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Directed by Prema Karanth
Produced by Prema Karanth
Written by M. K. Indira
Based on Phaniyamma
by M. K. Indira
Starring L. V. Sharadha
Baby Prathima
Archana Rao
Prathibha Kasaravalli
Music by B. V. Karanth
Cinematography Madhu Ambat
Edited by Aruna - Vikas
Vijay Shekar Movies
Release date
  • 1983 (1983)
Running time
106 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada

Phaniyamma (Kannada: ಫಣಿಯಮ್ಮ) is a 1983 Indian Kannada award-winning drama film directed and produced by Prema Karanth.[1] The story is based on acclaimed novelist M. K. Indira's 1977 Sahitya Academy Award-winning novel of the same name.[2][3] The film highlighted the plight of a widow and her struggle for survival.

The film's cast included many players from a theatrical background including L. V. Sharadha, Prathibha Kasaravalli, Archana Rao, Vishwanath Rao and Kasaragod Chinna. Actor Ananth Nag made a guest appearance in the film.[4]

The film was widely appreciated by critics and audience upon release. It went on to win National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada and many International film awards. The film also was awarded multiple Karnataka State Film Awards including Best Film, Best Supporting actress and Best Story writer.


  • L. V. Sharadha
  • Baby Prathima
  • Pratibha Kasaravalli
  • Archana Rao
  • Poornima Gaonkar
  • Vishwanath Rao
  • Kasaragodu Chinna
  • Malathi Sridhar
  • Bhavani
  • Chidanand
  • Ananth Nag in a guest appearance
  • Venugopal Kasaragod in a guest appearance


The music of the film was composed by B. V. Karanth to the lyrics of Chandrashekhara Kambara.

Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Runner Runner" Chandrashekhara Kambara S. Janaki  
2. "Eenennale Thaayi" Chandrashekhara Kambara Jayachandran  


The film has won the following awards since its release.

1982 National Film Awards (India)

1982-83 Karnataka State Film Awards (India)

This film screened at 9th IFFI.


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