Raghupathi Venkaiah Award

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Raghupati Venkaiah Award [1]
Category Telugu Cinema
Description Lifetime Achievement award
Instituted 1981
First awarded 1981
Total awarded 30
Awarded by Government of Andhra Pradesh
Cash award INR 50,000
First awardee(s) 1981
Last awardee(s) 2011

The Raghupati Venkaiah Award is Andhra Pradesh state's highest award in cinema, an annual award introduced to recognize people for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the Telugu film industry.

Andhra Pradesh 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[edit]

Awardee distinction[edit]

  • P. Pullaiah and Santha Kumari are the only couple who have been won the award. Pullaiah won the award in 1981 and Santha Kumari won it in 1998.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://bharatjanani.com/raghupati-venkaiah-naidu-the-man-who-started-it-all/
  2. ^ Ragupathi Venkaiah Award to Vijaya Nirmala
  3. ^ Raghupathi Venkaiah award 2007 to Tammareddy Krishna Murthy
  4. ^ "Raghupathi Venkaiah award for D Ramanaidu". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2008-04-01. 
  5. ^ "Raghupathi Venkaiah award for M.S. Reddy". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2007-02-18. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  6. ^ "Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for Krishnaveni". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2005-10-23. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  7. ^ "Nandi awards presentation on 18 February". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2002-02-15. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  8. ^ "Nandi Awards Presented". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2003-04-02. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  9. ^ Sanmanalu - Awardulu in Anaganaga Oka Raakumarudu (Autobiography), Creative Links, Hyderabad, 2007, pp. 205.