Ghantasala

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Date of Birth : 4 December 1922
Date of Death : 11 February 1974

Mini Biography :
The legend in telugu music, Ghantasala was born in 1922. His father Surayya was also a famous singer. During his childhood, Ghantasala used to dance to his father’s Tarangams. After his father’s death, his maternal Uncle Ryali Pitchi Ramaiah brought up Ghantasala. As he wished to learn classical music, he went to the only Music College in Vijayanagaram, without telling his family. He went through a number of hardships to learn music and went on to become a “Sangeeta Vidhwan”. Ghantasala participated in the ‘Quit India Movement’ of 1942, for which he was arrested and imprisoned for 18 months. After coming out of jail, he met “Senior Samudrala”, who advised him to try his luck in the film industry as a singer. All India Radio gave him his first break as a singer when HMV rejected him. Later on, Peketi Siva Ram from HMV recorded his private songs. He joined Pratibha films and sang for chorus and acted as an ‘extra’ in A.N.R’s film ‘Seetha Rama Jananam’. Later Ghantasala worked with famous music directors like Gali Penchala, C.R. Subbaraman. His first movie as a music director was “Laxmamma”. He composed the music for NTR’s first film “Mana Desam”. He became a famous playback singer with super hit songs for films like ” Keelu Gurram” and “Laila Majnu”. He sang more than 10,000 songs in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malyalam and worked as a music director for over 100 films. He gave his voice for all the popular heroes of Telugu film industry. His private songs were equally popular and his devotional songs are popular even today. He has given performances in America, England, Germany etc and had the distinction of performing in the United Nations Organisation. Andhra pradesh Government felicitated him on the occasion of 25 years of his film career. His last gift to the people was his rendition of the Bhagavad Geeta, which is the most popular version even till today. His illustrious career came to an end on 11 February 1974.

Filmography :

As Music Department :

