If you love music, you must have noticed how the general masses have moved on to have multilingual preferences in the music genre. Those days are long gone when people listened to music that belonged to their language and region only. Today music has reached such a platform where people, artists and cultures exchange ideas and collaborate globally.
In furtherance to that, there has been an upheaval of Telugu music around the world. Hence, the spectrum of collaboration for Telugu dialect has moved from movies and feature films towards music, especially Telugu Karaoke Songs that have become a rave among native speakers. Similarly, music lovers have started showing their interest in karaoke. As a result, the industry has experienced a significant upsurge since sources have catered to Telugu karaoke songs with lyrics.
Telugu is one of the many Carnatic languages. It is one of the 22 recognised regional languages in India and the 15th most spoken language globally. It falls in the Dravidian family of languages. It has been deemed the official language for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, two southern states in the Indian subcontinent. Its music resonates with its rich art, culture, and history of both the States and their history.
Moreover, the song continually reveals the music composer’s thoughts and personality. Every artist incorporates their musical intricacies into the composition. Hence, every rendition of the same song is different from the other. The most dominant instruments used in Telugu music are nadaswaram, mandolin, violin, veena and mridangam, which are altogether different from the instruments used in folk music. Telugu folk music is more like musical storytelling that also involves jokes, puns, prayers and poems. Two of the most popular forms of folk music are Burra Katha and Poli. While Burra Katha is the art of storytelling, the story can be based on any theme, mythology, social and contemporary issues. Another form of storytelling, called Harikatha, also exists, in which songs are blended in the story, wherever they relate to the theme like a musical drama. The singers capture different emotions at different phases to show the various thoughts poured into the musical piece. Hence, it is the singers who carry the legacy of music with their voices.
In this article, we pay homage to those remarkable voices and the biggest legends of the Telugu Music Industry.
The Telugu music industry is notable not only to its natives but also to people who do not even understand the language. Since they all communicate an uplifting and positive vibe and the instruments played have a rich and refined history that sounds the same as they did ages ago, the industry has not lost its charm, leading to a whopping increase in karaoke tracks downloads by karaoke enthusiasts. In addition to that, the Telugu film industry, which is also popularly known as Tollywood, is the second-largest movie industry in the country after Bollywood. The circuit is majorly based in Hyderabad (Telangana) and Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). Now the two industries have started collaborating in both movies as well as in music. Recently P, Susheela entered the Guinness Book of World Records for recording the highest number of songs sung by a single female artist. She has also won 5 National Film Awards, thus throwing limelight and the global platform on the Telugu music industry. In furtherance to that, these maestros have diversified the paradigm of Telugu music, composing music in different industries and languages, blending Telugu in other parts of the world. Moreover, they have heavily contributed to evolving the genre from time to time with their serene compositions and thus, result in Telugu music having a thriving history.