Veturi Sundararama Murthy (29 January 1936 – 22 May 2010) was an Indian poet and lyricist who is popular for writing Telugu songs. His career in the Telugu cinema spanned more than four decades. He was highly admired and cherished for his deep and meaningful lyrics in Telugu songs. He was considered an inspiration by many lyricists.
Awards and honors
Veturi received several national and regional awards for his contributions to literature and films. He has been conferred an honorary Doctorate in the 23rd convocation of Acharya Nagarjuna University. In 2007, he received the Jandhyala Memorial Award.
bust of Veturi at Tummalapalli Kshetrayya Kalakshetram Vijayawada
He got the National Film Award for Best Lyrics for the song "Ralipoye Puvva" (Telugu: రాలిపోయె పువ్వా) in the film Matrudevobhava, making him the second Telugu film lyricist to achieve the distinction after the revolutionary poet, Sri Sri. In 2006, he declared that he would return the National Award if Telugu is not given the status of Classical Language by the Government of India. In 2008, the Government of India declared Telugu as a classical language.[
He received filmfare award for the song, Uppongele Godavari (Telugu: ఉప్పొంగెలే గోదావరి) in the 2006 movie, Godavari. In 2008, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.
He received the Nandi award for best lyrics, from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, six times. They are listed here.
Song: Maanasa Veenaa Madhu Geetam (Telugu: మానసవీణ మధుగీతం), Movie: Pantulamma, Year: 1977 Song: Sankara Nadasarerapara (Telugu: శంకరా నాదశరీరాపర), Movie: Sankarabharanam, Year: 1979 Song: Brundavani Vundi (Telugu: బృందావని ఉంది), Movie: Kanchana Ganga, Year:1984 Song: Ee Duryodhana Dushaasana (Telugu: ఈ దుర్యోధనదుశ్శాశన), Movie: Pratighatana, Year: 1985 Song: Pavuraniki Panjaraniki (Telugu: పావురానికి పంజరానికి), Movie: Chanti, Year: 1991 Song: Aakaashaana SuuryuDunDaDu (Telugu: ఆకాశాన సూర్యుడుండడు), Movie: Sundara Kanda, Year: 1992