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Ganapathi Subramania Sarma[3] (17 November 1920 – 22 March 2005), better known by his stage name Gemini Ganesan, was an Indian film actor who worked mainly in Tamil cinema. He was nicknamed "Kadhal Mannan" (King of Romance) for the romantic roles he played in films.[4] Ganesan was one among the "three biggest names of Tamil cinema", the other two being M. G. Ramachandran
M. G. Ramachandran
(known by his acronym as MGR) and Sivaji Ganesan.[5] While Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
excelled in films with drama, and MGR dominated films with fight sequences, Gemini Ganesan held his own with sensitive portrayals of the yearning lover.[6] A recipient of the Padmashree in 1971, he had also won several other prestigious awards such as the "Kalaimamani", the "MGR Gold Medal" and the "Screen Lifetime Achievement Award". He came from an orthodox Brahmin family, and was one of the few graduates to enter the film industry at that time.[7] Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
made his debut with Miss Malini
Miss Malini
in 1947, but was noticed only after his villainous performance in Thai Ullam
Thai Ullam
in 1953.[8] After playing the lead role in Manam Pola Mangalyam
Manam Pola Mangalyam
(1954), he finally acquired star status.[9] However, unlike Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
or MGR, Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
was not originally a stage performer, and was never involved in politics. In his long film career spanning over five decades, Ganesan acted in more than 200 films, mainly in Tamil, and Hindi, Malayalam
Malayalam
, Telugu, and Kannada.[10] His performances on the screen were enhanced by successful playback singers such as A. M. Rajah and P. B. Sreenivas.[6][11] In spite of his celebrated film career, Ganesan's personal life, particularly his marriage to multiple women over the years, has often been a subject of criticism.[12] He won 2 Filmfare Awards for his entire acting career.

Contents

1 Early life

1.1 Education 1.2 Early work

2 Career

2.1 Initial years 2.2 Stardom in the south 2.3 Bollywood
Bollywood
career 2.4 Later years 2.5 Other work

3 Acclaim and criticism 4 Personal life 5 Legacy 6 Death 7 Accolades 8 Notable filmography 9 References 10 External links

