Nandi Awards

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Nandi Awards
Awarded for Excellence in cinematic achievements for Telugu Cinema
Sponsor Government's of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Location Telugu Lalita Kaḷā Tōraṇaṃ, Hyderabad, India[1][2]
Presented by Film, Television and Theatre Development Corporation[3]
First awarded 1964
Last awarded 2011
Official website

The Nandi Awards (Telugu: నంది పురస్కారాలు) is the highest award ceremony for excellence in Telugu cinema, Telugu Theater, Telugu Television, and Life time achievements in Indian cinema, presented annually by Government's of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. "Nandi" means "bull", the awards being named after the big granite bull at Lepakshi — a cultural and historical symbol of Telugus. Nandi Awards are presented in four categories: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Copper. A variant, Nandi Natakotsavam Awards for Theater is also given every year by the government for social, mythological and poetic dramas.[4][5][6]

Annually, a state panel appointed by the government selects the winning entry, and the award ceremony is held in Hyderabad, where in 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 for the makers of a 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.[7][8]

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.[9]


The state Government commissioned the Nandi Film Awards to recognize and commend the best films produced in Telugu language in Andhra Pradesh from 1964 onwards. The objective of the film awards is to encourage the production of films in 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 being organized by the them.[10]

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 prize and commendation certificates.

Honorary Awards - Gold[edit]

Raghupati Venkaiah Award
NTR National Award
Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy National Award
Nagireddy-Chakrapani National Award
  • 2011: G. Adiseshagiri Rao – (film producer)[15]



Copper - since 1977[edit]

Copper - since 1997[edit]

Most awards received[edit]


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