Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao (1922–1974) was a Legendary and Distinguished Indian playback singer and music composer of Telugu films and many other languages such as Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Tulu and Hindi. He was a recipient of the Padmashree award, India’s fourth highest civilian award.
For nearly more than a quarter of a century, he was the distinguished voice of Telugu films. He composed exemplary music for more than 100 movies in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada films. He composed and sang the Bhagavad Gita just before his death in 1974, a rendition which became highly acclaimed. On 11 February 2003, a stamp was released by the Govt. of India in honor of Ghantasala at Telugu Lalita Kala Toranam, Public Gardens, Hyderabad. The US Postal Department has released a postal stamp on Ghantasala on 6th October, 2014. The postal stamp was jointly released by the North American Telugu Society (NATS) in collaboration with Telugu Literary and Cultural Association (TLCA) in New York. Gantashala worked for many films of NTR and ANR. In there films the songs made hit and made the remember of these three legends.
Ghantasala was honoured with the “Padmashri” by the Government of India. He won the best playback singer award in Andhra Pradesh every year for nearly 30 years, a feat unachieved by any other playback singer.
After the saint poet Annamacharya in the 15th century, Ghantasala has been the only singer to perform devotional songs inside the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple near the Lord Moola Virat.