Shri Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu(1872-1957) was one of the foremost leaders of our freedom struggle. Through his dauntless courage and sacrifice he won widespread admiration. The people of Andhra Pradesh in particular, have derived much inspiration from his achievements as fighter, editor and political leader.
Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu, the first Chief Minister of the Andhra State and the most popular Andhra leader of this country was born on 23rd of August 1872 at a village called Kanuparthi (then in Guntur district). He is popularly known as “Andhra Kesari”.
Early Life: His father Gopalakrishnayya was a village headman. He migrated to Nellore district where he secured a job of earning in Rs. 8 a month in the Venkatagiri estate. Prakasam Pantalu had his primary education at Nayudupeta. In 1880 when Prakasam Pantulu was only eight years of age, his father died and the burden of maintaining the family consisting of three young children fell on his mother, a courageous lady with an independent bent of mind. As she did not want to be a drag on her brother, she migrated to Ongole with her children and set up a private mess opposite the Munsiff’s court.
As Chief Minister: He served as Chief Minister of Madras Presidency from 30th April, 1946 to 23rd March, 1947. After Indian Independence, the state of Hyderabad was created on 1st October, 1953. Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu was elected on 1st October 1953.
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