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‘Mahanati' Savithri statue unveiled

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I am a great fan of hers, says Minister

In remembrance: Film actors Krishnam Raju and Radhika and daughter of Savithri Vijaya Chamundeswari after the unveiling of the statue of Savithri in Guntur on Sunday. Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar
In remembrance: Film actors Krishnam Raju and Radhika and daughter of Savithri Vijaya Chamundeswari after the unveiling of the statue of Savithri in Guntur on Sunday. Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

A galaxy of veteran movie stars paid tributes to `Mahanati,' Savithri after her statue was unveiled at Naaz Centre traffic island here on Sunday by Kaladurbar Cultural Association. Rural Development Minister D.M Vara Prasada Rao, himself an ardent fan of the great Telugu actress, was also present.

Former Union Minister and `rebel star,' U.V Krishnam Raju, who made it to the function in searing heat, turned nostalgic when he said that he was fortunate to be with her in the studio during her last recording and compared the irresistible beauty of Savithri with that of Kohinoor diamond. Her lithe facial expressions that gave life to a range of emotions ranging from pathos to excitement were a treat to watch, he said.

Though none of the actresses could reach to the dizzy heights of Savithri, popular actress Radhika, Jayasudha, and Vanisri could claim legacy of Savithri.

Popular Kollywood actress who turned into a TV host, Radhika too showered praise on Savithri. Veteran actors Chitti Babu, AVS and Ramakrishna were present. Police and private security personnel had a tough time in controlling the surging crowds who were seen pushing to get inside the traffic ring.

Special attraction

The special attraction of the meeting was the presence of Savithri's daughter, Vijaya Chamundeswari who was accompanied by her spouse, Govinda Rao.

Mr. Vara Prasad said that he had been a great fan of Savithri for the last two decades and watched her movies regularly.

MLA, East, Sk. Mastan Vali, Bharathi Soaps proprietor A. Manikyavel, K. Ravichand and Sk. Alla Bakshu were present.

Dasari Cultural Academy president P. Ranga Rao, who installed the statue with financial contributions from local industrialists said that it was a fitting tribute to Savithri that her statue stood next to another great Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao.

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