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Sylvester with puppet
Name: Thota Sylvester (Popularly known as Silver Star & Mimicry Star)

Address:
202, IVK Towers, Bible School Road, Near ESI Bus Stop
Gunadala, Vijayawada - 520004, Andhra Pradesh, India

Telephone: +91-866-2451251, +91-98481 20006

Date of Birth: 15 Aug 1949
Education:
S.S.L.C - Bishop Grassi High School, Vijayawada
B.Com. - Andhra Loyola College, Vijayawada
Profession: Mimicry Artist and Ventriloquist
Speciality: To present Mimicry & Ventriloquism for a duration of more than two hours at a stretch in Telugu.
Career Span: More than 9000 shows / performances over a period of four and a half decades
Family: Married to Mrs. Boppana Dhana Lakshmi in 1974. She is retired from Govt. Service.
First son: Thota Jagadish Babu and his wife are in New York (USA).
Second son: Thota Vijesh Babu and his wife are in Mumbai. Working in Banking industry.
Daughter: Dr. Sharmilee, MD and Amar Kumar are in USA.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAREER

International:
First Mimicry Artist after the Doyen of Mimicry Sri Nerella Venumadhav to have international performances to his credit. Received individual invitation from various organizations internationally. Starting with the TANA Regional Conference in 1990-91 at New Orleans, USA, Sylvester toured extensively and enthralled the audiences with his creditable performances. He gave a second performance for TANA at its Atlanta Conference, which he attended alongwith famous cine-artist Sri Murali Mohan. His shows were held at New York, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Columbus, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Boston, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Cleveland, Houston and Denver in USA. He also performed at the Conference of American Association of Physicians from India (AAPI) in New Orleans, USA. Sylvester is indebted to Dr Donepudi Sarath, Dr Kata and Sri Gandhi for making these programs possible.

Sylvester also gave creditable performances at Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates. In 1994, Sylvester was invited to Birmingham for a single show by the European Telugu Association (ETA). Sylvester had the rare honour of going to London alongwith the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Sri N T Rama Rao. It was really his privilege to be invited for the single show and was specially felicitated. His performances were held almost in the four corners of the world. Beyond doubt, we can say wherever there are Telugu people, Sylvester's mimicry program was held there. While it was possible only for Sylvester to entertain lovers of Mimicry for over four decades, he had received countless rewards, awards, accolades and felicitations from associations and great personalities connected to the stage, cinema, cultural and political fields during this period.

National:
Sylvester had the rare distinction of performing on all the three days during the World Telugu Conference held at Chennai on 28, 29 and 30 December 1994 and receiving their felicitations. On the invitation of the Telugu Associations, he had performed at Bhilai, Surat, Rourkela, Lucknow, Baroda, Bharuch, Nagpur, Raipur, Balco Township, Jagdalpur, Chakradharpur, Jamshedpur, Pune, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Salem, Bellary, Gangavathy, Sinthanur, Ranchi, Raipur, Patna, Mount Abu, Bokaro and other places and was greatly honoured by them.

Sylvester the Artist:
Sylvester is not just a mimicry artist. He is an accomplished actor, versatile director and an entertaining ventriloquist. In the "Nandi Drama Festival 2000" of the Govt. of AP, "Prema Samrajyam" of Kaladarsini in which Sylvester acted and directed, he had won four Nandi awards (Second Best Play, Best Costumes, Best Music and the Jury Award). This is a matter of great pride for the cultural history of Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh. In his school days, he was also good in sports and games and bagged many medals, cups and trophies.

Subjects of the Shows:
It is not an exaggeration to say that there is no sound which Sylvester cannot mimic. Sounds of birds and animals, cyclones and hurricanes, lightning and thunderstorms, trains and rockets, bombings and world wars, voices of great personalities, celebrities, political leaders, film and stage artists, tribal and rural people, scenes and situations from day-to-day life and films – everything comes into life in Sylvester's voice.

