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Veteran filmmaker Dr. K Balachander was honoured with prestigious
ANR National Award yesterday ( January 11). Andhra Pradesh CM Kiran
Kumar Reddy, ANR and other dignitaries presented him a Memento and
a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakhs.
The function was held at Shilpa Kala Vedika, Hyderabad. Union
Law Minister Veerapa Moily inaugurated the event by lighting the
lamp. Akkineni family members like Nagarjuna, Amala, Naga Susheela,
Naga Chaitanya, Akhil, Sumanth and others were present. But Indian
Idol 5 finalist Sreeram Chandra was the prime attraction of the day
and he entertained the audience with some old Telugu songs.
The annual ANR Awards committee is headed by T Subbarami Reddy.
Boney Kapoor, Nagarjuna, Naga Susheela, Akkineni Nageswara Rao are
also part of the committee.
Bollywood actor Dev Anand was the first recipient to receive
this prestigious award followed by Shabana Azmi, Anjali Devi, Lata
Mangeshkar and Vyjayanthimala. Balachander is often praised for
introducing superstars like Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan. He has
directed in Telugu, Tamil, Kananda and Malayalam.