Early life[edit] Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
was born Ganapathi Subramania Sarma in 1920 to an inter-caste couple. Ganapathi's paternal grandfather, Narayanaswami, was a Smartha Brahmin by birth and belonged to the Mulukanadu subcaste. He was the Principal of the Maharajah's College, Pudukkottai.[13] Early in his life, Narayanaswami was married to a Brahmin girl of his own subcaste, but following the early death of his wife, he married again, to a woman named Chandramma from the Isai Vellalar community of musicians and dancers.[13] Chandramma was not in formal terms his wife; the system known as "Chinna Veedu" was not uncommon in those days, and the typical situation was for a Brahmin gentleman of means to consort with a woman from the Isai Vellalar community of professional performers. Notable among Narayanaswami's children with Chandramma were Muthulakshmi and Ramaswamy, father of Gemini Ganesan.[13] Ramaswamy married Bhagirthi Amma (or Bagirathi Amma), a woman of his mother's community. Ganesan was the son of Ramaswamy and Bhagirathi Amma. Ganesan's grandfather died when he was in the sixth class and not long after that, he lost his father as well. Meanwhile, Muthulakshmi (now known as Muthulakshmi Reddi) had studied well and become a doctor; she was affluent and educated and had thoroughly abandoned the style of life followed by her mother and maternal ancestors, so much so that she became the leader of a social reform movement aimed at the Devadasi
Devadasi
community and was instrumental in the passage through parliament of the Devadasi
Devadasi
Abolition Act. After the death of his father, Ganesan, along with his mother Bagirathi and grandmother Chandramma, moved to his aunt Muthulakshmi's residence, in Madras
Madras
(now known as Chennai). Muthulakshmi provided shelter to her mother Chandramma and also to Bhagirthi Ammma and little Ganesan, but she was very dismissive and insulting towards her destitute relatives and she felt ashamed of them because of their background as courtesans. She heaped many insults on the two widowed women, and ensured that they did not show their faces to any guests who may come to the house. Eventually, Chandramma and Bhagirthi Amma could not take it any more and both of them went back to Pudukkottai. However, they left little Ganesan with his aunt, because they felt that if he grew up under her care, he would grow into an educated and respectable man. This arrangement was actually desired by Muthulakshmi because she was a childless woman.[6] Education[edit] Since Gemini Ganesan's aunt Muthulakshmi was an ardent follower of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, she decided to enroll him into Ramakrishna Mission Home. There, he was taught yoga and sanskrit and made to read the Upanishads, Vedas and Bhagavad Gita. He spent a disciplined life at the Home and became an expert in Yoga. However, he could not bear the agony of being separated from his mother, who was at Pudukkottai. Therefore, he returned to his native place and joined a high school there. Later on, he joined Maharajah's College, located in the same place. However, he completed his graduation at Madras
Madras
Christian College, Chennai.[6] Early work[edit] Ganesan's dream was to become a doctor.[14] In April 1940, he went to Trichy to see T.R. Alamelu. Alamelu's father proposed his daughter in marriage and promised him a medical seat after graduation. Ganesan immediately agreed and married Alamelu in June 1940. Alamelu lost her father and her elder sister within one month of her marriage. Ganesan's dreams of becoming a doctor shattered. There was no choice left for him but to find a job immediately as he was the only person to support his family. He got an interview from the Indian Air Force. Much against Alamelu's wishes, Ganesan went to Delhi. In Delhi, he met his uncle Narayanaswami who advised him to become a teacher. Finally, Ganesan worked as a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, at Madras Christian College. Later on, he took up the job of a production executive in Gemini Studios
Gemini Studios
in 1947, from where the title "Gemini" was added to his name. He received an entry to films from the casting department of the Studio itself.[6] Career[edit] Initial years[edit] From the casting department, Ganesan made his film debut in 1947 with the social satire film Miss Malini, in a minor role. The film, which was written by R. K. Narayan,[15] and cast him alongside his future wife Pushpavalli, was a box office failure as it was considered "ahead of its time", but was well received by intellectuals. Currently, no print of that film exists, making it a lost film.[16] This was followed by Chakradhari, in which he played another minor role as the Hindu
Hindu
god Krishna. The film was a box office success, but his performance went unnoticed. It was not until 1953, when he played a villainous role in the film Thai Ullam, opposite R. S. Manohar, did people take notice of him as an actor. The next year, he appeared in a supporting role in the Gemini Studios
Gemini Studios
production Moondru Pillaigal, which was unsuccessful. He was then cast as a hero for the first time with Manam Pola Mangalyam. The film, which featured him in a dual role, paired him with his future wife Savitri, and became a "milestone in his life".[17] From then on, he carved out a niche for himself in Tamil cinema
Tamil cinema
with films that required a lot of romance, but little action. Stardom in the south[edit] In his career spanning nearly 50 years, Ganesan played a variety of roles, from Abhimanyu
