After a gap of eight years, the Tamil Nadu government, on Thursday, announced the Kalaimamani awards. This year, 201 artistes are to receive the awards, including Vijay Sethupathi, Karthi and Yuvan Shankar Raja. According to an official statement, “Each winning artist will receive a 3 sovereign gold shield and a certificate.” In addition, shields for the best art organisations are to be awarded to Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai and the Salem Amateur Arts in Salem.
Kalaimamani awards are given away by the Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nadaka Mandram (literature, music and theatre) for excellence in the field of art and literature.
Here is the list of winners:
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.