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Aadi Naidu

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Aadi Naidu
Populated statesRayalaseema, Tamil Nadu

Aadi Naidu is a social group in Rayalseema and Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Gandikota Kamma. Gandikota Kamma is the subcaste of Kamma caste.[1]. During Vijaynagar times they worked as nayaks and helped protecting the Hindu dharma in south India.

Most of Gandikota families migrated to Tamil Nadu after fall of Vijaynagar empire. The zamindars of Ilaiyasanadal and Kurivikulam in Tamil Nadu belong to Ravella and Pemmasani clans of Gandikota Kamma.[2] They are Known as Aadi Naidu meaning the ancient Nayak or Naidu kings who trace their origin to ancient kingdom Kammanadu.


  • Pemmasani Nayaks
  • Ravella Nayaks

Notable People[edit]

  • Gali Muddu Krishnama Naidu
  • Nara Chandrababu Naidu
  • Vaiko


  1. "Kammavari Charithra", by K. B. Choudary, 1939
  2. The Aristocracy of Southern India, A. Vadivelu, 1984, Mttal publications, New Delhi,p. 167

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