A born actor, Shri T. K. Shanmugam began his career on the stage at the early age of six under his father who himself was a noted actor. Later he was trained under celebrities like Swami Sankardas T. P. Krishnaswami and M. Kandaswami Mudaliar. Ever since he has dominated the field of acting in Tamilnad and served the stage with distinction. Shri Shanmugam has been the recipient of coveted honours from a number of associations in his part of the country. His services in the field of dramatic art has not been confined to acting alone. His contribution as director and producer of plays has been rich, and today Shri Shanmugam occupies a honoured place in many institutions promoting art, including the Annamalai University. Allow me, Sir, to present to you Shri T. K. Shanmugam, for the Akademi Award for acting on the Tamil stage.