Abhimanyu
in Mayabazar
Mayabazar
(1957), to freedom fighter Madasamy in Kappalotiya Thamizhan
Kappalotiya Thamizhan
(1961), and in Pennin Perumai
Pennin Perumai
(1960), he played a non-assertive imbecile morphing into a well-moulded human being. Ganesan also starred in Kalathur Kannamma
Kalathur Kannamma
(1959), which was also the debut for Kamal Haasan, who would later become one of the leading actors in Tamil cinema. The film won the Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film in 1961.[1] Ganesan also starred in Veerapandiya Kattabomman (1959), alongside Sivaji Ganesan. The film was selected for the Afro-Asian Film Festival in 1960.[18] It was also nominated for the National Film Award in 1960, along with Gemini Ganesan's Kalyana Parisu, but both lost to Bhaaga Pirivinai. The Ruritanian romance
Ruritanian romance
film Vanjikottai Valiban
Vanjikottai Valiban
(1958) was a high budget film and became a huge commercial success due to much hype.[19] The historical fiction film Parthiban Kanavu (1960) won the President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film,[20] but failed commercially.[21] His 1961 film Then Nilavu, was the first Tamil film to be shot extensively in Jammu and Kashmir, and became a great success at the box office.[22][23] He co-starred with rival actor M. G. Ramachandran in Mugarasi (1966), which was their only film together.[2] Konjum Salangai (1962), which featured Ganesan alongside Savithri was released in various countries outside India, having subtitles in over 22 languages, and it was also the first Tamil film to be released in Poland, in a dubbed version.[24] Ganesan's best performance is considered to be in his home production Naan Avan Illai (1974), in which he played many roles as a seducer of women. Directed by K. Balachandar, this film won high critical praise for Ganesan's performance, but according to Ganesan, the film did not succeed commercially.[17] Some of his other best works include Missiamma, School Master, Kanavaney Kankanda Deivam, Meenda Sorgam, Shanti Nilayam, Vaazhkai Padagu, Karpagam, Ramu, Thamarai Nenjam and Punnagai. Ganesan had paired with several leading actresses such as Anjali Devi, Pushpavalli, Padmini, Vyjayanthimala, Savithri, Devika, Vijayakumari, Saroja Devi, Rajasree, Kanchana, Jayanthi, K. R. Vijaya, Bharathi and Jayalalithaa.[2] Bollywood
Bollywood
career[edit] Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
acted in a few Hindi
Hindi
films, most of which were remakes of his Tamil films. His first Hindi
Hindi
film was Missiamma's remake Miss Mary (1957), where he was paired with Meena Kumari. The film became one of the biggest hits of that year.[25] Notably, he played the lead role in Devta, which was the Hindi
Hindi
version of his own Tamil film Kanavaney Kankanda Deivam.[26] He also acted in the Ruritanian epic film Raj Tilak (1958), which was the Hindi
Hindi
remake of his own Vanjikottai Valiban.[25] It was a box office failure, having collapsed within a week of its release.[27] He later appeared in a guest role in Nazrana (1961), the Hindi
Hindi
remake of his own Kalyana Parisu, that had him in the lead.[28] Though the film was an average grosser, it was the 12th highest-grossing film of the year.[29] Later years[edit] Later in his career, he switched to slightly different character roles. Notable among these was the Telugu film
Telugu film
Rudraveena (remade in Tamil as Unnal Mudiyum Thambi), considered one of his best films in Telugu. Another notable film was Avvai Shanmughi
Avvai Shanmughi
(1996), in which he characteristically played the role of an old man longing for an old maid, portrayed by Kamal Haasan. Towards the end of his acting career, he kept himself busy with elegant roles in television serials, one notable serial was Krishnadasi.[30] Ganesan also appeared in Mettukudi (1996), Kaalamellam Kadhal Vaazhga (1997),[31] Thodarum[32] (1998), and his last major role came the same year with Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar,[33] followed by special appearances in Gemini (2002)[34] and Adi Thadi (2004).[35] Other work[edit] Unlike the other two leading Tamil actors of that time – Sivaji Ganesan and M. G. Ramachandran, Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
did not come from a stage background. This made his screen presence refreshingly credible and his acting was not stylized. He sustained his film career without the support of any fan club or backing of a political party. He stayed away from politics, even declining a Rajya Sabha
Rajya Sabha
MP offer by Rajiv Gandhi.[2] The only time he got anywhere near politics was when he organised a function for poet Subramania Bharathi
Subramania Bharathi
at Ettayapuram in 1963.[1] Apart from acting, Ganesan was also a shrewd businessman and invested heavily in real estate and property development.[8] He was a good sportsman, having captained his College Cricket
Cricket
team and was successful in various sports like Tennis, Golf, and Badminton.[36] Ganesan also worked as director for the film Idhaya Malar (1976), that starred Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
and Y. G. Mahendran.[37] Acclaim and criticism[edit] Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
has widely been praised for his versatility in acting, having performed a "wide range of roles".[17] He was "at his best" with Savitri, with whom he had acted in several successful films.[38] In February 2006, Dayanidhi Maran
Dayanidhi Maran
