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Monday, January 30, 2017

Former SD AIR Shri BR Rao completes 102 years



Former SD AIR, eminent composer and scholar Balantrapu Rajanikanta Rao, popularly known as Rajani completed 102 years on 29.01.2017. Prasar Bharati Parivar team had a talk with Hemachandra ,son of Shri Rajani on 9247387192 today and conveyed warm wishes from whole Prasar Bharati Parivar to our Ex-Station Director.You can wish him by putting ur comment below the post.

 The “birthday boy” is still active playing carom with his great grandchildren. He also listens to music and reads newspapers everyday. He also stretches a bit to keep himself fit.Except minor ailments which elderly persons usually face, Mr. Rao is actively spending time with the family members. Mr. Rao’s elder son B. Hemachandra, is a businessman.

Mr. Rao began his career as a programme executive in AIR-Madras in the year 1941. He was responsible for writing and composing the first Telugu song ever broadcast in independent India on the midnight of 15 August 1947, following the speech of then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru; “Our tryst with destiny”. The song “ Maadi Swatantra Desam”was sung by T. Suryakumari. As the programme executive in AIR-Vijayawada he was the originator of ‘Bhakti Ranjani’ a devotional programme.

He became the Station Director of AIR-Ahmadabad, AIR-Vijayawada and retired as the Station Director of AIR-Bangalore (1976–78), completing 36 years in the broadcasting field. Since the age of twenty one he has written lyrics, composed songs and directed ballets. Under pseudonyms Nalini and Taranath he has composed many tunes for popular movies like Swargaseema and Gruhapravesam.

Kuchipudi ballets and Yakshaganas such as ‘Sri Krishna Saranam Mama’, ‘Menaka Viswamitra’, ‘Vipranarayana’, ‘Chandidas’ and ‘Subhadraajuniyam’ have won him accolades. His literary works include ‘Satapatra Sundari’, a collection of lyrics, ‘Andhra Vaggeyakara Charitam’ and ‘Jejimamayya Patalu’- a collection of songs for children. He takes the rare distinction of being the only person in the country to have won both Central Sahitya Academi Award and Central Sangeeta Nataka Academi Award, being a Vaggeyakara (writer-composer).

2 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to him. May he see more such days to come.

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  2. माननीय सेवानिवृत्त पूर्व केंद्र निदेशक महोदय को 102वें जन्म दिवस की बधाई ।

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