Fans of legendary singer Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao organised a musical night at the C.V.N. Reading room here on Wednesday night and paid him glowing tributes.
The singer, who was gifted with a golden voice and ruled the Telugu film music scenario for decades, continues to rule the hearts of music lovers through his CDs and cassettes.
Pairing with upcoming singer Vishnupriya from Tanuku, Sk. Abbas, an ardent follower of Ghantasala, kept the audience spellbound by rendering his select songs. Ghantasala had ruled the south Indian film music scene with his mesmerising voice that earned him the epithet Gana Gandharva.
The musical night, aptly named Sumadhura Melodies, sent the audience on a journey of nostalgia. The singers, including C. Ramakoteswara Rao, a retired BSNL employee and I. S. Kamalakar, a municipal employee, chipped in with some of the evergreen Ghantasala melodies. Noted singer A. Rathiah played the host of the event.
Mr. Abbas, a tailor by profession and a singer with a strong urge to perpetuate the memory of Ghantasala, was honoured on the occasion, said the Sumadhura Melodies secretary Alla Bhaskar Reddy and programme in-charge Sk. Rafi.