Sirivennela Seethrama Sastry passed away due to long term illness and Telugu lyricists have expressed their grave disappointment over the passing away of a legend as they miss the opportunity to learn from him. He wrote more than 3000 songs and won 11 State Nandi awards for his lyrics.
Telugu song lovers tend to remember him as a philosopher rather than a lyrics writer. He used to tell a life truth in simple words and equally inspire many with encouraging words. He could even write in Sanskrit and Sanathan Telugu. Such a man should be remembered every day and because of the volume of the good songs, one or the other song you hear will have his words.
TANA, Telugu association from USA has come forward to bring every word written by Sirivennela as books and there will be a total of six books releasing in coming years. The first book will release on 20th of May, on the birth anniversary of Sirivennela. The great lyricists and poet’s family also joined TANA in publishing the books.
Four books will carry feature film song compilations and two books will have non-feature film work. The first book inauguration will be conducted as an event and Tanikella Bharani, Suddala Ashok Teja, RP Patnaik, Krish, Anantha Sriram, Ramajogayya Sastry, Bhivanachandra, Keeravani, Chandrabose, Jonnavitthula Ramalingeswara Rao, Mandali Budda Prasad will attend speakers. Trivikram Srinivas who is also family member of Sirivennela will attend the event as chief guest. Garikapati Narasimha Rao will introduce the book. The book will be inaugurated by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. The event will be held at Shilpa Kala Vedika, Hyderabad.