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Viswanath felicitated

Popular songs from K. Viswanath's films were replayed for fans of Telugu film music.



K.Viswanath

Songs from films made by K.Viswanath, especially with the advent of Sankarabharanam, associated with tradition and classical flavour, once again enthralled the music lovers who gathered at Ravindra Bharati, last week. The occasion timed with Viswanath receiving National award for his film Swarabhishekam, in the best regional film category. Alapana, a musical organisation timed its second anniversary celebrations with the felicitation function to honour Viswanath. The organisation has classical, semi-classical and light music singers with quite a few graded artistes of AIR. . The programme was rightly titled as Dorukuna Ituvanti Seva.

The musical evening featured artistes Sarada Reddy, Amalapuram Kanna Rao, Suneetha Balaji, Kamala, Ajetha, Chandra Teja and Pradeep Menon. Hits from Viswanath's films constituted the repertoire of songs. Rendition of each song was greeted with thundering applause.

Akkineni Nageswara Rao appreciated Viswanath's mettle in going for such themes that nobody would like to attempt at, and that songs from Viswanath's films would live as long as classical music did. V. Sundara Ramamurthy, who penned most of the songs for Viswanath's films, expressed his gratitude to the director for giving prolonged life to his songs , a thought echoed by Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry, who too started as a lyric writer with Viswanath's Sirivennela.

Viswanath expressed his gratitude to Akkineni for giving him foothold. He was particularly happy that the function gave him an opportunity to listen to songs from all his films at one go.

G.S.

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