Wednesday, Nov 13 2019 | Time 23:03 Hrs(IST)
  • Farmers are on top of agenda of BJP -Yogi
  • S Korean Court begins trial on reparations for wartime sex-slavery by Japan - Reports
  • Jailed MLA gets breather from MPHC
  • Hindu Mahasabha to claim its place in Ram Temple trust
  • Ganga could be brought closer to Patna with low cost measures: Rajendra Singh
  • Three people die in separate road accidents in Mirzapur
  • Tigresses & Lionesses setup final clash after recording thumping wins on Day 2
  • Maha:Hectic parleys on b/w probable allies to hammer out consensus for forming govt
  • Misbah calls on bowlers to deliver as Pakistan seek redemption on Aussie shores
  • MP to experience cold days soon
  • ‘Maxwell has set right example for cricketers all over the world’ – Kohli opens up on mental health in cricket
  • Nun rape case: Court adjourns trial proceedings
  • India takes on Bangladesh in first match of the two-Test series on Thursday
  • India takes on Bangladesh in first match of the two-Test series on Thursday
  • MP Guv stresses on academics
States » South

Famous folk artist, radio commentator Anasuya passes away, CM condoles

Famous folk artist, radio commentator Anasuya  passes away, CM condoles

Hyderabad/Amaravati, Mar 24 (UNI) Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhara Rao on Sunday expressed his condolences on the demise of noted folk artist and Radio commentator Dr Vinjamuri Anasuya Devi in United States of America.

Born on May 12, 1920 in Kakinada, Anasuya was a Telugu singer, harmonium player, music composer and author. Her forte is folk music and songs.

She was the daughter of Vinjamuri Venkata Lakshmi Narasimha Rao who was an Indian stage actor, Telugu-Sanskrit Pandit and her sister Vinjamuri Seetha Devi, who died in May 17, 2016 in United States of Amercia, was also musician, singer, and scholar of Telugu folk music.

In a message, the Chief Minister said Dr Anasuya is known to all as a radio commentator who participated in the freedom struggle and actively participated in the social activities.

He conveyed his condolences to the members of a family of the bereaved.

The 99-year-old Anasuya , who introduced folk music, first in her light music concerts way back in 1929 when both the genres were looked down upon by the pundits and exponents of Carnatic music.

A child prodigy, she has cut her first gramophone record at 8. It was the famous folk song 'Ayyo Koyyoda' that was later used in that equally famous film song, 'Yeruvaaka Saagaro Ranno Chinnanna'… just speaks volumes for the singer-composer’s talent.

Mr Chandrashekar Rao said said she composed and sang the famous patriotic song ‘ Jaya Jaya jaya Priya bharathi” writer by her uncle Devulapally Krishna Shastry.

Her two books Bava Geetalu, Compilation of Folk Songs were released on April 12, 2018 at Chennai to venerate her 90th birthday. Seven more books on Folk songs and folk music were also released.

There are several other instances where her tunes were utilised by some of the big names in the industry to churn out hit numbers.

Born in a family of littérateurs, musicians and artistes , Anasuya Devi learnt Carnatic music from her guru Munuganti Venkata Rao.

A harbinger of the Renaissance Movement in Andhra Pradesh, Anasuya introduced light music and folk music in her concerts from 1928 and inAll India Radio, Madras from 1938

Anasuya Devi has the rare distinction of singing on various occasions, before luminaries such as Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajendra Prasad and S. Radhakrishna, the Chief Minister said.

She has composed tunes for - Vikata Yogi and Vanjikottai Valiban (Tamil) and Rojulu Maarayi, Malleeswari, Bangaru Papa, Aggi Ramudu, Penki Pellam, Kanaka Durga Mahathmyam, Oka Oori Katha (Telugu) and Raj Tilak, (Hindi). She worked as a music director for Mahatma Kabir (Kannada) and Bommalata (Telugu).

Anasuya Devi received a major title ‘Kalaprapoorna’ an honorary doctorate from Andhra University way in 1977. She has won Lifetime Achievement awards in U.S.A and hailed as the ‘Queen of Folk Music’ in Paris, Mr Rao added.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu also condoled the death of Anasuya Devi.

In a statement, Mr Naidu conveyed his condolence to the bereaved family.


More News

Nun rape case: Court adjourns trial proceedings

13 Nov 2019 | 10:18 PM

Kottayam, Nov 13 (UNI) Additional District Court court here on Wednesday adjourned the hearing in Bishop Franco Mulakkal rape case to November 30.

see more..

Costa Cruises commences 4th India sailing season with larger ship Costa Victoria

13 Nov 2019 | 9:41 PM

Kochi, Nov 13 (UNI) For more than 70 years the ships of the historic Costa Cruises brand have plied the seas of the world, offering the most diverse choice of cruise holidays with the unique Italian touch, based on Italy’s finest concept in terms of hospitality, gastronomy, style and fun.

see more..

UST Global acquires US-based Contineo Health

13 Nov 2019 | 9:40 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 13 (UNI) UST Global, a leading digital transformation solutions company, on Wednesday announced the acquisition of Contineo Health, a leading healthcare technology consulting firm specialising in Electronic Health Record (EHR) optimisation and a partner to over thirty major hospital systems across the United States of America.

see more..

OET to organise Healthcare Communication Forum 2019 in Kochi

13 Nov 2019 | 9:38 PM

Kochi, Nov 13 (UNI) Occupational English Test (OET), the only international English language test designed specifically for healthcare professionals, will be holding their Healthcare Communication Forum-2019 here on November 21.

see more..

I am not even primary member of DMK: MK Alagiri

13 Nov 2019 | 9:26 PM

Sivaganga, Nov 13 (UNI) Eldest son of the late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi and former Union Minister MK Alagiri on Wednesday said that he is not even a primary member of the party.

see more..