Garikipati Narasimha Rao
Garikipati Narasimha Rao
Born (1958-09-14) September 14, 1958 (age 65)
EducationM.A, M.Phil, PhD
Occupation(s)Orator, Avadhani and Author in Telugu
WorksSagaraghosha, Vyaktitva Deepam, Ishta Daivam, Vaikuntapali, Avadhana Shathakam
  • Garikipati Venkata Suryanarayana (father)
  • Garikipati Venkata Ramana (mother)
AwardsPadma Shri (2022)

Garikipati Narasimha Rao is an Indian scholar, litterateur, and avadhani from Andhra Pradesh.[2][3] In 1996, he performed Avadhanam with 1116 Pruchchakas for 21 days in Kakinada. He also delivers lectures on personality development based on dharmic culture and way of life. He regularly appears on Telugu TV channels like SVBC, Bhakti TV, and ABN Andhra Jyothi giving discourses on ancient Hindu texts like Bhagavadgita, Ramayana, and Mahabharata. In 2022, he was awarded India's fourth-highest civilian award Padma Shri by the government of India.[4]

Personal life

Rao was born on 14 September 1958 to the couple Venkata Surya Narayana and Venkata Ramanamma. He married Sarada who is from East Godavari, Annavaram.[1] He named his two sons Sri Sri and Gurajada. His elder son was named after great Telugu poet Srirangam Srinivasarao, has completed his Hotel management and working as a General manager. His younger son Gurajada who was named after great Telugu poet Gurajada Apparao, has pursued his Master's, M.Phil. and PhD in Telugu at university of Hyderabad. As a motivational and spiritual speaker, Dr. Gurajada has delivered over 200 lectures across Telugu states.


Rao started performing Avadhanams in the year 1972. Avadhanis are respected for their abilities to spin out verses conforming to Telugu grammar on literally any subject that audience may throw at them, as a challenge. He has conducted more than 288 avadhanams, including Dvigunita Avadhanam at Dallas for the American Telugu Association in 2002. Rao is known for his Dhāraṇā (memorising and reciting), which is a key requirement for performing Avadhanams.

On 26 November 2018, while at Koti Deepotsavam Stage, Rao emotionally announced that very soon he will retire from discoursing pravachanams and public speeches after completing already accepted projects, in order to attain inner peace and enlightenment but later he changed his decision per public requests and to help and activate the society through his way of speeches.[5]

Literary works


The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu presenting the Ramineni Award in 2018.


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  2. ^ "Rich entertainer". The Hindu. 11 November 2005. Archived from the original on 19 December 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  3. ^ Gudipoodi Srihari (23 December 2005). "Wordsmiths hold court". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Late CDS Bipin Rawat, Kalyan Singh and Ghulam Nabi Azad among Padma awardees | Full list here". India Today. 25 January 2022. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  5. ^ Bhakthi TV (26 November 2018), ఇక నుంచి ప్రవచనాలు చెప్పను అని కన్నీళ్లు పెట్టుకున్న గరికిపాటి | Garikipati Takes Shocking Decision, retrieved 26 November 2018
  6. ^ "Lok Nayak awards for Garikapati, Gandhi". The Hans India. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  7. ^ "'Gurajada Visishta Puraskar' for Garikipati". The Hindu. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  8. ^ Jan 26, Siva G. / TNN / (26 January 2022). "Padma Shri award to Sahasra Avadhani Garikapati | Hyderabad News". The Times of India.((cite news)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)