Vakati Panduranga Rao

Vakati Panduranga Rao was a short story writer and journalist who for a long time edited the popular Telugu weekly, Andhra Prabha. His editorial, under the name Mitra Vakyam, made him immensely popular.[by whom?] A collection of these editorials was published in two volumes. Later, he worked for an English-language newspaper.

Vakati Panduranga Rao
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A sketch of Vakati Panduranga Rao
Died(1999-04-17)17 April 1999 (age 65)[1]
Known forColumns, stories and poetry

His many short stories were on informative themes, like the ones he wrote in Mitra Vakyam, Maranam Oka Kaamaa, and Diksuchi.


He was born in Madras in 1934 and worked in various journalistic capacities for the likes of Anandavani, Andhra Jyothi, Newstime, A.P. Times and Andhra Prabha Weekly. He also worked for some time as a journalism lecturer at Potti Sriramulu Telugu University and also as the Deputy Director of Visakhapatnam Port.

Literary worksEdit

Panduranga Rao Kathalu, Mithravakyam, Chetha Venna Mudda and Diksuchi are among Vakati's most popular literary works.


He was a recipient of the Andhra Sahitya Academy, Gopichand and Telugu University awards. He also edited literary works for the National Book Trust and the Sahitya Akademi.


  1. ^ "Veteran journalist dead". The Hindu. 19 April 1999. Retrieved 11 January 2014.