Nandi Awards

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Nandi Awards
Current: Nandi Awards of 2016
Swarna Nandi (The Golden Bull)
Awarded forExcellence in cinematic achievements for
Telugu cinema
Telugu theatre
Telugu television
Sponsored byGovernment of Andhra Pradesh
Presented byAndhra Pradesh Film, Television and Theatre Development Corporation[1][2]
First awarded1964
Last awarded2016

The Nandi Awards are the awards that recognize the excellence in Telugu cinema, Telugu theatre and Telugu television, and Lifetime achievements in Indian cinema. Presented annually by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the award is named after the big granite bull at Lepakshi — a cultural and historical symbol of the Telugu people. "Nandi" means "bull" in Telugu language.

Nandi Awards are presented in four categories: Gold (Swarnam), Silver (Rajatam), Bronze (Kamsyam), and Copper (Raagi). A variant, the Nandi Natakotsavam Awards for Theatre, is also given every year by the government for social, mythological and poetic dramas.[3][4]

Annually, a state panel appointed by the Government of Andhra Pradesh selects the winning entry and the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh presents the awards in the award ceremony. 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.[5]

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 1 January and 31 December. 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.[6]


The Government of Andhra Pradesh 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 Ugadi,Telugu Hindu 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, commendation certificates.[7]

Honorary Awards - Gold[edit]

NTR National Award
  • Highest Award for Lifetime Achievement and contribution to Indian Cinema from A.P Government: since 1996[8][9]
Raghupati Venkaiah Award
Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy National Award
Nagireddy-Chakrapani National Award



Copper - Since 1977[edit]

Copper - Since 1981[edit]

Copper - Since 1985[edit]



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