Sunday, February 20, 2011

Great Telugu Playback Singer Ghantasala

Tributes paid to Ghantasala

Town artistes felicitate Balasubrahmanyam

In remembrance: Playback singers S.P Balasubramanyam and Vani Jayaram offer floral tributes at the statue of Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao in Guntur on Friday.

Playback singers S.P Balasubrahmanyam and Vani Jayaram paid floral tributes at the statue of legendary playback singer Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao at Naaz Centre, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh on Friday.

They were here to present awards at a music competition held by a private news channel.

The statue was installed by Dasari Cultural Academy president Potturi Ranga Rao.

In an informal chat with media persons, Balasubrahmanyam relived the olden days and lauded the contribution of Ghantasala.

In a voice choked with emotion, he said that no singer in the past, present or future could match the prowess of Ghantasala and advised budding singers not to imitate any one but be themselves.

Earlier, members of the Guntur District Artistes' Association, led by chairman Jetty Mohan Rao, town artistes association led by president Maddu Venkata Swamy felicitated Balasubrahmanyam at the ITC guest house.

They said the singer, who has been awarded with Padma Vibhushan, deserved all the accolades for having dedicated his life to singing

Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao ( ఘంటసాల వెంకటేశ్వర రావు) (1922–1974) was a popular South Indian singer and music composer of Telugu films and many other languages such as Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Tulu and Hindi. He is the recipient of the Padmashree award, India's fourth highest civilian award. For nearly a quarter of a century, he was the voice of Telugu films. He was one of Telugu cinema's first playback singers. He sang in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Tulu and Hindi. He composed music for more than 100 movies. He sang the Bhagavad Gita just before his death in 1974, a rendition which became highly popular. On February 11, 2003, a stamp was released in honor of Ghantasala at Telugu Lalita Kala Toranam, Public Gardens, Hyderabad.

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