Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dr. Ramineni Foundation - "PURASKAARAMS - 2010",.


On the occasion of "PURASKAARAMS - 2010", Dr. Ramineni Foundation is honoured to felicitate renowned Natyacharya Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna with the Visishta Puraskaaram which consists of a memento, shawl, citation and cash award of Rs. One Lakh.

Dr.Nataraja Ramakrishna, a Natyacharya par excellence, a dedicated dancer,
an assiduous researcher, an erudite scholar and innovative choreographer, is an honoured name in the field of Classical Indian Dance. He has been single handedly responsible for the resuscitation and rejuvenation of "Andhra Natyam" and "Perini Sivatandavam", two ancient dance forms of Andhra Pradesh which were virtually extinct, and the resurrection of Kuchipudi.

Born on March 21,1923 in the idyllic islands of Bali to Smt. Damayanthi Devi and Sri R. Mohan Rao of Razole, West Godavari District, A.P., Dr. Ramakrishna was drawn inexorably towards dance at an early age and was formally trained by Nayudupeta Rajamma initially and the illustrious Kuchipudi Guru Sri Vedantam Laxminarayana Sastry later on in his career.

He studied the ancient texts of Natya Shastra and embarked on a thorough research of classical and folk art forms of Andhra Pradesh. His diligent research and scholarly efforts culminated in the reinvigoration of "Nava Janardhana Parijatam", a dance form prevalent earlier in the temples of East Godavari district, and the reconstruction of the vigorous, virile Saiva dance form "Perini Sivatandavam", prevalent in the 10th century Kakatiya dynasty.

Over his long career of more than sixty years, he has trained many dancers in India and abroad and has choreographed highly acclaimed dance dramas like "Kumara Sambhavam", "Mega Sandesam", etc. He has authored over 60 scholarly treatises on all forms of Andhra dance. His untiring and unceasing efforts to focus the spotlights on the rich dance traditions of Andhra Pradesh has resulted in him being honoured with "Padmashri" by the Govt. of India, with "Bharat Kala Prapoorna" by AP Sangeet Natak Academy, with "Kala Prapoorna"- an honorary doctorate by Andhra University, with "Hamsa Award" and "NTR Puraskar" by A.P. Govt., amongst other honours.

Were it not for Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna's dedication and devotion, the hoary spiritual dance forms of Andhra Pradesh would have been a dead art buried deep in the chronicles of history.


On the occasion of "PURASKAARAMS - 2010", Dr. Ramineni Foundation is honoured to felicitate Dr. B.V.Parmeswara Rao, founder of Bhagavatula Charitable Trust, with the Visesha Puraskaaram which consists of a memento, shawl, citation and cash award of Rs. Fifty Thousand.

Dr. B.V.Parmeswara Rao, the founder of Bhagavatula Charitable Trust, though a nuclear scientist by education, is a social reformer by profession.

Dr. Parmeswara Rao was born on 17th January, 1933 in Dimili village, Vishakapatnam district, A.P. His father was Somanna and mother, Seetharavamma. After completeing his MSc from Andhra University, he worked for a brief period in the Dept. of Atomic Energy, Mumbai. He then went to US for higher studies. Having completed his PhD in nuclear science from Pennsylvania University in the US, he spurned a lucrative job offer & returned to India in 1967, spurred by the desire to bring about a radical change in his village.

His vision was to transform rural India by involving the stakeholders i.e. the villagers and governmental agencies, in bringing about this change. His attempts were met with responses ranging from plain indifference to callous disdain in the initial stages. However, his dogged perseverance and courage of conviction slowly but surely brought about a palpable change in the intransigent attitude of the people and they participated wholeheartedly in his mission.

Dr. Parameswara Rao’s mission has been to create opportunities at the doorsteps of the villagers, invoking their leadership and utilizing their resources most effectively to solve their problems and improve the quality of their lives. He aspired to be the catalyst for this change.

Today, the Bhagavatula Charitable Trust, founded by Dr. B.V.Parmeswara Rao, runs several rural alleviation programmes in 100 villages of three mandals in Vishakapatnam district which include running Innovative Experimental Primary schools; Model Residential High school; Wasteland development; Nursery development; Drilling community borewells; Women’s empowerment through thrift groups and vocational training; Rehabilitation and residential skill training centres for the physically disadvantaged; Rural health care through Grama Arogyalam Trust; etc.


