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Suddala promises more haunting melodies

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VIJAYAWADA, SEPT. 26. "Aaa devudu varamandisthe. ne..ninne korukuntale." Revelling in the joy of the greatness of his own lyric, Suddala Ashok Teja, noted film lyricist, has profusely thanked the people of Vijayawada for the honour bestowed on him on his achieving the national award for his song, "nenu saitham prapanchagniki samidhanokkati ahuthicchanu", in the Chirnajeevi-starrer Tagore. Mr. Teja was felicitated by Mitra Arts Academy in Vijayawada on Sunday at Sri Tummalapallivari Kshetryya Kalakshetram amid much fanfare.

Responding to the felicitations, Mr. Teja promised that he would live in the hearts of people even after his death through his songs. He vowed to the audience of the Telugu movies that he would continue to churn out such numbers that would always linger on their lips. "I want to haunt people's minds through my songs," he said amidst thunderous applause.

A rare opportunity

Narrating his forays into the film industry, he said the popular director, Dasari Narayana Rao, wanted him to read out a song penned by him so that he could tell him if he would last long in the field. Taking pride in telling the audience about "Nelamma.. nelamma.. nelamma," he said the director blessed him with an opportunity to write for the runaway hit, `Osey Ramulamma'. Enthralling the audience at the auditorium, packed to its capacity, by rendering several songs authored by him, Mr. Teja said he owed the national award to his birthplace, to his typical rural Telangana background and the folk songs those came out from the highland lasses just like that.

Writing abilities

Recalling the greatness of his father, Suddala Hanumanthu, a `pen warrior' who actively participated in the Telangana liberation movement, he said he inherited the writing abilities from his father. The most popular number, "Palletoori pillagaaada. pasulagaase mongaadaa" was authored by his father during the movement and it was later incorporated in `Maa Bhoomi' cinema. He thanked his wife for being with him in his thick and thin and said one hand to receive the national award would be her's.

The Vijayawada MP, Lagadapati Rajagopal, said that Mr. Teja was like a ripened tree which bends towards earth. The District Collector, K. Prabhakara Reddy, complimented the lyricist on his achievement. Another popular film lyricist, Jaladi, said he was passing on the baton of espousing the cause of folklore to Mr. Teja. He also said he inherited it from the late Kosaraju Raghavaiah Chowdary.

The former Editor of Visalandhra, C. Raghavachary, presided over the function, while Mitra Arts Academy members -- Jaya Prakash and B. Srinivasa Rao -- presented a citation to Mr. Teja.

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