The Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday announced Rs 1 lakh prize money for local lad M. Sreeram Chandra for winning the Indian Idol 5 title.
Sreeram, who returned to his hometown on Friday night to a rousing reception by his fans, met the Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, at his office on Saturday.
Mr Rosaiah lauded Sreeram for bringing laurels to Andhra Pradesh and wished him success in his future endeavours.
Later, addressing a press conference at Ravindra Bharati, the singing sensation from Bowenpally said he won the title because of the support and affection of his family, friends and admirers. He also said he would work hard to bring more glory for Telugus.
Sreeram recalled that it was at Ravindra Bharati that he first sang Vande Mataram (the national song of India).(IANS)