Srinath

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For the cricket player see Javagal Srinath. For Malayali actor see Sreenath. For Tamil film actor see Srinath (actor)

Srinath
Born Narayana Swamy
(1944-12-28) 28 December 1944 (age 70)
British India
Other names Pranaya Raja
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Geeta Srinath
Family C. R. Simha (brother)

Narayana Swamy (Kannada: ನಾರಾಯಣ ಸ್ವಾಮಿ), known by his stage name Srinath is an Indian Kannada cinema actor and the vice-president of Kannada TV Channel Udaya TV. He is also popularly known for his anchoring in the Game Show, Adarsha Dampatigalu (Kannada: ಆದರ್ಶ ದಂಪತಿಗಳು), meant for married couples competing on which pair is the ideal. Srinath is generally called with the nickname Pranaya Raja[1] (means, King of Romance) because of his success in various movies involving love stories. In 2003, he was conferred the Kalaratna Award by the Government of Karnataka.[2]

Early life[edit]

Narayana Swamy (Srinath's birth name) was introduced to Kannada film industry by renowned director Puttanna Kanagal.[citation needed] Initially, he acted in amateur dramas and practiced cinematography in Occupational Institute in Bangalore. He entered films through a small role in the Kannada movie Lagna Pathrike.[3] After that, he got a chance to play the main role in a film directed by S K A Chari by name Madhura Milana and it was during this time, his name was changed to Srinath. Since then, he is known as Srinath.[3] After 1975 Shubamangala, Srinath acted nearly 65 films in few years. It was Shubamangala which gave him break, and the movie is considered to be pertinent to any generation, be it 1970's or 2010's.

Film life[edit]

Srinath, starting from his second film Anireekshita directed by Nagesh Baba, was recognised as an actor with potential and became a popular hero.[3] He has acted in over 200 films.[citation needed] His major films include Besuge (ಬೆಸುಗೆ), Manasa Sarovara (ಮಾನಸ ಸರೋವರ), Shubha Mangala (ಶುಭ ಮಂಗಳ). In 1980, he got the Best Actor Filmfare Award for the film Besuge. Srinath also won State Award as Best Actor for the film Sri Raghavendra Vaibhava.[3] Srinath was also preparing to direct a Kannada movie.[1] Srinath and Manjula acted in 35 films together and were credit as one of the best pairs of the industry.

Political life[edit]

Srinath was nominated by Bharatiya Janata Party as member of legislative council from the artiste fraternity for a period of six years.[4]

Udaya TV[edit]

At present, Srinath is the Vice President for Udaya TV Kannada Channel. He also hosts a Game Show by name Adarsha Dampatigalu (Kannada: ಆದರ್ಶ ದಂಪತಿಗಳು), meaning The ideal couple. However, he still continues to act in films and TV serials. He is also acting in a Kannada serial called Bangara He is also acting in the television serial Jagala Gantiyaru (Kannada: ಜಗಳ ಗಂಟಿಯರು) directed by the film director Phani Ramachandra.[1]

Awards and honours[edit]

In year 2003, Srinath was honoured with the Kalaratna (Pearl of Art) award by Adarsha Suguma Sangeeta Academy Trust, in Bangalore.[5] The award was honoured by S.M. Shankar, the brother of S.M. Krishna, the then Chief Minister of Karnataka. In the same year, Srinath was honoured with the prestigious Karnataka Rajyotsava Award given by the Government of Karnataka.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Srinath is the younger brother of renown Kannada theatre artist as well as film actor and writer C. R. Simha. Srinath is married to Geetha Srinath,[1] Kannada film actress and television artist. The couple have two children, a son and a daughter. His son Rohit has acted in several Kannada movies as a child artist. At present, the family is in Bangalore. In the year 2001, Srinath's house was robbed on the day of his daughter's marriage. It was reported that, approximately 30 lakh (3 million) rupees worth of property was lost in this robbery.[1]

Contribution to society[edit]

Srinath has set up a charitable trust called Deeya Art Foundation, to provide a helping-hand to the poor and needy who are affected by diseases like cancer, HIV and heart-related ailments.[7] Among the objectives of the foundation are:

  • Organising entertainment programs exclusively for cancer-affected patients
  • Free health check-up camps
  • Fund-raising camps for the physically handicapped
  • Service activities at old-age homes
  • Blood donation camps
  • Free supply of medicines and nutritional food