  1. Alluri Seetharama Raju (1974) (playback singer)
  2. Bhakta Tukaram (1973) (playback singer)
  3. Deshoddharakulu (1973) (playback singer)
  4. Devudu Chesina Manushulu (1973) (playback singer)
  5. Jeevana Tarangalu (1973) (playback singer)
  6. Badi Panthulu (1972) (playback singer)
  7. Bala Bharatam (1972) (playback singer)
  8. Iddaru Ammayilu (1972) (playback singer)
  9. Koduku Kodalu (1972) (playback singer)
  10. Pandanti Kapuram (1972) (playback singer)
  11. Tata Manavadu (1972) (playback singer)
  12. Chinnanaati Snehithulu (1971) (playback singer)
  13. Dasara Bullodu (1971) (playback singer)
  14. Prem Nagar (1971) (playback singer)
  15. Rajakota Rahasyam (1971) (playback singer)
  16. Sampoorna Ramayanam (1971) (playback singer)
  17. Shri Krishna Satya (1971) (playback singer)
  18. Shrimanthudu (1971) (playback singer)
  19. Alibaba 40 Dongalu (1970) (playback singer)
  20. Ammakosam (1970) (playback singer)
  21. Balaraju Katha (1970) (playback singer)
  22. Dharma Daata (1970) (playback singer)
  23. Kathanayika Molla (1970) (playback singer)
  24. Poola Rangadu (1970) (playback singer)
  25. Thalli Thandrulu (1970) (playback singer)
  26. Adrushtavanthalu (1969) (playback singer)
  27. Aadarsa Kutumbam (1969) (playback singer)
  28. Aatmiyulu (1969) (playback singer)
  29. Buddhimanthudu (1969) (playback singer)
  30. Ekaveera (1969) (playback singer)
  31. Mooga Nomu (1969) (playback singer)
  32. Nindu Hridayalu (1969) (playback singer)
  33. Saptaswarulu (1969) (playback singer)
  34. Vichitra Kutumbam (1969) (playback singer)
  35. Brahmachari (1968/II) (playback singer)
  36. Bagdad Gajadonga (1968) (playback singer)
  37. Bandhavyalu (1968) (playback singer)
  38. Bangaru Gaajulu (1968) (playback singer)
  39. Kalisochchina Adrushtam (1968) (playback singer)
  40. Niluvu Dopidi (1968) (playback singer)
  41. Umachandi Gauri Shankarula Katha (1968) (playback singer)
  42. Undamma Bottu Pedata (1968) (playback singer)
  43. Varakatnam (1968) (playback singer)
  44. Kanchukota (1967) (playback singer)
  45. Bhakta Prahlada (1967/I) (playback singer)
  46. Bhama Vijayam (1967) (playback singer)
  47. Chadarangam (1967) (playback singer)
  48. Goodachari 116 (1967) (playback singer)
  49. Kambojaraju Katha (1967) (playback singer)
  50. Prana Mithrulu (1967) (playback singer)
  51. Privetu Mastaru (1967) (playback singer)
  52. Rahasyam (1967) (playback singer)
  53. Saakshi (1967) (playback singer)
  54. Shri Krishnavataram (1967/I) (playback singer)
  55. Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna (1967) (playback singer)
  56. Sudigundaalu (1967) (playback singer)
  57. Ummadi Kutumbam (1967) (playback singer)
  58. Aastiparulu (1966) (playback singer)
  59. Adugu Jaadalu (1966) (playback singer)
  60. Bhakta Potana (1966) (playback singer)
  61. Chilaka Gorinka (1966) (playback singer)
  62. Kanne Manasulu (1966) (playback singer)
  63. Letha Manasulu (1966) (playback singer)
  64. Navarathri (1966) (playback singer)
  65. Palnati Yudham (1966) (playback singer)
  66. Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha (1966) (playback singer)
  67. Potti Pleader (1966) (playback singer)
  68. Rangula Ratnam (1966) (playback singer)
  69. Shri Krishna Pandaviyam (1966) (playback singer)
  70. Shri Krishna Tulabharam (1966/I) (playback singer)
  71. Aatma Gowravam (1965) (playback singer)
  72. Antastulu (1965) (playback singer)
  73. Bangaru Panjaram (1965) (playback singer)
  74. Chandrahasa (1965/I) (playback singer)
  75. C.I.D (1965) (playback singer)
  76. Gudi Gantalu (1965) (playback singer)
  77. Manashulu Mamatalu (1965) (playback singer)
  78. Naadi Aada Janme (1965) (playback singer)
  79. Pandava Vanavasam (1965) (playback singer)
  80. Preminchi Choodu (1965) (playback singer)
  81. Satya Harishchandra (1965/II) (playback singer)
  82. Sumangali (1965) (playback singer)
  83. Tene Manasulu (1965) (playback singer)
  84. Todu Needa (1965) (playback singer)
  85. Uyyala Jampala (1965) (playback singer)
  86. Aatma Balam (1964) (playback singer)
  87. Amarshilpi Jakanna (1964) (playback singer)
  88. Babruvahana (1964) (playback singer)
  89. Bobbili Yudham (1964) (playback singer)
  90. Daagudumootalu (1964) (playback singer)
  91. Devatha (1964) (playback singer)
  92. Dr. Chakravarthy (1964) (playback singer)
  93. Manchi Manishi (1964) (playback singer)
  94. Murali Krishna (1964) (playback singer)
  95. Poojaphalam (1964) (playback singer)
  96. Ramudu Bheemudu (1964) (playback singer)
  97. Velugu Needalu (1964) (playback singer)
  98. Vivaha Bandham (1964) (playback singer)
  99. Manchi Chedu (1963) (playback singer)
  100. Narthanasala (1963) (playback singer)
  101. Tirupathamma Katha (1963) (playback singer)
  102. Lakshadhikari (1963) (playback singer)
  103. Bandipotu (1963) (playback singer)
  104. Paruvu Prathishta (1963) (playback singer)
  105. Lava Kusa (1963/I) (playback singer)
  106. Savati Koduku (1963) (playback singer)
  107. Valmiki (1963/I) (playback singer)
  108. Irugu – Porugu (1963) (playback singer)
  109. Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham (1963) (playback singer)
  110. Apta Mithrulu (1963) (playback singer)
  111. Chaduvukunna Ammayilu (1963) (playback singer)
  112. Karna (1963) (playback singer)
  113. Mooga Manasulu (1963) (playback singer)
  114. Penchina Prema (1963) (playback singer)
  115. Punarjanma (1963) (playback singer)
  116. Yedureetha (1963) (playback singer)
  117. Atma Bandhuvu (1962) (playback singer)
  118. Raktha Sambandham (1962) (playback singer)
  119. Swarnamanjari (1962) (playback singer)
  120. Mahamantri Timmarasu (1962) (playback singer)
  121. Gundamma Katha (1962) (playback singer)
  122. Dakshayagnam (1962/I) (playback singer)
  123. Bhishma (1962) (playback singer)
  124. Tiger Ramudu (1962) (playback singer)
  125. Gaali Medalu (1962) (playback singer)
  126. Gulebakavali Katha (1962) (playback singer)
  127. Aradhana (1962) (playback singer)
  128. Constable Koothuru (1962) (playback singer)
  129. Kula Gothralu (1962) (playback singer)
  130. Manchi Manasulu (1962) (playback singer)
  131. Pavithra Prema (1962) (playback singer)
