Minister T.G. Venkatesh unveiled the statue of veteran playback signer Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao at Income Tax Office circle here on Saturday. Ghantasala Gana Samithi, sponsored the statue on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the veteran singer.

Addressing the meeting, he said the singer was honoured not because of his popularity as vocal artist alone but as a freedom-fighter. Many did not know that he was a great freedom fighter and was jailed at Bellary.