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Title Notes
1967 Lagna Patrike Debut film
1969 Madhura Milana First film as a lead actor
1970 Anireekshita
Mooru Mutthugalu
Rangamahal Rahasya
Sukha Samsara
Takka Bitre Sikka
1971 Anugraha
Bhale Adrushtavo Adrushta
Onde Kula Onde Daiva
Sri Krishna Rukmini Satyabhama
Samshaya Phala
Thande Makkalu
1972 Bangaaradha Manushya
Bhale Huchcha
Naa Mechida Huduga
1973 Devaru Kotta Thangi
Edakallu Guddada Mele
Mooroovare Vajragalu
1974 Naanu Balabeku
Chamundeshwari Mahime
1975 Ninagagi Naanu
Mayura
Shubha Mangala
1976 Aparadhi
Baduku Bangaaravaayitu
Besuge Winner - Filmfare Award for Best Kannada Actor
Kanasu Nanasu
Vijaya Vani
Hudugaatada Hudugi
1977 Devara Duddu
Kakana Kote
Pavana Ganga
Sri Renukadevi Mahatme
1978 Madhura Sangama
Vasanta Lakshmi
Kiladi Jodi
Halli Haida
1979 Akramana
Dharmasere
Pakka Kalla
Preethi Madu Tamashe Nodu
Putani Agent 123
1980 Manjina Tere
Shri Raghavendra Vaibhava Winner - Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor
Pattanakke Banda Patniyaru
Rama Parashurama
Point Parimala
1981 Koodi Balidare Swarga Sukha
Shikari
Prema Pallavi
Premanubandha
1982 Adhrushtavanta
Garuda Rekhe
Tony
Guna Nodi Hennu Kodu
Hasyaratna Ramakrishna
Maanasa Sarovara
1983 Chandi Chamundi
AAkrosha
Dharani Mandala Madhyadolage
Sri Nanjundeshwara Mahime
1984 Baddi Bangaramma
Eradu Rekhegalu
Gandu Bherunda
Samayada Gombe
Pooja Phala
Preethi Vatsalya
Shravana Banthu
Ajnatavasa
Yarivanu
1985 Kunkuma Tanda Sowbhagya
Mugila Mallige
Sati Sakkubai
1986 Mouna Geethe
Nannavaru
Saavira Sullu
1987 Divijaya
Dance Raja Dance
Hridaya Pallavi
Manasa Veene
Poornachandra
1988 Sangliyana
Baalondu Bhavageethe
Matru Vatsalya
1989 Padmavyuha
Idu Saadhya
Gajapathi Garvabhanga
Ade Raaga Ade Haadu
1990 Ashwamedha
1991 Garuda Dhwaja
Kaliyuga Bheema
Aralida Hoovugalu
Navataare
Neenu Nakkare Haalu Sakkare
SP Bhargavi
1992 Gruhalakshmi
Sriramachandra
Malashree Mamashree
Midida Shruthi
Purushotthama
1993 Annayya
Bhagwan Sri Sai Baba
Chinnari Mutha
Karulina Koogu
Jaga Mechida Huduga
1994 Beda Krishna Ranginaata
Indrana Gedda Narendra
1995 Srigandha
Gadibidi Aliya
Mana Midiyithu
1996 Annavra Makkalu
1997 Prema Raga Haadu Gelathi
1998 Mr. Putsami
1999 Swasthik
2001 Yuvaraja
Premakke Sai
2002 Chandu
Dhumm
2003 Hrudayavantha
2004 Nalla
2005 Sye
2006 Dattha
Ajay
Sirivantha
2008 Satya In Love
2009 Raam
2010 Kichha Huchha
2012 Bhageerathi
2013 Andhar Bahar
Chandra
Mandahaasa
2014 Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Pranayaraja Srinath to direct movies - IndiaGlitz.com Report. Retrieved on 22 April 2007
  2. ^ "Nisar Ahmed, film actor Srinath honoured". The Hindu. 8 September 2003. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Srinath's Profile at Chitranga.com Retrieved on April 22, 2007
  4. ^ Srinath is nominated as MLC by BJP - A report in IndiaGlitz.com. Retrieved on 22 April 2007
  5. ^ Nisar Ahmed, film actor Srinath honoured by Adarsha Sugama Sangeeta Academy Trust - The Hindu News Report, Retrieved on April 22, 2007
  6. ^ Karnataka Rajyotsava Awards - 2003 - A report by The Hindu, Retrieved on April 22, 2007
  7. ^ Inauguration of the Deeya Art Foundation is mentioned in the Times of India, Bangalore Edition, newspaper dated 2007-04-24, page 2, article title: Musical start to Srinath's foundation

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