Highly talented and well-known film music director Chakri passes away in the wee hours ofMonday due to a massive cardiac arrest.
The young and colourful music director's death has come as a shock to the film world even as it is reeling under the impact of tragic deaths of Nandamuri Janakiram last week and veteran actor and dubbing artiste PJ Sharma on Sunday.
Chakri suffered a massive cardiac stroke and was rushed to the Apollo Hospital, where he died during the treatment.
Chakri aka Chakradhar Gilla was born in Warangal's Mahabubabad district and has been active in his youth as a singer and composer. He honed his skills teaching patriotic songs to the students of schools in the rural hinterland of Warangal. His father Rajanna too was an artiste and together they organised several shows with social consciousness.
Chakrai later forayed into film world and became a music director with the film Bachi. He had great bonding with directors Puri Jagannadh and Vamsi. He scored the music in the initial films of Puri and had scored music for every film that Vamsi made. A winner of several awards and accolades, Chakri was known to be down to earth and friendly to all. His last film was Dasari Narayana Rao's Erra Bus and his last public show was the Memu Saitham programme organised by the Tollywood in aid of Hudhud victims. In that show, his songs won special acclaim for their context and the content.