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Dr. Gangadhara Sastry's powerful demand after winning the prestigious 'Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy' award

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Dr. Gangadhara Sastrys powerful demand after winning the prestigious Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy award

Dr. LV Gangadhara Sastry, a luminary renowned for his profound rendition of the Bhagavad Gita, has been bestowed with India's esteemed 'Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy' award for the year 2023, marking a pinnacle in his illustrious career dedicated to the dissemination of spiritual wisdom through music.

Delving into the heart of classical Carnatic music, Dr. Sastry embarked on a journey to unravel the essence of the Bhagavad Gita, meticulously studying 108 shlokas of this timeless scripture. In a tribute to his revered predecessor, Ghantasala, he masterfully composed and vocalized these verses, infusing them with a depth that resonates with the soul. With unwavering dedication, he embarked on the monumental task of recording the remaining 594 shlokas, accompanied by Telugu interpretations, culminating in the magnum opus 'Bharita Sampurna Bhagavad Gita,' a testament to his unwavering commitment to preserving and proliferating the teachings of the Gita.

His selfless endeavors have not gone unnoticed, as evidenced by the accolades showered upon him. From the 'Kalaratna' award by the Andhra Pradesh government to the prestigious 'Honorary Doctorate' from 'Maharshi Panini University' in Madhya Pradesh, his contributions have been celebrated far and wide.

Dr. Gangadhara Sastrys powerful demand after winning the prestigious Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy award

In accepting this prestigious honor, Dr. Sastry humbly extends his gratitude to the Union Minister for Culture and Tourism, Mr. G. Kishan Reddy, whose unwavering support has been instrumental in recognizing his tireless dedication over the past 16 years. He also acknowledges the invaluable contributions of Dr. Sandhya Purecha, Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Academy, the esteemed jury members, and the cultural officials of Telangana State, whose endorsement further validates his mission.

Yet, amidst the accolades, Dr. Sastry remains grounded, dedicating this accolade to the guiding lights of his life. From his parents, who instilled in him the love for music, to the legendary Ghantasala, whose legacy continues to inspire generations, and the revered teachers who nurtured his musical prowess, each deserves recognition for shaping his journey.

For Dr. Sastry, the Bhagavad Gita transcends religious and cultural boundaries, embodying a timeless wisdom that resonates with humanity. It is a beacon of light, guiding individuals towards selfless action and the path of righteousness. Through his 'Bhagavad Gita Foundation,' he tirelessly endeavors to spread this message, envisioning a society founded upon the principles of duty and compassion—a vision that embodies the essence of the Gita itself.

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