Dr M Srinivasa Sarma was born into a Brahmin family of agriculture and horticulture before the independence of India. He lived in the tiny village of Thatiparthipalem, Nellore Dt., a village of thatched houses, muddy walls, paddy fields all around. He grew up running along the grassy banking of the fields, played with unlettered boys, wandered in pastures of grazing cows and buffalos. Swam and bathed in the feeder canals to fields, had no formal schooling until he was twelve years of age.
He wrote a book Sanskrit Telugu poetry, 3000 poems, entitled Sri Venkateswara Kalyana Charitham that was published. Maddipati Srinivasa Sarma obtained a Ph. D in Mathematics from IIT, Madras and worked as a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organisation.