Town-based stage artiste Samala Laxman Rao has bagged the prestigious Nandi award at the recently held State-level Nandi Drama competitions. Mr. Laxman Rao got the ‘Best Villain’ award for his role in drama ‘Settlement’ – a Mayuri Art creations production written by S. Shyamal Rao. Mr. Laxman Rao was awarded a bronze Nandi and a cash prize of Rs 10,000. He has been taking part in Nandi competitions for the past six years. -Special Correspondent