PUNEETH RAJKUMAR TO BE HONOURED WITH ‘KARNATAKA RATNA’, HIGHEST CIVILIAN AWARD IN THE STATE

Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar who passed away due to cardiac arrest a fortnight ago will be honored by posthumously awarding the Karnataka Ratna. It is the highest civilian award in the state. The award was initiated in the state around 30 years ago and only 9 personalities have received it since, with just 2 in the film industry. Puneeth will be the second actor to receive it after his late father Dr. Rajkumar, who was a superstar in the industry.

The announcement was made by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, during an event titled ‘Puneeth Namna’ on Tuesday.  It was organised by the Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce as a tribute to the late actor. “After discussion with several people, I have decided to confer Karnataka Ratna award posthumously upon Puneeth Rajkumar,” the CM said. The decision was welcomed by the Congress and Opposition leader who was present at the event. He also requested the Chief Minister to request the centre to award ‘Padma Shri’ posthumously to Puneeth.

 

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