Badami Krishna Rao
Badami Krishna Rao was the second son of Rai Bahadur Lakshman Rao, who belonged to an ancient family of Mahratta Commanders, and had distinguished himself as Regimentdar in the Great Mutiny of 1857. Born in 1851, he had his education in the State of Mysore and entered service when Sir K. Seshadri Iyer was Dewan. After serving as Revenue Officer in various districts, he was made Assistant Commissioner in 1899. For some years he was Vice-Chairman of the Bangalore Municipality and rendered valuable work as Plague Officer in 1898-99. When he retired from Government Service in 1908, he had won high encomiums for his capacity and efficiency in Revenue administration.
For a long time, Badami Krishna Rao was Secretary to the local Agricultural Societies and the St. John’s Ambulance Association. He was a keen gardener, very fond of flowers. During his retirement he was attracted to painting and also made sculpturing as his hobby. Krishna Rao was also a good Kannada Scholar. His Robinson Crusoe in that language is still regarded as a masterpiece in prose. Among his poetical works mention may be made of the Ramayana, Mahabharatha, and Bhagavatha, besides many dramatic pieces and short poems, specially meant for children.
Badami Krishna Rao lived a fairly long life and passed away in June 1937 at the ripe age of 86. He had the satisfaction of seeing all his sons settled in high positions and carrying on the rich and varied traditions of his family.