Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation

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Raja-Lakshmi Award
RLF logo.jpg
Category Fine Arts, Music, Science, Journalism
Medicine, Social Service
Instituted 1979
First awarded 1979
Last awarded 2009
Total awarded 31
Awarded by Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation
Cash award Indian Rupees One Lakh
First awardee(s) Sri Sri
Last awardee(s) Sunita Narain
Ramaniah Raja, Managing Trustee
Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation

Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation is a Charitable Trust that promotes Arts, Sciences, Literature, Medicine, Journalism, Humanities and other intellectual pursuits and to honour distinguished persons in these fields. Established in 1979 in Chennai by P.V. Ramaniah Raja, a businessman, the Foundation instituted the Raja-Lakshmi Award.

Erstwhile the Raja-Lakshmi Award carried a prize amount of Rs.1,00,000/-, a Citation and a Plaque. The Awardees also received the Dr. K.V. Rao & Dr. Jyoti Rao Award of US $ 2000, in association with the Telugu Fine Arts Society (TFAS), New Jersey, USA.

The Foundation also instituted awards such as the Raja-Lakshmi Literary Award (1987-1999) and "Recognise the Teacher" Award. Special awards (Raja-Lakshmi Visishta Puraskar) have also been announced on a one-off basis. Lakshmi-Raja Vaidika Puraskar was instituted in the year 1994 coinciding with the 60th birthday of Smt. Mahalakshmi Raja, founder trustee of the Foundation. The Award honours Vedic scholars, and consists of a Citation, a plaque and a cash prize of Rs.25,000/-.

These Awards were being announced on August 15th (birthday of Late Smt. Mahalakshmi Raja) every year and presented at a function on November 19th (birthday of Sri Ramaniah Raja) in the same year.

From the year 2010 the Foundation has decided only to award only the Lakshmi-Raja Vaidika Puraskar and has also commenced awarding educational scholarships.

The Foundation has also instituted the Ratna Rao Memorial Prize which is awarded annually to the best student in M.Sc. Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.


Recipients of Raja-Lakshmi Award[edit]

Dr.Bezawada Gopala Reddy presenting the first Raja-Lakshmi Award to Sri Sri on 19.11.1979
Smt.Mahalakshmi Raja presenting the 1985 Raja-Lakshmi Award to Mandolin Srinivas
Sadguru Sivananda Murty presenting the 2004 Raja-Lakshmi Award to Smt.Sudha Murty
Raja-Lakshmi Awards-2008, L to R: R.Sekar IPS, N.Murali, Pappu Venugopala Rao, R.Venkatraman Ghanapaati, Koneru Humpy, Balakrishna Prasad, B.S.R.Krishna, Janani Krishna
S.No. Year Name of the Awardee Area
01 1979 Sri Sri Literature
02 1980 Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna Music
03 1981 Vempati Chinna Satyam Dance
03 1981 Nerella Venumadhav Mimicry
04 1982 Bapu Graphic art
05 1983 Y. Nayudamma Science
06 1984 Tanguturi Suryakumari Music and Dance
07 1985 Mandolin Srinivas Music
08 1986 G. K. Reddy Journalism
09 1987 Dr. B. Ramamurthi Medicine
10 1988 C. Narayanareddy Literature
11 1989 Bezawada Gopala Reddy Politics
12 1990 Lata Mangeshkar Music
13 1991 Nataraja Ramakrishna Dance
14 1992 Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu Trust Music
15 1993 P. Sainath Journalism
16 1994 G. Ram Reddy Education
17 1995 Dr.Ambati Balamurali Krishna Medicine
18 1996 Abid Hussain Administration
19 1997 A. Chennagantamma Social service
20 1998 Bhanumathi Ramakrishna Actor
21 1999 A. S. Raman Journalism
21 1999 S.V.Rama Rao Art
22 2000 K Sivananda Murty Social service
23 2001 Govindappa Venkataswamy Medicine
24 2002 Nedunuri Krishna Murthy Music
25 2003 Biruduraju Ramaraju Literature
26 2004 Smt.Sudha Murthy Philanthropy
27 2005 Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry Vedic Scholar
28 2006 S P Balasubrahmanyam Cine Playback Singer
29 2007 Dr. Ch. Gnaneswar Memorial Endowment Fund Medicine
30 2008 Koneru Humpy Sports
31 2009 Sunita Narain Environmental Science

Recipients of Raja-Lakshmi Literary Award[edit]

