Nerella Venu Madhav
|Nerella Venu Madhav|
Nerella Venu Madhav (born 28 December 1932), popularly known as NV, is a famous mimic from India. He rose to popularity imitating celebrities, politicians, local dialects, Nizams et cetera. He started a diploma course at Telugu University, a first in the world. He is often regarded as father of Indian Mimicry. He is also hailed as the pioneer and maestro of mimicry in India.
Madhav started his career in 1947 at the age of 16. He performs in Telugu, English, Urdu, Hindi and Tamil. He has toured all over the world and is the first mimic in the world who performed at the United Nations Organisation, New York City.
He was nominated as a Member of Legislative Council of Andhra Pradesh by the then Chief Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao in 1971. His birthday, 28 December, is celebrated as World Mimicry Day by some of his students.
An auditorium has been named after in his Honour as Padmasri Dr. Nerella Venu Madhav Kalaa Pranganam. The venue hosted a mimicry festival on his 80th birthday, 28 December by Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation at Hanamkonda Public Gardens and was named it 2011
- Padma Shri for performing arts from the Government of India in 2001
- Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation award in 1981
- Kala Prapoorna title from Andhra University (Vishakhapatnam) in 1978
- Honorary Doctorates by Andhra University, IGNOU and Kakatiya University
- Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Telugu Book of Records & Telangana Recordula Pustakam (The Book of Telangana Records) on his 83rd birthday, on 28 December 2015 at Hanumakonda.
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