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Dr. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, Former President of India

He was born on May 19, 1913 in Elluru in Ananthapur district, Andhra Pradesh.

He gave up his studies to join the Satyagraha Movement in 1931 and served long terms of imprisonment during the freedom struggle.

He became the first chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in October 1956. He was a Union Minister from 1964 to 1967.

He became the President of India on July 25, 1982. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy passed away in 1996
Sri Lakkoju Sanjeevaraya Sharma Renowned Mathematics Genius, who won 13 Gold Medals worldwide, and blind by birth.
Ballari Raghav Ballari Raghava(1880-1946) Raghava Ballari was one of the greatest Telugu drama artists. He was born on August 2, 1880 in Tadapatri, a village in Anantapuram district. His father was Narasimhachari and mother was Seshamma. His religion was Vaishnava and belonged to a caste/tribe called Srivaishnava. He was married to Krishnamma, daughter of Lakshmanachari of Kurnool.

He finished his Metric in Ballari High School and graduated from Christian College, Madras (now Chennai). He practiced law after graduating from Madras Law College in 1905. Very soon he became rich and popular as a criminal lawyer and well known for his cross examination tactics. The British Government recognized his talent and appointed him as a public prosecutor and also awarded him the title "Rao Bahaddur."

From his childhood, he was very interested in drama and started his acting career at the age of 12. He founded Shakespeare Club in Ballari and played Shakespeare dramas. Raghava portrayed main characters in various dramas in Sreenivasarao Kolachalam's group called Sumanohara in Bangalore.

Harischandra, padukapattabhishekamu, savitri, brihannala, ramaraju charitra, ramadasu, tappevaridi, saripadani sangatulu, etc. were his famous dramas. He visited various countries like Sri Lanka, England, France, Germany and Switzerland and gave seminars and lectures on Indian drama art. He was also invited to America and Russia, but he was unable to go to these countries. Eminent people like Mahatma Gandhi and artists like Rabindranath Tagore were impressed by his dramas. He was very popular among the common people as well.

He encouraged women to participate in drama. His students who later became very popular included female artists like Sarojini Kopparapu, Padmavati Kommuri and Annapurna Kakinada, and male artists like Vasudevarao K.S., Apparao Basavaraju and Kanaklingeswarrao Banda.

He flirted with film industry briefly. In 1936, he played Duryodhana in Reddy H.M.'s "draupadi maana samrakshanam." He also acted in raitubidda and chandika. However, he quit the film industry quickly.

Raghava was influenced by a spiritual master Pandit Taranadh who established an ashram on the banks of Tungabhadra river and contributed a lot to this ashram. He used to provide financial help to anyone in need. He was against traditional extravagant marriages and ghettoism. He lived a simple life, in spite of his tremendous wealth.

He believed that music should be down played in drama and social dramas related to social

reforms should be given more importance. He advocated that drama should bring some social benefit to the society, in addition to entertainment. He continued his interest in drama until his last day on April 16th, 1946. A prestigious award "Ballari Raghava Puraskaram" was instituted in his memory and is awarded to talented artists who contributed to drama and cinema.
Sri Tarimala Nagi Reddy: ( February 11, 1917 - July 28, 1976 ), often called "TN" was a communist politician from Andhra Pradesh, India.

T.N. Reddy was born in Tarimela in Anantapur District. He studied at Loyola College in Madras and at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi . During his student days he got involved with nationalism and Marxism. His political activities got him jailed in 1940, 1941 and 1946.

Reddy was elected to the Madras legislative assembly, as a communist candidate, in 1951 . He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Anantapur in 1957 . In 1962 he was elected to the Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly as a Communist Party of India candidate from Putloor . In 1967 he was again elected to the assembly
He has 35 years of experience in various capacities in the Indian Administrative Service and retired as Secretary to Department of Company Affairs. He has won National Awards for his Managerial Excellence in several fields. During his service, he has held various positions viz., District Collector, Secretary to various ministries of the Government, VC and MD - A.P. State Agro Industries Development Corporation Ltd., APIDC, APSFC and A.P. State Non-Resident Investment Corporation. He was the Principle Secretary to the Chief Minister, Govt. of A.P., during 1988 to 1989. He was also the Secretary to the erstwhile M.R.T.P. Commission during 1990 to 1992. He was Ex-Officio Additional Secretary to D.G.F.T. during 1993 to 1995. He was Director General of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade during 1995 to 1997. He was the Principle Advisor to the Planning Commission of the Govt. of India during 1999, and was Secretary to the Govt. of India, Dept. of Rural Development during 1999 to 2000.
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