Balivada Kanta Rao (3 July 1927 – 6 May 2000) was a noted Telugu novelist and playwright.
He was born in Madapam village in Srikakulam District of Andhra Pradesh, he worked in various capacities as civilian officer in the Indian Navy.
He has to his credit 38 major and minor novels, 400 short stories, 5 major plays, host of playlets and radio plays and travelogues.Many of his novels and stories have been translated into other Indian languages.
He won several awards which include Andhra Pradesh Sahitya Akademi, Telugu University Award, Gopichand Literary award, Ravi Shastri Memorial Award and Kalasagar Vishishta Puraskaram.
He was the winner of Kendriya Sahitya Akademi Award in 1998 by the Government of India.