Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: ‘Selvi,’ the television serial starring Radhika, has won the State government’s first prize in the small screen awards category for the year 2006. The award comprises Rs.2 lakh, a memento and a certificate, a State government press release said.

The second prize has gone to ‘Sorgam,’ produced by AVM. Another serial, ‘Alli Rajyam,’ by Vikatan Tele Vistas, has won the award for the best weekly serial. Each will get Rs.1 lakh, a memento and a certificate.

A committee headed by Justice Maruthamuthu selected the serials and other awardees. Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi will present the awards. The function date will be announced later.

Thiruchelvam, director of the serial ‘Kolangal,’ has been selected for the best achiever award. Rani Somanathan has won the lifetime achievement award. They will be given Rs.1 lakh each, a memento and a certificate. Other awardees include Prem (editing), Kiran (music director), Ravi Sankar (playback singer), Pramila (playback singer) and Eswar (trick scenes in ‘Sindubadh’). They will get a five sovereign gold medal, a memento and a certificate.