development, Government of India. As the President of the B.J.P., he has maintained a healthy relationship with all allies of the government.

He has setup Swarna Bharathi Trust. The trust runs training centres for women and farmers, Residential Bridge Course School, eye hospital, veterinary hospital, old-age home and the Institute of Rural Entrepreneurship and Development in Venkatachala Satram near Nellore. The latest addition to the trust is the Akshara Vidyalaya an international school.

GK Reddy, world renowned journalist from Nellore

Gunupati Keshava Reddy well known as G. K. Reddy (1923 – 1987) was an Indian journalist of international repute. He was born in Kothuru village of Indukuripeta mandal in SPSR Nellore district. He worked as the Editor of Kashmir Times for sometime. After the Independence, he had worked as Director of Civil Supplies in Azad Kashmir Government.


He had worked in Times of India between 1951 and 1962 and traveled to Beijing and London as their Overseas Reporter. Later he joined as Chief of Bureau with The Hindu till his death.

He died of Cancer in 1987 in New York. T. Subbarami Reddy, another Nellorean, established G. K. Reddy Memorial Award, an annual award for outstanding journalism.

GK Reddy was a recipient of Fellowship from Nieman Foundation for Journalism in 1957. He was awarded Honorary Doctorates by Andhra and Sri Venkateswara universities. He also received the Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation Award for Journalism in 1986.