Mayor Sabbam Hari presenting the 1995 Raja-Lakshmi Literary Award to Sri Mullapudi Venkata Ramana
S.No. Year Name of the Awardee
01 1987 Ravuri Bharadwaja
02 1988 Nagabhairava Koteswara Rao
03 1989 Tirumala Ramachandra
04 1990 Ramavarapu Krishnamurthy Sastry
05 1991 Boyi Bhimanna
06 1992 Sribhashyam Appalacharyulu
07 1993 Mikkilineni Radhakrishna Murthy
08 1994 P.S.R.Appa Rao
09 1995 Mullapudi Venkata Ramana
10 1996 Malati Chandur
11 1997 Mallampalli Sarabheswara Sarma
12 1998 K.Ramalakshmi
13 1999 Kothapalli Veerabhadra Rao & Dwivedula Visalakshi

Recipients of Lakshmi-Raja Vaidika Puraskar[edit]

S.No. Year Name of the Awardee
01 1994 Brahmasri Lanka Venkata Ramasastry Somayaji
02 1995 Brahmasri Sannidhanam Lakshminarayana Sastry
03 1996 Brahmasri Dendukoori Agnihotra Somayaji
04 1997 Brahmasri Remella Suryaprakasa Sastry
05 1998 Goda Subrahmanya Sastry
06 1999 Brahmasri Bhamidipati Mitranarayana Yajulu
07 2000 Dendukuri Venkatappa Yagnanarayana Poundarika Yajulu & Samavedam Ramagopala Sastry
08 2001 Brahmasri Gullapudi Anjaneya Ghanapaati
09 2002 Brahmasri Emani Ramakrishna Ghanaapati
10 2003 Brahmasri Adithe Suryanarayana Murty
11 2004 Dr. Vishnubhatla Subrahmanya Sastry
12 2005 ‘Veda Vibushana’ Kuppa Siva Subrahmanya Avadhani
13 2006 Sripada Srirama Nrusimha & Sripada Krishnamurthy Ghanaapati
14 2007 Gullapalli Venkata Narayana Ghanaapati
15 2008 R. Venkatrama Ghanapaati
16 2009 Vangala Ramamurthy Ghanapaati
17 2010 Dendukuri Venkata Hanumadganaapati Somayaji
18 2011 Yanamandra Subrahmanya Somayajulu
19 2012 Vishnubhotla Sriramamurthy Sastry
20 2013 Kuppa Ramagopala Vajpeyi
21 2014 Dendukuri Venkateswara Ghanapaati

Recipients of Raja-Lakshmi Visishta Puraskar[edit]

1983 - Palagummi Padmaraju

1992 - M.S.Bharat

1998 - Bhavaraju Sarveswara Rao

2002 - Gollapudi Maruthi Rao

2004 - Bapu & Ramana

2008 - Garimella Balakrishna Prasad

Recipients of Ratna Rao Memorial Prize[edit]

2001 - D. Vasumathi

2002 - Iyer Karthik Srinivasan

2003 -

2004 - Samanwita Pal

2005 - S. Ashok

2006 - Sayani Chattopadhyay

2007 - Rakesh Paul

2008 - Krishnendu Saha

2009 - Sovan Biswas

2010 - Sourav Maiti

Memorial Lectures delivered[edit]

Sri T.A.Venkateswaran delivering the Memorial Lecture for the year 2007.

2002 - A. Prasanna Kumar

2003 - Ajeya Kallam

2004 - Dr. B.P. Rajan

2005 - T.V. Sairam & B.M. Rao

2006 - K. Sivaprasad Gupta

2007 - K. Chaya Devi, Dr. K. Venkateswarulu & T.A. Venkateswaran

2008 - Dr. Perala Balamurali

2009 - Dr. Kanthamani Sundharkrishnan

Publications[edit]

S.No. Year Name of Publication Author
01 1985 Bhaja Govindam Dr.Pappu Venugopala Rao
02 1986 Sundara Kandamu Usha Sri
03 1987 Leela Krishnudu Indraganti Srikantha Sarma
04 1988 Nityarchana Dr.Pappu Venugopala Rao
05 1990 Sri Mata Sri Mataji Thyagisanandapuri
06 1992 Aatma Bodha Karidehal Venkata Rao
07 1996 Sanatsu Jateeya Sourabham Prof.Salaaka Raghunadha Sarma
08 2000 Sivananda Lahari Hamsa Prof.Salaaka Raghunadha Sarma
09 2006 Pratibha Panchamrutham Rambhatla Nrusimha Sarma
10 2006 Ramadas and Thyagaraja Prof.A.Prasanna Kumar

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