Social Dimension:
Sylvester is having a deep concern for the society. He has not only entertained the society with his mimicry, but has contributed to a great extent to the cause of social awareness and social welfare. He rendered laudable service to create awareness among general public about the schemes and programs of the Govt. Agencies and Voluntary Organizations on issues such as family welfare, savings, adult education, AIDS, liquor prohibition, superstitions and so on. He successfully proved that art is also for the society and was acclaimed as a People's Artist. He had given a good number of programs for the benefit of the needy people and charitable organizations.

Accolades and Honours:
During the first convention of the AP Working Journalists Union on 1972, Sri Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy, the then Finance Minister, hailed Sylvester as "Silver Star". From then onwards, Sylvester came to be popularly known as "Silver Star". Sylvester had the rare privilege and honour receiving the appreciation, blessings and felicitation from the present Governor of AP Sri Narasimhan, former Governors of AP Sri K C Abraham, Smt Kumud Ben Joshi, Sri Kona Prabhakara Rao and from former President of India Sri Abdul Kalam. Sylvester also received appreciations, blessings and mementoes from Sri N T Rama Rao, Sri T Anjaiah, Sri Bhavanam Venkatram, Sri Nadendla Bhaskara Rao, Sri N Chandra Babu Naidu, Sri N Kiran Kumar Reddy - all former Chief Ministers of AP, Speaker of Loksabha Sri Balayogi and many other political leaders, film personalities and IAS, IPS, IRS and other officials.

From the film industry, starting with noted playback singer G Anand, Sylvester had the blessings and honours from singers S P Bala Subramanyam, Rama Krishna, Music Directors Chakravarthy, Koti, Vandemataram Srinivas, R P Patnaik, renowned Directors Dasari Narayana Rao, Kodi Rama Krishna, Raghavendra Rao, K Viswanadh, Jandhyala, famous Actors Akkineni, Jaggaiah, Chiranjeevi, Bala Krishna, Murali Mohan, Krishnam Raju, Gummadi, Mikkilineni, Sobhan Babu, Nutan Prasad, Chandra Mohan, Thanikella Bharani, Sai Kumar, Rallapalli, Comedians Raja Babu, Brahmanandam, AVS, Mada, Kondavalasa, Babu Mohan and Acresses Jamuna, Janaki, Jayasudha, Jayaprada, Jayachitra and so on. Sylvester was greatly appreciated and honoured by many IAS, IPS, IRS and other higher officials.

Vijayotsavam:
A special magazine named "Sylvester Vijayotsavam" was published jointly by Yuva Kalavahini and Chaitanya Art Theatres on 27 Feb 1987 at Hyderabad as a Souvenir congratulating Sylvester to coincide the gala celebrations held by them on the completion of 3000 performances by Sylvester.

Silver Jubilee:
On crossing the mark of 25 years as a mimicry artist, Silver Jubilee celebrations were held at many places. The most colorful and memorable one of all is the "Silver Jubilee Celebrations" organized at Hyderabad by a team of hosts that include men of great fame and name such as Justice Punnaiah, Actor Murali Mohan, Prabhakar Reddy IAS, Mallela Babu Rao IPS, Dr Samaram and Kalabandhu K K Raja.

Titles and Awards:
A felicitation is not just honouring with a shawl, garland, bouquet and memento. It is a symbol of the wisdom and goodwill of the organizers. It displays their recognition, love and appreciation of the art and the artist. Most prominent among the felicitations received by Sylvester is the "Sylvester Vijayotsavam" organized by Yuva Kalavahini and Chaitanya Art Theatres, Hyderabad at Thyagaraya Gana Sabha, Hyderabad in February 1987 to commemorate the successful completion of 3000 mimicry shows by Sylvester. It was organized on a grand scale by Kalabandhu Sri K K Raja.

