Hyderabad, Aug 31 IANS | 3 months ago

The Akkineni Foundation of America (AFA) has announced that the United States Postal Service (USPA) will honour Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) by issuing a postage stamp on the occasion of the late legendary Indian actor's 91st birth anniversary Sep 20 in Dallas, Texas.

"I'm deeply touched and so are other members of the Akkineni family by the issuance of this postage stamp, and I am deeply grateful for conferring one of America's highest honours to my father," Nageswara Rao's son Nagarjuna said in a statement.

"While my father has been cited many times as being among the most adored artist of all time, the recognition in his being portrayed on a US postage stamp will rank as a great honor. It is certainly a big tribute to Indian cinema and our culture," he said.

AFA also plans to release the stamp in India at the first International Akkineni Awards Ceremony, in the presence of his family members.

The event, hosted by AFA, will be held Dec 17 at ANR College, Gudivada, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh.

The Padma Vibhushan recipient Nageswara Rao starred in over 250 films in his over three decades long career.

He passed away Jan 22. His last film "Manam" also featured his son Nagarjuna and grandsons Naga Chaitanya and Akhil.

(Posted on 31-08-2014)

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