Andhra Pradesh. He had most of his
schooling in his native place. He graduated from the Loyala College,
Madras and completed his law degree from the I. L.S. Law College, Pune.
He conducted boycott of the school when late Motilal
Nehru died. He participated in Salt Satyagraha. He organised a youth
league and propagated using of Khadi.
Shri Rao started practice as an Advocate in Bapatla
in the composite Madras State in 1 940. He was elected to the Andhra
Pradesh Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1967 and later in
1972 and 1978. He was Speaker of the Assembly during 1980-81. He was
President of the APCC(I). He was also Minister-in-charge of Finance and
Planning during the Chief Ministership of Shri Bhavana Venkatram and
Shri Vijaya Shaskara Reddi.
Shri Rao was appointed as Lt. Governor of Pondicherry
on 2nd September 1983 and he continued in that post till June 1984. On
17th June 1984 he assumed the office of the Governor of Sikkim. A keen
sportsman Shri Rao was Tennis champion of the Bombay University in 1938.
He organised the Shivaji Vyayam Mandali at Bapatla and some other
places. He was a wrestler and badminton champion during his college days
Shri Rao has been actively associated with a large
number of cultural organisations. He has in his earlier days produced,
acted and directed many Telugu films, notable among them being
Mangalasutra, Nirdoshi, Drohi and Soudamini.