The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday announced Kalaimamani awards for 201 personalities, including writers, singers, dancers, musicians and actors, for their contribution to culture from 2011.
All the winners will receive the awards from Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami at an official function to be announced later.
Popular among them are actors Karthi, Prabhudheva and Vijay Sethupathi and music composer Yuvan Shankar Raja. A State government release said lyricist/poet Pulamaipithan, musician Subbu Arumugam and writer Sivasankari will receive Bharathi awards for the years 2016 to 2018.
Here is the list of awardees:
2011: Actors R Rajasekar, P. Rajiv alias P Rajasekar, Kutti Padmini, P Pandu, Choreographer Puliyur Saroja, Playback Singer B.S. Sasirekha and Costume Designer P Kasi.
2012: Actors S S Senbagamuthu, T Rajashri, B R Varalakshmi, Playback Singer Gana Ulaganathan, Director Chitra Lakshmanan and 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 master Judo K K Rathnam,
2014: Actors Ponvannan, Director Suresh Krishna, playback singer Malathi and choreographer N A Thara.
2015: Actors Madhu Balaji, Prabhudheva, director A N Pavithran, music director Vijay Antony, lyricist Yugabharathi, cinematographer R Rathinavelu and playback singer Gana Bala.
2016: Actors Sasikumar, MS Bhaskar, Thambi Ramaiah, Suri.
2017: Actors Vijay Sethupathi, Priyamani, Singamuthu, director Hari, music director Yuvan Shankar Raja, producer Kalaignanam and photography Seshadri Nathan Sugumaran and stills Ravi,
2018: Actors Srikanth, Santhanam, producer A M Rathnam, cinematographer Ravivarman and playback singer Unni Menon.