Burgula Rama Krishna Rao’s original surname was Pullam Raju. Over a period of time, his native place near Kalvakurthi became his surname.
He was born to Narsinaga Rao and Ranganayakamma on 13th March 1899. He took primary education from Dharmapanth School in Hyderabad, and completed matriculation in 1951. He completed B.A. Honors from Ferguson College, Pune and LLB from Bombay University. He started his lawyer practice in 1923 and became a leading lawyer in no time. During his practice as lawyer in Hyderabad, P.V. Narasimha Rao worked under him as junior lawyer.
Burgula Rama Krishna Rao participated in Andhrodhyamam, Grandhalayodhyamam (Library movement), and Bhoodan Movements.
Madapati Hanumantha Rao, and Suravaram Prathapa Reddy were his contemporaries. He worked as the president and General Secretary to Sri Krishnadevaraya Andhra Bhasha Nilayam.
Burgula Rama Krishna Rao was one among the founders of Hyderabad State Congress. As a member of Hyderabad State Congress he organized many movements.
Burgula Rama Krishna Rao presided over the 2nd Conference of Andhra Maha Sabha, which was held in Devarakonda, in 1931. He was imprisoned for participating Civil Disobedience Movement and Quit India Movements. His role was there in the merger of Hyderabad state in Indian Union. In 1948, when K.M. Munshi visited Hyderabad State as the agent of Central Government, without hesitation Bhurgula Ramakrishna Rao met him. In the military government Vellodi as Chief Minister, which was formed after Police Action in 1948, he was chosen as the minister of Revenue and Education departments. Vinobabave’s Bhoodan movement was legalized during his tenure as Revenue minister.
In the first General Elections for Telangana Assembly he was elected as M.L.A. from Shad Nagar constituency and became the first Chief Minister of Telangana State. When Andhra Pradesh was formed in 1956, Nilam Sanjeeva Reddy became chief minister and Bhurgula Ramakrishna Rao was sent to Kerala as Governor.
He had passed away on 14th September 1957, due to heart attack.