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.