Hyderabad: “My father, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Chief Minister of Telangana State is a good singer; he won many prizes in his college days. He is a greate fan of SP Balasubrahmanya, and Ghantasala,” said IT Minister KT Rama Rao while addressing at the “Sparsh Nite 2018 – The Life & Times of SP Balasubrahmanyam”, a Concert for a Cause held on Saturday night at Shilpakala Vedika in Madhapur in the city.
KT Rama Rao was the Chief Guest at the event which was organized to raise funds to construct the 70 bedded India’s biggest Sparsh Hospice, a palliative care center which provides free service to the terminally ill cancer patients. The Government of Telangana allocated an acre land for the purpose at Khazaguda.
The 70 bedded Sparsh Hospice Facility for treatment of soon to die cancer patients is coming up at the cost of Rs 10crore. The 55000 sq feet facility construction will begin soon and will be completed in one year’s time.
Speaking further, KT Rama Rao responding to the request from Ramana, President of Rotary Club of Banjara Hills, whose brain child is Sparsh Hospice, Rao requested GHMC commissioner, who was also present in the hall to waive off Building Plan Approval Fee which would be approximately Rs 25 lakh.
KT Rama Rao described Sparsh Hospice services as yeoman services, and anybody could be a victim of Cancer. He assured them full support from Telangana Government.
The state is taking up Cancer Screening of people below the poverty line. So far 12 lakh people are screened for Breast, Cervical and Oral Cancer in four districts of Telangana, he said.
Another guest VVS Lakshman who graced the occasion while addressing the gathering said Sparsh Hospice is a wonderful initiative and needs support from everybody. He said SP Balasubrahamanyama is his role model and he is a fan of him and liked Shakarabharanam song.
SP Bala Subrahmanyam, his sister SP Sailaja, son S.P. Charan, Revanth, Tina Kamal, Ramya Behera, Sravya, Malavika, Sai Charan, Sri Nidhi, Poorenima, Sri Krishna, Sameera Bharadwaj and his team of his singers enthralled the audience.
The galaxy of film stars graced the event include: All Arjun, Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry, R.P. Patnaik and others. The musical night was compered by Jhansi.
Balu began the concert with Lalitha Kalaradhanalo. Some of the famous numbers churned out by the singers include Anuvu anuvuan velsaina deva; Priya ragale gundelona; yennalo vechina udayam, Chitram bhalare vichitram; Ravi Varmake and anal, Ghallu ghallu mani sirimuvvalle; Kadali raade tane vasantham, antaryami alasithi solasithi; Uppondgele Godavari. Balu also sang a Hindi song. R.P. Patnaik sang Okkadai ravadam.
Through this concert which will be an annual affair, we hope to raise Rs 50 lakh informed Ram Mohan Rao, CEO of Sparsh Hospice.
Varaprasad Reddy, Governing Member of Sparsh Hospice, CEO of Sparsh Hospice Rammohan Rao, Ramana Rotary Club President, Rotary Club office bearers, Meenakshi and others also graced. Sparsh Hospice has been providing free service to 1800 patients in the last 12 years, he informed. (INN)