  132. Siri Sampadalu (1962) (playback singer)
  133. Taxi Ramudu (1961) (playback singer)
  134. Kalasivunte Kaladu Sukham (1961) (playback singer)
  135. Jagadeka Veeruni Katha (1961) (playback singer)
  136. Santa (1961) (playback singer)
  137. Pendli Pilupu (1961) (playback singer)
  138. Sati Sulochana (1961) (playback singer)
  139. Intiki Deepam Illalu (1961) (playback singer)
  140. Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam (1961) (playback singer)
  141. Batasari (1961) (playback singer)
  142. Bharya Bharthalu (1961) (playback singer)
  143. Iddaru Mitrulu (1961) (playback singer)
  144. Krishna Kuchela (1961/II) (playback singer)
  145. Papa Pariharam (1961) (playback singer)
  146. Sabash Raja (1961) (playback singer)
  147. Usha Parinayam (1961) (playback singer)
  148. Vagdanam (1961) (playback singer)
  149. Bhatti Vikramarka (1960) (playback singer)
  150. Bhakta Raghunath (1960) (playback singer)
  151. Bhakta Shabari (1960/I) (playback singer)
  152. Chivaraku Migiledi (1960) (playback singer)
  153. Deepavali (1960) (playback singer)
  154. Harishchandra (1960) (playback singer)
  155. Magavari Mayalu (1960) (playback singer)
  156. Mahakavi Kalidasu (1960/I) (playback singer)
  157. Mangalyam (1960) (playback singer)
  158. Runanubandham (1960) (playback singer)
  159. Sahasra Siracheda Apoorva Chinthamani (1960) (playback singer)
  160. Samajam (1960) (playback singer)
  161. Shantinivasam (1960) (playback singer)
  162. Sri Venkateswara Mahatmyam (1960) (playback singer)
  163. Vimala (1960) (playback singer)
  164. Balangamma (1959/I) (playback singer)
  165. Illarikam (1959) (playback singer)
  166. Jayabheri (1959) (playback singer)
  167. Bhagya Devatha (1959) (playback singer)
  168. Krishna Leelalu (1959) (playback singer)
  169. Maa Inti Mahalakshmi (1959) (playback singer)
  170. Nammina Bantu (1959) (playback singer)
  171. Pelli Sandadi (1959) (playback singer)
  172. Raja Makutam (1959/I) (playback singer)
  173. Rechukka Pragatichukka (1959) (playback singer)
  174. Sabhash Ramudu (1959) (playback singer)
  175. Pelli Naati Pramanalu (1958) (playback singer)
  176. Raja Nandini (1958) (playback singer)
  177. Bhookailas (1958) (playback singer)
  178. Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu (1958) (playback singer)
  179. Atha Okinti Kodale (1958) (playback singer)
  180. Chenchu Lakshmi (1958/I) (playback singer)
  181. Mangalya Balam (1958) (playback singer)
  182. Mundadugu (1958) (playback singer)
  183. Shri Krishna Maya (1958) (playback singer)
  184. Suvarna Sundari (1957/I) (playback singer)
  185. Maya Bazaar (1957/I) (playback singer)
  186. Aalu Magalu (1957) (playback singer)
  187. Allauddin Adhbhuta Deepam (1957) (playback singer)
  188. Bhagya Rekha (1957) (playback singer)
  189. Bhale Bava (1957) (playback singer)
  190. Dongallo Dora (1957) (playback singer)
  191. Maya Bazaar (1957/II) (playback singer)
  192. M.L.A. (1957) (playback singer)
  193. Nala Damayanti (1957) (playback singer)
  194. Panduranga Mahatyam (1957) (playback singer)
  195. Preme Daivam (1957) (playback singer)
  196. Sarangadhara (1957) (playback singer)
  197. Sati Savitri (1957/I) (playback singer)
  198. Todi Kodallu (1957) (playback singer)
  199. Varudu Kavali (1957) (playback singer)
  200. Vinayaka Chaviti (1957) (playback singer)
  201. Chiranjeevulu (1956) (playback singer)
  202. Tenali Ramakrishna (1956/I) (playback singer)
  203. Bhakta Markandeya (1956/I) (playback singer)
  204. Bhale Ramudu (1956) (playback singer)
  205. Charana Daasi (1956) (playback singer)
  206. Chintamani (1956) (playback singer)
  207. Jayam Manade (1956) (playback singer)
  208. Kanakatara (1956) (playback singer)
  209. Muddu Bidda (1956) (playback singer)
  210. Sontha Ooru (1956) (playback singer)
  211. Jayasimha (1955) (playback singer)
  212. Donga Ramudu (1955) (playback singer)
  213. Kanyasulkam (1955) (playback singer)
  214. Santanam (1955) (playback singer)
  215. Rojulu Marayi (1955) (playback singer)
  216. Anarkali (1955) (playback singer)
  217. Ardhangi (1955) (playback singer)
  218. Missamma (1955) (playback singer)
  219. Rani Ratnaprabha (1955) (playback singer)
  220. Shri Krishna Tulabharam (1955/I) (playback singer)
  221. Vadina Gari Gajulu (1955) (playback singer)
  222. Parivartana (1954) (playback singer)
  223. Raju-Peda (1954) (playback singer)
  224. Rechukka (1954) (playback singer)
  225. Todu Dongalu (1954) (playback singer)
  226. Vaddante Dabbu (1954) (playback singer)
  227. Chandraharam (1954) (playback singer)
  228. Bangaru Papa (1954) (playback singer)
  229. Chakrapani (1954) (playback singer)
  230. Peddamanushulu (1954) (playback singer)
  231. Sri Kalahastiswara Mahatyam (1954) (playback singer)
  232. Pitchi Pullaiah (1953) (playback singer)
  233. Bratuku Theruvu (1953) (playback singer)
  234. Chandirani (1953/I) (playback singer)
  235. Chandirani (1953/II) (playback singer)
  236. Devadasu (1953) (playback singer)
  237. Jatakam (1953) (playback singer)
  238. Jatakaphalam (1953) (playback singer)
  239. Kanna Talli (1953) (playback singer)
  240. Oka Talli Pillalu (1953) (playback singer)
  241. Pardesi (1953) (playback singer)
  242. Pempudu Koduku (1953) (playback singer)
  243. Pratigna (1953) (playback singer)
  244. Palletooru (1952) (playback singer)
  245. Pelli Chesi Choodu (1952) (playback singer)
  246. Prema (1952) (playback singer)
  247. Tingu Ranga (1952) (playback singer)
  248. Malliswari (1951) (playback singer)
  249. Patala Bhairavi (1951) (playback singer)
  250. Navvite Navaratnalu (1951) (playback singer)
  251. Palletoori Pilla (1950) (playback singer)
  252. Shavukaru (1950) (playback singer)
  253. Samsaram (1950) (playback singer)
  254. Swapna Sundari (1950) (playback singer)
  255. Mana Desam (1949) (playback singer)
  256. Laila Majnu (1949/I) (playback singer)
  257. Raksharekha (1949) (playback singer)
  258. Gunasundari Katha (1949) (playback singer)
  259. Balaraju (1948) (playback singer)
  260. Vindhyarani (1948) (playback singer)
  261. Palnati Yudham (1947) (playback singer)
  262. Ratnamala (1947) (playback singer)
  263. Swargaseema (1945) (playback singer)

