Mutnuri Krishna Rao-Machilipatnam


Mutnuri Krishna Rao – Founder of “Krishna Patrika”, a literary magazine. Krishna Rao was born on 1897 in Mutnuru village of Divi taluk, Krishna district of erstwhile Madras Presidency. He lost his parents when he was very young. His father was a district munsif. He was brought up by his paternal uncle. He completed his primary education in Hindu high school , Bandar. He studied F.A course in Noble college, Bandar. Raghupathi Venkataratnam Naidu was one of his teachers. Rao was influenced by his ideology and used to attend the meetings of Brahmo Samaj. He lived with his wife. The couple had two daughters and a son. The eldest daughter and only son passed away before him, and his second daughter became a widow.He joined Krishna Patrika as an assistant editor. He got promoted as an editor in 1907 and worked there till his death in 25 June 1945. He criticized the policies of British government in his editorials regarding the amount spent on welfare of the poor and developing educational institutions. He also ran a Magazine called Andhra Bharati for some time.

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