I have the honour to present to you Shri Sthanam Narasimha- rau, who is the recipient of the Akademi Award for Telugu Stage Acting. Born at Bapatla in Andhra Pradesh, in September 1902, Shri Sthanam Narasimharau entered the stage in 1920, and soon became famous for his acting, particularly in the female roles. During his long career on the stage, he has appeared in more than 1500 performances. As a versatile actor, play- wright, director, organiser and patron of the theatre, his contribution to the Telugu stage has been varied and significant and universally recognised. He received many titles and honours for his outstanding merit. For his pre-eminence in the field of acting on the Telugu Stage, and for his lifelong devotion and service to its cause, I pray, Sir, that you may be pleased to grant him recognition as Telugu Stage Actor of the Year, and award to him a brocade Angavastram, a lotus-embossed leaf in gold and a Sanad in token of that recognition.