Bapu

Until now, Bapu has neither been seen nor heard. Instead he lets himself be seen and heard through his work. The shy smile of a bride, the big eyes of a damsel, the sculpted muscles of a warrior, the slight tilt of the mango leaf… There aren't enough words in any language to describe the nuances of Bapu art; nor the myriad expressions that shine through the eyes of his characters. Bapu's art is a world in itself.

Now it's time to hear the voice behind the work. Bapu allowed himself to be persuaded to read part of Mullapudi (and partly his own) autobiography in this third and last volume of Kothikommachi – "Mukkothikommachi". As with his films and art, he insisted on adding value (brought out Ghazals and songs from his archives), sat through the dubbing, and edited it too.

That said, here's the disclaimer and acknowledgement: this was read soon after Mullapudi left Bapu, so you will find his voice low at times, cracking with emotion at others. The sound quality is a little low, so we ask for your patience.

The Ghazals: Sri SPB's and Sri PBS' ghazals were kindly given to us by Sri Challapalli Rangarao (Bapu's son-in-law). And since Bapu garu was unable to record his part in a studio, Prasad Mullapudi and his assistant Radhakrishna, recorded Bapu's portions at his residence, with the unavoidable ambient sound.

In all, it is our attempt to protect and cherish Bapu garu's voice in this audio version, and have him read about at least one part of his journey with his friend, philosopher and guide.



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