Legendary Telugu lyricist and Padma Shri awardee Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry has died at the age of 66 of complications related to lung cancer. Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry has worked on over 3000 songs in his long career and delivered some iconic numbers in films like Kshana Kshanam, Swarna Kamalam, Swayamkrushi, Swati Kiranam, Shrutilayalu, Sindhooram, Nuvve Kavali, Okkadu, Varsham and Gamyam.
Minutes after news of demise was announced, members of the film fraternity took to social media to share their shock and sorrow. “Shocked and saddened to know about the passing of Sirivennela Seetarama Sastry Garu. His precious words for RRR and Sye Raa are etched in my memory forever. His contributions to literature and Telugu Cinema are unparalleled. My deepest condolences to his family,” wrote Ram Charan.
“You have left us with such beautiful words and songs, Seetharama Sastry Garu which will live forever! May your soul rest in peace,” wrote Naga Chaitanya on Twitter.
Pooja Hegde was also devastated on hearing the news. “Devastating news for our industry. Thank you for penning such beautiful songs for me…from my first favourite Gopikamma to the iconic Samajavaragamana..it was an honour to have your words be forever etched in my career. A Huge loss. Sending love and light to his family,” she wrote.