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Galla Ramachandra Naidu: The founder of the Amara Raja Group

Early Life and Education

Born on June 10, 1938, in the quaint village of Petamitta, Andhra Pradesh, Dr. R. N. Galla’s journey commenced in an environment of limited resources and opportunities. Walking seven miles daily for secondary school underscored the challenges he faced during his formative years. However, these trials instilled in him the value of perseverance and tenacity.

Career and Entrepreneurial Ventures

Dr. Galla’s foray into entrepreneurship began in the mid-1980s when he returned to his agricultural roots in Andhra Pradesh. What started with modest beginnings evolved into Amara Raja Batteries, a pioneering force in the Indian battery market. The Amara Raja Group expanded its footprint, diversifying into lead-acid batteries (AMARON), sheet metal goods, precision components, electronic manufacturing services, and more.

The guiding philosophy of The Amara Raja Way reflects the core values of innovation, excellence, entrepreneurship, experiences, and responsibility. Dr. Galla’s strategic leadership laid the foundation for a corporation that significantly impacts millions of lives.

Life of Selflessness and Values

Dr. Galla’s commitment to social causes is exemplified by the Rajanna Trust, a foundation he founded. Focused on education, skill development, rural development, health, and water management, the Trust aims to ensure equitable participation of rural households in national development. Dr. Galla actively promotes non-migratory living, inclusive growth, and environmentally sustainable practices.

Awards and Achievements

Recognizing his outstanding contributions, Dr. Galla received the “Lifetime Accomplishment Award” at the ABP News CSR Leadership Awards 2015. Acknowledging his role in social responsibility, he was honored with “The Social Entrepreneur of the Year” award at a prestigious event held at Taj Lands End, Mumbai, on February 17.

Legacy and Impact

Dr. R. N. Galla’s legacy extends beyond business success; it encompasses a deep commitment to societal well-being. Through his leadership, the Amara Raja Group stands as a testament to the positive influence businesses can have on communities and the environment.

In his relentless pursuit of progress and social change, Dr. Galla has left an indelible mark on India’s corporate landscape, embodying the principles of compassion, sustainability, and inclusive growth.

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