Raja-Lakshmi Foundation awards presented

Special Correspondent

Three eminent personalities honoured

CHENNAI: Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation awards were presented at a function held here on Wednesday.

While the Raja-Lakshmi award was presented to chess champion Koneru Humpy, Lakshmi-Raja Vaidika Puraskar was conferred on R. Venkatrama Ghanapaati and the Raja-Lakshmi Visishta Puraskar on G. Balakrishna Prasad.

Ms. Humpy received a citation, a plaque and a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh, besides the Dr. K.V. Rao and Dr. Jyoti Rao award of $2,000 given in association with the Telugu Fine Arts Society, New Jersey.

Mr. Venkatrama Ghanapaati received a citation, plaque and cash prize of Rs.25,000. Mr Balakrishna Prasad received a cash prize of Rs.15,000, besides a citation and plaque.

Lauding the efforts of the foundation, N. Murali, Managing Director, The Hindu, said P.V. Ramaniah Raja and his family distributed awards for the past 30 year without any break. This year, for the first time, the foundation had chosen someone from the field of sports. Such awards would help to motivate many others to excel in their fields, he said. R. Sekar, ADGP, Civil Supplies CID, said the foundation had carved a niche for itself, and it was a privilege for those who received award.

Pappu Venugopala Rao, secretary, the Music Academy, said Ms. Humpy was a recipient of the Arjuna Award, while her father, her ‘Guru,’ was a Dhronacharya awardee.

Mr Balakrishna Prasad strove to make the people understand the lyrics of Annamacharya.

Similarly, it would take 13 years to learn ‘Ganas.’ Mr. Venkatrama Ghanapaati was teaching as well as practicing it.

B.S.R. Krishna, senior journalist, and Janani Krishna, former president, Telugu Fine Arts Society, New Jersey, spoke.

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