Ugadi Puraskars presented
The Governor of Sikkim, V. Rama Rao, with the Ugadi Puraskar winners at the function.
DESPITE THE cricket World Cup finals, people poured in at the Madras Music Academy auditorium to witness the cultural mela organised by the Madras Telugu Academy _ the conferring of the annual Ugadi Puraskar.
Three persons were chosen for the Samaikya Bharat Gaurav Satkar, carrying a cash award of Rs. 1,01,116, besides a memento and a citation _ dramatist and playwright Dr. Atthili Krishna Rao (posthumous), vocalist Saraswatula Venkata Rao and veena maestro Patrayani Sangeetha Rao. Redesignated as the Samaikya Bharat Satkaarotsav from this year, the fete got off to a grand start with Mrs. Jayalakshmi, wife of former Chief Election Commissioner Mr. T. N. Seshan, lighting the lamp.
Nominees for the Ugadi Puraskar under the category of child prodigies performed a cultural programme, which was followed by Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam performances. Vocal recitals, quiz, memory game, magic show, a group song, a display of martial arts and solo light music recitals delighted the packed audience. Interspersing these items were two comedy dramas. A mimicry show by Bollywood comedian Johnny Lever was the highlight of the programme.
Then came the grand finale _ the presentation of the awards _ presided by Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao. Chairman of the Academy P. Obul Reddy, welcomed the gathering. V. Rama Rao, Governor of Sikkim, gave away the puraskars to about 60 personalities in the fields of music, education, literature, media, films, and the toppers of SSC examinations. Convenor T. V. K. Sastry highlighted the achievements of the Academy. Guests of honour T. N. Seshan (former Chief Election Commissioner), TDP MP K. Yerran Naidu, film director K. Vishwanath, chief executive officer of Prasar Bharati, K. S. Sharma and Secretary at the Minstry of Health and Family Welfare J. V. R. Prasad also spoke. Pratap C. Reddy proposed a vote of thanks.
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