Thapi Dharma Rao Naidu B.A. (1887 – 1973) was a Telugu writer, lyricist and social reformer. He wrote dialogues and lyrics for the films like Mala Pilla,DrohiThathajiBhishma, and Patni. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Indian Literature. He had authored many books which were the eye openers for many in the field of social sciences in India, in particular South India. His books ” Vidhi Vilasam”, “Devalayala paina bootu Bommalu endhuku” and many more find place in the annals of Indian literature.

He was a native of a village in Sreekakulam, and born in Berhampur on September 19, 1887. His father Thapi Appanna Naidu was a medical practitioner and mother’s name was Narasamma. His early education was in Sreekakulam till 1900 and continued further in Rippan High school of Vizianagaram. He did his F.A. in Parlakhamidi. He was a pet student of Gidugu Ramamurthy at Parlakhamidi. He had completed his B.A. graduation from Pachaiyappa’s College, Madras.

He was the trend setter in Telugu journalism. He introduced the spoken language in journalism. He worked as an editor for Telugu magazines ‘Kondegadu’ and ‘Janavani’. In 1940, he was established a popular weekly named ‘Kagada’. Thapi Dharmarao was the founder of book publications named Veguchkka Grandhamala.


  • Andhra Sahitya Akademi honored him with ‘Visishta Sabhyathvam’.
  • The chief priest of Sringeri Sharada Peetham honored him by conferring the title Andhra Visharada for his extraordinary service to Telugu language.
  • He was senate member of Sri Venkateswara University.


His son is Tapi Chanakya, who was foremost director of Telugu movies. His grandson,(s/o Tapi Chanakya)Thapi Dharmarao, did his doctorate in Immunology from the Osmania University in India and now lives in New York. A great granddaughter, Sahityasri Thapi, currently attends Townsend Harris High School in New York, learns sangeetam, participates in various styles of dance, and is currently participating in many cultural events around New York.

Literary works:

  • Devalayala Meeda Bhutu Bommalenduku?
  • Pelli- Dani Puttupurvotharalu,
  • Inupakatchadalu,
  • PathapaliKotha Pali,
  • All India Adukkutinevalla Mahasabha,
  • Sahityamormaralu.
  • Rallu-Rappalu is his autobiography from 1887 to 1908.


  • Rojulu Marayi (1955) (dialogue)
  • Kanna Talli (1953)
  • Mangala (1951) (dialogue)
  • Palletoori Pilla (1950) (dialogue)
  • Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha (1950) (adaptation) (dialogue)
  • Keelugurram (1949)
  • Drohi (1948)
  • Krishna Prema (1943) (adaptation) (dialogue)
  • Raitu Bidda (1939) (dialogue)
  • Malapilla (1938) (dialogue)
  • Mohini Rugmangada (1937)