(1909-) Indian writer. He wrote about Indian independence from the perspective of a village in S India in Kanthapura 1938 and later, in The Serpent and the Rope 1960, about a young cosmopolitan intellectual seeking enlightenment.
Rao was born at Hassan, Karnataka. He studied at Montpellier and the Sorbonne in France. Collections of stories include The Cow of the Barricades 1947 and The Policeman and the Rose 1978.