Event Actor J.V. Ramana Murthy and music director Mohammed Khaza were honoured. P. SURYA RAO

“Vijayawada is the right place to stage a drama. The city gave me excellent encouragement that helped me to step into the film industry,” said J.V. Ramana Murthy well-known stage and cine artiste. Noted movie director Gopalakrishna stated that the cinema was born in Vijayawada and there is great patronage in the city for drama too.Several speakers including Turlapati Kutumbarao, Chairman of A.P. Grandhalaya Parishat, industrialists Koganti Satyanarayana, Golla Narayana Rao and Ch. Bhaskar Rao described J.V. Ramana Murthy as an unassuming and simple human being and his portrayal of Girisam’s role in the famous drama Kanyasulkam is unforgettable.

The occasion was the felicitation function jointly organised by Andhra Arts’ Academy and Somanadh Natyamandali at Gokaraju Laila Gangaraju Kala Vedika. Actor Ramana Murthy was honoured with the title ‘Nata Girish’.

Another function was conducted at the same venue next day by Vijayawada Cultural Academy marking its 7th anniversary. In this connection the Academy fittingly honoured veteran music director, composer and founder of the noted Mayur Orchestra Mohammed Khaza.

Many singers like Mano, Suneeta, Sunanda, Pithapuram Nageswara Rao, Madhavapeddi Satyam, Madhavapeddi Ramesh and several others entered the film field through Khaza’s Mayur Orchestra. During the function Khaza was awarded the A.V. Subbaraju Memorial Award. Speakers M.C. Das, S. Narasaraju, Dr. Kamineni Pattabhiramaiah and several others praised Khaza’s services to light and film music.

The felicitation function was followed by the renditions of several songs by Mohammed Khaza and a few dance items presented by Sannajaji, Sriveni, Harini and Lekhyabharani.