Song of Surrender

Friday, 13 October 2017

Chitti Babu

Birthdays & Anniversaries
13.10.1936 - 9.2.1996

Chitti Babu (13 October 1936 – 9 February 1996) was a renowned veena artiste in Carnatic music. He was perhaps the most popular exponent of his instrument in his time.


He had a significant stint in film music from 1948 to 1962, when he worked in the south Indian film industry, playing the veena for numerous background scores in movie soundtracks under the batons of many eminent music directors of the time like Saluri Rajeswara RaoPendyala Nageswara Rao, and Viswanathan-Ramamoorthi, among others. His veena playing was a key element in many hit songs in Telugu and Tamil.


While continuing with the principles of his his guru Emani Sankara Sastri, Chitti Babu, created and evolved a distinctive style and identity. He offered exquisite tonal quality and versatility and produced sounds as varied as Vedic hymns and birdsong. He played many western-music based compositions of his own. 

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