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Veturi Sundararama Murthy

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Veturi Sundararama Murthy’s biography

Veturi Sundararama Murthy (b. 29 January 1936) (popularly known as Veturi) is a Telugu poet more popular for his film songs. He is a disciple of the legendary Viswanatha Satyanarayana. While working as a journalist, Veturi got his first break in movies through Dr.K.Viswanath. Later, he would go on to pen thousands of songs. NT Rama Rao, the legendary actor and director too had employed him for a number of movies.

He worked as journalist for prominent magazines like Andhra Patrika and Andhra Prabha. Later, he started penning lyrics. He penned over 10,000 songs so far. Veturi wrote a large variety of songs ranging from classic poetry to the folk and mass ones. He is also the second lyricist from Telugu film industry to win the National Film Award for Best Lyrics for the song Raalipoye puvva neeku ragaalenduke from the picture Maathrudevobhava (Music: Keeravani M, Director: Ajay Kumar, Producer: Rama Rao K S) in the year 1994. But he gave back the award since Telugu was not recognized as an ancient language. That is his love on Mother Tongue

Veturi cherishes his professional relationship with the national award winning Telugu film director, Dr.K.Viswanath and the renowned music composers K. V. Mahadevan & maestro Ilaiyaraaja.

Veturi is a relative of the late Veturi Prabhakhar Sastry, whose blood line runs throughout the world, in countries such as: India, USA, Britain, Australia, Canada, France, Italy, etc.

Veturi has a unique style, which no one could imitate. He has got amazing capabilities in language as well as imagination/creativity. His style is romantic with deep feelings. Sometimes, he prefers to swerve from his style to provide lip-sync for dubbing movies.

He is a master of the language. The language, he uses in lyrics, ranges from meaningless words to most meaningful words in life. Many a time, he pens phrases which have no apparent purpose; but they possess in-depth meaning. An example is: gasagasala kougilinta which translates to your hug is as intoxicating as the seeds on the poppy plant. He conveys the most unexplainable feelings in simple words. An example is: anagala raagamai toluta veenualalarinchi, analEni rAgamai maralA vinipinchi which translates to (the music of your flute) pleased my ears once, later it resounded in my heart as an unexpressible feeling.

His knowledge in classical telugu poetry is evident from the figures of speech (alankaaralu). Here are three verses from the same song: acceruvuna acceruvuna viccina kannulajUDa (They watched Lord Krishna in wonder dancing in the lake), aabaala gopaalam aabaalagobaaluni (everyone watched the Little Krishna), aaradha aaradhanaageeti palikiMci (Radha sang a devotional song). It can be observed that the same word is juxtaposed with different meanings (a figure of speech in Telugu, yamakam).

He uses a lot of classical objects in fresh similes. Objects like ponnacheTTu, tyAgarAjakIrtana (Tyagaraja's song), Rutuvulu (Seasons), Raagas have all been used extensively in his songs. One such song from SundaraakanDa uses all grammatical rules of Telugu in a romantic conversation between lovers (Ex: mattuga mallelu attaru chindE vELa champakamaalalu sompulakistaavaa). These songs stand as proofs of his knowledge in various subjects.

His imagination ranges from most creative similes like bhoodari lo neelambari, maa seemake cheenambari to most vulgar comparisons like muDideeste moopuram, paruvaala gopuram. Particularly when it comes to writing more serious lyrics like those of Shankarabharanam, his imagination prowess has been proved a number of times.

Veturi faced a lot of criticism that he includes a lot of vulgarity when it comes to mass films. Examples are: "puttintollu tarimesaru...", "muDi deeste moopuram, paruvaala gopuram" etc., Many people feel that Veturi has degraded the quality of Telugu lyrics as much as he added quality work to it. However, this was done by him yielding to the pressures of directors as he himself revealed on his birthday 10th February.

He got the National Film Award for Best Lyrics for his song in the film Matrudevobhava for the song "raalipoye puvva neeku raagalenduke". Many people feel that it has been a great injustice to such a veteran artist to give only one national award. He declared that he would return the national award if Telugu is not given the status of classic language by the Government of India.

National Awards
He got the National Film Award for Best Lyrics for his song in the film Matrudevobhava for the song "raalipoye puvva neeku raagalenduke". Many people feel that it has been a great injustice to such a veteran artist to give only one national award. He declared that he would return the national award if Telugu is not given the status of classic language by the Government of India.


 Nandi Awards
He got Nandi award for best lyricist from the Government of Andhra Pradesh a number of times. Some of his Nandi awards include:

Song: "maanasa viiNaa madhu giitam", Movie: "Pantulamma", Year: 1976
Song: "ii duryOdhana duSSaasana durviniita lOkamlO", Movie: "PratighaTana", Year: 1985
Song: "aakaaSaana suuryuDunDaDu sande vELakE", Movie: "Sundara kaanDa", Year:

 Manaswini Awards
Song: "vENuvai vacchaanu bhuvanaaniki", Movie: "MaatrudEvO bhava", Year: 1992
Song: "aakaaSaana suuryuDunDaDu sande vELakE", Movie: "Sundara kaanDa"
Top tracks of Veturi Sundararama Murthy
 Aakasa Desana from Album Megasandesham (Telugu)3119
 Aedo Priya Ragam from Album Aarya (Telugu)2840
 Yamunatheeram from Album Anand (Telugu)2830
 Feel My Love from Album Aarya (Telugu)2554
 Preminche Premava from Album Nuvvu Nene Prema (Telugu)1811
 Maate Mantram from Album Seethakoka Chilaka (Telugu)1787
 Nuvvena from Album Anand (Telugu)1702
 Orugalluke Pilla from Album Sainikudu (Telugu)1359
 Snehithudaa from Album Sakhi (Telugu)1112
 Aa Ante from Album Aarya (Telugu)992
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