After eight long years, the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday evening announced Kalaimamani awards for artistes including film personalities.
Among the notable who were selected for the coveted State honour were Vijay Sethupathi, Karthi, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Prabhu Deva and Priyamani.
The news of Kalaimamani awards to their favourite stars has made the fans happy, who congratulated the winners on social media. The awards will be presented by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at a function later. Here is the full 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.