Late Kannada Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar, who breathed his last at the age of 46 last month, will be awarded with the Karnataka Ratna Award posthumously by the Karnataka government. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai made the announcement in Bengaluru on 16th November.
Bommai made this announcement while speaking at the "Puneetha Namana," an event to pay homage to late Puneeth Rajkumar, organised by the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), in association with Sandalwood film actors' and technicians' associations. The event was also telecast live on television.
CM said, “Apart from this honor, my cabinet will also take decisions on getting national awards and honors for Puneeth Rajkumar. A memorial too would be built in the honor of the actor to make his name and memories immortal.”
Interestingly, Puneeth's late father Rajkumar is among the first recipients of Karnataka Ratna award in 1992, along with poet Kuvempu.
Other recipients of the award are S Nijalingappa (Politics), CNR Rao (Science), Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty (Medical), Bhimsen Joshi (Music), Shivakumara Swamiji (Social Service), and Dr J Javaregowda (Education & Literature).