The Akkineni International Foundation was established in 2004. The foundation has instituted the AKKINENI NAGESWARA RAO NATIONAL AWARD to celebrate those who have dedicated their lives to Indian cinema. The foundation and its trustees sincerely hope that this Award will transcend a feeling that here is one whose heart and soul are with Cinema and with those who serve its cause.

Further, on behalf of the CSR wing of Annapurna Studios, the Akkineni International Foundation has conducted several health camps to screen for General, Cardiac, Pulmonology, Gynecology, Orthopedics, Eye and Dental problems. The first was conducted in the home town of Dr. ANR, Ramapuram, near Gudivada. Camp facilities were extended to the employees and family members of AP film industry employee’s federation, in association with Sunshine Hospitals, Sai Oral Health foundation and LV Prasad Eye institute. Sunshine SAFE (Sunshine Accident policy for Emergencies) cards, sponsored by the Akkineni International Foundation were also distributed. S.A.F.E card covers hospitalization treatment upto a tune of Rs.1 lakh.

Thoughts of Dr.ANR

Celebrating Cinema!

In Moments of reflection, I am amased with the path my life had taken. Eight decades of trials and tribulations, agony and joy reels through my mind. A career I had never anticipated – laced with opportunity and challenge. It was a path that had transformed the psyche of a simple farm hand into one of Art.

The arduous trek, from my village to an incomplete schooling, the responsibilities of household chores as the youngest child, visits to the meadows stretching into the horizon… What was my destiny?

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A.N.R Awardees

8th Awardee – Year 2012

Padmabhushan Dada Saheb Phalke Awardee Dr.Shyam Benegal – Writer, Director & Producer
Honored with Memento, Citation & Rs. 5 Lakhs Award


7th Awardee – Year 2011

Padmavibhushan Mrs.Hema Malini – Actress, Classical Dancer, Director & Producer
Honored with Memento, Citation & Rs. 5 Lakhs Award

6th Awardee – Year 2010

Padmashri Dr. K. BALACHANDER – Writer, Director & Producer Honored with Memento, Citation & Rs. 4 Lakhs Award


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