Raghupathi Venkaiah Award
|Raghupati Venkaiah Naidu Award|
|Description||Lifetime Achievement award|
|Awarded by||Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana|
The Raghupati Venkaiah Award is Telugu cinema's highest award in cinema, an annual award introduced to recognize people for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the Telugu film industry. The State Government incorporated this prestigious award in 1981 in the honor of Raghupati Venkaiah Naidu, a pioneer of Indian film industry. The winner in that 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 Raghupati Venkaiah Naidu Award
- 2011: Kaikala Satyanarayana (actor, producer and director)
- 2010: M. Balaiah (actor, producer and director)
- 2009: K. Ragava (producer )
- 2008: Vijaya Nirmala (actress, producer and director)
- 2007: Tammareddy Krishna Murthy (producer)
- 2006: Daggubati Rama Naidu (producer, actor)
- 2005: M. S. Reddy (producer, writer, and director)
- 2004: Krishnaveni (actress and producer)
- 2003: V. B. Rajendra Prasad (producer)
- 2002: P. Susheela (playback singer)
- 2001: Allu Rama Lingaiah (actor)
- 2000: Tadepalli Lakshmi Kanta Rao (actor, producer)
- 1999: Santha Kumari (actress and producer)
- 1998: Gummadi Venkateswara Rao (actor)
- 1997: V. Madhusudhana Rao
- 1996: Inturi Venkateswara Rao
- 1995: K. S. Prakash Rao (actor, cinematographer, director, producer)
- 1994: Anjali Devi (actress)
- 1993: D. Madhusudhana Rao (producer)
- 1992: S. Rajeswara Rao (composer)
- 1991: K. Viswanath (Film director)
- 1990: Dasari Narayana Rao (actor, director, and producer)
- 1989: Akkineni Nageswara Rao (actor)
- 1988: D. V. S. Raju (producer)
- 1987: B. Nagi Reddy (producer)
- 1986: Bapu and Mullapudi Venkata Ramana
- 1985: Bhanumati (actor, producer, singer, music director, and writer)
- 1984: Kosaraju Raghavaiah Choudary (lyricist, poet and actor)
- 1983: M. A. Rahman
- 1982: B. A. Subba Rao (director, producer and writer)
- 1981: P. Pullaiah and Santha Kumari (director and producer)
- 1980: L. V. Prasad (director and producer)
- Ragupathi Venkaiah Award to Vijaya Nirmala
- Raghupathi Venkaiah award 2007 to Tammareddy Krishna Murthy
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- "Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for Krishnaveni". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2005-10-23. Retrieved 2007-04-16.
- "Nandi awards presentation on 18 February". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2002-02-15. Retrieved 2007-04-16.
- "Nandi Awards Presented". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2003-04-02. Retrieved 2007-04-16.
- Sanmanalu - Awardulu in Anaganaga Oka Raakumarudu (Autobiography), Creative Links, Hyderabad, 2007, pp. 205.