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Dramatists of Mysore

1) Mašter Hirannaiah

Master Hirannaiah is a renowned Kannada stage actor and his social plays like "Lanchavathara" and "Nadubeedi Narayana" have become popular among the masses throughout Karnataka. His dramas have created history, "Lanchavathara" seeing over 10,000 performances and still remaining a popular play. His plays have seen performances abroad also, including the United States, Australia, Singapore, and England.

Son of veteran stage actor 'Cultured Comedian' K. Hirannaiah, Master Hirannaiah was born in Mysore in 1934. After his father's death, Master Hirannaiah took over the management of the K.Hirannaiah Mitra Mandali, founded by his late father, and became a popular chip of the old block, as an actor, director and administrator of the theatre company. Married to Shanthamma, he is a father of five children and a grand-father will 11 grand-sons. He has been honoured with several titles and honours including the membership of the Karnataka State Natak Academy in 1984, which had also conferred on him an award in 1988. The Karnataka Government has honoured with State award in 1984 and Dr. Gubbi Veeranna award in 1998.

2) G V Iyer

Internationally popular film producer-director of renowned films like 'Sankaracharya' in Sanskrit.

Starting as a stage worker and stage artiste, the Nanjangud-born veteran actor and producer had achieved international acclaim through his classic works of celluloid, which had also brought him fame and awards. Iyer is survived by son, Raghavendra. He was born at Nanjangud, the famous pilgrim centre near Mysore, in September 1917. He started his career as a stage artiste in 'Sadarame' drama in Mysore and later worked in the film field, starting his career as a poster writer and carpenter. He had acted with several veteran actors both on stage and in the film field. He had brought to the film field many film heroes, including Dr.Rajkumar.

Iyer, 86, died on December 21, 2003 in Mumbai where he had been to finalise the hero for his venture based on Bana Bhatta's Sanskrit work, Kadambari. The last rites took place at his Bharadhwaja Ashrama, near Dodda Aladamara, on the outskirts of Bangalore, near Kengeri.

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