Eleven-day music festival at Mahati auditorium from tomorrow

The stage is set for the conduct of the ‘Ghantasala Aradhanotsavalu’ in a way of paying rich tributes to veteran film playback and devotional singer ‘Padmasri’ Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao, which will be observed in the form of a eleven-day music festival at Mahati auditorium here starting Monday.

Tirupati Film Society (TIFISO) and Ghantasala National Arts Academy (GNAA) have joined hands to conduct the event with the support of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD).

According to TIFISO honorary president M. Venugopal Reddy, young and budding singers who have made it to the top through contests in television channels like ETV, Maa TV and Zee TV will render the mellifluous numbers of Ghantasala, paying musical tributes to the legend, during the eleven-day programme.

The huge bronze statue of Ghantasala will be formally opened at V.V. Mahal Road junction here on Oct. 11 by Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah.

In sitting posture with ‘Tanpura’ in hand, the statue measures 5.5 ft up to Ghantasala’s head, and 7 ft up to the tanpura. The 550kg-statue was made by noted sculptor Rajakumar Wodeyar of Kothapeta near Kakinada.

“In fact, Wodeyar has chiselled almost half of the Ghantasala statues installed across the state”, GNAA president T. Vijayakanth told The Hindu .

GNAA honorary president Siddha Hanumantha Rao and honorary adviser Siddha Venkateswara Rao have sponsored the statue.

The selection of the location is no coincidence, as the statue just overlooks Sri Thyagaraja Mandapam and Sri Annamacharya Kalamandiram, the two major auditoria in the city that host most of the cultural programmes, thus reverberating with classical music and dance most parts of the year.

Apart from the ace singer’s wife G. Savithri and son G. Ratnakumar, Ministers M. Mahidhar Reddy (Municipal administration), Galla Aruna (Mines and Geology) and C. Ramachandraiah (Endowments) will take part in the statue inaugural.

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