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Jayathirtha B.V.
Jayathirtha, Kannada film director
Born (1977-05-08) 8 May 1977 (age 42)
OccupationFilm director
Theater director
Stage Designer
Known forOlave Mandara
Beautiful Manasugalu

Jayathirtha (born May 8, 1977) is an Indian theater activist, social worker and filmmaker. From 1993–1994, he trained at Abhinaya Taranga, obtaining a degree in theater. He worked as a director and playwright, as well as acting in as many as 4,200 street plays.[citation needed]

Theater activities[edit]

Jayathirtha has conducted more than 150 theater training programs, focusing on issues including life skills.[citation needed] He penned and directed 65 street plays and ten stage plays from 1996 to 2007.[citation needed] Jayathirtha directed Hathim Thi, an experiment with 500 actors, at the Al-ameen school building.


He directed 450 episodes of Chukki Chinna – Chinnara Chukki, an educational radio drama for children. This is inspired by one of the most viewed radio dramas in Africa.[citation needed]

Literary works[edit]

He scripted six stage plays and 69 street plays/shows, only on social issues.[citation needed]

He penned 15 short stories.

He authored Hebbala – (an experimental stage play) using proverbs and folktale stories.


He conducted workshops for dumb and deaf children, HIV/AIDS patients, teachers, councillors and psychologists.[citation needed]


He worked with various organization, including:

  • Sacred Heart College (MSW Dept. Tamil Nadu.)
  • Bangalore Agenda Task Force (Govt. of Karnataka)
  • Ogilvy & Mather (Advertising Company)
  • Global Alliance (Corporate Company)
  • Arvind Mills (Corporate Company)
  • Zindal Plant (Corporate Company)
  • Archeological Survey of India (Govt. of India)
  • Janapada Academy (N.G.O)
  • Myrada Plan (N.G.O)
  • Education development center (N.G.O)
  • Madhyam (N.G.O)
  • Accenture (Corporate Company)
  • Novel (Software Company)

He has also worked with more than 70 organizations all over India.[citation needed]


Jayathirtha started to train actors for film industry and himself developed an interest in film direction too. His growing interest made him start studying World Cinema in depth. In 2007, he directed a short film called Hasivu (Hunger) which brought him recognition at international forum. The movie won Best Indian Short Film award at Cinerail Film Festival, Paris. In 2011, he directed a full-fledged Kannada feature film, Olave Mandara which brought several awards including 59th Filmfare Award (Best Director). Later he directed Tony (2013), Bullet Basya (2015), Beautiful Manasugalu (2017), Vanilla (2017) and now Bell Bottom (2019.


  • Best Back Stage designer 1994 (Abhinaya Tharanga)
  • Best script writer 1996 (Abhinaya Tharanga)
  • Best stage reviewer 1997 (B.V.Karanth Award)
  • Second Best Small Story Award – from Gulbarga University (2002)
  • First place in small story award – from Belagali Sahithya Pratistana. (2002)
  • First place in small story award – from Kannada Sahithya Parishath. (2002)
  • First place in script writing – Street play – Pravardhini from Sahithya Sankramana (2003)
  • Best Indian short film Hasivu from Cinerail film festival in Paris[citation needed]


Title Year Director Producer Screenwriter Notes
Hasivu 2007 Yes Yes Best Indian short film from Cinerail Film Festival, Paris
Olave Mandara 2011 Yes Yes 59th Filmfare Awards South

Filmfare Award for Best Film Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada 'Raghavendra Chitravaani Award', Best Director 'Big FM – ETV' award, Best Director Santosham Award (Hyderabad)

Tony 2013 Yes Yes Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay, Best Director Lalitha Kala academy
Bullet Basya 2015 Yes Yes
Beautiful Manasugalu 2017 Yes Yes
Vanilla 2017 Yes Yes
Bell Bottom 2019 Yes


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