Kallur Subba Rao
(1897 – 1973) – (Andhra Pradesh)
Kallur Subba Rao (Aged 76) was born on 25 May 1897, Kallur, Anantapur district Andhra Pradesh, India. He was an Indian freedom activist and politician. He was a scholar in Kannada and Telugu and a teacher by profession. He is known for starting the Congress Movement in Rayalaseema. Subba Rao completed his studies up to 12th standard. At the age of 17, he attended a meeting hosted by Annie Besant, which inspired him to become an active member of the Indian Freedom Struggle and participated in similar meetings.
As a freedom fighter, he was imprisoned for 7 years. After India gained independence, he was elected as a Member of the Constituent Assembly of India from the Madras Presidency. In 1967, he was awarded the Padma Shri for his contributions.
Subba Rao was not only a freedom fighter and politician but also a great poet and orator. Rutherford, the then-collector of Anantapur District, referred to him as the “Lion of Congress,” while Dr. Rajendra Prasad called him the “Prison Graduate” due to his extensive reading of Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, and Bhagavatha.
He was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly three times and served as the General Secretary of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC). He passed away by 20 December 1973.