Saturday, March 27 saw a celebration of talent in Singapore at the largest local Indian entertainment event, Pradhana Vizha 2021. 31 awards were conferred to the most deserving of talents and productions.
The event was held at The Theatre at Mediacorp with the 17th edition of the awards show “paying tribute to the pursuit of artistic excellence as well as the power of the arts to bring the community together”, a Mediacorp release said.
"We are delighted to celebrate the achievements of the artistes and media professionals at this year’s Pradhana Vizha. All the nominees have demonstrated passion for their craft and commitment to achieving excellence. I hope that they will continue creating great content that connects with and inspires the community. Congratulations to all award recipients!" said Angeline Poh, Chief Customer & Corporate Development Officer, Mediacorp.
The night began with a medley of retro-style song and dance by celebrities Ebi Shankara, Guna, Pavitra Renuka, Dhurgashini, Pavithra Nair, Aneetha, Mark Sara and Suthashini, together with local dance troupe, Rameshwara.
There were also melodic acapella and instrumental pieces as well as a performance by Vasantham’s veteran artistes, Suriamoorthy, Vijaydran, Gunaselvam, Prasanna and Vikneswari.
The biggest award winner was Mediacorp’s Eaglevision, with its programmes and nominees bagging a total of seven wins in the programme categories for Best Entertainment Series, Best Entertainment Special (Single) and Best Drama, as well as in the performance and creative categories for Best Host (Entertainment), Best Direction (Other Genres), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Videography (Drama).
The brand new Best Radio Programme award went to Mediacorp’s Oli 968 for Uravugal Thodarkathi by Gunalan Morgan.
Jaya Ganesh Isuran and Manjari reigned in the popularity categories as they were named the Most Popular Male and Female Artiste respectively.
P Krishnan, a distinguished figure in the local Indian entertainment scene, was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, K Shanmugam, in a pre-recorded session.
P Krishan was a radio producer and presenter for Radio Singapore with a long career spanning various aspects of broadcasting, from news reading to disk-jockeying, acting, singing, and even directing and producing notable content. He has previously received many prestigious awards, both local and international, in recognition of his contribution to Tamil literature and Tamil language, including the Cultural Medallion in 2008.
Here is the complete list of winners: