Bezawada Gopala Reddy was born in Nellore; August 5, 1907– March 9, 1997. He was an Indian politician. He was Chief Minister of Andhra State (28 March 1955–1 November 1956) and Governor of Uttar Pradesh (1 May 1967–1 July 1972). He was widely recognized as the Andhra Tagore. Both Gopal Reddy and his spouse were students of Santhiniketan, founded by Rabindranath Tagore. It was during this period that Gopal Reddy developed an appreciation for Tagore’s writings and translated numerous of his books into Telugu.
Member A.I.C.C., since 1931; M.L.A., Madras, 1937–46; was Minister Local Administration, Government of Madras, 1937–39; President Andhra Pradesh, 1955–56; Finance Minister, Madras, 1947; Home Minister, Andhra Pradesh, 1956; Finance Minister, Andhra Pradesh, 1957; M.P. Rajya Sabha, 1958–60, Lok Sabha, 1962; Minister of Revenue and Civil Expenditure Government of India, 1958–61; Minister for Information and Broadcasting 1962-63; resigned under the Kamraj Plan; Chairman, Children’s Film Society; President: Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha (A.P.); Telugu Bhasha Samiti, since 1947; A.P. Sahitya Academy, since 1957; All-India Chess Federation, since 1959; Governor of U.P. since 1 May 1967.
Raja-Lakshmi Award for the year 1989 from Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai.