Hon'ble Sri Dantuluri Narayana Raju
Sri Dantuluri Bapi Raju (Father)
Smt Subbayamma (Mother)
Date of birth
Kopalle (A village near the Bhimavaram)
Hon'ble Dantuluri Narayana
Raju as a part and parcel of freedom struggle
Dantuluri Narayana Raju is a patriot since his
childhood. He played a prominent role in freedom
struggle. At the young age of 21 he was the member
of Indian National Congress, as a district delegate
from south India. He participated in Ahmadabad
Indian National Congress conference. We can understand
with this, how he has followed Mahatma Gandhi
in word and in deed and his patriotic fervor.
In the year 1920, he participated in Non co-operation
movement with the call for Mahatma Gandhiji's,
the father of our nation. He made success the
non co-operation movement in Bhimavaram and its
surrounding villages. He brought shiver in the
Spine of thence British rulers.
In the year 1930 British government arrested
Sri Dantuluri Narayana Raju and sent him to Cannanore
jail. In Cannanore prison he got an opportunity
to get contact and associate with eminent freedom
fighters like Hon'ble Chakravartula Rajagopalachari
(Rajaji), Sri Raghava Menon, Sri Bhogaraju Pattabhi
Sitaramayya. With their association he understand
the contemporary political situation and discussed
in detailed the future steps of freedom struggle.
He materialized the struggle what they dreamt
and fulfilled their dreams. Such a great gigantic
personality Sri Dantuluri Narayana Raju. The thence
British government laid many impositions and impediments
in spite of hard ships imposed by British government.
He continued freedom struggle to liberate India
from the chains. He united the people and wage
a war through Non-violence against British government
such a great patriot Sri Dantuluri Narayana Raju.
As a people's representative
In the years 1921-1934, he was elected Bhimavaram
Taluk Board Chairman. He laid roads to Remote
village, provided drinking water facility to salt
water effected villages. Conducted free medical
camps. With these people's friendly activities.
He got a permanent place and got imprinted in
the hearts of people in this area.
In thence British rule the District collector
indigested with the participation of the villagers
of Matlapalem, Siddapuram and Dirusumarru in salt
Satyagraha, he ordered to stop drinking water
to those villagers. As Taluk board president with
his discretionary powers, he dared against the
collector's orders provided drinking water to
the above villagers. No one can dare, but only
man of steel can dare, he was none but Sri Dantuluri
In Vemuladeevi area he brought nearly eight
thousand acres of waste land under cultivation.
With this peoples friendly action he was praised
by the people as Annadatha (food giver) in their
area. During his tenure he started board schools
(primary schools) in entire Taluk.
During the years 1948-1955 he was elected as
MLA to combined Madras state and did a great dedicated
services to the people and brought overall development
to this region. He played a prominent role. He
lingered longer on the lips of the people.
Sri Dantuluri as social
Before 1945 there was no college in this area.
People had to move distant areas for their college
education. He started a college ie WGB College
(West Godavari District Bhimavaram College) on
4th July in the year 1945, brought the education
at common man's door yard in this region. This
is a land mark in the history of Bhimavram and
a great leap forward in the field of education.
At present this college have been producing
many scholars every year. In memoriam of his dedicated
services, the college named after him (WGB College
changed to Dantuluri Narayana Raju college). He
was called Madan Mohan Malaveya of this region.
At present DNR College imparting education from
KG to PG giving qualitative education in this
region got recognized and accredited 'A' grade
Inspired by Mahatma Gandhiji's services Sri
Dantuluri Narayana Raju for the first time in
India provided boarding and lodging facility to
the down trodden Harijans (Dalits-lower rung,
down trodden people in Hindu society) in DNR College
In memoriam of his great dedicated services
and to follow his foot steps. some elders of this
region started DNR foundation to serve the poor
and needy doing yeoman social service in this
The son of the soil, freedom fighter, people's
friend, orphan's benefactor Sri Dantuluri Narayana
Raju. Climbed step by step mounted and reached
mighty peak of mountain in name and fame.
The SON (the SUN) who awaken the region set.
He left us in deep sorrow and reached heavenly
abode on 7th May 1964.