was a well-known philanthropist,
lover and patron of Sanskrit
born in 1871 in a small village Timmasamudram in Prakasam
district of the state
ancestors migrated from Murikipudi (near Narasaraopeta) to Timmasamudram.
His parents were Veeranna
and Punnamma. The family owned a large estate of of agricultural
From an early age Venkanna showed inclination towards Sanskrit
language and literature, Ayurveda
scholar Achyutanna Srirama Sastri was instrumental in influencing
the interests of Venkanna.
Venkanna made a large number of donations to Sanskrit schools,
libraries and scholars. He established a High school and Oriental
School in Ongole and a
Sanskrit school in Timmasamudram.
All the students of these
schools receive free accommodation and boarding facilities.
well-known library in Vetapalem known as " Saraswata
Niketanam" received substantial contributions from
Venkanna also donated of land to a trust meant for the
encouragement of Sanskrit teaching and preparation of Ayurveda
was an ardent follower of Tanguturi
Prakasam Pantulu, the freedom fighter and first Chief Minister of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Mahatma
was impressed by the selfless service, generosity and
philanthropy of Mr Venkanna and visited Timmasamudram twice. Large
donation of lands was made to Harijans in the presence of Gandhi.
Thousands of homeless people affected by the cyclone of 1936 were
fed and liberally helped to make new homes.
Having given up his lands and property for the public good and
Sanskrit language, he became an ascetic and led a life of
He died in the year 1947.