Music Archives - Vermont Republic https://vermontrepublic.org/category/music/ Second Vermont Republic Mon, 11 Oct 2021 11:28:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://vermontrepublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-LogoSample_ByTailorBrands-1-32x32.jpg Music Archives - Vermont Republic https://vermontrepublic.org/category/music/ 32 32 Pros And Cons Of Buying Musical Instruments Online https://vermontrepublic.org/buying-musical-instruments-online/ Mon, 11 Oct 2021 11:28:32 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=6182 Purchasing your first musical instrument can be a daunting task, especially if you’re not extremely knowledgeable about different musical brands and stores. The first thing you’ll need to figure out is whether to shop online or in a brick-n-mortar casino. Which is the better option? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both? Is it …

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Purchasing your first musical instrument can be a daunting task, especially if you’re not extremely knowledgeable about different musical brands and stores. The first thing you’ll need to figure out is whether to shop online or in a brick-n-mortar casino.

Which is the better option? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both? Is it all the same? How to decide? What to look for in an instrument? In this article, we’ll discuss this topic in detail to help you make the best out of your purchase!

So, without any further ado, let’s get right to the bottom of it!

The advantages of online shopping for musical gear

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1. Effortless and convenient

One of the biggest advantages of buying your instruments online is that it provides extra convenience and time efficiency. All you need is a couple of clicks for your order to be on its way. You won’t have to drive to a store, wait in line, nor choose between a limited, disappointing range of options: you can shop from the comfort of your home instead.

The added convenience is probably what attracts people to online shopping the most. If that’s something of importance to you, consider purchasing your new instrument online.

2. You’ll have access to quick reviews and ratings

Online shops and stores provide quick product reviews and customer testimonials to help you choose the right musical instrument for you. These can be extremely helpful for a newbie to the world of musical gear, as they’re usually non-biased and realistic. While you shouldn’t believe everything you read (some customers can be quite difficult), overwhelmingly negative reviews shouldn’t be ignored either.

Besides that, when you’re shopping online, you won’t have to interact with the vendors directly. Sometimes, sellers use some dodgy tactics to make you buy a product of insufficient quality, especially if they notice you’re not very knowledgeable about the instrument. You can avoid this altogether by conducting your own research online instead.

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3. You’ll have a wider range of options available

Every store has a limited inventory. Once you start searching for the perfect new guitar or piano, you’ll quickly realize that you’ll have to drive to many different stores before you’ve found something that suits your needs and preferences. This is not only time-consuming, but it can also be quite expensive. While online shopping has the costs of transport as well (shipping), it’s far from what you’d spend on gas, especially if there aren’t any viable musical shops nearby.

When you’re buying an instrument online, you’ll have an unlimited range of options in front of you. You’ll quickly find something that fits your playing style, preferences, and your budget.

4. You can find other instrument enthusiasts willing to sell to you

Let’s be realistic: musical instruments can be incredibly expensive. Buying a used one may be the only solution for you depending on your budget. Luckily, there are companies such as Duesn that act as middlemen to help you find a reliable seller.

This can be incredibly important for anyone working with a limited budget, as finding a reliable seller on your own can be quite difficult.

The disadvantages

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1. You won’t be able to see nor hear the instrument prior to the purchase

The biggest disadvantage of buying musical instruments online is that you won’t be able to try out the instrument before purchasing it. In this way, you’re at risk of getting deceived and potentially buying a faulty instrument from a sketchy seller. However, as long as you do your research, the chances of this happening to you become minimal. Remember to check if the vendor offers a reasonable return policy and always read all the available information and reviews.

Lastly, some online shops offer a sound demo to allow you to hear your new instrument before making your purchase. If that’s something of significance to you, look for web shops offering that option.

2. You won’t be able to get advice from the sellers

Every well-trained staff member at the musical store knows their instruments. You can get incredibly helpful advice from them if you’re shopping at a high-quality store. Their input can be a valuable asset in your search for the perfect musical instrument!

However, as we’ve mentioned before, not all vendors are worth your time nor trust. Ensure you’re shopping at a popular store that’s known for its customer service before you rush into making a purchase.

Besides, if you’re shopping at high-end stores, you can always contact the suppliers directly for any questions you may have.

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3. Shipping can quite pricey

If you’re planning on ordering your instrument from overseas, you’re up for an unpleasant surprise. Transportation of something as delicate as a musical instrument requires specific protocols, which can be expensive.

Of course, it all depends on your specific location and the method of shipment the vendor offers. If you’re in a hurry to get your instrument, expect to pay a higher price.

