Renowned Telugu lyricist Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry, who has been diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted to the ICU of KIMS Hospital in Secunderabad passed away on Tuesday. He was 66. Telugu film industry was shocked by the news of Sirivennela’s demise.
Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry made his debut as a lyricist with Janani Janmabhoomi in 1984. He rose to fame with the song “Vidhatha Thalapuna” in K Viswanath directorial Sirivennela (1986). Sastry, who has over 3000 songs to his credit, has penned songs for movies such as Swayamkrushi, Swarna Kamalam, Shrutilayalu, Gaayam, Swati Kiranam, Kshana Kshanam, Sindhooram, Nuvve Kavali, Okkadu, Varsham and Gamyam among others.
‘Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’, ‘RRR’, ‘Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo’, ‘Narappa’ and ‘Most Eligible Bachelor’ are among his recent lyrical outings. The ‘Dosti’ song from ‘RRR’ is written by him.
Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry was awarded the Padma Shri in 2019 for his contribution and excellence in the field of arts.