State film awards for 2008-09

It was a star-studded night for Sandalwood on Saturday. Over 30 artistes from the industry received the state kannada film awards for 2008-09. Karnataka Chief minister BS Yeddyurappa gave away the awards and promised he’d try to reduce the entertainment tax on Kannada films and increase subsidy from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh. The fight against video piracy will continue and the file is pending in Delhi, he said. New kannada cinema halls with good facilities will be constructed in all districts to promote good regional kannada films. Young and old artistes turned out in large numbers at the function.

The list of state kannada awards

Dr Rajkumar Award — B Saroja Devi

Puttana Kanagal Award — KSR Das

Dr Vishnuvardhan Award — AR Raju & RNS

Krishna Prasad

Three best films



Shankara Punyakoti

Film with social concern: Mukhaputa

Best children’s film: Chaitanya

Best films in regional language: Ponnara Manasu (Kodava) & Sona (Lambani)

Best dancer (male) (Subbaiah Naidu Award): Yogesh

Best dancer (female): Radhika Pandit

K S Ashwath award: M K Matha

Child artistes: Master Manoj Ovam, Sonia Iyer

Playback singers: Chetan, Nandita

Special award: Ravivarma

Music director: Abhiman