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 has been the recipient of international, national, state and other awards for 20 of his 30 Kannada movies in the last 26 years. He holds a degree in Science and Law. He was also selected as the Chairman of Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy (KCA), Bangalore [Government of Karnataka] (State Film Academy).
Nagabharana was interested in film making since his college days; he acted and directed many stage plays. He received a gold medal from the Government of India for his achievement in theater. He is the founder of a theater organization called "Benaka".
Nagabharana is one of the few Indian directors who has won 8 National Awards and 14 State Awards. He also proved his mettle in mainstream commercial cinema by directing blockbusters like Janumada Jodi, Nagamandala and Chinnari Mutha. His movie Nagamandala was screened at the International Film Festival of India in 1998. He has directed three children's films which received international recognition; his movie Naaviddeve Echharike won the State Award and was screened at the International Children's Film Festival. Most of his movies are rich in Indian folklore and concern for children and women. Three of his films won the best Film on National Integration, and he is the only director in India to have won so. He has directed a handful of TV serials, including Sankranthi, Mussanje, Gelati, and Namma Nammalli.
His movie Singaaravva was shown at the 2003 Karlovy Vary Film Festival as part of the "Another View" program.
Of the 30 films he has made so far, 14 have received prestigious awards at the state and national level. Six of his movies have been selected for the Indian Panorama. He has received the Best Regional Director Award at the national level seven times.
- Grahana (1978–79) Best Film on National Integration, Best Script, Best Film Gold Medal
- Anveshane (1982–83) won the Third Best Film, Government of Karnataka
- Asphota (1987–88) won the State Government Best Film Gold Medal
- Banker Margayya (1983–84) won National Best Regional Film award
- Santa Sishunala Sharifa (1989–90) Nargis Dutt National Integration Award of Government of India
- Kallarali Hoovagi (2006) Best Film on National Integration
- National Film Award for Best Screenplay for the movie Grahana in 1979
- National Film Award for Best Costume Design for Kaadu
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