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Palagummi Padmaraju, shortly P. Padmaraju (24 June 1915 – 17 February 1983) is a Telugu writer and winner of Sahitya Akademi Award. He is known for his works in Telugu literature and Telugu cinema.
He was born in Tirupatipuram in West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. He has worked as Science Lecturer in Government P. R. College, Kakinada between 1939 and 1952. His younger brother Palagummi Viswanatham is a veena player, music composer and lyricist.
His first story was entitled Subbi. He wrote about sixty short stories. They were published in three volumes titled as Galivana, Padava Prayanam and Eduruchusina Muhurtham.
Rendo Ashokudi Munalla Palana
He wrote stories, dialogues and lyrics for some Telugu films:
Bangaru Papa (1954)
Bhagya Rekha (1957)
Bhakta Sabari (1960);
Shanti Nivasam (1960).
Bikari Ramudu (1961)
Bangaru Panjaram (1965)
Rangula Ratnam (1966)
Manchi Vallaki Manchivadu (1973)
Sri Rajeshwari Vilas Coffee Club (1976)
Sardar Paparayudu (1980)
Illale Devata (1985)
Recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award to Telugu Writers for Galivana in 1985.
His short story Cyclone won an international prize conducted by New York Herald Tribune in 1952. It was selected amongst 59 stories from 23 countries.