In memory of Ghantasala

Stirring melodies B.A. Narayana.

Stirring melodies B.A. Narayana.   | Photo Credit: Photo: V. Raju


Artistes rendered songs of the legend to audience’s delight.

Well-known singer of classical and light music B.A. Narayana was honoured by the Vijayawada Cultural Academy at Government College of Music and Dance. On the occasion several awards were presented to specialist singers of Ghantasala songs. The venuewas packed despite the intense heat that continued till midnight. The programme began with some of Ghantasala’s super hit songs by Narayana and K.R. Sudharani. I.T. Raju of California and G. Narendra Kumar also rendered some songs.

Excellent orchestral support came from D. Veerabhadra Rao and A. Ashok Kumar (key board), P. Balaji and M.P. Bhimeswar (tabla), S.P.S. Vasu (flute), Babi (I-pads), K. Suresh (Jazz). S. Ramesh babu and M. Mallik coordinated.

The award function that took place in the middle of the music program was inaugurated by Sarada Anil Kumar and Palagani Prabhakar Rao, founder of Gowthu Latchanna Kala Peetham presided. The chief guest was Putta Jaganmohan Rao. Ghantasala Ratnakumar, son of the legendary singer was a special invitee.

P.H. Ramesh Babu, A.V. Subbaraju of ‘Sumadhura Kala Niketan’ and I.T. Raju were also special invitees. The 2008 Ghantasala award instituted by the ‘Corporate People’ was presented to T.V. Subramanyam and the ‘Yuva Puraskaram’ to G. Narendra Kumar of Guntur. The function was organised by Seeram Subramanyam of Cultural Academy, M. Vijayakumar, A.S.R. Prasada Rao, Syamprasad, P. Bramhanandam, Malleswara Rao, Narasimham, Prasad and Rama Rao.

Artists honoured

Sardar Gowthu Latchanna Kala Peetham honoured nine persons belonging to different fields of arts. The function took place at the Gokaraju Laila Gangaraju Kalavedika. Gowthu Syamasundara Sivaji, MLA, inaugurated. P.Prabhakara Rao, president of the Kala Peetham explained the aims of the Kala Peetham. Legislative Council member Ilapuram Venkaiah said he would always help the cause of fine arts. The honours went to Karnati Lakshminarasayya (folk arts), Achanta Venkataratnam Naidu (mythological drama), Jampana Parasuramaiah (social drama), Noosetti Ramamohan Rao, Bobbillapati Sayi (service to cultural organidations), Davuluri Veerabhadra Rao (instrumental music), T. Sylvester (mimicry), K. Suryanarayana (vocal music) and Ch. Ajay Kumar (dance). Following the felicitation there was melodious music by Gudipati Harikrishna and his troupe, dance by Ch.Ajay Kumar and his troupe and a drama Dhvamsa Rachana by Aravinda Arts.

Anniversary celebrations

Mandali Budhaprasad, a congress leader, who attended as the chief guest for the anniversary celebrations of G.V.R.Government College of Music and Dance, Vijayawada, stated that India’s glory lies is its culture and Telugu culture has a history of more than 2,500 years. He said Krishna district in particular had contributed a lot to the growth of Telugu literature. Veteran violinist K.V.Reddy who put in his efforts in constructing a building for the music college appealed to the government to fill up the posts lying vacant in the college for several years. Vidwan Annavarapu Ramaswamy and principal C.Munikumar also spoke on the occasion.

Bethapudi Bhuvaneswari, a second year diploma student of the college, was presented with a gold medal. The function also marked the inauguration of the summer music classes for the interested public titled Kala Parichayam.

After the function, music and dance programmes were presented by the students. Cash prizes were also presented to the best students in all disciplines.

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