The 84th birthday celebrations of Akkineni Nageswara Rao began a day in advance. Though Akkineni's birthday is on September 20, a function was held on September 19 at his residence. A meeting was arranged on the occasion and Akkineni Nageswara Rao handed over the Adurthi Subba Rao Memorial Award instituted by him to noted director K Viswanath and Akkineni Puraskaram to senior journalist Turlapati Kutumba Rao. Dr KV Krishnakumari was also felicitated to mark the completion of 50 years as a writer.
Dr Akkineni remembered his association with the three awardees and complimented them. It may be mentioned here that Akkineni played the hero in the debut film of K Viswanath and it was Turlapati Kutumba Rao, who awarded Akkineni the title 'Nata Samrat' some 50 years ago. Akkineni Fans Federation members Katturi Subrahmanyam, Kadambari Kiran, Sheik Ibrahim, Gangisetti Ramanageswara rao, T Bangaraiah, Naveen Prasad and others participated in the meeting.