Lastly, remember to examine their return policies carefully before ordering. If an item gets damaged during shipment, some companies won’t let you return it. It’s a risk not worth taking, so be mindful of it when choosing a vendor.

4. It can be a bit time-consuming depending on the supplier

The most frustrating part of online shopping is waiting for your order to arrive at your doorstep. If you’re not ready to wait for a few weeks, either buy your musical gear locally or look for online stores that are not far from your city.

The bottom line

Buying musical instruments online has its unique pros and cons. In our opinion, the pros outweigh the cons, but at the end of the day, it all boils down to your expectations and preferences.

If you prefer shopping from the comfort of your home, then online stores are for you. Either way, you should always do your research to ensure you’re getting the quality you deserve: no matter if you’re shopping online or in a local store near you.

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Top Benefits of Playing the Violin https://vermontrepublic.org/playing-the-violin/ Tue, 02 Mar 2021 08:43:43 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=5514 Violins have existed for over 6 centuries with the earliest strings produced from dried sheep gut. With these many years of existence and modifications, the instrument remains one of the most admirable instruments there is. Knowing how to play the violin comes with a lot of benefits for children and adults alike. In this article, …

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Violins have existed for over 6 centuries with the earliest strings produced from dried sheep gut. With these many years of existence and modifications, the instrument remains one of the most admirable instruments there is. Knowing how to play the violin comes with a lot of benefits for children and adults alike.

In this article, we will be exploring the top benefits of playing the violin. It might influence your decision about learning to play or taking it more seriously.

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 It improves posture

Whether you are playing on your feet or from your seat, your stance or posture is important. Learning the playing posture and how to carry the fiddle are fundamental things you are taught. A beginner learns to sit uprightly with the back held up straight and squared shoulders. This is even before the beginner learns to handle the bow or play an open string. Posture is similarly important when playing on one’s feet. You learn how far apart you should plant your feet. If you learn and play the violin for long enough, you cannot miss out on improving your sitting and standing posture.

It improves your physical appearance and motor skills

Using the bow is a lot of physical activity for the right arm. The same applies to holding up the fiddle with the left arm and having your chin press it against the left shoulder. The rapid lift and shifting movements of the left fingers help violinists develop fine motor skills. This blend of physicality and delicateness gives violinists stronger upper bodies and better fine motor skills.

It relieves stress and helps mental health

Learning to play the violin or playing the violin is a healthy way of destressing. Whether it is the instrument’s soothing sound or the mere enjoyment from doing something you love, you can cope with stress by playing the violin. Scientists say that violinists are less likely to experience depression and anxiety. When you play the violin, your body releases hormones that help you relax and make you happier. Children who have some psychological disorder are thought to do better and remain calm when they play the violin.

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It makes you smarter

In 2011, some researchers found a correlation between a child’s word decoding skills and musical training. This correlation is a significant part of learning to pronounce specific words. Since words are basically sounds and the violin has to be close to the ear when played, it’s sounds tend to be picked easily. Therefore you can put that child or whoever has issues with reading in a violin training and be sure they will come out great at playing violin and reading.

Playing the violin improves brain function. It can enhance your memory capacity and attention span. In children and young teenagers, playing the violin develops their verbal and visual centres. It also improves their reading and speech function as well as their language. It contributes to the overall brain function and helps you become smarter. Also, learning to play a music piece improves your memory. The more you play and learn the piece, the more you can play it by heart. You will soon start seeing improvements in your ability to recollect things.

It opens you to different cultures

Music cuts across various cultures. And playing the violin opens you to these cultures. Different genres, ranging from classical to contemporary, help you learn about the world’s diversity. It increases your knowledge about these regions − musical or not. The advent of electric violins and the use in pop music makes it more interesting. The flexibility and versatility of the violin can help you explore various forms of music and cultures.

It helps you socialise better

There is this elegance you see when someone plays the violin. Playing the violin teaches you a great deal of self-awareness. Violinists are known to have great self-esteem. These features will help you in social gatherings. Not only is your hobby and music a good conversation topic, people generally love violinists. Being a violinist gives you a better social outlook.

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It gives you a sense of belonging

Asides from being able to socialise better (due to self-esteem) which violinists are known for, it gives a great deal of sense of belonging. This is because violinists, especially young ones, play in an orchestra which requires you to be coordinated in groups, pay attention, and wear a uniform. Also, violinists have been in existence for over 400 years, and the feeling that you are part of something bigger than yourself is thrilling. The sense of belonging can be a great relief from the pressure people face when alone or different, especially young ones in their adolescent stage.

It makes you time conscious and disciplined

Having to spend hours of your weekly schedule learning and playing the violin helps you understand the value of time, hence take it more earnestly. This realisation enables you to schedule your week to have a routine time for practice without making another activity suffer for it. That is discipline.

