How many Telugu TV programs do you remember from 1996? Okay, how many Telugu TV programs do you remember from last year? The jury of these awards apparently does. In any case, the government believes that it's better to show some dhér than andhér.
The A P State Television and Theater Development Corporation will present the TV Nandi Awards for five years (1996 to 2000) over a period of 3 days, starting on the 22nd of August. The various categories in which the awards will be given are: best children's films, artists and technicians awards, the best single episodes of serials, best telefilms and best serials. These awards were to be given in their respective years, but due to various reasons, they got postponed and are being given now.
About 327 awards will be given away on the occasion, of which 30 are gold, 30 silver and the rest are bronze medals. Separate committees have been formed to co-ordinate all this. The chairpersons of the jury for the five years were Vijayanirmala for 1996, N Siva Prasad (1997), Sajid Azam (1998), J V Somayajulu (1999) and RRK Shree (2000).
The Minister for Home and Cinematography, T Devender Goud, will preside over the 3-day function. The Governor, C Rangarajan will give the awards for the years 1996 and 1997, on the first day. On August 23, the High Court Chief Justice A R Lakshmanan will give away the awards for the years 1998 and 1999. And on the final day, the Chief Minister, N Chandra Babu Naidu, will give away awards for the year 2000. Please contact the venue for further details.