Ghantasala idol to be installed in Srikakulam

Special Correspondent

Installation to be preceded by Sri Venkateswara Kalyanam

The 800-kg idol sculpted by Devakirani Wadiyar of Tadepalligudem

Siva temple set up at the memorial of the legendary playback singer

VISAKHAPATNAM: An idol of Ghantasala, legendary playback singer, will be installed at Sri Sivasakthi Kshetrasahita Ghantasala Smaraka Peetham in Lankapeta village of Gara mandal in Srikakulam district on Monday.

Announcing this at a media conference here on Saturday, founder of Sharatchandra Cultural and Social Service Trust, T. Sharatchandra, said the 880-kg. idol was sculpted by renowned sculptor Devakirani Wadiyar in Tadepalligudem. “The installation of the idol for Ghantasala will be preceded by Sri Venkateswara kalyanam as Ghantasala was an ardent devotee of Lord Venkateswara.

His ancestors of were worshippers of Lord Siva and therefore, on the advice of my father, I set up the temple for Lord Siva at the memorial for the singe,” he explained. Sadguru Krishnayaji of Sri Surya Peetham in Garividi would be present at the installation ceremony, he added.

Proprietors of Coromandel Cements Lakshmi and her husband Sikakollu Chandramohan said they found Mr. Saratchenadra singing at Ravindra Bharati in Hyderabad during 1998 which reminded them of the legendary Ghantasala.

Thereafter, they encouraged him as his ideals were not only to perpetuate the memory of Ghantasala but also bring out talented artistes into the limelight. It was amazing the amount of research done by Mr. Sharatchandra on Ghantasala songs and voice renderings, they observed.

Noted comedian Kallu Chidambaram appreciated the couple for encouraging a brilliant artiste like Mr. Sharatchandra, who was trying to train the youth in music and put them in the right path, away from the ills threatening the society.

Media adviser of VUDA B. Prabhakar Reddy said Mr. Sharatchandra began rendering Ghantasala songs from his 16th year and was running a music college named after Ghantasala in Hyderabad and would establish a similar college in Visakhapatnam shortly, he said.

Apart from encouraging artistes, Mr. Sharatchandra was providing education and health services to poor children near his native village, he said.

Photo journalist M.V. Srinivas Reddy also spoke.