K. V. Akshara

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K.V. Akshara is a director,[1]playwright and writer in the Kannada language. He is the son of the writer K.V. Subbanna. He is a prominent figure in contemporary Kannada theatre.

Akshara presently heads Ninasam, the theatre group and cultural complex in Heggodu, Karnataka, founded by his father.[2][3] He is also the treasurer of "Ninasam" society.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

After attending primary education at Heggodu village and Sagar town, he studied theatre at National School of Drama, New Delhi and at Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.[3]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • Karnataka Sahitya Academy award[3]
  • Karnataka Nataka Academy fellowship[3]


K.V.Akshara has written more than 15 books in Kannada on Drama, theatre and performing arts and translated books on theatre to Kannada language.[3] He has also translated and directed dramas written by William Shakespeare.[5]

Cinemada Yantrabhase, 1981 (with K V Subbanna)

Ranga Aveeshane, 1982

Hadiharayada Hadugalu, 1985

Rangabhoomiya Mukhaanatra, 2008, 2010

Ranga Prapancha, 2010


  1. ^ "K V Subbanna honoured with State Sahitya Academy award". Deccan Herald. 10 April 2004. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Shishunala Sharif's music not given due recognition". The Hindu. 10 September 2006. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Indian Perspectives on Collaboration". U K: British Council. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  4. ^ S, Bageshree (8 September 2012). "It takes a village..". The Hindu (Magazine) (Chennai). Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Ganesh, Deepa (29 March 2012). "Winter's tale in summer month". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 September 2012.