Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has announced the addition of two special awards from next year in the name of legendary actor Dr. Vishnuvardhan and KS Ashwath. He said that a memorial in the name of Dr. Vishnuvardhan would also be built soon, which he had announced after his death.
After distributing Karnataka State Film Awards 2007-2008 on Sunday at Shimoga, BS Yediyurappa addressed the function and said that the state government has instituted the Dr. Vishnuvardhan Life Time Achievement award. This award will be given to those who have worked for the progress of the Kannada film industry.
He also announced another special award for the best supporting actor and it will be instituted in the name of late film artist KS Ashwath. He also promised that his government would help the Kannada film industry to make quality films.
Meanwhile, he gave away the Dr. Rajkumar Life Time Achievement award for the year 2008 and actress Bharathi received the same on behalf of her late husband Vishnuvardhan. Parvathamma Rajkumar was also honoured with the Life Time Achievement award for her services to the industry. Powerstar Puneet Rajkumar and Umashri bagged the best actor and actress awards for their performances in the films Milana and Gulabi Talkies respectively.