Author: Aruna

You’ve heard of Lata, Asha, Kishore Kumar and Mukesh, but unless you’re a Southie, you may not have heard of Ghantasala – the legendary music composer and playback singer whose name is synonymous with Telugu (and many Tamil, Kannada and Malayalee) films.  He is a poet in his own right – and his voice is so memorable that even after the song stops, you can still hear it in your head…etched into your soul.

When I remember my childhood, I remember the tunes of Ghantasala.  Weekend mornings in our house meant upma, orange juice and hours of old Telugu songs in the cassette player.  Even now, when I listen to Ghantasala’s songs, I sometimes get tears in my eyes as I remember those golden days.  Such is the power of music.  I have my father to thank for giving me the gift of these memories.  I hope I can do the same for my kids.

As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, I cannot forget the beautiful, romantic songs that Ghantasala sang.  Here are a few of my favourites:

Nannu Dochu Kunduvute

Challaga Ravela

Naa Paata Nee Nota Palakalu Silaka


Mallelu Kurisina:


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