Dr. Garikipati Narasimha Rao “Maha Sahasraavadhani” is a Telugu Avadhani (literary performer) in Andhra Pradesh, India.
He has conducted more than 150 avadhanams, including Dvigunita Avadhanam at Dallas for the American Telugu Association in 2002. Garikipati is known for his Dhāraṇā (control of the mind and the breath), which is a key requirement for performing Avadhanams.
Dr. Garikipati has been awarded titles such as Satavadhhana Geeshpati, Avadhana Sarada, and Dharanaa Brahma Raakshasa.
He was awarded a Gold Medal by the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. T. Rama Rao, for standing first in Masters of Philosophy, and received Pratibhaa Puraskaaram, both from Telugu University.