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Kamisetty Srinivasulu


Born to Smt. Lakshmidevi and Sri Venkatasubbiah Kamisetty on 25 June 1941 in Cuddappah (Andhra Pradesh), Sri Kamisetty Srinivasulu possessed a great strength of conviction right from his tender years and mastered any subject with scholarly ease.  He graduated from Government Arts College, Cuddappah and took his Masters in Telugu literature from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati in 1963.  He further acquired a post graduate diploma in linguistics.

 During the course of his in-depth learning, Sri Srinivasulu was influenced by the works of Annamacharya.  The greatness of the Saint affected him so much that Sri Srinivasulu decided to dedicate his life to the propagation  of the ideals of Annamacharya.  He became a direct disciple of late Sri Rallapalle Anantha Krishna Sarma, a noble soul, blessed by Sri Venkateswara to become the first musician to set tunes to Annamacharya Sankirtanas after they were discovered in 1922.  Sri Srinivasulu took up service with Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) in 1964.  Because of his total involvement in Annamacharya's works and teachings, and the considerable work he did on the subject, Sri Srinivasulu was appointed Director of Annamacharya Project in 1978.  Considering his special merits and talents in audio and video recordings, TTD Management launched Sri Venkateswara Recording Project and made him the Director.  He produced Sri Venkateswara Pancharatnamala LPs and Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya Keerthanas rendered by Smt. M. S. Subbulakshmi on behalf of the TTD.  He also organized, on behalf of TTD, the All India Music festivals throughout the country, echoing the spirit of National integration, wherein doyen of Karnatic and Hindusthani music participated.  He carved Annamacharya Project into three major wings; Research, Programs, and Recordings.  His intensive research and extensive field work on the subject paved way for many young researchers and he was instrumental in creating a "CHAIR" for Annamacharya in Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.

 Sri Srinivasulu is gifted with a unique rich voice and the art of modulation and diction.  He has a rare command of the Telugu language in its chaste form which greatly helped him in the propagation of Annamacharya's literature.  He had edited, annotated, commented, and published number of articles on Annamacharya.  Sri Srinivasulu conducted more than 5000 lecture demonstrations in India.  He offered several devotional discourses on the subject of "Annamayya Bhakti" in England and United States.  He received awards for his sterling contributions from several organizations including the Madras Music Academy, The Bharat Cultural Integration and Madras Telugu Academy.

 

 

 

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