A Theatre Artist & Puppeteer awarded Padma Shri from Andhra Pradesh

Two persons from Andhra Pradesh will receive the prestigious Padma Shri award for their contribution to the field of art. Yadla Gopal Rao, a theatre artiste from Srikakulam district, and Dalavai Chalapathi Rao, a leather puppet artisan from Anantapur district, were among the 118 persons selected for the award by the Government of India.
Besides them, ace shuttler and Telugu girl P.V. Sindhu will receive the Padma Bhushan, albeit under the Telangana State category. Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy congratulated the three achievers on the occasion.
How Chalapathi Rao & Family saved Puppetry 
Chalapathi Rao, 78, whose family migrated from Maharashtra several generations ago, has been engaged in the art of leather puppetry for generations. He lives in Nimmalakunta village of Dharmavaram mandal.