The Indian Biographical Dictionary (1915)/Venkateawara Rao Pantalu, Madapathi

Venkateawara Rao Pantalu, Madapathi. F.S.A., Diwan of Nuzvid, (Retired) and Zamindar of Rangapuram; b. 1861; educ: Ellore and Masulipatam; entered service of the Zamindar of Nuzvid, 1877; eventually became Diwan; resigned, 1906; appointed Diwan of Nidadavole, 1888; draws a life-pension from the Nuzvid estate; has built a choultry and a Town Hall at Nuzvid named after Empress Victoria; also the Edward Hall, and the quarters of the Bezwada Social Club (costing Rs. 15,000); gave evidence before the Indian Police Commission; keenly interested in agricultural and industrial matters; Chairman, Reception Committee of the Kistna-Guntoor District Conference, 1906; sent at his own cost a student to study Scientific Agriculture in America; founded Hindu temples and maintains poorhouses at Jagganath, Nuzvid, etc.; social reformer advocating sea voyage, and the fusion of Sub-castes, etc.: much interested in Ayurvedic medicines, for the dispensing of which he has opened a free dispensary at Nuzvid; founded the Lying-in and the Delivery wards of the “Ampthil Hospital” at Bezwada. Publications: Pamphlet on Estates Land Bill. Address: Nuzvid, Kistna Dt., Madras Presy.