 It looks good on your resume or college application

Everyone loves good music. Employers and the college admissions board members love music too. This is aside from the fact that being a violinist shows employers you can commit to things and learning. College boards also appreciate applicants who prove to be talented in music. Who knows? Being a violinist might just fetch you a job or a college admission.

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Conclusion

As you can see, playing the violin contributes a lot to your psychological and physical well-being. If you do not know how to play yet, these benefits should be enough reasons to spur your interest. You can sign up for a violin class in Singapore at LVL Music Academy. And if you are playing already, whenever you need the motivation to keep learning or playing, remember these top benefits of playing the violin.

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A Short History of the Grateful Dead in The Green Mountain State https://vermontrepublic.org/grateful-dead-in-the-green-mountain-state/ Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:11:33 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=5468 You will be forgiven for not immediately connecting a San Francisco jam band that seemed to define ‘hippiedom’ with New England, but the Grateful Dead’s unique take on American history certainly lines up nicely with Vermont’s place within it. Their classic studio albums ‘Workingman’s Dead’ and ‘American Beauty’ are poignant portrayals of Americana, examining farm …

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You will be forgiven for not immediately connecting a San Francisco jam band that seemed to define ‘hippiedom’ with New England, but the Grateful Dead’s unique take on American history certainly lines up nicely with Vermont’s place within it.

Their classic studio albums ‘Workingman’s Dead’ and ‘American Beauty’ are poignant portrayals of Americana, examining farm life, economic hardship, and lost love. Of course, the band is best known for its live shows and constant touring even though you would have to become a gay, straight or trans sugar baby to afford to follow them around all summer, read more.

The Grateful Dead’s concerts were known to go on for hours, and that the people who enjoyed them had no problem enjoying a wealth of mind-expanding substance to maximize impact. But those who preferred to abstain had their own little community at shows, nicknamed the ‘Wharf Rats’ (after the song).

Playin’ in the State

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Despite the attention the band had gotten over their first decade or so in existence, they didn’t actually play a show in Vermont until 1978, when some fans were already saying that the band was just past its peak (although this argument with Deadheads could go on as long as some of the band’s concerts).

During the summer of 1978, the band played a show at the Patrick Field House (also known as the ‘Patrick Gym’) at the University of Vermont campus in Burlington. This was a period when the band would go between playing theatres of a few thousand and outdoor shows of perhaps ten times that. As the Patrick Field House could only hold four thousand people, it obviously fell into the first category.

The concert is now considered an underrated classic with the first set opening with the lovely ‘Sugaree’ (with a great solo by Garcia) and ending with a powerful ‘Deal’. In between, you’ll find heartfelt renditions of ‘Looks Like Rain’ and ‘It Must Have Been the Roses.’

The second set has always been when the Dead stretch out and jam, and with ‘Terrapin Station’ and ‘Playin’ in the Band’ going well past ten minutes, you can be sure that everyone on and off stage was feeling it that night. This show was so hot that the ushers were literally bringing cups of water to those in the upper stands to properly hydrate during the show (since this was a time before online rpg sex games could quickly cool people off on Easy Sex).

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Five years later the band played another show at the same venue, and while Brent Mydland had replaced Keith Godchaux on keyboards, it was still a classic. Since the band constantly changes up its setlists, you can be sure you wouldn’t see many repeat songs, which is why it’s great to hear energetic takes of Dead ‘hits’ like ‘Jack Straw’ and ‘Ramble on Rose’ in the first set. The twenty-five minutes of ‘Scarlett Begonias’ and ‘Fire on the Mountain ‘in set two is always peak Dead, and a Morning Dew late in the show is plenty of fun. A great concert in an intimate venue, even if one doesn’t think a gymnasium could offer such an experience.

By 1994, it was a completely different story, because the band had become a touring machine throughout the 1980s, amassing more and more fans who wouldn’t want to miss a single show. They also had a surprise hit on MTV in 1987, with their ‘Touch of Grey’ video reaching a whole new audience, and sending the accompanying album ‘In the Dark’ to double-platinum status (a first for the band).

This meant that they would now always be playing in arenas, stadiums, and festival grounds to accommodate all their followers. In fact, sometimes they would simply erect a stage in a very large field, which is why they ended up playing shows in Highgate Vermont at the Franklin Airport.

It might not be the most relaxing spot for a concert, but tens of thousands of fans came on July 13, 1994, and June 15, 1995, to experience the band (since ‘see’ and ‘hear’ is not all that happens at a Grateful Dead show), the latter of which would ultimately be one of the last times.

