March 03, 2015

Thank you, Paruchuri Hanumantha Rao garu

Hyderabad and the world of printing owes a lot to Paruchuri Hanumantha Rao garu, who passed away yesterday evening. He was the person who started Pragati Offset in Lakdikapul more than 50 years back. The printing press grew from strength to strength over the years, and is now one of the best in the world.

We visit Pragati regularly because our publications are printed there, and have often seen the calm and dignified Hanumatha Rao garu there. He is a gentleman one wants to spontaneously respect.

A little background: Paruchuri Hanumantha Rao was born on 16 January 1924 in Krishna District. He joined Visalaandhra as a journalist and worked at Chennai.  He was a dedicated communist and activist. Later he joined Sarathi Cine Studios as a Manager and also played small roles in movies. He set up a small printing press in 1962 with a single treadle press and three workers. 

The first big order that came his way was the 1973 voters list. After this order, he bought his first offset press, a second hand single color OM-4 Russian Offset Press. Then with the help of his sons Narendra and Mahendra, Pragati became one of the best presses in Asia and the world. Now his grandchildren - Harsha, Hemant and Swati - also work there, and along with many other dedicated staff, Team Pragati is one busy, happy family, churning out high-quality products year after year.

For us, Pragati is a magical place and is a synonym for efficiency and  professionalism. We have been part of Pragati's growth and achievements over the years, and are happy to be associated with this family known for their humility and high values. 

We will miss you, Hanumantha Rao garu. Thank you for Pragati. 

Read the inspiring story of P Hanumantha Rao's life in his own words here.

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