On the occasion of "PURASKAARAMS - 2010", Dr. Ramineni Foundation is honoured to felicitate Smt. Sulochana Rani Yaddanapudi , highly acclaimed Telugu Novelist, with the Visesha Puraskaaram which consists of a memento, shawl, citation and cash award of Rs. Fifty Thousand.

Smt. Sulochana Rani Yaddanapudi, a prolific and immensely popular Telugu Novelist has more than 78 novels and 30 short stories to her credit. Amongst her novels, at least 17 titles have been converted into films and nearly 10 titles have been broadcast as T.V. serials.

Smt. Sulochana Rani was born on 2nd April, 1939 in Kaza Village, Movva Mandal, Krishna district, A.P. She began her career as a writer at the young age of 18 years. Her first story, ‘Chitra Nalineeyam’, was published on May, 1957 and her first novel, ‘Secretary’, was published in Jyothi monthly in 1965 and she has never looked back since then.

Several films like ‘Jeevana Tharangalu’, ‘Meena’, ‘Atmeeyulu’, owe their existence to her novels. Her books have been converted into popular T.V. serials like ‘Aagamanam’, ‘Ruthuraagalu’, ‘Samgharshana’, ‘Jeevana Tharangalu’, ‘Mogalirekulu’, etc.

Her novels have been critically acclaimed and she has received numerous awards like A.P.State Sahitya Academy award for best Novelist for her novel ‘Keerthi Kireetalu’ in 1978; the C. Narayana Reddy literary award in 1988; the Pottisreeramulu Telugu University Puraskaaram in 2004; etc. The T.V. serial, ‘Aagamanam’, based on her novel has received the Nandi award in 1989 for best dialogues from A.P.Govt. Her stories for films like ‘Atmagowravam’, ‘Manushulu Mamathalu’ and ‘Kanchanaganga’ have received best story awards from A.P.State Govt. and Madras Film Fans Association.

Today, at the twilight of her illustrious career, she is rendering yeoman service to the disadvantaged and marginalized sections of society like street children, cancer patients, and senior citizens through the YSSR Foundation which was founded by her. ‘Vishranth’, an old age home established by her, lends succour to senior citizens. She is thus practicing today the values enshrined and propounded in her literary works.


On the occasion of "PURASKAARAMS - 2010", Dr. Ramineni Foundation is honoured to felicitate Sri Suthivelu , popular film comedian, with the Visesha Puraskaaram
which consists of a memento, shawl, citation and cash award of Rs. Fifty Thousand.

Sri Kurumaddali Laksmi Narasimha Rao, popularly known as Suthivelu, is an extremely popular South Indian film comedian and character artiste, having acted in more than 200 films. His sense of timing, dialogue delivery and emotive expressions has continuously endeared him to the avid movie goers and he has ruled the roost as a comedian, especially in Telugu movies, since 1980.

Suthivelu was born on August 9th, 1950 in Chennai and his father was a teacher with interests in dramatics. This rubbed off on young Suthivelu, who naturally developed a strong affinity towards acting. He gave stage performances at the tender age of 7 years and, inspite of his father’s dissuasion; he decided to take up acting as a profession. Formal education was obviously not his forte and, inspite of natural handicaps like an ordinary personality and a normal voice, he wholeheartedly plunged into acting. During his early days he was as lean as a slender finger, which earned him the sobriquet “Velu” from his neighbour, Jaanakamba. After the tremendous success of his screen character “Suthi” in the highly successful and acclaimed movie “Naalugu Sthambalata”, he was affectionately called as “Suthivelu” by movie buffs and the film fraternity ever since. His pairing with Suthi Veerabhadra Rao was so popular that people called them the Suthi brothers.

Over the years, Suthivelu has left an indelible impression in any role essayed by him. Tired frowns have transformed into unbridled laughter on watching his onscreen comic capers and hilarious histrionics, spreading radiant happiness and abundant joy all around.

Today, Suthivelu is happily married to Laksmi Rajyam and is blessed with four children.

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