Artist Highlight

Emani Sankara Sastry

The music of the vainika in connection with his birth anniversary on September 23.

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Emani Sankara Sastry

The music of the vainika in connection with his birth anniversary on September 23.

Sankara Sastry came from a family of celebrated classical musicians. His father Vainika Bhooshana Veena Acharya Emani Achyuta Rama Sastri, a famed vainika and sastragna was a contemporary of Sangameshwara Sastri and Veena Venkata Romainiah Das of Andhra.

Sankara Sastry joined the famous Gemini Studios at Madras, where he was the music director for more than ten years. He composed tunes based on novel techniques and directed music for hit films such as Mangla, Sansar, Bahut Din Hue, Vindhyarani, Nishan, Mr. Sampat and English version of Chandralekha.

Sankara Sastry was known for his graceful playing on the veena .He played duets with Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffar Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, and Pandit Gopal Krishan (on vichitra veena). He composed several keerthanas, javalis and bhajans and his operas in Hindi and regional languages are also very popular.

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