PREVIEW FOR APSO - COMMEMORATION OF SALURI RAJESWARA RAO
APSO stands for Amateur and Professional Singers Organization. It's been around
for 5 years now, and was started to promote national integration through music
and maintain standards/quality. That seems like a broad objective, but it does
seem active. The founder K S R Murthy is a composer and singer, and winner of
the 1987 Ghantasala Smaraka Award. APSO has around 150 singers now, in light,
folk and classical music, both in Hindi and in Telugu.
On the occasion of Saluri Rajeswara Rao's first death anniversary, 30 singers
of APSO will sing 24 of his numbers from such old films as Malleswari, Missamma,
Aradhana and Iddaru Mitrulu. ANR will be the chief guest, and Koti and Vasu Rao,
Rajeswara Rao's sons and music directors themselves, will be there. The day will
also see 65-year-old ex-film singer K B K Mohanraju felicitated by Rao Balasaraswathi
Devi, the first playback singer of Telugu films.