As Composer :

  1. Alibaba 40 Dongalu (1970)
  2. Thalli Thandrulu (1970)
  3. Rahasyam (1967)
  4. Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha (1966)
  5. C.I.D (1965)
  6. Gudi Gantalu (1965)
  7. Pandava Vanavasam (1965)
  8. Raktha Sambandham (1962)
  9. Gundamma Katha (1962)
  10. Sati Sulochana (1961)
  11. Sabash Raja (1961)
  12. Bhakta Raghunath (1960)
  13. Deepavali (1960)
  14. Shantinivasam (1960)
  15. Pelli Sandadi (1959)
  16. Sabhash Ramudu (1959)
  17. Pelli Naati Pramanalu (1958)
  18. Maya Bazaar (1957/I)
  19. Bhale Bava (1957)
  20. Maya Bazaar (1957/II)
  21. Sarangadhara (1957)
  22. Vinayaka Chaviti (1957)
  23. Chiranjeevulu (1956)
  24. Jayam Manade (1956)
  25. Kanakatara (1956)
  26. Kanyasulkam (1955)
  27. Vadina Gari Gajulu (1955)
  28. Chandraharam (1954)
  29. Bratuku Theruvu (1953)
  30. Palletooru (1952)
  31. Pelli Chesi Choodu (1952)
  32. Patala Bhairavi (1951)
  33. Shavukaru (1950)
  34. Vali Sugriva (1950)
  35. Mana Desam (1949)
  36. Raksharekha (1949)
  37. Balaraju (1948)
  38. Ratnamala (1947) (uncredited)


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