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Tributes paid to Ghantasala

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Town artistes felicitate Balasubrahmanyam

Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

In remembrance: Playback singers S.P Balasubramanyam and Vani Jayaram offer floral tributes at the statue of Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao in Guntur on Friday.

GUNTUR: Playback singers S.P Balasubrahmanyam and Vani Jayaram paid floral tributes at the statue of legendary playback singer Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao at Naaz Centre here on Friday.

They were here to present awards at a music competition held by a private news channel.

The statue was installed by Dasari Cultural Academy president Potturi Ranga Rao.

In an informal chat with media persons, Balasubrahmanyam relived the olden days and lauded the contribution of Ghantasala.

In a voice choked with emotion, he said that no singer in the past, present or future could match the prowess of  Ghantasala and advised budding singers not to imitate any one but be themselves.

Earlier, members of the Guntur District Artistes' Association, led by chairman Jetty Mohan Rao, town artistes association led by president Maddu Venkata Swamy felicitated Balasubrahmanyam at the ITC guest house.

They said the singer, who has been awarded with Padma Vibhushan, deserved all the accolades for having dedicated his life to singing.

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