Noted actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao inaugurated the Ghantasala Sangeetha Kalasala of T Sharathchandra here on Saturday.

Mr. Nageswara Rao was closely associated with the legendary singer Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao and the journey of the duo in Telugu cinema was so victorious and earned many rewards and awards to both of them. Recalling his association with Ghantasala, Mr. Nageswara Rao underlined the need to preserve the values of music and voice of the legendary singer.

He appreciated the efforts of singer Sharathchandra in training budding singers.

Mr. Sharathchandra, the founder of Ghantasala Smaraka Peetham and Ghantasala Sangeetha Kalasala, said that Mr. Nageswara Rao had inaugurated the college in Hyderabad three years ago and now inaugurated one in Visakhapatnam.

The college would offer six-month and one-year diploma courses on Ghantasala light music, songs and music.

Later in the evening, Mr. Nageswara Rao was honoured with ‘Ghantasala Puraskara Satkaram’ at the function organised at Gurajada Kalakshetram.

Sharathchandra presented a number of super hit songs of Ghantasala in the movies for Mr. Nageswara Rao.

Chairman of AP Hindi Academy Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, GVMC Commissioner B Ramanjaneyulu, veteran film actors Gollapudi Maruti Rao, Raavi Kondala Rao, Rector of Andhra University PVGD Prasada Reddy, film actors Kasi Viswanath and SK Misro, industrialists MS Raju, Venkatram Reddy (Abbu Reddy), senior advocates PV Reddy Naidu, J. Prithvi Raj, Subhagruha Projects managing director Kalyan Chakravarthi, coordinator of Ghantasala Sangeetha Kalasala B Prabhakara Reddy, honorary president of Ghantasala Smaraka Peetham Vankayala Sanyasi Raju

(Tataji) and Ravi Gopi Krishna participated in the programme.

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