98th Birth Anniversary of Ghantasala Venkateshwar Rao
December 12, 2020
November 30, 2020
December 4th marks the 98th birth anniversary of the music legend Ghantasala Venkateshwar Rao. Even 46 years after the death of the legend his music continues to be eternal, evergreen and appreciated by connoisseurs both young and old.
His tryst with music had a humble beginning, as he enrolled as a free student at the Vijianagaram Music College, but his was a life that was destined for greatness. His sheer hard work, keen sense of music and abundant talent drove him to the pinnacle of success. Being no stranger to the struggles of the artistes, having been through a fair share of his own, living on the park bench in Nageshwar Rao Park and waiting outside Vijaya Vahini Studios in the hope of being discovered, Ghantasala was ever empathetic and encouraging of musicians and talent.
In the short life of 51 years, Ghantasala had experienced a life of myriad experiences, but he was a truly grounded person, never forgetting his humble beginnings and background. He was forever grateful for all that he had received in his short life and took every opportunity to give back to society, for he had received so much as well. Some of the instances worthwhile mentioning here would be that of his tour of the USA in 1971. While on tour he had received a number of expensive gifts from his fans. Ghantasala auctioned off all the gifts and raised money that was donated towards various charities. Even in his passing he left behind the great gift of his rendition of the Bhagavat Gita and Ashtapadis, which is heard by many households to this date.
It is said that the starting place to greatness is desire. The desire to succeed, to serve others and to keep on going. This was truly the essence of the life of the music legend Ghantasala Venkateshwar Rao.
Though the world lost this great musician in 1974, his daughter-in-law Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala (Bharatanatyam exponent) has been paying tribute to him through her not-for-profit trust Kalapradarshini. Each year she has been curating a dance programme that epitomises her father-in-law’s music. The trust also honours individuals who have made exceptional contributions in the field of Music, Dance and Philanthropy with the KALAPRADARSHINI GHANTASALA PURASKAR. Over the years some of the recipients of the award have been the Late S.P. Balasubramaniam, Padma Subrahmanyam, Nalli Kuppusamy Chetty, Late Sobha Naidu, Vyjayantimala Bali, The Dhananjayans, C.V. Chandrasekhar, M. Krishnan of Sri Krishna Sweets, Mitta Janardhan, K. Kalyanasundaram and more.
This year, the Ghantasalas honour the memory of their patriarch with an online tribute and will be awarding the KALAPRADARSHINI GHANTASALA PURASKAR to Dr. V Shanta (Cancer Institute, Adyar), Vani Jairam, Yamini Krishnamurthy and K.N. Ramasubramaniam. This will be followed by video broadcast of the performances of various artistes to the maestro’s songs.
The event will premiere online at different time zones on Saturday 12th December 2020 at 8pm IST, UK 2:30pm, USA 9:30am.
For further information about the event contact: 9600078677 / 9840157090