Kavitha Lankesh

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Kavitha Lankesh
Born (1974 -12-13) December 13, 1974 (age 40)
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Occupation Film director

Kavitha Lankesh (Kannada: ಕವಿತಾ ಲಂಕೇಶ್) is an Indian director, screen writer and a lyricist who predominantly works in the Kannada cinema industry. She began as a documentary film-maker before directing her first feature film, Deveeri (1999) which went on to win international, national and state awards. She is thus considered to be one of the renowned film-makers of Kannada cinema.[1]

Early life and background[edit]

Kavitha hails from a prominent family of journalists and media publishers. Her father P. Lankesh founded the highly successful weekly tabloid Lankesh Patrike. Her brother Indrajit Lankesh is an acclaimed film-maker and her sister Gauri Lankesh was the chief editor of the tabloid.[2]

Kavitha holds a Masters in English Literature from the Bangalore University and a diploma in advertising.


Kavitha started her film career with a documentary on children's nature camp.

Deveeri, a movie based on a short story by P. Lankesh, saw her debut as a director. Deveeri won state, national and international awards, including the International Critics Award and the National Debut Director Award for Kavitha Lankesh. Deveeri participated in prestigious international film festivals.


Year Film Title Notes
1999 Deveeri International award, two national awards and nine state awards
2001 Alemaari
2002 Bimba Best Screenplay award, Best Child actor award
2003 Preethi Prema Pranaya National award for Best regional film and Best story State award
2004 Malgudi Hindi Tele-films Fresh Stories
2006 Tananam Tananam Best Actress Filmfare Award and SICA Award
2008 Avva State award Best supporting actress and Best Story
2012 Crazy Loka
2013 Kariya Kan Bitta


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