had released a commemorative postage stamp of the actor, who he described as a "multi-dimensional personality, who evinced keen interest in Carnatic music, reading, yoga and poetry."[39] He is also credited for having introduced leading Tamil actor Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
through the National Award-winning Kalathur Kannamma, where the latter was a child artist.[1] Ganesan also took part in a World Tamil Conference in Kuala Lumpur, notably because he "loved Tamil language". According to politician M. Karunanidhi, the actor had developed a "reformer's mind" because he was raised by his aunt Muthulakshmi Reddy, who fought for the abolition of the devadasi system. Director K. Balachandar
K. Balachandar
called Ganesan a "director's delight" and stated that "The advantage of having him as a hero was that he was convinced about the capabilities of a director, he would leave it to the director and would not interfere". Lyricist Vairamuthu
Vairamuthu
said: "'Gemini' Ganesan was not envious of anyone and promoted many actors by recommending them to producers and directors".[40] Despite being one of the most successful actors of Tamil cinema
Tamil cinema
during his time, Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
was criticised for being "fossilised in one type of portrayal",[38] as most of his films were typically "boy meets girl" romantic films.[8][41] He was married to multiple women, such as actresses Savitri and Pushpavalli, which led to him being labelled a "womanizer".[12] His hostile relationship with daughter Rekha
Rekha
was also a major criticism. He did not acknowledge Rekha's paternity during her childhood. It was in the early 1970s, when Rekha
Rekha
was looking for a footing in Bollywood, that she revealed her origins. Later, at the peak of her career, Rekha
Rekha
told a magazine interviewer that her father's neglect still rankled and that she had ignored his efforts at reconciliation.[42][43] She did not even attend her father's funeral in 2005, and once when asked about their relationship in a televised interview, she paused with silence and revealed nothing.[44] Personal life[edit] Gemini Ganesan, at 19, married Alamelu, with whom he lived and whom he fondly called "Bobji". She is his first and only legal wife. He later married or had intimate relations, though he did not live with actresses Pushpavalli
Pushpavalli
and Savitri. He was survived by seven daughters and a son. Alamelu and Ganesan have four daughters; three of them – Revathi, Kamala and Jayalakshmi - are medical doctors, the fourth Narayani is a journalist with The Times of India. Ganesan has two daughters with Pushpavalli
Pushpavalli
Bollywood
Bollywood
actress Rekha, and Radha. The latter acted in a few Tamil films, but then opted for marriage and migration to the United States. Savitri and Ganesan have two children: a daughter Vijaya Chamundeswari, who is a physiotherapist, and acted in films as child artiste "Baby Savithri", and Ganesan's only son Satheesh Kumar. In October 1998,[45] the then 78-year old Ganesan married the then 36-year-old Juliana. Juliana had left her job and relations to be near her husband, who said he needed a younger wife to attend on him, as age had caught up with Bobji."[2][46] Ganesan publicly admitted that he was closer to Bobji than Pushpavalli
Pushpavalli
or Savithri. The actor had noted in his autobiography Vaazhkai Padagu: "Somehow, I seemed to attract women who were in distress."[47] He also felt annoyed by the title "Kaadhal Mannan" as it "was used to brush him in black in his personal life".[48] Pushpavalli's sister Suryaprabha married popular Telugu director and actor Vedantam Raghavaiah. Their daughter Shubha was an actress in Telugu movies.[49] Abhinay Vaddi, who acted in Ramanujan (2014), is Ganesan's grandson.[50] Legacy[edit] A documentary film on the legend in the name of Kadhal Mannan was produced by Dr. Kamala Selvaraj, and directed by Ashok Kumar, DFT (Programme Head-Vendhar TV) in 2011. It was screened to many film stalwarts and fans of the legend and received rave reviews from critics for bringing out a candid representation of the actor's life in detail. Following the enormous response, a DVD version of the film was released in the same year. In the mid-2010s, three films were made in reference to the actor. Odam Ilavarasu's romantic comedy Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum (2017) began in 2015 and featured the lead character as someone who falls in love with several women at the same time. Muthukumar's Kaadhal Mannan (2018) was initially titled as Gemini Ganesan, before the makers decided to change the title.[51] Furthermore, an official biopic of actress Savitri was made by director Nag Ashwin
Nag Ashwin
in Telugu and Tamil as Mahanati. Dulquer Salmaan
Dulquer Salmaan
was cast as Ganesan and revealed that his portrayal of Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
would go beyond just the physical resemblance and the character's emotional side would also be depicted.[52] Death[edit] After a prolonged illness caused by renal failure and multiple organ failure, Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
died surrounded by Bobji and their daughters at his residence on 22 March 2005, 13:30 IST. He was cremated with full state honours. Prominent personalities including Tamil Nadu's chief ministers M. Karunanidhi
M. Karunanidhi
and Jayalalitha paid their last respects to the veteran actor.[53] Ganesan's funeral was not attended by his estranged daughter Rekha, who was then in Himachal Pradesh shooting for a film.[44] Accolades[edit]

