Puneeth Rajkumar to be posthumously awarded Karnataka Ratna on November 1: Chief Minister Boyam
Considered the dominant star of Kannada cinema, Puneeth, the youngest of five children of Kannada matinee idol Dr. Rajkumar, died of a heart attack at the age of 46 on October 29. (Image: Twitter)
Bengaluru: Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar, who died last year, will be conferred with the ‘Karnataka Ratna’ award posthumously by the Kannada Rajyotsava on November 1, Karnataka’s formation day, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bummy said on Friday. He is the 10th person to receive the state’s highest civilian award.
We have decided to award Karnataka Ratna to Puneeth Rajkumar on November 1 and we will form a committee of Rajkumar family members to prepare for it and it will be presented with full honours,” said Pumi.
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The Chief Minister was speaking at the inauguration of the annual Independence Day Flower Show at Lalbagh Glass House here. This year’s flower show pays a special floral tribute to Kannada artist Dr. Rajkumar and his son and actor Puneeth Rajkumar.
Considered the dominant star of Kannada cinema, Puneeth, the youngest of five children of Kannada matinee idol Dr. Rajkumar, died of a heart attack on October 29 at the age of 46.
In November last year, the chief minister announced the award to the late actor at a tribute to Puneeth Rajkumar organized jointly by the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC). Sandalwood with Film Actors and Technicians Associations.
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In 2009, Dr. Virendra Hekkade was awarded the Karnataka Ratna Award for his social service. Interestingly, the saint’s late father Rajkumar was one of the first recipients of the Karnataka Ratna Award in 1992 along with poet Kwembu.
S Nijalingappa (Politics), CNR Rao (Science), Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty (Medicine), Bhimsen Joshi (Music), Sivakumara Swamiji (Social Service), and Dr. J Javaregowda (Education and Literature) are the recipients of this award.
Puneeth, known as ‘Appu’ and ‘Power Star’ by his fans, made his screen debut when he was just six months old and won the National Award for Child Actor for the film. Petata Huwu. He later re-emerged as a lead actor in 2002 and starred in 29 films, delivering some big hits.
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Noting that this flower show, which has been going on since 1922, has been attracting a large number of people, Dolly said that since India is celebrating its 75th year of independence, it has special significance and lakhs of people will come to see the show from tomorrow for ten days. .