|Awarded for||Excellence in cinematic achievements for Telugu cinema|
|Sponsored by||Governments of Andhra Pradesh.|
|Location||Telugu Lalita Kaḷā Tōraṇaṃ, Hyderabad, India|
|Presented by||Film, Television and Theatre Development Corporation|
The Nandi Awards (Telugu: నంది పురస్కారాలు) is the highest award ceremony for excellence in Telugu cinema, Telugu theatre, Telugu Television, and Lifetime achievements in Indian cinema, presented annually by the Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. "Nandi" means "bull", the award being named after the big granite bull at Lepakshi — a cultural and historical symbol of the Telugu people. Nandi Awards are presented in four categories: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Copper. A variant, the Nandi Natakotsavam Awards for Theater, is also given every year by the government for social, mythological and poetic dramas.
|First Awarded in 1964|
Annually, a state panel appointed by the government selects the winning entry, and the award ceremony is held in Hyderabad, where the Chief Minister gives away the awards. A list of rules is presented every year in a document of regulations. The criteria for eligibility contains many clauses. Among them, there is a direct requirement that the film, and particularly films entering the competition, should be produced in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and in case of co-production involving a foreign entity, there are as many conditions which should be fulfilled in order for the film to qualify.
According to the criteria, in order to be eligible for consideration of the jury, a film should be certified by the Central Board of Film Certification between January 1 and December 31. The Government do not have influence over which films are selected for consideration and which films ultimately win awards. However, there are strict criteria which are being scrutinized by the government as to whether a film is eligible for consideration by the jury panels.
The state Government commissioned the Nandi Film Awards to recognize and commend the best films produced in the Telugu language in Andhra Pradesh from 1964 onwards. The objective of the film awards is to encourage the production of films in the Telugu language with high technical excellence and aesthetic values bearing cultural, educational, and social relevance and also promoting the integration and unity of the nation. Awards are given annually and are presented in a public event on the Telugu new year. The Government has transferred the activity relating to conferring Nandi Awards to the Film Television and Theatre Development Corporation. Since 1998, the awards are organized by them.
The Awards are given in the categories of feature films, feature films on national integration, children’s films, documentary films, educational films, and books/articles on Telugu cinema in Telugu language for the best films, producers, directors, artistes, and technicians. The awards are usually in the form of Golden Nandi, Silver Nandi, Bronze Nandi, and Copper Nandi, in addition to medals, cash prizes and commendation certificates.
Honorary Awards - Gold
- Highest Award for Life Time Achievement and contribution to Indian Cinema from A.P Government: since 1996
- Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy National Award
- 2008: K. B. Tilak (director and producer)
- 2009: K. Raghavendra Rao (film director)
- 2011: Shyam Benegal (film director)
- 2011: G. Adiseshagiri Rao – (film producer)
- Best Feature Films – Gold, Silver and Bronze: since 1964
- Sarojini Devi Award for a Film on National Integration: since 1999
- Nandi Award for Best Children Films- Gold and Silver: since 1999
- Nandi Award for Best Documentary Films - Gold and Silver: since 1999
- Nandi Award for Best Popular Feature Film: since 2005
- Best Actor: since 1964
- Best Actress: since 1975
- Best Director: since 1981
- Best Educational Film: since 1999
- Akkineni Award for Best Home-viewing Feature Film: since 1996
Copper - Since 1977
- Best Cinematographer: since 1977
- Best Music Director: since 1977
- Best Male Playback Singer: since 1977
- Best Female Playback Singer: since 1977
- Best Screenplay Writer: since 1977
- Best Lyricist: since 1977
Copper - Since 1981
- Best Supporting Actor: since 1981
- Best Supporting Actress: since 1981
- Best Story Writer: since 1981
- Best Audiographer: since 1981
Copper - Since 1995
- Best First Film of a Director: since 1995
- Best Character Actor: since 1995
- Best Male Comedian: since 1995
- Best Female Comedian: since 1995
- Best Dialogue Writer: since 1983
- Best Choreographer: since 1995
- Special Jury Award: since 1995
- Nandi Award for Best Male Debut: since 1995
- Nandi Award for Best Female Debut: since 1985
- Best Male Dubbing Artist: since 1997
- Best Female Dubbing Artist: since 1997
- Best Book on Telugu Cinema: since 1997
- Best Villain: since 1985
- Best Child Actor: since 1981
- Best Child Actress: since 1977
- Best Editor: since 1981
- Best Art Director: 1981
- Best Makeup Artist: since 1981
- Best Costume Designer: since 1981
- Best Fight Master: since 1999
- Best Film Critic on Telugu Cinema: since 1999
- Best Special Effects: since 2003
Most awards received
- Shobhan Babu won 5 Awards - Best Actor
- Venkatesh won 5 Awards - Best Actor
- Jayasudha won 4 Awards - Best actress
- Vijayashanti won 4 Awards - Best actress
- S.P.Balasubrahmanyam won 25 Awards - Best Male playback singer
- Arundhati film won 10 Awards
- S. Janaki won 10 Awards - Best Female playback singer
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