H. G. Dattatreya
|H. G. Dattatreya|
|Born||Harihar Gundurao Dattatreya
1942 (age 74–75)
Chitradurga, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
|Alma mater||UVCE, Bangalore
Indian Institute of Science
|Relatives||H. G. Somasekhara Rao (brother)|
Harihar Gundurao Dattatreya (born 1942), popularly known as Dattanna, is an Indian actor who has appeared in over 80 films and several plays. Alongside his career as an actor, he served in the Indian Air Force for over 25 years and also occupied academic positions with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). He is best known for his work in Kannada cinema, in which he appears in mostly supporting roles. In a film career of almost three decades, he has won two National Film Award – Special Jury Awards, one National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and two Karnataka State Film Awards. He is known for his performances in Munnudi (2000), Bettada Jeeva (2011) and Bharath Stores (2012).
Early life and education
Dattatreya was born in 1942 in Chitradurga, in the erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore of British India (now in Karnataka) to Harihar Gundurao and Venkamma. He had six siblings; brothers H. G. Venkatesh, was a physicist at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur; H. G. Suryanarayana Rao, as a professor of English in University of Mysore; and H. G. Somasekhara Rao, a writer and an occasional actor. Dattatreya completed his schooling in Chitradurga. He secured the first rank in his matriculation exams in 1958, and second rank on completion of his pre-university course in 1959. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from University of Mysore College of Engineering (UCE), Bangalore, in 1964. In 1978, he obtained a master's degree in electrical communication engineering from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.
In Indian Air Force
After graduating in 1964, Dattatreya began working with the Indian Air Force, as a commissioned officer in its Signals Branch,Indian Air Force. He subsequently trained at Air Force Technical College, Bangalore, and while studying his post graduation in I I Sc, Bangalore he received a certificate on completion of a project on "Management and Advance Technologies", in 1984. He served in its Service wing for over 25 years, before retiring as a Wing commander. Upon retirement, he served in the Management Academy of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the Staff Training College, as its Deputy General Manager and Principal.
Dattatreya began acting in plays in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and during his days in college as a student of engineering in UVCE. His first appearance in a Kannada film came in T. S. Nagabharana's Aasphota (1988), which earned him the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. Since then, he went on to appear several films that have won multiple awards such as Kraurya (1996) and Munnudi (2000). His performance in the latter film earned him the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor.
Dattatreya's performances in Mouni (2003) won him a National Film Award – Special Jury Award at the 51st National Film Awards. In the 2012 released film Bharath Stores, his role as Govinda Shetty, a Grocery shop owner hit hard when the Union Government increases foreign direct investment in the retail sector, won widespread critical acclaim. He won his second National Special Jury Award at the 60th National Film Awards. He was also awarded the Best Actor at the International Film Festival in Fiji in 2013.
- Udbhav (1988)
- Aasphota (1988)
- Madhuri (1989)
- Santha Shishunala Sharifa (1990)
- Mysore Mallige (1992)
- Harakeya Kuri (1992)
- Kotreshi Kanasu (1994)
- Lady Police (1995)
- Kraurya (1996)
- Ganga Yamuna (1997)
- America America (1997)
- Andaman (1998)
- Hoomale (1998)
- Maha Edabidangi (1999)
- Chaithrada Chiguru (1999)
- Prema Prema Prema (1999)
- Munnudi (2000)... Hasanabba
- Chandana Chiguru (2001)
- Atithi (2002)
- Mouni (2003)
- Yahoo (2004)
- Dharma (2004)
- Joke falls (2004)
- Beru (2005)
- Siddu (2005)
- Ram shama bhama (2005)
- Jothe Jotheyali (2006)
- Thutturi (2006)
- Miss California (2006)
- Uppi Dada M.B.B.S. (2006)
- Masanada Makkalu (2007)
- Sathyavan Savithri (2007)
- Kaada Beladingalu (2007)
- Atheetham (2007)
- Hani Hani (2008)
- Anu (2009)
- Maleyali Jotheyali (2009)
- Kurunadu (2009)
- Daatu (2009)
- Anishchitha (2010)
- Johny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam (2011)
- Bettada Jeeva (2011)... Gopalaiah
- Allide Nammane Illi Bande Summane (2011)
- Paramathma (2011)... Appanna
- Dashamukha (2012)
- Bharath Stores (2012)... Govinda Shetty
- December-1 (2014)
- Matthe Satyagraha (2014)
- Bahaddur (2014)
- Baanaadi (2014)
- Haggada Kone (2014)
- Male Nilluvavarege (2015)
- Endendigu (2015)
- Vidaaya (2015)
- Parapancha (2016)
- Jigarthanda (2016)
- Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu (2016)
- Neer Dose (2016)
Awards and nominations
- 1987–88: Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor: Aasphota
- 2000: National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor: Munnudi
- 2000: Film Fans Association Award for Best Supporting Actor: Munnudi
- 2000–01: Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor: Munnudi
- 2003: National Film Award – Special Jury Award: Mouni
- 2011: nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Kannada: Bettada Jeeva
- 2012: National Film Award – Special Jury Award: Bharath Stores
- 2013: Best Actor Award at the Fiji International Film Festival for Bharath Stores
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