Shaik Nazar

Born in 1920 in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Shaik Nazar learnt Carnatic music from Shri M. Seetaramaiah and Shri S. Raghavaiah. He later joined a Burrakatha group, learning the traditional recitative from Shri Doddarapu Venkata- swamy and Shri Koti Veeraiah. Thereafter Shaik Nazar rose to rapid popularity, composing and singing Burrakathas on most contemporary themes especially the Rayalseema and Bengal famines of the forties. He has since sung Burrakathas for four films in Telugu, his rendering in Aggi Romudu being consider- ed a masterly incorporation of traditional song in cinema. Shri Shaik Nazar’s play Aasami has been awarded by the Andhra Nataka Kala Parishad. Among other honours over four decades, Shri Shaik Nazar received the Fellowship of the Andhra Pradesh Natak Akademi in 1981 and the Padma Shri in 1985. For his eminence in the field of theatre and his contribution to its enrichment Shri Shaik Nazar receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Folk Theatre for 1986.