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P.Susheela selected for Raghupathi Venkayya Award. -Sri


If you tell me that my end is nearing, and ask me my last desire, this is what I would ask: ‘Please play some song of P Suseela, and leave the room closing the door noiselessly- I wish to live once again before I die!’ – Tamil Lyricist Vairamuthu


Eminent playback singer Smt.P.Susheela is selected for the prestigious Raghupathy Venkayya Award for 2002. The award function will be on 18th February 2004.
P.Susheela was born in 1935 in vijayanagaram. Her father Mukundarao is a noted lawyer at that time. Her mother Sheshawataram is a house wife. Seeing her interest in music her father encouraged her to learn music, she got her diploma in music from the music school where great Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu is the principal. To complete her graduation in music she came to Madras.

She joined in Sangeeta Academy under the guidance of Subramani iyer and completed her Graduation in Music. After completion she joined in All India Radio and gave many performances there.

In 1952 Pendyala Nageshwara Rao garu gave her first break in the film “Kannatalli” (petra thai in Tamil). She sang her first song with A.M.Raja, She was then an employee of the AVM Studios, receiving a fixed amount as her monthly salary, for several years after her introduction in Kannatalli. Meyyappa Chettiar, the demanding perfectionist that he was, appointed a Tamil teacher for Susheela to train her in proper pronunciation of wordsShe almost 25 thousand songs in all south Indian languages. She attributes her success to her husband mohan rao who encouraged her a lot. She has equal name and fame in Tamil along with Telugu.

Susheela was awarded five times national Award (1969- uyaru manidan, 1971 savale samali, 1977 – sirisiri muvva, 1982 – Meghasandesam, 1983 – M.L.A Edukondalu) and five times from Tamilnadu state award. during the Indo-Pakistan war she entertained the jawans at the war front. The Government of Tamil Nadu has honoured her with the title of ``Kalaimamani`` and again in the year 1991 she won the Tamil Nadu State Government Award as best playback artiste for 1990-91. In August 1992 Susheela was conferred the honourary Doctorate at Washington, U.S. by the North American Alumni Association.

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