Bezawada Ramachandra Reddy, Buchireddipalem, Nellore

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An illustrious politician, agriculturist and a supporter of liberalization, Sri Bezawada Ramachandra Reddy was born on November 24, 1894 to Sri Subba Reddy & Kamala (Dodla) in Buchireddipalem in the Madras Presidency. Ramachandra Reddy is a relative of Indian National Congress politician Dr Bezawada Gopala Reddy.

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He entered politics immediately after graduating from the Pacchayappa College, Madras University in 1919. He started his political career as the head of Vavveru village. Later, he served as the sarpanch of Buchireddypalem village in 1921. He served as the President of the Nellore District Educational Council and was then elected as the President of the district board in 1929.

He married Dodla Sita, who gave birth to a male child Subba Reddy, named after his father. When his first wife Sita died post delivery, he married her half sister Dodla Bujjamma, who gave him 10 children – 5 sons & 5 daughters.

Reddy joined the Justice Party and won the elections in 1923, 1926, 1930 and 1934. Reddy served as the President of the Madras Legislative Council from November 6, 1930 to March 1937. Reddy resigned as Speaker following his defeat in the 1937 elections. Reddy dissented with Periyar when the Justice Party was converted into the Dravidar Kazhagam. He was first elected President of the Justice Party soon after the split in 1944. Reddy finally quit the party in 1952.

In 1952, Reddy contested the First Lok Sabha elections as an independent from Nellore and served as a Member of the Lok Sabha from 1952 to 1957. He served as the deputy leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha. On June 4, 1959, along with C. Rajagopalachari & N G Ranga and other senior politicians, Reddy floated the Swatantra Party with liberal ideas.

A staunch believer in business enterprise, he served on the boards of many companies like Madras Cements and Andhra Scientific Company, Machilipatnam as an independent director. But, he never seems to have invested directly in any industry, as he always believed in being an agriculturist.

He played a key role in getting the approval for Somasila irrigation dam, leveraging his acquaintance with KL Rao, the renowned irrigation engineer and politician.

Mr Ramachandra Reddy was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). At the age of 78, he breathed his last on March 19, 1973 in Buchireddypalem, his birthplace.

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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.

Awards:

  • 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.