P Padmaraju (1915-1983) has been hailed as one of the most distinguished short story writers and dramatists in Telegu. He also wrote film scripts. One of his stories was awarded the second prize in the World Competition conducted by the New York Herald Tribune in 1952. His most important works include Padmaraju Kachalu and Kooli Janam. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award for his collection of stories, Gaalivana.