Both of these concerts come at a time when Jerry Garcia was battling plenty of health and addiction problems, and that was certainly reflected in his playing and singing abilities (although a lifetime of smoking had also taken a toll). However the rest of the band is in fine form during these shows, and the audience themselves are clearly having a good time if you listen to these recordings.

To Catch a Phish

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Without a doubt the biggest influence the Grateful Dead has had on Vermont culture could be narrowed down to the four individuals who ultimately created the similar jam-rock band Phish, which is based out of Burlington.

Guitarist and chief songwriter Trey Anastasio credits going to the 1983 show as the inspiration to start the band, which he did later that year. Like the Grateful Dead, their shows became a mix of original songs and covers, effortlessly flowing from one to the other in lengthy jams.

With the Grateful Dead disbanding in 1995 following the death of founding guitarist Jerry Garcia, Phish took up the mantle of the band to follow around religiously and compare concerts because each one would always be different (and at one point, Anastasio played several shows with the other members of the Grateful Dead).

While it toured the US constantly for crowds of up to one hundred thousand per show, Phish made sure to keep close to their roots. They played several huge concerts in the state, and many members of the band still call it home.

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8 Best Music Radio Stations in the World in 2022 https://vermontrepublic.org/best-music-radio-stations/ Sun, 07 Feb 2021 09:26:53 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=3841 Internet radio is experiencing a new wave of popularity: the idea of ​​broadcasting online music in the same way as it does on FM frequencies appeared back in the 90s, but it’s really over the past five years that there are really many online stations – they’re listened to, watched, they influence the music industry. …

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Internet radio is experiencing a new wave of popularity: the idea of ​​broadcasting online music in the same way as it does on FM frequencies appeared back in the 90s, but it’s really over the past five years that there are really many online stations – they’re listened to, watched, they influence the music industry. Even Apple succumbed to fashion and launched their Beats 1.

Since there are no and cannot be the same format restrictions on the Internet as on traditional radio, they like to put experimental, strange and little-known music on everyone, without exception, so listen to them without prejudice and bias.

Today we will tell you best worldwide music radio stations available on the Internet.

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  1. Dublab

One of the oldest online stations, which began as a pirate radio at the University of Southern California. Dublab’s founder, Mark McNeill, who studied music business there, launched University Radio on the Internet in 1998. The management of university soon closed the pirate station, but McNeill realized that it had potential – and in 1999 Dublab started independently.

The emergence of the radio station coincided in time with the hype around the Internet and big investments, and McNeill and his colleagues almost got a few million dollars from venture investor Doug Ahlers. But just at that moment, the dot-com bubble burst, and Dublab had to cope without investment. Like others on this list, Dublab has no special genre restrictions: here you can hear krautrcok, funk, soul, folk, electronics, underground rap, whatever.

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  1. NTS

The British station responsible for the emergence of a new wave of Internet radio. After the NTS launched in 2011, they got a lot of followers and copycats. The motto of NTS is “Don’t Assume”. It means that the radio has no genre and geographical restrictions, anything can sound here and you need to be open to any music. Number of DJs and programs at NTS is overwhelming: there are more than 150 of them, so instead of understanding it, the easiest way is to just turn on the air – most likely something good is playing there.

  1. Radar

London based station dedicated to new British songs. A hundred different programs go on its air and various genres sounds – grime, afrobeat, techno, rap, house, whatever. Sometimes they are interviewed and even played live by great musicians like Skepta or Maya, but the center is still young people. Radar helps a new generation of DJs become heard. The radio even has an educational mission: employees organize workshops for DJs and hosts and invite young people with no experience to do shows.

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  1. New, new world

Although the slogan of New New World Radio is “post-genres, post-geography, post-politics”, and the authors of the programs are people from all over the world, it is still based in Moscow, and the studio is located in the Powerhouse club. NNWR was made by three people: musician and co-founder of Full of Nothing label Ivan Zoloto, journalist Lera Alfimova and co-founder of Arthur Kuzmin.

Like most, NNWR does not have strict genre and format frames, but this is taken to the extreme in a good way. On air you can hear the hour of noise, field recordings of ethnic music of the peoples of the Caucasus, Chinese pop or electronics from Morocco. All mixes and programs are compiled wisely and tastefully by people from all over the world, so NNWR is always amazing.

  1. Chillout

As there name implies, you will play this station when you want to relax. But they have their own different approach for relaxation. They don’t play classical chill, but music full of energy. They are guided by scientific research that this way the brain will relax the best. In addition to music, they also have talk-shows and news related to entertainment. Listen to it here.

