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‘Grassroot Grammy’ for BSNL employee

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Jarajapu Srikrishna
Jarajapu Srikrishna

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Srikrishna achieves the rare feat of beating maestro Illayaraja to win the second place for his album ‘Antha Sai’

GUNTUR: A Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited engineer from Hyderabad, Jarajapu Srikrishna, has won the ‘Grassroot Grammy’ runner-up award pushing Illayaraja to the third place at the finals held on August 29 at Nashville (TN) of United States.

On expected lines A.R. Rahman got the top honours for his ‘God Father’ music track in Tamil, while Srikrishna got it for his ‘Antha Sai’ music album in Telugu. Fortune put Srikrishna ahead of another celebrity Illayaraja, who got the third place for his album ‘Music Journey’ in Tamil in the Best Indian Album Category, a rare honour for a non-professional musician from A.P.

A stepping stone

Oscar winner A.R. Rahman bagging the first place was a foregone conclusion, but for Srikrishna it was beyond fantasy to topple Illayaraja for the second place - an achievement he prefers to cherish for life.

“This should come as a strong ladder for my future achievements in the field of music,” Srikrishna told The Hindu. Working as Sub-Divisional Engineer in the marketing division of BSNL in A.P. Telecom Circle Headquarters at Hyderabad, Srikrishna had won several prizes in India and is an AIR approved artiste.

The ‘Mozart of Madras’ bagged the top prize for the soundtrack in the Tamil film ‘Godfather’ at the ‘Just Plain Folks 2009 Music Awards’. Bangla band ‘Krosswindz’ and Illayaraja were among others nominated in the category. With over 50,000 members worldwide, the ‘Just Plain Folks 2009 Music Awards’ is aimed at supporting grassroot song composers and musicians through networking, education and promotio-nal support. The awards received responses from over 163 countries.


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