‘Kathadi’ Ramamurthy decorated with unique Sangeet Natak Akademi Amrit award

Veteran stage and film actor ‘Kathadi’ Ramamurthy was presented the special Sangeet Natak Akademi Amrit award by the vice-president of India on September 16 at a grand event held in Delhi.

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar presented the one-time Sangeet Natak Akademi Amrit Awards to 84 artistes from varied fields of performing arts. 

The award was constituted to honour Indian artistes aged above 75 years who have not been accorded any national honour in their career so far.

The honour carries a purse money of rupees one lakh besides a tamrapatra and angavastram.

“The arrangements were top class,” said Ramamurthy. “We stayed at Hotel Ashoka and they took good care of us.”

He said he was overwhelmed by the experience to meet and move around with a number of the country’s best-known artistes. “Though my Hindi is poor I managed to interact with a few of them,” he said on his return to Chennai.

In his early 80s, Sundaresan ‘Kathadi’ Ramamurthy, a resident of Alwarpet, continues to keep a busy schedule – shooting for ad films, films and TV serials and acting in plays.

And he makes it a point to be present at all cultural events in the Mylapore zone.

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