RDT has been sending promising talented young men and women to colleges of music and dance for the last 10 years. Some studied vocal music and some mrudangam. There were also two Bharata Natyam students. But no one tried Ghatam, a Karnatic classical percussion instrument until Meesala Nagaraju came on the scene. Nagaraju is from Kesepalli village in Narpala Mandal of Anantapur district. His parents were agricultural labourers. When he joined Sri Venkateswara College of music and dance in Tirupathi, he too was thinking of learning mrudangam like many of his friends. But his gurus in RDT and in the college encouraged him to go for this special instrument. Ghatam artistes are a rare breed nowadays. Mr. Ushtnam Raja Rao, his Ghatam master not only taught him the art in the college but also took him to his concerts to Chennai, Hyderabad, Tirupathi and Kerala. Soon enough Nagaraju became an expert Ghatam player. As one of the very few Ghatam players around and an expert at that, Nagaraju is giving many concerts with many esteemed co artistes. His parents are proud and delighted. Calling from Tirupathi, Nagaraju expressed his joy not only about his success but also for being a great support to his once poor parents.