Allu Ramalingaiah National Award was presented to Dr. Rajendra Prasad on Monday evening at an impressive function held at Hari Hara Kalabhavan, Secunderabad. The event was organized by Yuva Kalavahini. Governor of Andhra Pradesh ND Tiwari, Megastar Chiranjeevi, MP Hanumantha Rao, Brahmanandam, Allu Aravind, Allu Arjun, Kondavalasa Lakshman Rao, Mada and others took part in the event.
Dr. Rajendra Prasad performed namashkar to the portrait of late Allu Ramalingaiah and recalled his association with the all-time great comedian. "It is beyond my words to express my happiness on this occasion. I have special relationship with Allu Ramalingiah's family. He is like guru to several artistes who liked comedy and humor. He brought universal acclaim for Telugu cinema entertainment particularly with his uncanny sense of comedy. He is also a great humanist. The same spirit is seen in Megastar Chiranjeevi, who reflects it through social service. I shall continue to uphold the legacy left behind by this great artiste Allu Ramalingiah."
Megastar Chiranjeevi richly felicitated Rajendra Prasad on this occasion. The Governor and Chiranjeevi presented the Award, Veena and citation to him amidst profuse appreciation from the guests.
Chiranjeevi said: "I have worked with Rajendra Prasad in `Hitler`. I still recall his dedication to the profession. He would never compromise when it comes to entertaining the audiences. He can go to any extent to bring healthy comedy. He stands as a bridge between the senior comedians and upcoming artistes. A number of artistes will come and go, but Rajendra Prasad will always have a special place in the hearts of Telugus."