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Kala Ratna

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Kala Ratna
Civilian Award
Sponsored byGovernment of Andhra Pradesh
First awarded1999
Last awarded2017
Websiteapculturedept.com[dead link]

The Kala Ratna (Telugu: కళారత్న) earlier Hamsa Award,[1] is a civilian honour of the Andhra Pradesh state are conferred annually by the Government of Andhra Pradesh and is organised by the State Cultural Council and Department of Culture on the occasion of Telugu new year, Ugadi.[2] The awards celebrate achievements by persons of eminence in their chosen fields. The awardees are from the fields of literature, music, dance, painting, sculpture, folk and tribal arts. Along with Kala Ratna awards, the Andhra Pradesh government presents Ugadi Puraskarams on the same stage.

The Award[edit]

The awards are presented by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Each award carries an amount of Rs. 30,000, a shawl, a gold plated Hamsa (Swan) memento.

Award winners[edit]

2015 Awards[edit]

The Government of Andhra Pradesh announced 32 names for the year 2015.[3]

2016 Awards[edit]

The Government of Andhra Pradesh announced 23 names for the year 2016.[4]

2017 Awards[edit]

The Government of Andhra Pradesh announced 38 names for the year 2017.[5]


  1. ^ "Hamsa awards are now Kalaratna". The Hindu. 16 August 2006. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Artists of Andhra Pradesh". Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Hamsa and Ugadi awards announced". The Hindu. 20 March 2015 – via www.thehindu.com.
  4. ^ "AP Hamsa awards,AP Ugadi Awards 2016,AP Ugadi Awards (Puraskaralu) 2016 Announced | TeluguNow.com". www.telugunow.com. Archived from the original on 9 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Andhra Pradesh announces names of Kala Ratna (Hamsa) awardees". The New Indian Express.