Bangalore, April 25: Several Kannada organisations celebrated late veteran Kannada actor Dr Rajkumar's 82nd birthday in the city on Saturday, April 24.
For the first time, the Karnataka Government also planned to celebrate Annavara birthday in a special way by organising a grand function in Bangalore.
A grand ceremony was held at the Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bangalore at 6.00 pm. B S Yediyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka inaugurated and Dr. D Hemchandrasagar, MLA of Chikkapeth, presided over the function. Ministers Katta Subramanya Naidu, R Ashok, Dr. Mukhyamantri Chandru, Jaggesh, MLC Doddarangegowda, Prof K S Nisar Ahmed, Producer Parvathamma Rajkumar and her family members were present on the occasion.
The Government also held several programmes to remember Rajanna's acting and simple life style in many parts of the state. A 15 minute video clipping including Rajkumar's excellent acting scenes and a programme of 60 minutes consisiting of his super hit songs was screened on the occasion.
Meanwhile, Dr. Rajkumar’s family has instituted three awards in his name to recognize excellence in cinema. The award will be given by the ‘Dr Rajkumar Trust'. Parvathamma Rajkumar gave away the awards to director Bhagwan, Senior character artistes Shantamma and Shivaram at a function on Saturday.