Veteran filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao presented the awards to both the legends. On the eve, Dasari said that the newly elected MAA members are working very actively compared to the previous bodies. ‘Felicitating the legends of Telugu cinema is a great initiation by the MAA,’ said Dasari.
He added that it is very unfortunate to learn that the government did not confer many legendary Telugu actors and technicians. Padmasri and other awards are being given to people who have done nothing but have the support of the government.
Both Kaikala Satyanarayana and Jamuna thanked the MAA and expressed their happiness for their work getting recognized.