Raghupathi Venkaiah Award
|Raghupati Venkaiah Award|
|Award for contributions to Telugu Cinema|
|Awarded for||Lifetime Achievement award|
|Sponsored by||Government of Andhra Pradesh|
The Raghupathi Venkaiah Award is Telugu cinema's highest award introduced to annually recognize people for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the Telugu film industry. The State Government incorporated this prestigious award in 1981 in honor of Raghupathi Venkaiah Naidu, a pioneer of Indian film industry. The winner is felicitated and presented a Golden Nandi, a Gold medal, citation and cash prize of ₹ 50,000 at the state government's Nandi Awards functions.
Winners of the Raghupati Venkaiah Naidu Award
- 2016: Chiranjeevi (actor, producer)
- 2015: Eswar (publicity designer, writer)
- 2014: Krishnam Raju (actor)
- 2013: Vanisri (actress)
- 2012: Kodi Ramakrishna (director)
- 2011: Kaikala Satyanarayana (actor, producer and director)
- 2010: M. Balaiah (actor, producer and director)
- 2009: K. Ragava (producer)
- 2008: Vijaya Nirmala (actress, producer and director)
- 2007: Tammareddy Krishna Murthy (producer)
- 2006: Daggubati Rama Naidu (producer, actor)
- 2005: M. S. Reddy (producer, writer, and director)
- 2004: Krishnaveni (actress and producer)
- 2003: V. B. Rajendra Prasad (producer)
- 2002: P. Susheela (playback singer)
- 2001: Allu Rama Lingaiah (actor)
- 2000: Tadepalli Lakshmi Kanta Rao (actor, producer)
- 1999: Santha Kumari (actress and producer)
- 1998: Gummadi Venkateswara Rao (actor)
- 1997: V. Madhusudhana Rao
- 1996: Inturi Venkateswara Rao
- 1995: K. S. Prakash Rao (actor, cinematographer, director, producer)
- 1994: Anjali Devi (actress)
- 1993: D. Madhusudhana Rao (producer)
- 1992: S. Rajeswara Rao (composer)
- 1991: K. Viswanath (Film director)
- 1990: Dasari Narayana Rao (actor, director, and producer)
- 1989: Akkineni Nageswara Rao (actor)
- 1988: D. V. S. Raju (producer)
- 1987: B. Nagi Reddy (producer)
- 1986: Bapu and Mullapudi Venkata Ramana
- 1985: Bhanumati (actor, producer, singer, music director, director and writer)
- 1984: Kosaraju Raghavaiah Choudary (lyricist, poet and actor)
- 1983: M. A. Rahman
- 1982: B. A. Subba Rao (director, producer and writer)
- 1981: P. Pullaiah and Santha Kumari (director and producer)
- 1980: L. V. Prasad (director and producer)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 August 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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- Raghupathi Venkaiah award 2007 to Tammareddy Krishna Murthy
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