Yuvakalavahini is giving away its annual theater awards, on 27th March, at Sri Thyagaraya Gana Sabha in Chikkadpally. This year, too, 10 eminent theater personalities who have dedicated their time, careers and lives towards the upliftment of theater will be awarded, as below:
Gurajada Apparao Award to Ganvisetty, writer
Ballari Raghava Award to Koka Sanjeeva Rao, actor
Sthanam Narasimha Rao Award to Babji, actor
Dr. Garikapati Raja Rao Award to Jarugula Rama Rao, director
Eelapati Raghuramayya Award to Kramadhati Venkateswara Sarma, actor
J V Somayajulu Award Award to Velu, cine & theatre actor
Sashi Kumar Shandilya Award to P V Rao, actor
P S Mallikarjuna Rao Award to S S Kumara Sarma, artiste supplier
K Srihari Murthy Award to Karanam Suresh, director
P V Krishna Murthy Award to S A Rao, writer
The awards, containing a memento and a silk shawl each, will be handed over to the recipients by Padmabhushan and Gnanpeeth awardee Dr. C Narayana Reddy. The chief guest for the evening will be Padmabhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao. The Dr. ANR Nataka Kala Parishad President Saripally Kondala Rao, and writer and poet Chatla Sreeramulu, are the other guests.
On this occasion, D Vijaya Bhaskar, winner of the Nandi Award for the play Bapu Cheppina Maata, will be felicitated. A mythological play Sri Krishna Rayabaram will also be staged, in which T Nagireddy, M Salvachari, Poorna, R A Naidu, E S R Murthy and Anjireddy will enact their respective roles.