"Much honoured by the civilian award from the Govt of India"
MM Keeravani, the veteran musician was honoured with the fourth highest civilian award of India, Padma Shri.
The composer recently won the Golden Globe Award for Best Song – Motion Picture for the chartbuster ‘Naatu Naatu’ from the 2022 blockbuster RRR.
The list of Padma Shri awardees was announced on January 26, 2023, and it has left both MM Keeravani’s fans and Telugu cinema audiences in deep excitement.
The RRR composer reacted to the great honour with a heartfelt note posted on his official Twitter handle.
He wrote: “Much honoured by the civilian award from the Govt of India Respect for my parents and all of my mentors from Kavitapu Seethanna garu to Kuppala Bulliswamy Naidu garu on this occasion.”
The film industry and Telugu cinema audiences have been showering the musician with congratulatory messages on his social media post.
The central government announced the names of the 2023 Padma awardees on the eve of the 74th Republic Day.
President Droupadi Murmu has approved the conferment of 106 Padma awards, including six Padma Vibhushan, nine Padma Bhushan and 91 Padma Shri.
Along with MM Keeravani, some of the most popular faces of the film and entertainment industry including Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon have also received Padma Shri.
Tabla player Zakir Hussain too will be receiving the prestigious Padma Bhushan award this year.
Much honoured by the civilian award from the Govt of India ? Respect for my parents and all of my mentors from Kavitapu Seethanna garu to Kuppala Bulliswamy Naidu garu on this occasion ?
— mmkeeravaani (@mmkeeravaani) January 25, 2023
He was honoured with a Padma Award earlier as well.
He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988 and the Padma Bhushan in 2002.
Meanwhile, Vani Jairam and Suman Kalyanpur have been conferred with the Padma Bhushan, whereas Jodhaiyabai Baiga, Premjit Baria, Usha Barle, Hemant Chauhan, Bhanubhai Chitara, Hemoprova Chutia, Subhadra Devi, among others, have been honoured.
After winning the Golden Globes award 2023 for Best Original Song, ‘Naatu Naatu’ has been now nominated for the Oscars for Best Song.
‘Naatu Naatu’, which is composed by the veteran musician MM Keeravani and penned by Chandra Bose, features an electrifying dance number by the film’s leading men, Ram Charan and Jr NTR.
The film industry members are now heaping praises on the film for its string of achievements.
Congratulating the winners of the Padma Awards, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:
“Congratulations to those who have been conferred the Padma Awards.”
“India cherishes their rich and varied contributions to the nation and their efforts to enhance our growth trajectory. #PeoplesPadma.”