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End of an era: Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry is no more

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Renowned lyricist and respected poet Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry, whose songs have got legions of fans, is no more. He breathed his last on Tuesday evening while undergoing treatment for Pneumonia at KIMS Hospital in Hyderabad. The doctors said that his lung cancer resulted in several complications and he couldn't be saved.

The patient was put on ECMO to support his lungs. A health bulletin issued just hours before his death didn't say that Sastry was in a critical condition.

The demise of the Padma Shri winner has drowned millions of his fans in sadness. Thousands of his profound songs will remain a testimony to his unmatched intelligence, deep thinking, and philosophical bent of mind.

Sirivennela's recent songs include a song from 'Roudram Ranam Rudhiram'. Two songs from 'Shyam Singha Roy' will be released posthumously.

He was 66 and was penning songs only if the situation inspired him to. After the demise of Veturi more than 10 years ago, Sirivennela's death has left an irreparable void in Tollywood.