T. S. Nagabharana

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T. S. Nagabharana
Born (1953-01-23) 23 January 1953 (age 61)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Occupation Film director, producer and script writer

T. S. Nagabharana(born 23 January 1953) is an Indian film director, in the Kannada film industry and one of the pioneers of the Parallel Cinema. He is one of the few film directors to have straddled both the mainstream as well as parallel cinema worlds. He has achieved success both in Television and Cinema He has been the recipient of international, national, state and other awards for 20 of his 30 Kannada movies in the last 26 years. He was also selected as the Chairman of Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy (KCA), Bangalore [Government of Karnataka] (State Film Academy).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Talakadu Srinivasaiah Nagabharana was born on 23 January 1953. He is an ardent and avid reader of Indian English literature. He holds a degree in Science and Law.


Nagabharana was interested in film making since his college days; he acted and directed many stage plays. Nagabharana, early in his teens came under the indelible influence of the great playwright Adya Rangacharya. When in college he directed the plays Evam Indrajit and Shoka Chakra.

He worked as a back stage worker, actor, singer and director. He had the opportunity of associating with leading theatre personalities like B. V. Karanth, Chandrashekhara Kambara and Girish Karnad.

Plays that Nagabharana has acted in and directed are – Sangya Balya, Kathale Belaku, Shakarana Sarotu, Jokumaraswamy, Oedipus, Sattavara Neralu, Krishna Parijata, Tingara Buddanna, Mundena Sakhi Mundena, Hayavadana, Neegikonda Samsa, Baka and Blood Wedding.[2]

He received a gold medal from the Government of India for his achievement in theatre. He is the founder of a theatre organisation called "Benaka".[3] He also started Shruthalaya, an organisation for organising, writing, composing, camera work, lighting, art, acting, editing or directing.[4]

He is fan of Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman[5]


Nagabharana has won 8 National Awards and 14 State Awards.[6][7][8]


Of the 30 films he has made so far, 14 have received prestigious awards at the state and national level. Seven of his movies have been selected for the Indian Panorama. He has received the Best Regional Director Award at the national level seven times.

T.S.Nagabharana occupies the crown of hat trick of national integration award. Three of his films won the best Film on National Integration, and he is the only director in India to have won so.[9]

  • Kaadu(1973–74) Girish Karnad's film won National Film Award for Best Costume Design for the year
  • Grahana (1978–79) won Best Film on National Integration, Best Screenplay, Best Film Gold Medal
  • Anveshane (1982–83) won the Third Best Film, Government of Karnataka
  • Banker Margayya (1983–84) won National Best Regional Film award
  • Asphota (1987–88) won the State Government Best Film Gold Medal
  • Santa Sishunala Sharifa (1989–90) Nargis Dutt National Integration Award of Government of India.[10] This film also won the Second Best Film Award of State Government besides winning awards in three other categories.
  • Naviddive Eccharikke won the best Children's film award from Government of Karnataka(1995–96)
  • Singaaravva won the National Best Feature Film in Kannada (2002–03)
  • Kallarali Hoovagi (2006) Best Film on National Integration
  • Dhwani- Sriranga international Kannada theatre award for 2009 by Dhwani pratishthana[11]

Filmfare Award

  • 1988 – best film Aasphota
  • 1991 – best director mysore mallige
  • 1996 – best director Janumada Jodi


Year Film Notes
1978 Grahana
1980 Bangarada Jinke
1983 Anveshane[12]
1982 Praya Praya Praya
1983 Banker Margayya National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada
1983 Onti Dhawani
1984 Aahuti
1984 Premayuddha
1984 Hoysala And Chalukyan Architecture of Karnataka Documentary
1984 Makkaliralavva Mane Thumba
1984 Sedina Sanchu
1985 Netra Pallavi
1986 Nenapina Doni
1987 Ravana Rajya
1988 Aasphota Filmfare Award for Best Film - Kannada
1989 Premagni
1989 Sura Sundaranga
1990 Santha Shishunala Sharifa Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration
1991 Mysore Mallige National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada
1993 Aakasmika
1993 Chinnari Mutha National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada
1994 Sagara Deepa
1995 Americadalli Gorur
1995 Naviddive Eccharikke Won the best Children's film award from Government of Karnataka (1995–96)
1995 Samsmarana
1996 Janumada Jodi Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada
1997 Nagamandala
2001 Neela Karnataka State Film Award for Best Film
2002 Singaaravva National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada
2003 Chigurida Kanasu Karnataka State Film Award for Best Film
2006 Kallarali Hoovagi Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration
2009 Nam Yajamanru
2012 Kamsale Kaisale Karnataka State Film Award for Best Children Film
Also as an actor
2014 Vasundhara In Post Production
Also as an actor


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