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Pressmeet: Sri Ramadasu
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16th April 2005
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Aditya Productions
Sri Ramadasu

Cast: Nagarjuna Akkineni

Writer: JK Bharavi
Music: MM Keeravani
Cinematography: S Gopal Reddy
Editing: Srikar Prasad
Art: B Bhaskara Raju

Presents: M Raghavendra Rao
Executive Producer: Pantham Nanaji
Screenplay - Direction: K Raghavendra Rao
Producer: Konda Krishnam Raju

Pooja ceremony of Nagarjuna's next project 'Sri Ramadasu' was held at Ramalayam temple in Jubilee Hills on the morning of 16th April. The celebrities who graced to this event include ANR, K Raghavendra Rao, Nagarjuna, Amala, Chalasani Ramesh, Konda Krishnam Raju, MM Keeravani, JK Bharavi, S Gopal Reddy and M Raghavendra Rao.

Based on Tumu Narasimha Dasu's work
JK Bharavi said that Annamayya is the first Telugu vaggeyakaarudu and Ramadasu did the first bhajana song in Telugu. Ramadasu is also the first person to use Ananda Bhairavi ragam. JK Bharavi has traveled extensively in the places like Nelakondapally (Ramadasu's birth place), Bhadrachalam, Hyderabad and other historic places to learn more about Ramadasu. He also met with the 9th generation of Ramadasu dynasty. JK Bharavi used the most authentic biographical piece written by Tumu Narasimha Dasu - a contemporary of Ramadasu - to do the script work of this film.

20 songs in Sri Ramadasu
Keeravani said that a few eye brows were raised when Annamayya project was announced. They though that how could K Raghavendra Rao who directed commercial films like Gharana Mogudu and Nagarjuna who acted in films like Shiva could do a devotional subject like Annamayya. The success of Annamayya proved the all-round talent of K Raghavendra Rao and Nagarjuna. Because of Annamayya's stupendous hit, there are many expectations on Sri Ramadasu. There would be around 20 songs in Sri Ramadasu. Majority of popular Ramadasu's works would be incorporated as songs in this film.

Purva Janma Sukrutam - Nagarjuna
Hero Nagarjuna opined that Lord Venkateswara blessed the film Annamayya and hoped that Lord Rama would bless Sri Ramadasu project. He felt that doing such devotional films is the result of purva janma punyam.

Regular shooting from July 2005
Producer Konda Krisham Raju said that there is positive reaction from everywhere when this project is announced. Music sittings of this film would be held on 17th April in Bhadrachalam. Regular shooting of the film would start in the month of July 2005.

Bapu sketched Ramadasu get-up
Popular cartoonist Bapu sketched the get-up of Ramadasu with Nagarjuna in mind. And Nagarjuna would be sporting mustache and long hair.

Photo Gallery (Photos by G Narasaiah)
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