Nataka Academy awards announced

Nataka Academy awards announced

Well-known theatre personality B S Keshav Rao has been selected for the annual honourary award. The award consists of Rs10,000 and a citation.

The list of other personalities are as follows:

Thippanaik, Chitradurga (acting, coordination), Venkataramaiah, Mandya (acting, coordination, service to rural theatre), Aravinda Patil, Belgaum (acting, coordination, Kannadigas of outside the State), Bharathi Shirahatti, Gadag (acting, direction, coordination, professional theatre), Basavaraj Hosamani, Bijapur (construction of open air theatre, acting, direction), Mohan Sona, Mangalore (playwright, acting, direction, children’s theatre), Kannarpadi Ramakrishna, Bangalore (make up, acting), Ramananda Hirejevargi, Gulbarga (acting, service to professional theatre), Kantesh Kadaramandalagi, Shimoga, (acting, coordination, direction), K V Srinivas Prabhu, Bangalore (acting, playwright, direction, theatre training), I K Boluvaru, Udupi, (child
ren’s theatre, direction, playwright), Indiramma, Myosre (acting, singing, service to professional theatre), K H Panchaksharappa, Davangere (acting, coordination), Manjunath Hegde, Shimoga (acting, direction, playwright) and Enagi Nataraj, Dharwad (acting, coordination, theatre training, direction).


K Hirannaiah’s fans on his 70th birthday donated Rs 1 lakh to the academy. The  Cultural comedian K Hirannaiah award is given to anyone excelling in comedy, consisting of a cash prize of Rs 5,000 and a citation.

Phakeerappa Varavi of Bagalkot has bagged the award for this year.

The book ‘Jeevana Rangadhare’ by Virupaksha Naik has bagged the annual award for a book on theatre.

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