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English touch to Telugu song

Lakshmana Murthy is a highly talented singer and character actor. His goal is to propagate Indian culture and tradition, through his songs in English, abroad.


T. Lakshmana Murthy.

"O my heart is alone and it denotes to you to play, as I could not forget the night magic by you... You are the handsome hunter of love... " . These lines are not from an English song. It will not take long for most Indian listeners to realise that it was dubbed from the Hindi song from the hit film `Baazigar'. Not only Hindi and Telugu film songs like this, but Tyagaraja and Annamacharya Keertanas have also been translated into English.

Meet Timiti Lakshmana Murthy, the man who has not only dubbed these songs but can also sing them for you. He sings the English version in the same raga and tuning, maintaining the depth and intensity of the original singer's voice.

A native of Seetharamapuram village of Parvathipuram mandal in Vizianagaram district, he cultivated this passion about two decades ago. "My two-year old son was crying for something and I asked him (rather sang), what is the problem with you? in Hindola ragam and surprisingly he stopped crying", he recalls.

That was his first English song. He has translated about a 100 Telugu and Hindi songs so far into English. He has also written several songs in Telugu, devotional and romantic.

His father, Ramamurthy, was a zamindar at Seetharampuram, who owned, 250 acres of land. The government had acquired 200 acres during the "Dunne Vadide Bhoomi"(land for the tiller) agitation in the 1950s. The family became poor overnight. His three sons had to share the remaining 50 acres of land among themselves. The eldest son Visweswara Rao is a priest and the second one has retired as an assistant commercial tax officer. Being the youngest, Lakshmana Murthy, failed to make both ends meet as a priest. He shifted to Vizag in 1975, in search of greener pastures. Though he is highly talented, Dame Luck refused to smile on him, he laments.

Once when film director Jandhyala came to the city for shooting, Lakshmana Murthy met him and sang a lilting song "Dukudi Bandi Yekkamante... ". He had penned this song himself. Jandhyala was so impressed by him that he nicknamed him "Dukudi Bandi". He invited him to come down to Chennai and meet him there. However, when Murthy went to Chennai, Jandhyala was tied down with other engagements.

In 1995, Murthy shifted to Chennai with the hope of joining the cine field. With no godfather to help him, he secured character roles in about 40 Tamil films and 15 Telugu films besides acting in the ETV serial "Idhi Kadha Kadhu". He enacted the role of a priest in the Tamil film "Onnu Yeddithele Yannai Kudithen". The film, directed by Vikram, was produced two years ago. He gave his first `kutcheri' in English at Parvathipuram town two years ago.

His favourite singer is Bhanumathi. He sings her songs in her characteristic style. His grouse is "God has given me skills but not money to perpetuate them".

Lakshmana Murthy's dream is to go to the USA and give a `kutcheri' in English to perpetuate Indian culture and tradition abroad. He hopes that the Telugu Association of North America (TANA) or the Government of India would help him in realising his goal.

B. Madhu Gopal

Photo : C.V.Subrahmanyam.

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