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Vasu Rao Saluri

Guitarist | Singer | Music Director

About Vasu Rao Saluri

Born on 25 th January 1953, Saluri Vasu Rao is like the Arjuna of Mahabharata among the five sons of legendary singer and music composer, Dr. Saluri Rajeswara Rao garu and Smt Rajeswari Devi.

Early Career

A guitarist and music composer, Vasu Rao began his musical journey by learning to play violin from Sri Samudrala Sathagopalachari. Later, he joined the musical troupe of Sri Madhavapeddi Satyam and Sri Pithapuram Nageswara Rao, icons of Telugu music, and set his foot in the film world in 1972, when he was just 19. He learnt the ropes of music composition from Satyam garu, who himself was a leading music director at the time. Proin et sapien nec mauris ultrices tincidunt et sit amet mi. Fusce at erat magna. Praesent eget viverra risus. Integer interdum nulla sit amet sodales tempor. Nam venenatis dignissim metus, at lacinia risus.

Work in Music Industry

Vasu Rao started his career as a music composer in 1986, with director Vijaya Bapineedu’s Police Officer.In the following years, he composed music for many super-hit Telugu films such as Dabbevariki Chedu, Surigadu , Bhama Kalaapam and Naakoo Pellam Kaavaali. He also contributed to the musical success of Big Boss and Rowdy Alludu, Gang Leader and Majnu, first picture of Nagarjuna.
Vasu Rao has the rare distinction of having worked with 39 music directors in India, including luminaries such as Pendyala Nageswara Rao, Ghantasala mastaru, Satyam, Ramesh Naidu, Rajan Nagendra, Ilayaraja, Chakravarthi, Raj-Koti, etc., etc., and his father, Sri Saluri Rajeswara Rao. He has also worked with Bollywood music directors Lakshmikant Pyarelal, Salil Choudhury, O.P. Nayyar, Bappi Lahari and R D Burman.
In a particular instance, eminent director Bapu postponed the recording of the song, Kanda Gelichindi from the movie Bhakta Kannappa for seven days just to get the Base Guitar bits played by Vasu Rao, which illustrates his high standing as a consummate musician.
Vasu Rao shared a friendship of over 48 years with singing maestro Sri S P Balasubrahmanyam (SPB). He toured the world along with him as one of his lead team members and gave more than 500 shows

Work in Small Screen

He has also left his creative imprint on the small screen. It was Vasu Rao who introduced the concept of dedicated title songs for Telugu TV serials, composing tracks for 558 serials, notable among them being Antarangaalu, Andam, Anveshita, Ee Tharam Kadha, Naathi Charaami, Kalankita, Yendamavulu, and Aloukika. He also composed the title track and background music for Doordarshan serials Viswamitra and Sahasrafann (Hindi adaptation of Sri Viswanadha Satyanarayana’s Gnanapith Award winning novel, Veyi Padagalu).
He is currently involved in Annamayya project of Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams, under which he has composed about 100 sankeertanas dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. He has also composed 160 keertanas for the popular TV programme Annamayya Paataku Pattabhishekam and 130 keertanas for the children’s programme, Annamayya Baala Sankeertanam. Both the programmes broadcast on TTD Bhakti channel. SVBC.

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