FRIDAY REVIEW

Ugadi Puraskars

THE MADRAS Telugu Academy by itself and the Bharat Cultural Integration Committee, that came up as its offshoot later, have come to be recognised as solid platforms for cultural shows from all over the country.

Thanks to their adroit selection methodology, they highlight the essence of our national character and ethos.

Being on the verge of completing 25 years of fruitful existence, the Academy is all set to celebrate its silver jubilee on a grand scale with a function coinciding with the eve of Telugu New Year Day (Ugadi). The function will be held at Madras Music Academy Auditorium, Chennai, on April 3.

As part of the event, scholarships of Rs. 6,000 each would be presented to those who stood first in the Class X final examinations from all the states and union territories.

The Ugadi Puraskar (designated as Bharat Samaikya Gaurav Satkaar from this year) would also be given away to 10 child prodigies and about 50 eminent personalities drawn from the fields of music, dance, drama, art, literature, humanities, science, technology, engineering and social service. The Academy has chosen P. Obul Reddy, MD of Indo-National Limited, renowned Bharatanatyam exponent Jayanthi Subrahamnayam and N.R. Chandur, noted journalist-novelist-playwright and story writer, for the Samaikya Bharat Swarna Puraskar, which comes with a cash award of Rs. 1,01,116.

Venkateswara Natya Mandali of Hyderabad has also been selected for cash assistance of Rs. 10,000, instituted in the name of Garimella Rama Murthy.

The fete will start with a marathon show of performing arts from many regions.

A. R. S.

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