In addition to these felicitations and celebrations, Sylvester was honoured with many Titles and Awards. They include:

» Mimicry King - by BALCO Township, Madhya Pradesh
» Golden Star - by Sumadhura Kala Niketan, Vijayawada through Padmasri Sri Turlapati Kutumba Rao
» A great felicitation at Hindu College of Machilipatnam by the then AP Governor Sri K C Abraham
» Dhwanyanukarana Ratna (Gem of Mimicry) – by Yuva Kalavahini and Chaitanya Art Theatres, Hyderabad through Daraka Ratna Sri Dasari Narayana Rao, M.P. and Sri Kona Prabhakara Rao (Ex. Governor)
» A great felicitation at Raj Bhavan by the then Governor Kumud Ben Joshi
» Viswa Dhwanyanukarana Chakravarthi (Emperor of Universal Mimicry) – by Andhra Association, Raipur, Orissa
» Sapta Swara Dhwanyavaloki (Master of the Sounds of Seven Notes) – by Dr Ambedkar National Youth and Cultural Association, Vijayawada
» Dhwanyanukarana Sarwabhowma (Great Sovereign Ruler of Mimicry) – by Gouthami Cultural Association, Rajahmundry
» Sarva Swara Brahma (Creator of all Sounds) – by Telugu Kala Samithi, Hubli, Karnataka
» Sovereign of Mimicry - by Alluri Sita Rama Raju Smaraka Kala Vedika, Kakinada through cine artist Sri U Krishnam Raju, M.P.
» Man of the Year and Dhwanyanukarana Samrat - by Gouthami Cultural Association, Rajahmundry in 1987
» Swaranukarana Chakravarthy (Emperor of the art of imitating voices) – by Telugu Kala Sravanthi, Chennai through Kalavachaspathi Sri Kongara Jaggaiah
» Ever Green Achievement Award - by Kalasagar, Chittor through Sri Nara Rama Murthy Naidu, M.L.A.
» V R Narla Visishta Kala Award in memory of Sri Narla Venkateswara Rao, famous literary scholar and renowned editor, in July 2004
» Navaratna Puraskar Award - by Dr Sardar Gowthu Lachchanna Kala Peetham, Vijayawada through Sri Palagani Prabhakar in 2008
» Rambo of Mimicry - by Sneha Samakhya, Guntur in 2008
» Swara Kala Prapoorna - by Sri Sri Sri Vibhavashi Mangamamba Educational Welfare Trust, Razole, W.G.Dist.
» Pratibha Puraskar Award - by Acharya Nagarjuna University in 2009
» Ugadi Puraskar Award - by Atmeeya Arts Theatre, Guntur in 2012
» A.P. Governor Sri Narasimhan honoured and felicitated him on 6th March 2013
» Swara Madhuri of A.G. Office of Hyderabad honoured and felicitated him on 14th March 2013
» 2013 Ugadi Puraskaram - by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri N Kiran Kumar Reddy
» Kala Bandhu Nusetti Rama Mohana Rao Puraskaram - by Vijayawada Cultural Academy of Vijayawada
» Maheswari Prasad Memorial Kala Parishat and Andhra Arts Academy of Vijayawada honoured and felicitated him in Nov 2014
» Visishtha Ugadi Pratibha Puraskaram - by All The Best Academy of Hyderabad on the eve of 2015 Ugadi
» People's Choice Award - 2015 - by JOURNALIST Magazine through Sri G S N Raju, VC, Andhra University in Visakhapatnam
» Great felicitation by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Sri Nara Chandrababu Naidu on 15th July 2015 on the eve of Godavari Pushkaralu at Rajahmundry
» Great felicitation by M.P. and YSRCP President Sri Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and familiar personalities of All India Working Journalists Union Sri Srinivasa Reddy, Sri Devulapalli Amar and Sri Ambati Anjaneyulu on 25th Aug 2015 on the eve of A.P.Working Journalists Union 34th Anniversary at K L University
» A.P. Speaker Dr Kodela Siva Prasad felicitated the Star on 13th Sep 2015 at the 5th Anniversary of JOURNALIST Magazine
» Grand Felicitation - by Kaloddharaka Sri Putta Jagan Mohana Rao, founder of "Arsha Bharathi"