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Veteran Kannada actor-director Shivaram dies at 83

Kannada actor S Shivaram, whose stint in the film industry spans more than six decades, died on Saturday. He was 83.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru |
Updated: December 4, 2021 6:43:53 pm
Shivara deadVeteran actor S Shivaram passed away on Saturday. (File)

Senior Kannada film actor, director and producer S Shivaram passed away in a hospital in Bengaluru Saturday as a result of a brain hemorrhage. He was 83.

Shivaram has acted in over 200 movies in Kannada and was associated with the state’s film industry for six decades.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai paid his condolences saying, “Shivaram’s contribution to Kannada film industry is immense. He has left his stamp as assistant director, director, producer and actor in his six decade long professional life in Kannada filmdom. He made a mark as an actor in films like Sharapanjara, Shubhamangala, Nagarahavu directed by Puttanna Kanagal. The death of Shivaram even before the Kannada film industry could recover from the death of Puneeth Rajkumar has caused huge loss for Kannada cinema.”

Born into a middle-class family in 1938, Shivaram was attracted towards theatre. He started his journey in 1958 as assistant director with many prominent directors of that time. His first appearance as an actor was in a supporting role in the film ‘Beratha Jeeva’ in 1965. His appearances in some of the critically-acclaimed movies of director Puttanna Kanagal such as Naagarahaavu, Shubhamangala and Chalisuva Modagalu earned him fame.

Alone with his brother S Ramanathan, Shivaram began a production house named “Rashi brothers” and went on to produce movies such as Gejje Pooje and Upasane. He also directed the movie Hrudaya Sangama in which legendary actor Dr Rajkumar and Bharathi played main roles.

He was a recipient of Dr Rajkumar Lifetime Achievement Award of Karnataka state. He was also a photographer by passion.

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