Padma Awards to ANR, SPB

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 06:33 hrs

On Republic Day eve, the nation honored the veteran Telugu actor, Dr Akkineni Nageswara Rao, with Padma Vibhushan.

ANR, or Akkineni Nageswara Rao, is the first Telugu actor to bag the Padma Vibushan, India`s second highest civilian honour after the Bharat Ratna.

ANR got the Padma Shri in 1968 and Padma Bhushan in 1991 and was also conferred the Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1990.

When the news came in, the 87-year-old `tragedy king` was on the sets of Ram Rajyam essaying the role of sage Valmiki.

The living legend has shared screen space with his son Nagarjuna in films like Collectorigari Abbaiyi and Sri Ramadasu, and is all set to work with his grandson Naga Chaitanya.

"He is shooting for a film today and that`s amazing," Naga Chaitanya said. "I think he is more active than me. He is an inspiration."

S.P. Balasubramaniam, who has captured hearts for decades through his singing, has bagged the Padma Bhushan. He has sung more than 2,000 songs in five languages from 1966 to 2011.