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Kesiraju Srinivas
Birth nameKesiraju Srinivas
Also known asGazal Srinivas
Born (1966-10-14) 14 October 1966 (age 53)
Occupation(s)Singer, activist
InstrumentsVocals, frame drum

Kesiraju Srinivas (born 14 October 1966), popularly known as Ghazal Srinivas, is a Ghazal singer and frame drum player from Hyderabad, India. He holds the Guinness World Record for most languages sung.[1]

Srinivas, a native of Palakol in West Godavari District, was born in Tekkali, Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh.[2] He worked as a librarian at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bhimavaram and Sainik School, Korukonda, for a decade. He started singing Telugu ghazals in 1986.[3] He uses a frame drum as his only accompaniment.

Sexual misconduct allegations

A woman complained that Srinivas was harassed for months. The police registered the case on Tuesday, 2 January 2018 after validating the evidence furnished by the victim, who lodged a two-page complaint with the Punjagutta police on 29 December 2017. Police said Srinivas had forced the woman to do body massage including private parts. "Under the veil he is living in, under the 'save the temples' disguise he's wearing like a thick blanket, neither my friends nor my mother will believe that he's such a sex pervert," said the woman.[4]

Srinivas was taken into custody on charges of sexually harassing a woman, working as jockey for a web radio 'Alayavani' of 'Save Temples' organization. The police presented Ghazal Srinivas in court and he was remanded to judicial custody for 10 days.[5] The singer was shifted to Chanchalguda Central Jail.

SaveTemples Organization suspended Dr. Ghazal Srinivas as Brand Ambassador where these allegations were reported.[6][7]


Title Year Role Language(s) Note Ref.
A Film by Aravind 2005 Satyam Telugu


  1. ^ "'Ghazal Srinivas' enters Guinness book". The Hindu. Hyderabad. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  2. ^ "About Srinivas – Dr. Ghazal Srinivas".
  3. ^ Borah, Prabalika M. (25 February 2011). "Ghazals for peace". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Ten Video Tapes Against Ghazal Srinivas??".
  5. ^ "Ghazal Srinivas remanded for 10 days in sexual harassment case". The Hans India.
  6. ^ "Welcome to! Mission to Protect and Preserve Hinduism and Hindu Temples Worldwide. - A project of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation [GHHF] USA".
  7. ^ Pavan, P (2 January 2018). "Ghazal Srinivas held for harassing radio jockey". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 31 August 2018.

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