A late-16th and early-17th century Nāyaka ruler at Ikkeri and later Keladi Karnataka. He was a known patron of Bhaṭṭoji Dīkṣita (Tattvakaustubha) and Bhaṭṭoji's brother, Raṅgoji Bhaṭṭa (Advaitacintāmaṇī). Venkaṭappa bestowed on Bhaṭṭoji Dīkṣita the title of Viśiṣṭavaidikādvaitasiddhāntasthāpanācārya. In 1623, the Portuguese traveler Pietro Della Valle remarked that Veṅkaṭappa is not a king proper, but a 'royolet'. That Veṅkaṭappa was considered a king was due to, in his opinion, Portugal's false inflation of their Indian trade partners, a move meant to bolster Portugal's prestige. Veṅkaṭappa is known to have authored a commentary on the Śivagīta.