Noted Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee leader and artiste Gantla Venkat Rao died here on Tuesday following a brief illness.

Venkat Rao was also the founder of the Abhudaya Kala Samiti which brought together artistes of different hues on a common platform.

He was 70 and survived by wife and two sons.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday evening, according to relatives.