1970 – Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film Award for Best Actor for Kaaviya Thalaivi 1990 - Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film Honorary Award - MGR Award 1971 – Padma Shri
Padma Shri
Award[10] 1974 – Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor for Naan Avanillai 1993 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South MGR Gold Medal[7] Screen Lifetime Achievement Award[7] Kalaimamani Award

Notable filmography[edit] Further information: Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
filmography

Year Film Language Notes

1947 Miss Malini Tamil

1952 Thai Ullam Tamil Villainous role

1953 Manampol Mangalyam Tamil First film as hero

1955 Guna Sundari Tamil as Hero

1955 Valliyin Selvan Tamil

1956 Pennin Perumai Tamil

1956 Kaalam Maari Pochu Tamil

1957 Mayabazar

Tamil Telugu

Appeared in Tamil version only

1957 Miss Mary Hindi Arun (as Ganesh)

1958 Vanjikottai Valiban Tamil

1958 Raj Tilak Hindi Remake of Vanjikottai Valiban

1959 Veerapandiya Kattabomman Tamil

1959 Kalyana Parisu Tamil

1959 Kalathur Kannamma Tamil

1959 Nalla Theerpu Tamil

1960 Parthiban Kanavu

Tamil Telugu Sinhala

1961 Kappalottiya Thamizhan Tamil

1961 Pangaaligal Tamil

1961 Pasamalar Tamil

1961 Then Nilavu Tamil First Tamil film shot in Jammu & Kashmir

1970 Kaviya Thalaivi Tamil Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film Award for Best Actor

1973 Jesus Malayalam

1974 Naan Avan Illai Tamil Also producer Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor

1988 Unnal Mudiyum Thambi Tamil

1988 Rudraveena Telugu

1996 Avvai Shanmugi Tamil

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External links[edit]

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on IMDb Article about Gemini Ganesan
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by his daughter Jaya Shreedhar Star and a versatile actor Gemini Ganesan
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– Romance King of Tamil Films: By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

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Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor

1972–1989

Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1972) Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1973) Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
(1974) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1975) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1976) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1977) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1978) Sivakumar
Sivakumar
(1979) Sivakumar
Sivakumar
(1980) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1981) Mohan (1982) Bhagyaraj (1983) Rajinikanth
Rajinikanth
(1984) Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1985) Vijayakanth
Vijayakanth
(1986) Sathyaraj
Sathyaraj
(1987) Karthik (1988) Karthik (1989)

