Ghantasala (born as Ghantasala Venkateshwara Rao) was an Indian playback singer and musician well-known in the South Indian languages. Ghantasala with his euphonious voice had dominated the Telugu music like a colossus for over 3 decades.
Ghantasla, the name too familiar and dear to South Indians had ruled the Telugu music for over 3 decades with songs ranging from devotional to romantic melodies to pathos, he sung them all. Ghantasala inherited the zenith for music from an early from his father Ghantasala Soorayya, a local singer in the village. Ghantasala joined his father in every village and was a part of many stage shows.
His father’s untimely death left the family in doldrums and was taken care by his maternal uncle. His passion for the music had forced him to sell the gold ring and go in pursuit of his love, the music. Ghantasala got mastered in music at a music college in Vizianagaram under the tutelage of Sri Susarala Krishna Brahma Sastry.
On the advice of famous lyricist Samudrala Senior, Ghantasla moved to Chennai to pursue the career in movies. Initially, Ghantasala used to sing for All India Radio and eventually his voice garnered a wide recognition. He made his playback singing with the movie “Swarga Seema” movie and the rest is history.
Besides being a prolific singer, Ghantasala had composed music for over 100 films. Ghatasala’s charisma had spread over the globe by performing in musical concerts across USA and Europe.
The Government of India had felicitated the legendary singer with “Padmashri” in the honor of his most valuable contributions to the music. The voice that scaled higher echelons in the music turned silent once for all and the legendary singer left for the heavenly abode on 11th February 1974.