Previously 106 slokas were sung by Ghantasala from 18 chapters of Gita. It was released on April 21, 1974, in 18 audio CD volumes. Under Gangadhara’s own composition and music direction the musical version of complete Bhagavad Gita along with meanings in Telugu was released after seven long years of research and effort.
Actor, screenwriter and poet Tanikella Bharani expressed his sadness for youngsters recollecting Gita being played only when someone expires. “There is no other book more useful for personality development other than Bhagavad Gita,” opined Bharani. He added that every youngster should have Gita.
“Read Gita once in your lifetime and you will discover the change,” he concluded. Recollecting Dr Abdul Kalam‘s visit to a event organised by Bhagavad Gita foundation earlier, an audio visual was played with visuals of Kalam appreciating Gangadhara Sastry for his excellence in singing the slokas. “Life of Kalam sir includes the suggestions that Gita concluded,” Bharani added.
Dr T Subbirami Reddy, Indian politician, former Indian Badminton player Pullela Gopichand, Indian film director Sekhar Kammula, and director turned actor K Viswanath with singer S Janaki, lyricist Sirivennala Sitarama Sastry along with chairman of Sunshine Hospitals and Navayuga Group attended the launch. The first copy of the Sampoorna Bhagavad Gita was given to the sponsor of the event Visweswara Rao, chairman Navayuga group. The Mp3 CD was handed over to Shri Shri Shri Kamalananda Swamy.