Re: Srii kRshNAvatAram

Rajasekhar Velamuri (
Mon, 23 Feb 1998 12:56:25 -0500

Sreenivas Paruchuri Wrote:
>To my* knowledge G sang only for the role "kRshNa". Infact
>the film producer Pundarikakshayya in a radio programme (emotionally)
>narrates at length how G recorded those verses, only for the role of
>G was in "very" poor health those days and was on hospital bed.

Sridhar Wrote:
>Sreenivas. . . when you say in very poor health, what do you mean by that?
>Krishnavathaaram was filmed in the mid to late 1960's, nearly ten years
>before G passed away.  Was he ill, at this time, with the throat canecr
>that eventually took his life?


Yes. ghanTasAla was sick around that time frame. One can see the first
difference in his voice in songs sung by him from around that time frame.
However, I would like to add ghanTasAla did sing for SObhan bAbu (nArada)
and for mikkilinEni (dharmarAja) in the movie. To the best of my memory
there is only one poem for dharmarAja in the movie, "Alunu biDDalEDva
nRpulAlamulO kaDatEra ellachuTTAlunu rUpu" and this is sung by ghanTasAla.
The film is released in 1967.

(rAjaSEKar vElamUri)