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Centenary Celebrations of Padmabhushan Dr. B.N. Reddy

Department of Posts to release Postage Stamp in memory of Late B.N. Reddy, a doyen of Telugu Film Industry

Latha Reddy, Ambassador of India, Thailand and Prof. Vijay Chandru, grand-daughter and grandson
of B.N. Reddy  addressing Press conference in City

Hyderabad|India|November'2008: Chaitanya Art Theatres, one of the reputed Cultural and Social Organisation established to promote art and culture and to serve the society is organising Centenary Celebrations of well-known Telugu Director and Producer Padmabhushan Dr. Bomireddi Narasimha Reddy here in city at Ravindra Bharathi on 16th November at 6:30 PM. Speaking at a press conference Her Excellency Latha Reddy, Indian Ambassador to Thailand and grand-daughter of Dr. B.N. Reddy informed that the Department of Posts will release Postage Stamp in memory of Late B.N. Reddy, a doyen of Telugu Film Industry tomorrow on occasion of the Centenary Celebrations.

Ms. Latha Reddy said that Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh will be the Chief Guest. Dadasaheb Phalke Awardee, Padmabhushan Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Smt. Usha Ghandrasekhar, Postmaster General, Hyderabad Region will be the Guests of Honour. The function will be presided over by Padmabhushan Dr. Varaprasada Reddy, Managing Director of Shanta Bio-technics Ltd. Sri. B. Vishwanath Reddy from Chennai and Prof. Vijaya Chandru from Bangalore, who is a grandson of Dr. B.N. Reddy will be special invitees to the function.

Eminent Singers will sing film songs from Dr. B.N. Reddy's films. A short film which is specially produced for the occasion will also be screened. A photo exhibition will also be organised displaying photographs of Dr. B.N. Reddy and working stills of his films, informed R. Varaprasada Reddy. On occasion of the Centenary Celebrations Doordarshan Kendra Hyderabad will be telecasting eight movies of Dr. B.N. Reddy viz. Malleswari, Vandemataram, Sumangali, Devata, Swarga Seema, Bangaru Papa, Rangula Ratnam and Bangaru Panjaram from 16th to 23rd November daily at 11:55 PM and 11:05 AM, he added.

Bomireddi Narasimha Reddy is one of the directors who made successful films before and after India’s Independence. He made classic films like Vande Mataram (1939), Swargaseema (1945) and Malliswari (1951). He is the first person from South India to receive the ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Award’ in 1975. He was honoured with Padmabhushan in 1974. He established Vahini Studio and produced Grihalakshmi in 1938. Malliswari has gone places and got heavily screened abroad and has received international acclaim. BN Reddy wanted to dub this film into English. Due to budget considerations, he could not do it, informed Her Excellency Latha Reddy.

BN Reddy holds a special place in the history of Telugu Cinema. He is the director who balances artistic values and business needs in the right proportion

Though critics rate 'Sumangali' and 'Swargaseema' as BN Reddy's best films, he thinks 'Malliswari' is his career best, informed Prof. Vijaya Chandru. BN Reddy expired in 1977.

Reachout's News Bureau
 Nov' 2008

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