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Telangana's Renowned Folk Singer Gaddar Passes Away From Heart Attack

Utkarsh Classes Last Updated 01-02-2024
Telangana's Renowned Folk Singer Gaddar Passes Away From Heart Attack Death 3 min read

On August 6th, 2023, Gaddar, the celebrated folk singer, poet, and former Naxalite supporter from Telangana, passed away at the age of 77 following a prolonged illness. Gaddar's last rites were performed on 7 August.

Gaddar was popular for his revolutionary songs during and after the Telangana statehood movement in the 1980s.

  • Born as Gummadi Vittal Rao in 1949 at Tooparan in Medak district, popularly known as 'Gaddar', a renowned folk singer and poet.

  • Gaddar died at the city's Apollo Spectra Hospital due to lung and urinary problems and old age. He was suffering from severe heart disease.

  • However, he had a history of lung and urinary problems, which increased with age and led to his demise.

  • Gaddar had attended a public meeting of the Congress addressed by Rahul Gandhi in Khammam, Telangana on 2 July.

  • A decade ago, his song 'Podustunna Poddu Meeda Nadustunna Kalma Poru Telanganama' became the anthem of the Telangana Achievement Movement.

Mainstream return in 2017

  • Gaddar had been underground for a long time. He actively participated in the Telangana movement. He returned to the mainstream in the year 2017 and declared himself as an Ambedkarite.

  • In the year 2018, Gaddar voted for the first time in his life in the Telangana assembly elections.


  • The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act (2014) bifurcated Andhra Pradesh into two separate states, (Andhra Pradesh (Rest) and Telangana).

    • Establishment: Telangana, India's 29th state, was carved out of the north-western part of Andhra Pradesh on 2 June 2014.
  • Capital: Hyderabad

Four symbols of Telangana:

  • State Bird: Palpitta (Indian Roller or Blue Jay).

  • State Animal: Jinka (deer).

  • State Tree: Jammi Chattu (Prosopis cineraria).

  • State Flower: Tangedu (Tanner's cassia).

  • The Ramappa temple in Mulugu district represents the typical style of the Kakatiyas. The foundation of this temple is’ Sandbox Technique’. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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