1990–2009

Karthik (1990) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1991) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1992) Karthik (1993) R. Sarathkumar
R. Sarathkumar
(1994) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1995) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1996) R. Sarathkumar
R. Sarathkumar
(1997) R. Sarathkumar
R. Sarathkumar
(1998) Ajith Kumar
Ajith Kumar
(1999) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(2000) Vikram (2001) Ajith Kumar
Ajith Kumar
(2002) Vikram (2003) Suriya
Suriya
(2004) Vikram (2005) Ajith Kumar
Ajith Kumar
(2006) Karthi
Karthi
(2007) Suriya
Suriya
(2008) Prakash Raj
Prakash Raj
(2009)

2010–2019

Vikram (2010) Dhanush
Dhanush
(2011) Dhanush
Dhanush
(2012) Atharvaa
Atharvaa
(2013) Dhanush
Dhanush
(2014) Vikram (2015) R. Madhavan
R. Madhavan
(2016)

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Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film Award for Best Actor

1967–1980

A. V. M. Rajan (1967) M. G. Ramachandran
M. G. Ramachandran
(1968) Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1969) Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
(1970) no award (1971) no award (1972) no award (1973) no award (1974) no award (1975) no award (1976) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1977) Sreekanth (1978) Sivakumar
Sivakumar
(1979) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1980)

1981–2000

Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1981) Sivakumar
Sivakumar
(1982) no award (1983) no award (1984) no award (1985) no award (1986) no award (1987) Vijayakanth
Vijayakanth
(1988) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1989) Karthik (1990) Prabhu (1991) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1992) Arjun (1993) R. Sarathkumar
R. Sarathkumar
(1994) Rajinikanth
Rajinikanth
(1995) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1996) Vijay & Parthiban (1997) R. Sarathkumar
R. Sarathkumar
(1998) Rajinikanth
Rajinikanth
(1999) Vijay & Murali (2000)

2001–present

Suriya
Suriya
(2001) Madhavan (2002) Vikram (2003) Jayam Ravi
Jayam Ravi
(2004) Vijay & Rajinikanth
Rajinikanth
(2005) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(2006) Rajinikanth
Rajinikanth
(2007) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(2008) Karan (2009) Vikram (2010) Vimal (2011) Jiiva
Jiiva
(2012) Arya (2013) Siddharth (2014)

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Filmfare Award South for Lifetime Achievement

1983–1989

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1983) Sowcar Janaki
Sowcar Janaki
(1984) Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1985) Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair (1986) Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
(1987) Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(1988) Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja
(1989)

1990–1999

Padmini (1990) M. T. Vasudevan Nair (1991) L. V. Prasad
L. V. Prasad
(1992) Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
(1993) K. Balachander, Kasinathuni Viswanath, B. Saroja Devi, Madhu, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Soumitra Chatterjee
Soumitra Chatterjee
(1994) Nagesh & Manorama (1995) Krishna
Krishna
& Sharada (1996) Nedumudi Venu
Nedumudi Venu
& S. Janaki
S. Janaki
(1997) Allu Rama Lingaiah & Lakshmi (1998) Pandari Bai
Pandari Bai
& Mugur Sundar (1999) D. Ramanaidu & Sheela (2000)

2001–2010

M. S. Viswanathan
M. S. Viswanathan
& Dasari Narayana Rao
Dasari Narayana Rao
(2001) Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao & Vishnuvardhan (2002) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
& Vijayashanti (2003) K. R. Vijaya & Ramoji Rao (2004) Thilakan
Thilakan
& Sukumari
Sukumari
(2005) Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
& P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(2006) Sivakumar
Sivakumar
& Jaya Prada
Jaya Prada
(2007) Veturi Sundararama Murthy
Veturi Sundararama Murthy
(2008) Ambareesh & KPAC Lalitha (2009) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
& Jayasudha (2010)

2011–present

S. P. Muthuraman
S. P. Muthuraman
& Seema (2011) Bapu & Vani Jairam
Vani Jairam
(2012) Balu Mahendra
Balu Mahendra
& Jayabharathi
Jayabharathi
(2013) I. V. Sasi
I. V. Sasi
& Raadhika (2014) Mohan Babu (2015) Vijaya Nirmala (2016)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 4864970 LCCN: nr2002017421 ISNI: 0000 0001 1587 5895 GND: 13730577

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