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Raghupathi Venkaiah Award

It is Telugu cinema’s highest award. It is given for lifetime achievements and contributions to the Telugu film industry. This prestigious award was incorporated by the State Government  in 1981 in honor of Raghupathi Venkaiah Naidu, a pioneer of Indian film industry. A Golden Nandi, a Gold medal, citation and cash prize of ₹ 50,000 is presented to the winner at the state government’s Nandi Awards functions.

List of the Raghupati Venkaiah Naidu Award winners

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, 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)

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