Sri Krishna Devaraya Andhra Bahasha Nilayam is oldest non-Government library in Andhra Pradesh. The library was started on September 1st, 1901. This Bhasha Nilayam is named after Sri Krishnadevaraya, functioned initially from the Ramkote residence of Jagirdar Ravichettu Ranga Rao, the founding Secretary.
Later, with a donation of Rs.3,000 from the wife of Ranga Rao, a small tiled house was bought in Sultan Bazar to house Sri Krishna Devaraya Andhra Bahasha Nilayam. Madapati Hanumantha Rao, who became secretary in 1915, raised more funds for its growth of this library.
Sri Krishna Devaraya Andhra Bahasha Nilayam celebrated its silver jubilee in 1927 with Burgula Ramakrishna Rao as its Secretary and Golden Jubilee in 1952 when Dr. Burgula Ramakrishna Rao became the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in Independent India. Dr. Burgula Ramakrishna Rao was also the first elected Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. He was the one who fought against the Nizams of Hyderabad during the rule of British India.
History of Sri Krishna Devaraya Andhra Bahasha Nilayam
Among the leading personalities involved in the founding and strengthening of Sri Krishna Devaraya Andhra Bahasha Nilayam in its formative years were the Munagala Raja, Nayani Venkata Ranga Rao, eminent researcher-historian Komarraju Lakshmana Rao, Pardhasarathi Apparao Bahadur of Palwancha, Suravaram Pratapa Reddy, Madapati Hanumantha Rao, Burgula Ramakrishna Rao, Adiraju Veerabhadra Rao and Raja Bahadur Venkatram Reddy.
Sri Krishna Devaraya Andhra Bahasha Nilayam acted as the framework of the nationalist struggle against the feudal rule of Nizams and the British Government in India. Sri Krishna Devaraya Andhra Bahasha Nilayam is also the house of fostering Telugu language in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The great personalities in politics, literature and culture considered it a privilege to address the gathering here for lecture or the literary debate.
Collection in Sri Krishna Devaraya Andhra Bahasha Nilayam
There are about 40,000 rare books and old newspapers and magazines. Sundarayya Vignana Kendram is helping the library in conservation, automation and electronic cataloguing. There is a four storied building in being constructed during the Telugu Desam Party rule by generous funding from the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
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