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New generation also enjoys his golden melodies

New generation also enjoys his golden melodies
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Ghantansala is a revered household name among Telugu speaking music lovers. Though he left us on February 11 41 years ago, his works still are heard in every nook and corner. A true son of Vagdevi, he was trained at Vizianagaram Music College.

Ghantasala is a revered household name among Telugu speaking music lovers. Though he left us on February 11 41 years ago, his works still are heard in every nook and corner. A true son of Vagdevi, he was trained at Vizianagaram Music College.

In his college and fledgling days as a singer he lived in penury and had to do Ayavaarams (Accepting alms from kind hearted families). It was through his unstinted hard work, dedication and unflinching zeal; he reached pinnacles in his illustrious career.

Known for his penchant for quality, Ghantasala recorded under every renowned composer of his times. He is regarded as one who changed the way ‘Padyams’ (poetry) is rendered in movies. The melody in his voice is so captivating that even the new generation savors his old golden hits.

He is credited with scoring for more than 100 films in Telugu, Tamil & Kannada. His tunes in the films ‘Patala Bhairavi’, ‘Mayabazaar’, ‘Gundamma Katha’, ‘Chiranjeevulu’, ‘Lavakusa’ and others are still hummed.

The duets he sang with compatriots P Leela, P Suseela, Jikki etc are memorable. He was also known for encouraging budding singers and gave chances for them in the films he composed. The likes of Madhavapeddi Satyam, Madhahvapeddi Satyam, PB Srinivas & SP Balasubrahmanyam worked with him. Ghantasala’s non-film songs have become a part of the cultural heritage. Apart from his devotional hits, ‘Pushpavilapam’ and ‘Police Venkataswamy’ are renowned for their aesthetic value.

Top stars in his era NTR and ANR owed their careers to the maestro. The land mark contribution from this genius is ‘Bhagavadgita’, which he recorded at fag end of his career. Though he left the world to appease the gods in heaven at an age of 54, he is still heard in every nook and corner of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh.

By: Rama Krishna Rao M

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