NTR award to CNR
C. Narayana Reddy receives this year's NTR National Literary Award.
C. Narayana Reddy.
It was one of the remarkable events that the NTR Vignan Trust held, to present this year's ‘National Literary Award' to Gnanpeeth Awardee C. Narayana Reddy at a ceremony arranged by the Trust at Ravindra Bharati, on Saturday, celebrating NTR's 88th Jayanthi. The evening began with rendition of songs that Narayana Reddy wrote for film from his first effort in Gulebakavali Katha, NTR starrer. Saratchandra, D. Surekha Murthy, K. Venkatrao and Nanduri Lakshman rendered these songs as duets and solos. N. Lakshmi Parvati, the Chairperson of the Trust mentioned as to why and how this award was instituted. She named great literary figures who were already honoured with this award in previous years — Bhairappa of Karnata, Satchidanada of Kerala, Mahasweta Devi of West Bengal and Avantsa Somasundaram, a well known writer of A.P. Lakshmi Parvati explained about the contribution of Narayana Reddy to literature and called him the ‘Pitamaha' of the modern literature.
The chief guest of the event was former Chief Minister Konijeti Rosaiah, who Lakshmi Parvati called as the ‘Apara Chanukya' reborn as Rosaiah and ‘Ajata Satru' of Andhra politics. Rosiah recalled the contribution of NTR to the golden era of Telugu cinema and about his love for Telugus and Telugu literature.
The award was given in the presence of learned guests who were very close to the heart of NTR, like K.V. Ramana (IAS), who worked closely with him, film actress Jamuna, film producer and ‘Raghupati Venkayya award' winner V.B. Rajendra Prasad. Writer and professor, Mrunalini introduced the award winner. Playwright, D. Vijayabhasker read out the ‘Sanmana Patram' (citation).
K.V. Ramana gave a remarkable speech about the contribution of Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao and C. Narayana Reddy covering all the angles of these personalities and about the contribution of NTR as actor, producer and director; and Narayana Reddy as lecturer, vice-chancellor, MP, Chairman of Cultural council, Ganpeeth awardee and Chairman of Andhra Saraswatha Parishat. He said that Narayana Reddy topped amongst all the lyric writers of Telugu cinema contributing more than three thousand songs for films, most of which were message orientedHe also said that Narayana Reddy had both ‘Yogam' (destiny) and ‘Yogyatha' (deserving) to receive this award.
Narayana Reddy was felicitated in a grand way. . The award carried one lakh rupees as cash gift.
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