Nandi Awards

Nandi Awards
Awarded for Excellence in cinematic achievements for Telugu cinema
Sponsored by Governments of Andhra Pradesh.
Location Telugu Lalita Kaḷā Tōraṇaṃ, Hyderabad, India[1][2]
Presented by Film, Television and Theatre Development Corporation[3]
First awarded 1964
Last awarded 2011
Official website

The Nandi Awards (Telugu: నంది పురస్కారాలు) is the highest award ceremony for excellence in Telugu cinema, Telugu theatre, Telugu Television, and Lifetime achievements in Indian cinema, presented annually by the Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. "Nandi" means "bull", the award being named after the big granite bull at Lepakshi — a cultural and historical symbol of the Telugu people. Nandi Awards are presented in four categories: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Copper. A variant, the Nandi Natakotsavam Awards for Theater, is also given every year by the government for social, mythological and poetic dramas.[4][5][6]

Annually, a state panel appointed by the government selects the winning entry, and the award ceremony is held in Hyderabad, where the Chief Minister gives away the awards. A list of rules is presented every year in a document of regulations. The criteria for eligibility contains many clauses. Among them, there is a direct requirement that the film, and particularly films entering the competition, should be produced in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and in case of co-production involving a foreign entity, there are as many conditions which should be fulfilled in order for the film to qualify.[7][8]

According to the criteria, in order to be eligible for consideration of the jury, a film should be certified by the Central Board of Film Certification between January 1 and December 31. The Government do not have influence over which films are selected for consideration and which films ultimately win awards. However, there are strict criteria which are being scrutinized by the government as to whether a film is eligible for consideration by the jury panels.[9]


The state Government commissioned the Nandi Film Awards to recognize and commend the best films produced in the Telugu language in Andhra Pradesh from 1964 onwards. The objective of the film awards is to encourage the production of films in the Telugu language with high technical excellence and aesthetic values bearing cultural, educational, and social relevance and also promoting the integration and unity of the nation. Awards are given annually and are presented in a public event on the Telugu new year. The Government has transferred the activity relating to conferring Nandi Awards to the Film Television and Theatre Development Corporation. Since 1998, the awards are organized by them.[10]

The Awards are given in the categories of feature films, feature films on national integration, children’s films, documentary films, educational films, and books/articles on Telugu cinema in Telugu language for the best films, producers, directors, artistes, and technicians. The awards are usually in the form of Golden Nandi, Silver Nandi, Bronze Nandi, and Copper Nandi, in addition to medals, cash prizes and commendation certificates.

Honorary Awards - Gold

NTR National Award
Raghupati Venkaiah Award
Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy National Award
Nagireddy-Chakrapani National Award



Copper - Since 1977

Copper - Since 1981

Copper - Since 1995


Most awards received


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