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Kalaimamani Awards: Vijay Sethupathi, Karthi, Prabhu Deva, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar To Receive Honour

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On Thursday, the Tamil Nadu government announced Kalaimamani Awards for 201 personalities, including writers, singers, dancers, musicians and actors, for their contribution to culture since 2011. The award had been defunct for the past seven years. Popular actors Vijay Sethupathi, Karthi, Prabhu Deva, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar are among the awardees.

The government also announced Bharathi Awards in the field of literature, MS Subbulakshmi Award in music and Bala Saraswathi Award in dance. An official statement said that each winning artiste will receive a 3 sovereign gold shield and a certificate.

C.V. Chandrasekar, Vaijayanthimala Bali and Mrs. and Mr. V.P. Dhananjayan will receive the Balasaraswathi award.

Playback singer S. Janaki, carnatic musicians Bombay Sisters C. Saroja and C. Lalitha, and T.V. Gopalakrishnan have been selected for M.S. Subbulakshmi Award. Each of them will receive ₹1 lakh and a citation, an official statement said. The Kalaimamani awardees will be honoured by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy at a function.

Here is a list of the awardees from Tamil film industry from 2011 – 2018:

2011

Actors: R Rajasekar, P. Rajiv alias P Rajasekar, Kutti Padmini, P Pandu

Choreographer: Puliyur Saroja

Playback Singer: B S Sasirekha

Costume Designer: P Kasi

2012

Actors: S S Senbagamuthu,  T Rajashri, B R Varalaxmi

Playback Singer: Gana Ulaganathan

Director: Chitra Lakshmanan

Cinematographer: Babu alias N V Anandakrishnan

2013

Playback Singer: R Krishnaraj, Paravai Muniyamma, T Velmurugan

Actors: Prasanna, Nalini, R Pandiyarajan, Kumari Kanchana Devi, Sarada, T P Gajendran

Stunt choreographer: Judo K K Rathnam

2014

Actors: Ponvannan

Director: Suresh Krishna

Playback Singer: Malathi

Choreographer: N A Thara

2015

Actors: Madhu Balaji, Prabhudheva

Directors: A N Pavithran

Music director: Vijay Antony

Lyricist: Yugabharathi

Cinematographer: R Rathinavelu

Playback Singer: Gana Bala

2016

Actors: Sasikumar, MS Bhaskar, Thambi Ramaiah, Soori

2017

Actors: Vijay Sethupathi, Priyamani, Singamuthu

Director: Hari

Music director: Yuvan Shankar Raja

Producer: Kalaignanam

2018

Actors: Srikanth, Santhanam

Producer: A M Rathnam

Cinematographer: Ravivarman

Playback Singer: Unni Menon

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