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A treasure house of Telugu songs

B.V.S. Bhaskar


‘Janaranjani' is an audio library with hundreds of vintage gramophone records and thousands of cassettes and CDs


— Photo: S. Rambabu

Soothing notes: The ‘Janaranjani' audio library in Rajahmundry.

RAJAHMUNDRY: ‘Janaranjani' — an audio library is grabbing everyone's attention in just one month with hundreds of vintage gramophone records and thousands of cassettes and compact discs. The collection dates back to 1931 when the Telugu film industry was in its nascent stage.

Goli Saibabu has built up ‘Janaranjani' painstakingly over the last two decades. In his library, one can find a handbook ‘Janaranjani' Part-3 ‘Ragam, Tanam and Pallavi'.

“I divided the period of 1931 to 2010 into three parts and started printing the data of Telugu film songs. First, I brought out the third part starting from 1989 to 2005,” says Mr. Saibabu. The book contains the title of the film, year, banner, producer, director, music director, hero-heroine, songs, lyric writer and playback singers. Except dubbing films, all films released in a year are recorded in the book and the same were collected in the shape of gramophone record or cassette or CD. Why did he take 1931 as the benchmark ? The first Telugu talkie ‘Bhakta Prahlada' was released on September 15, 1931 and was preceded just one month by the Tamil talkie ‘ Kalidasu'. On March 14, 1931 ‘Alam Ara' the first I ndian talkie was released.

The platinum jubilee of Telugu film industry was celebrated on September 15, 2005, and by that time the industry completed 4,500 films. All songs in these films are published in three parts by Mr. Saibabu's Lakshmi Prabhakar Publications. He says none in his family was connected to the film industry. It all started as a hobby and the pocket money given by his parents was spent on collecting 2,000 gramophone records and cassettes from 1989. The rest of the two parts (first and second) are under printing and will be released shortly. “I appeal to those possessing old gramophone records or songs to send them to me. They will be preserved in my library on their name. I can distribute songs to any one through memory card or a cell phone.” Mr. Saibabu's collection includes K.J. Yesudas' 360 Telugu film songs which are not devotional or private songs. He plans to publish ‘Ashtapadulu' - 80 years' dairy of Telugu films released from 1931 to 2010. His collection includes complete devotional songs of all the singers in Telugu.

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