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Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya
Born8 January 1889
Purini, Nellore district, Madras Presidency, British India
Died13 January 1982(1982-01-13) (aged 93)
EducationB.A., M.A.
Alma materPachaiyappa's College
Madras University
Notable worksSangraha Andhra Vignana Kosham
Notable awardsPadma Bhushan

Mamidipudi Venkatarangayya (8 January 1889 – 13 January 1982) was a writer, scholar, and political scientist from Andhra Pradesh, India. He was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 1968 by the Indian Government.[1]

Early life

Mamidipudi Venkatarangayya was born in 1889 in a Puduru Dravida Brahmin family in Purini village of Kovur taluq in Nellore district.[2] His parents were Venkatesayya and Narasamma. He joined the Pachaiyappa's College and completed B.A. in 1907 from Madras University. While working as a Tutor in the Pachiappa's college, he took his M.A. degree in History, Economics and Politics in 1910 from the same university.[citation needed] He actively participated in the Indian Independence Movement during the study period.[citation needed]


He was appointed as Diwan of Vizianagaram Samsthanam in 1927. He joined as principal of Venkatagiri Raja College in Nellore from 1928 to 1931. Later he joined Andhra University as reader in 1931 and became professor in 1938 and retired as principal of University college in 1944.[citation needed]

He was invited by Bombay University to head the Political and Social Sciences department between 1949 and 1952.[citation needed]

He died at his residence at Secunderabad in 1982 at the age of 93 years.[citation needed]

Literary works

He wrote many books on Indian history, constitution, encyclopedia, panchayati raj and politics.[3]


He married Venkamma and they had ten children: Annapurna, Godavari, Mamidipudi Narasimham, Mamidipudi Seetharam, Mamidipudi Anandam, Mamidipudi Venkateswarlu, Pattabhiram, Mamidipudi Krishnamurti, and Mamidipudi Simhachalam and Vaidehi.[4]

Mamidipudi Anandam is a chartered accountant and twice Rajya Sabha member. Shanta Sinha is daughter of Anandam. She was awarded Padma Shri and also the Ramon Magsaysay in the year 2004. Mamidipudi Ravindra Vikram son of M. Anandam was chartered accountant director of Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank and RBI nominee on the Bank of Rajasthan.

Mamidipudi Pattabhiram was Associate Editor of The Hindu.[5] Mamidipudi Krishnamurthi retired as the Chief Controller R&D, Government of India.

Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation

Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation[6] was established in his memory in 1981 and presently working from Secunderabad. Their fields of working are Child Rights, Health and Natural Resource Management.[citation needed]

Shantha Sinha, Secretary of the Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya (MV) Foundation, won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 2003.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ Unilit. Vol. 30. Andhra Viswa Sahiti. 1991. p. 1. Professor Mamidipudi Venkata Rangayya has a cultured pedigree and he is the descendant of Puduru Dravidian Brahmin family reputed and recognized for Vedic lore.
  3. ^ His works in Open Library.
  4. ^ Genealogy of Mamidipudi Anandam.
  5. ^ IAS officer from State dies in Mumbai in The Hindu.[usurped]
  6. ^ Official Website of M. V. Foundation.