The Legend

Parvathi Ravi Ghantsala is the Daughter-in-law of Padmashree Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao. As a tribute to the legend, Parvathi choreographed ‘Gana Gandharva Ghantasala,’ and ‘Gana Gandharva Samarpanam.’

‘Gana Gandharva Ghantasala’ has been presented in various forums, premiering in Music Academy, along with 100 students of KalaPradarshini. The event was presided over by V.A.K Ranga Rao and S.Janaki, who exclaimed, “This production has taken me back memory lane. It is one of the best productions to bring out the true essence of his compositions. Parvathi has done a tremendous job in stringing together each of these gems and giving it her artistic touch, in order to bring out a wholesome and truly enjoyable show. I’m sure that this thematic presentation that has given visual form to his evergreen songs will be a treat to his fans, not just musically, but also visually.”

‘Gana Gandharva Samarpanam’ consists of songs of Padmashree Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao, carefully chosen in order to suit different Indian art forms, namely - Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala (Bharatanatyam), Gopika Varma (Mohiniyattam), Deepika Reddy (Kuchipudi), Mangala Bhat (Kathak), Sri Haripadmam (Kathakali) and Parvathi Dutta/ Sangeetha Dash(Odissi). It was presented in various places in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and has been presided over by several eminent personalities like Chief Justice of Kerala, Smt.Manjulla Chellur, Dr. Pappu Venugopal Rao, Kalaimamani P.B. Sreenivas, Kalaimamani Sachu, Padmashri P. Susheela and the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Dr. K.Rosaiah who said, “I would like to laude Parvathi for her impeccable song selection. The mood of each song was spot on and blended with the dance form.” This production, which has received excellent reviews from various leading publications, has also received repeat requests for sequel by audiences in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Gana Gandharva Padmashree Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao:- The legend of legends created  history in the South Indian film industry during 1950s and 1960s. Joining the Quit India movement, Ghantasala donned the hat of a freedom fighter and that of a music artiste. He was not just an exceptional singer, but also a composer and music director. He sang over 20,000 songs which included devotional songs, romantic songs and songs of satire, enthralling large audiences in the process. He added life to the character, thus adding a new historic dimension to it.