10 Times Telugu Film Celebrities Commemorated With Postal Stamps

10 Times Telugu Film Celebrities Commemorated With Postal Stamps

2 Mar 18 @ 1:13 PM

Tollywood is the biggest film industry in India in terms of the number of films produced in a year. The Telugu audience follows and relishes films like no other region does. The efforts and dedication of stars and technicians of Telugu Cinema have helped it become what it is today. The luminaries of Telugu Cinema have won many accolades and recognition at the State, National and International level from the Padma awards, the Dada Saheb Phalke award to the Raghupathi Venkaiah award and so on and so forth. But, some of them had the rare privilege of having postage stamps released in their honour, commemorating their contribution towards Telugu Cinema. Here is a list of such personalities.

  1. NTR (2000)

    The Legendary actor Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao who is considered the most popular star of Telugu Cinema is best known for epitomising Lord Krishna on the silver screen. He starred in about 300 movies and won various National, State and Filmfare Awards for his performances. He forayed into politics in 1982 setting up his own political outfit named Telugu Desam Party and served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for three terms. In the year 2000, he became the first Telugu film personality to have a commemorative postage stamp issued in his honour.

    NTR
    NTR
  2. Ghantasala (2003)

    Popularly known as Gana Gaandharva, Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao has composed music for more than 1000 films in Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada. Known for his mellifluous voice, this prolific composer dominated the music scene in Tollywood for more than two decades both as a singer and musician from the 50’s to 70’s. The Government of India honoured Ghantasala with the Padma Shri in 1970 for his contribution to Cinema. Postage stamps were released in his honour by the Indian Government in 2003 and by the US Postal Department in 2014.

    Ghantasala
    Ghantasala
  3. L V Prasad (2006)

    The Dada Saheb Phalke Award-winning producer and director Akkineni Lakshmi Vara Prasad was also awarded highest award in Telugu Cinema, the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award in 1980. He also acted in a few films and directed classics like Missamma and Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu. He founded the Prasads Group which comprise a multiplex, studio, and an eye institute. The Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in his honour in 2006.

    LV Prasad
    LV Prasad
  4. Savihtri (2011)

    Mahanati Savithri is one of the best actresses in the history of Telugu Cinema. This versatile artist who ruled Tollywood from the 50’s to early 70’s has acted opposite all the leading actors in both Telugu and Tamil. She was bestowed with the Rashtrapathi Award in 1960 for her performance in the film ‘Chivaraku Migiledi’. In 2011, a memorial postage stamp was released by the Central Government honouring her contribution to Indian Cinema.

    Savitri
    Savitri
  5. Tripuraneni Gopichand (2011)

    This novelist and playwright has won the Sahithya Akademi award in 1963 for his contribution to Telugu literature. Gopichand wrote dialogues and story for films like Gruharapravesham, Raithubidda and Dharmadevatha. Movies like Priyuralu, Perentalu and Lakshmamma were directed by him. Asamarthuni Jeeva Yatra Is the first psychoanalysis novel in Telugu. On the occasion of his birth centenary, The Government of India released a postage stamp in 2011.

    Tripuraneni Gopichand
    Tripuraneni Gopichand
  6. S.V. Ranga Rao (2013)

    Considered one of the greatest actors of India, Samarla Venkata Ranga Rao is best known for immortalising mythological characters like Ravana, Ghatotkacha, Duryodhana and Keechaka with his on-screen portrayal. He received the erstwhile Rashtrapathi Award a record five times for his performances in both Telugu and Tamil movies. Also known as SVR, this versatile actor has won various state, national and international awards in his long and illustrious career. Celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema in 2013, the Govt. released a postal stamp in his honour.

    SVR
    SVR
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  8. Allu Rama Lingaiah (2013)

    This veteran comedian is the first Indian actor to cross the 1000 film mark. Known for his quirky and wacky mannerisms on-screens, Allu is best known for his nasal voice and comedy timing has been awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award. He also received the Raghupathi Venkaiah award, the highest award in Telugu Cinema. He was one of few film personalities in whose memory postal stamps were released marking the centenary of Indian Cinema.
  9. Bhanumathi (2013)

    This Padma Bhushan awardee is an actress, director, producer, composer, singer, lyricist and also an accomplished writer. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna received various state, national and other honours including an honorary doctorate from Sri Venkateswara Univesity, Tirupati in 1984. The title of ‘Kalaprapoorna’ has been bestowed upon her by Andhra Universtiy, Visakhapatnam in 1975. A commemorative stamp has been issued by the Central Government in 2013.
  10. Nagesh (2013)

    Known as the Jerry Lewis of India, this National Award winning actor is one of the most versatile performers in India. He featured in more than 1000 movies in both Tamil and Telugu. Nagesh featured among the 50 legends of Indian Cinema in whose remembrance the Department of Posts announced the release of memorial stamps.

    Nagesh
    Nagesh
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  12. ANR (2014)

    Akkineni Nageswara Rao has received all the prestigious awards in Cinema in his 75 year-long career ranging from the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, Raghupathi Venkaiah Award to the Padma Vibhushan, which is the second highest civilian award presented by the Government of India. In fact, there is a museum dedicated to the awards garnered by this thespian who is the founder of Annapurna Studios in Hyderabad. The United States Postal Service has honoured him posthumously by issuing a postage stamp on his birth anniversary in 2014.