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  1. Pedro basement broadcast

Place where music is played from the extensive collection of the legendary French DJ Laurent Garnier, author of the book “Electroshock “. Pedro Basement Broadcast broadcasts 24 hours a day without interruption. House, techno, indie rock and old instrumental jazz, you can hear everything in a row. The fact that almost all the music on PBB is taken from his personal collection adds an element of intimacy.

  1. Berlin Community Radio

Berlin Community Radio began as an online radio with electronic music, but gradually evolved into a full online platform dedicated to the cultural environment of Berlin. Here, not only music plays (although there is a lot of it), but there are also colloquial programs devoted to politics, fashion, feminism and even literature. There are no playlists on BCR, only author programs without repetitions, which means it is almost impossible to hear the same song twice.

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  1. SomaFM

SomaFM differs from all the other on this list as it is not one station, but a whole cluster of different thematic channels. Instead of broadcasting programs one after another, the creators of SomaFM offer listeners to choose what to include. There is a radio entirely devoted to alternative rock, a 1970s radio, a radio with all kinds of metal, and so on. SomaFM exists entirely thanks to the listeners and their donations. Each month they raise several thousand dollars to continue broadcasting. SomaFM is broadcasting from San Francisco and has been around for over 15 years, so this approach works.

  1. Xray FM

In December 2013, XRay FM launched a campaign on Kickstarter to launch their radio – and raised more than 100 thousand dollars in one month. They are not playing just songs, but also shows with the best local comedians, journalists, musicians,etc. Music also differs, there is a show dedicated to children’s music called Greasy Kid Stuff, there is a hard rock program Heavy Metal Sewing Circle and, for example, just a program in which they put the newest songs, Borrowed Time.

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Conclusion

If you are a music lover, you will definitely find something that suits you among these stations. And maybe discover some new bands or genres that suit you.

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Telugu Music In Popular Movies https://vermontrepublic.org/telugu-music-in-popular-movies/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 10:37:26 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=2176 Telugu is one of the many languages spoken in India and is ranked fourth as the most used one in the whole of India. It is also spoken by many throughout the neighboring countries and throughout the world. With the Telugu language, the rich Telugu culture has also spread all across the country. One of …

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Telugu is one of the many languages spoken in India and is ranked fourth as the most used one in the whole of India. It is also spoken by many throughout the neighboring countries and throughout the world. With the Telugu language, the rich Telugu culture has also spread all across the country.

One of the most influential things about Telugu’s culture is its music and films. While Telugu’s music is mostly famous because of its close relationship with the film industry, records of the music have been found even since 300 BC. For more than 2000 years, the music has been advancing and has reached a level where it’s being spread all over the world.

Since the 1930s, India has had a great breakthrough with playback singing in its movies. By playback singing, we mean pre-recorded songs or lyrics by a singer and then the same song is performed through lipsync by an actor or actress. In the 20th and 21st century, Telugu music has managed to become very popular, influencing thousands of music artists who speak Telugu to start playback singing for movies.

If you are interested in playback singing and the Telugu language, here are some of the most popular songs in movies.

Sherlock Holmes – Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya

While this may be a pretty recent film, released in June this year, the one soundtrack of this movie has become a major hit in India. The movie is about a detective who solves various FBI cases. The detective is played by the film star Naveen Polishetty with supporting roles Darbha Appaji Ambarisha, Suhas and Shruti Sharma.

The song was written and sung by the playback singer Anurag Kulkarni who first made his debut in the film industry just a few years ago.

Check out naa songs, if you are looking for a way to download Telugu songs from popular movies.

Anaganaga – Goodachari

Goodachari follows Gopi who is raised just by his uncle Satya after Gopi’s father has passed away. Gopi is played by the very famous Adivi Sesh and the movie was directed by Sashi Kiran Tikka. The whole album soundtrack follows accordingly with the dark action-spy style of this film. Goodachari had a great reception at its release, but it was praised for the great music throughout the whole film.

The music In Goodachari was composed by Sricharan Pakla, but the most impressive song to its audience was the song Anaganaga which was sung by playback singer Ambika Sashittal.

Yentha Sakkagunnave – Rangasthalam

Rangasthalam follows the deaf resident of the village Rangasthalam, Chittibabu. The deaf resident is played by Ram Charan and the supporting roles are played by Prakash Raj and Naresh. The film made a great impression on its release and the box office reached at least triple of the movie’s budget.

While the movie is viewed as a masterpiece by its fans, another great thing it offers is its album soundtrack. The whole album was composed by Devi Sri Prasad and all of the lyrics were written by Chandrabose. The biggest hit out of this album was the song Yentha Sakkagunnave and was the first one to be released as a single after the film.

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