Speaking on the occasion, she said, 'I am very happy for receiving the esteemed Akkineni award. I liked the Annapurna Studios very much. After watching the awards gallery, I have realized how big an artiste Akkineni is and about his lifetime achievements. Akkineni is not only a great artiste but also a person who has a broad thinking."
In reply Akkineni remarked, "I am also very happy that the jury has selected the right person, who is basically a good dancer and artiste. No doubt, she has all the necessary qualities to receive this award. We have acted together in a Tamil film Adisayapen in 1959.' Akkineni Foundation member Venkat Akkineni also participated in the event.