I have the honour to present to you Shri Gubbi H. Veeranna who is the recipient of the Akademi Award for acting for the year 1955.
His merits as an actor were recognised very early, and he has been associated with dramatic organisations since 1896. Shri Veeranna is 65 years of age and is one of the seniormost comedians. Even at this age his performances are eagerly witnessed by people. He has been awarded the title of “Natak Ratna” and “versatile comedian” by His Highness the Maharaja of Mysore. Shri Gubbi Veeranna is a nominated member of the Mysore State Legislative Council.
For his pre-eminence in acting and for his long devotion and service to its cause I pray, Sir, that you may be pleased to grant him recognition as actor of the year, in the field of drama, and to award to him a brocade Angavastram, a lotus embossed leaf in gold, and a Sanad in token of that recognition.