As in most parts of India, traditional or classical Telugu songs are of a devotional nature, called Bhakti in India. This is because the basis of most Indian music lies in the ancient chants and songs of the Temples in Vedic India nearly 2000 years ago. This system is called the Raga Sangeet system or simply Raga music.
In the Southern states of India, a form of music known as Carnatic music is most popular. Many famous songwriters of these times wrote their songs in Telugu and as such, Telugu clasical music and Telugu music itself has deep roots in Carnatic music. The Veena, the ghatam, the mridangam, etc. are just some of the instruments used during these times and even today in Telugu classical music. It is these very instruments that give the music its unique sound. Due to its roots in the Temples of India and its devotional character, many songs are dedicated to the gods like Lord Ganesha, Yashoda, Lord Krishna, Lord Tirupati, Lord Rama, Lord Hanuman and similar deities.
The older Telugu classical songs as well as newer versions and newer classical music by artists, can all be downloaded online for free or at a nominal charge. You can download the classical Telugu songs in mp3 format, and if you need them, you can also find lyrics, album art etc. online. These are usually sorted in genres sometimes based on the period during which it was recorded, singer and on some sites even categorized
The most celebrated of today’s classical Telugu song singers are Shankar Mahadevan, Shobha, Chitra, Uday, Monica and Sandeep. The best classical Telugu songs are Swamy Chinna Aasha by Shobha, Aanganaleere by Chitra, Nanda Gopala by Monica and Adi Choodare by Chitra and Sandeep. All these and more free Telugu classical music is available online free of cost.