PHOTOS: The star-studded Nandi Awards
The Nandi Awards, a popular awards ceremony for Telugu films, theatre and television, were distributed on Ugadi (March 23), at Lalitha Kala Thoranam, Hyderabad. It was given for the years, 2009 and 2010.
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Minister for Media, Information, Public Relations, Film and Cinematography D K Aruna were present at the venue along with a host of film personalities.
Yet, the conspicuous absence of the major film stars was felt this year.
Some cultural programmes were also held on this occasion.
A smiling Genelia was happy to receive her Special Jury Award for the film Katha (2009) from the Chief Minister while D K Aruna looked on.
Image: Genelia D'Souza, D K Aruna and Kiran Kumar Reddy
Nithya Menen was given the Best Actress Award for her performance in Ala Modalaindi (2010).
Image: Nithya Menen, D K Aruna and Kiran Kumar Reddy
Actor Manoj Manchu was happy to collect his Special Jury award for the film Bindaas (2010).
Image: Manoj Manchu, D K Aruna and Kiran Kumar Reddy
Nandamuri Balakrishna picked up a Best Actor award for the film Simha (2010).
Image: Nandamuri Balakrishna and Kiran Kumar Reddy
Teertha picked up the Best Actress Award for the film Sontha Vooru (2009).
Image: Teertha, D K Aruna and Kiran Kumar Reddy
Actor Srikkanth receives a Special Jury award for his film Mahatma (2009).
Image: Srikkanth, D K Aruna and Kiran Kumar Reddy
S P Balasubramanyam
S P Balasubramanyam collected his Best Male Playback Singer Award for Mahatma (2009).
Image: S P Balasubramanyam, D K Aruna and Kiran Kumar Reddy
Sunil collected his Special Jury Award for his performance in Maryada Ramana (2010).
Image: Sunil and Kiran Kumar Reddy
Sai Kumar, who won the Best Supporting Actor Award for his brilliant performance in Prasthanam (2010), was spotted on stage with director Dasari Narayan Rao, D K Aruna and actor Nandamuri Balakrishna.
Image: Sai Kumar, Dasari Narayan Rao, D K Aruna and Nandamuri Balakrishna
Nandini Reddy picked up her first Nandi award for Best First Film Director, for Ala Modalaindi (2010).
Image: Nandini Reddy
National Award-winning actress Sharada received the NTR National Film Award. She is seen here with actress-turned-MLA Jayasudha, actor Nandamuri Balkrishna, D K Aruna and Kiran Kumar Reddy.
Image: Sharada along with Jayasudha, Nandamuri Balkrishna, D K Aruna and Kiran Kumar Reddy