Raghupathi Venkaiah Awards
The Raghupathi Venkaiah Award is an annual award introduced to recognize people for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the Telugu film industry. Andhra Pradesh State Government incorporated this prestegious award in 1981 in the honor of Raghupathi Venkaih Naidu, a pioneer of Indian film industry. The winner of each year will be felicitated and presented a Golden Nandi, a Gold medal, citation and cash prize of Rs 50,000 at the state government's Nandi Awards functions.
Winners of the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award
1980 : L.V.Prasad (Director and Producer) 1981 : P.Pullaiah (Director and Producer) 1982 : B.A.Subba Rao (Director, Producer and Writer) 1983 : M.A.Rahman 1984 : Kosaraju Raghavaiah Choudary (Lyricist, Poet and Actor) 1985 : Bhanumati (Actress, Producer, Singer, Music Director, and Writer) 1986 : Bapu-Mullapudi Venkata Ramana 1987 : B.Nagi Reddy (Producer) 1988 : D.V.S.Raju (Producer) 1989 : Akkineni Nageswara Rao (Actor) 1990 : Dasari Narayana Rao (Actor, Director, and Producer) 1991 : K.Viswanath (Film Director) 1992 : S.Rajeswara Rao (Composer) 1993 : D.Madhusudhana Rao (Producer) 1994 : Anjali Devi (Actress) 1995 : K.S.Prakash Rao (Actor, Cinematographer, Director, Producer) 1996 : Inturi Venkateswara Rao 1997 : V.Madhusudhana Rao 1998 : Gummadi Venkateswara Rao (Actor) 1999 : Santha Kumari (Actress and Producer) 2000 : Tadepalli Lakshmi Kanta Rao (Actor, Producer) 2001 : Allu Rama Lingaiah (Actor) 2002 : P.Susheela (Singer) 2003 : V.B.Rajendra Prasad (Producer) 2004 : Krishnaveni (Actress and Producer) 2005 : M.S.Reddy (Producer, Writer, and Director) 2006 : Daggubati Rama Naidu (Producer, Actor) 2007 : Tammareddy Krishna Murthy (Producer) 2008 : Vijaya Nirmala (Actress, Producer and Director) 2009 : K.Raghava (Producer ) 2010 : M.Balaiah (Actor, Producer and Director) 2011 : Kaikala Satyanarayana (Actor, Producer and Director)