ANDHRA PRADESH

Nandi awards presented

Staff Reporter

NELLORE: In mythological section (Padya Natakam) ‘Swatantra Maha Sangramam’ , social play section (Saangika Natakam) ‘Bommalu Cheppina Bhaja Govindam’ and in playlet section (Natikalu) ‘Evaro Vokaru’, bagged gold Nandi Awards for the year 2008. Housing Minister Botsa Satyanarayana, Information and Public Relations (I&PR) Minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy and other presented the awards at a grand function organised on the concluding day of Nandi Natakotsavalu-2008, at Venkatagiri Rajas College Grounds here on Saturday.

Silver Nandis

‘Allasani Peddana’, ‘Jajjanakari Janare’ and ‘Talupu’, won silver awards in mythological, social play and playlet sections respectively for the year 2008.

In mythological section, P.V.N. Krishna has been awarded the best director, P. Naga Babu (best actor), Sindhuri Vimala Devi (best actress), V. Yagna Narayana (best music director) and Nallamala Abhyudaya Datta bagged the best child artiste award for his role in ‘Tara Sashankam’ as ‘Bala Chandrudu’.

Social plays

In social play section, M.S. Chowdari bagged best director award, S. Koteswara Rao (best writer), M.S.K. Prabhu (best actor), Surabhi Prabhavathi (best actress) and M.Paramesh has been awarded as best music director.

NTR awards

The State government awarded the Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao Ranga Stalanati Puraskaram to Allah Baksha Mulla, who did a lot of service to artistic field. He acted in several dramas in the last five decades. Baksha was felicitated with the puraskaram, Rs. 1 lakh cash and a citation.

Cash prizes

The government gave Rs. 1 lakh cash prizes each to Sri Vinayaka Natya Mandali, Sri Bhavodaya Natya Mandali, Vijaya Bharati Natya Mandali, Sri Saradha Natya Mandali and Sri Venkateswara Natya Mandali at the Nandi Natakotsvalu function.

MLAs Magunta Parvethamma, Anam Vivekananda Reddy, Mekapati Chandrashekar Reddy and Katamreddy Vishnuvardhan Reddy, I&PR Commissioner C. Parthasarathi, Collector K. Ram Gopal, Superintendent of Police B.Malla Reddy, artistes from various places and officials attended the function.

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