Pradhana Vizha 2021 – A night of celebration for our local talents

Singapore, 28 March 2021 – It was a night of celebrations at the largest local Indian entertainment event, Pradhana Vizha 2021, where 31 awards were conferred to the most deserving of talents and productions. Held last evening (Saturday, 27 March) at The Theatre at Mediacorp, the 17th edition of the awards show paid tribute to the pursuit of artistic excellence as well as the power of the arts to bring the community together.

The night launched into full gear 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. Viewers were also treated to melodic Acapella and instrumental pieces as well as a dazzling performance by Vasantham’s veteran artistes, Suriamoorthy, Vijaydran, Gunaselvam, Prasanna and Vikneswari.

The biggest award winner this year 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). Presented for the first time ever in Pradhana Vizha’s history to honour the best in local Indian radio, the Best Radio Programme award was conferred on 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 in these highly contested awards.

A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Mr P Krishnan, a highly distinguished figure in the local Indian entertainment scene. Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, presented the award to Mr P Krishnan in an exclusive pre-recorded session. Mr P Krishan was a radio producer and presenter for Radio Singapore. His long and illustrious career spanned various aspects of broadcasting, from news reading to disk-jockeying, acting, singing, and even directing and producing notable content. He had also 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.

Please refer to Annex A for the full list of winners.

Angeline Poh, Chief Customer & Corporate Development Officer, Mediacorp, 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!"

Fans who wish to catch the show can do so on meWATCH and Mediacorp Entertainment on YouTube.

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Media contact

Natasya Ismail
Communications Associate
Mediacorp Pte Ltd
Natasya.ismail@mediacorp.com.sg

 

About Mediacorp

Mediacorp is Singapore’s national media network and largest content creator. Its purpose is to create engaging and trusted content, as well as to connect communities and inspire people. Mediacorp engages over three million people in Singapore daily across four languages on its digital platforms including meWATCH, meLISTEN and CNA.asia, six TV channels and 11 radio stations. Beyond Singapore, Mediacorp also has a growing international audience through CNA and content distributed across markets.

With a focus on nurturing talent and growing the sector, the company is committed to investing in nation-wide initiatives like Star Search, Anugerah, Yaar Antha Star and SPOP, commissioning a wide variety of work from local content creators, and collaborating with institutes of higher learning. As Singapore’s first local Multi-Channel Network in partnership with YouTube, Mediacorp is also committed to developing a network of digital content creators.

For advertisers, Mediacorp has partnered industry-leading brands like ESPN, Mothership, Popcorn, Singapore Tatler, theAsianparent, VICE, YouTube and 99.co to form the Mediacorp Digital Network in offering more effective content-driven solutions.

Mediacorp is the recipient of industry accolades including New York Festivals, World Media Festivals, PromaxBDA (World and Asia) and Asian Academy Creative Awards. For more information, please visit mediacorp.sg

 

Annex A – Pradhana Vizha 2021 Winners’ List

Performance categories

Award Category

Winner

Series

Production House

Best Actor in a Leading Role - Drama Series

MATHIALAGAN

ROWTHIRAM

PERFECTIMAGE000 ENTERTAINMENT PTE LTD

Best Actress in a Leading Role - Drama Series

ESWARI GUNASAGAR

KALABA KADHALA

STARDUST STORY PTE LTD

Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Drama Series

VARMAN CHANDRA MOHAN

ROMEO & JULIET

BLUE RIVER PICTURES PTE LTD

Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Drama Series

 MANJARI

BOMMALATAM

FRAMES ENTERTAINMENT PTE LTD

Best Actor/Actress in a Negative Role - Drama Series

STEPHEN ZECHARIAH

AVATHAARAM

360 ENTERTAINMENT PTE LTD

Best Actor/Actress in a Comedy Role - Drama Series

JAYAGANESH ISURAN

ADUKKU VEETTU ANNASAMY

COSMIC ULTIMA PICTURES

Best New Comer - Drama Series

VERONICA SHAW

YAAR 2

VIOLET TALES PTE LTD

Best Host - Entertainment

SARAVANAN AYYAVOO

AMARKALA DEEPAVALI 2019

EAGLEVISION, MEDIACORP PTE LTD

Best Host – Info

UDAYA SOUNDARI

UDAYAM 2

PERFECTIMAGE000 ENTERTAINMENT PTE LTD

Shining Star

HARJEET

NEO

SPECTRAA PRODUCTIONS

Best Original Singer

PAVITHRA SHREEDHARAN NAIR

SINGA AIRLINES (KADHAL VARAM)

TANTRA INCORPORATION

 

Programme categories 

Award Category

Winner

Production House

Best Drama Series

UYIRE

EAGLEVISION, MEDIACORP PTE LTD

 Best Entertainment Series

MUSIC JUNCTION

EAGLEVISION, MEDIACORP PTE LTD

Best Entertainment Special (Single)

AMARKALA DEEPAVALI 2019

EAGLEVISION, MEDIACORP PTE LTD

Best Info-Ed/Docu-Drama Series

ORU MANITHANIN KATHAI

NUFFIELD MEDIA PTE LTD

Best Infotainment/Lifestyle Series

KANAVU MEIPADA SEASON 2

VERITE PRODUCTIONS

Best Reality/Gameshow Series

SAVAAL SINGAPORE S6

LIVE ACTION PTE LTD

Best Talkshow

NERUKKU NAER S2

THEMEDIA PTE LTD

Best Children's Series

MY DEAR KUDUMBAM RETURNS

WHY NOT US? PTE LTD

Best Radio Programme

URAVUGAL THODARKATHAI BY GUNALAN MORGAN

MEDIACORP OLI968

 

Creative categories 

Award Category

Winner

Series

Production House

Best Direction (Drama)

VEL MURUGAN

ROWTHIRAM

PERFECTIMAGE00 ENTERTAINMENT PTE LTD

Best Direction (Other Genres)

ANURATHA KANDERAJU

AMARKALA DEEPAVALI 2018

EAGLEVISION, MEDIACORP PTE LTD

Best Original Screenplay

KUMARAN SUNDRAM & RAJA TAMILMARAN

ARIVAAN

EAGLEVISION, MEDIACORP PTE LTD

Best Scripting (Drama)

TT DHAVAMANI

GURU PAARVAI S4

BLUE RIVER PICTURES PTE LTD

Best Scripting (Other Genres)

T.N.SANJEEVI

RAYIL SNEHAM S4

SILVER SCREEN INTERNATIONAL PTE LTD

Best Videography (Drama)

GOPAL KANDASAMY

ARIVAAN

EAGLEVISION, MEDIACORP PTE LTD

Best Original Track

SHABIR (COMPOSER) & JAYA RATHAKRISHNAN (LYRICIST)

KALABA KADHALA (TITLE SONG)

STARDUST STORY PTE LTD

 

Popular Awards 

Award Category

Winner

Most Popular Programme

Ms V Supreme 2019 (Violet Tales Pte Ltd)

Most Popular Male Personality

Jaya Ganesh Isuran

Most Popular Female

Personality

Manjari

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Award Category

Winner

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mr P Krishnan