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Mutnuri Krishna Rao

(1879 – 1945) – (Andhra Pradesh)

Mutnuri-Krishna-Rao

Mutnuri Krishna Rao (Aged 66) born on 1879 Mutnuru village, Divi Taluk, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was a renowned Indian freedom fighter, editor, scholar, and literary critic, served as the editor of Krishna Patrika, a nationalist publication, from 1907 to 1945. Widely regarded as the doyen of Telugu journalism, he attended Noble College in Bandar and studied the F.A course, with Raghupathi Venkataratnam Naidu as one of his teachers. Rao was inspired by Naidu’s ideology and attended the meetings of Brahmo Samaj.

Subsequently, he went to Madras to pursue a B.A degree in Christian College, where he got acquainted with Pattabhi Sitaramaiah. However, as he became more interested in literature, he returned to Bandar in 1903 without completing his degree. He was inspired by the Vande Mataram movement and toured Bengal with Bipin Chandra Pal.

Rao joined Krishna Patrika as an assistant editor and was promoted to editor in 1907, a position he held until his death in 1945. In his editorials, he criticized the policies of the British government, particularly the amount spent on the welfare of the poor and the development of educational institutions. He also ran a magazine called Andhra Bharati for some time. He died on 25 June 1945 due to Ascites. The town hall in Machilipatnam was named after him.