Director K Balachander will be conferred the Akkineni award for this year. The award was instituted in the name of Dada Saheb Phalke award winner veteran actor Akkineni Nageswar Rao by Akkineni International Foundation. Past winners include Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar, Dev Anand and Vyjayanthimala Bali.
The award will be presented at a function to be held on January 11 at Madapur. Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy will attend the function.
Recently, Akkineni Nageswar Rao and Nagarjuna met Kiran Kumar Reddy to invite him to the programme.