T. S. Nagabharana

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T. S. Nagabharana
Born Talakadu Srinivasaiah Nagabharana
1953 (age 64–65)
Bangalore, Mysore State, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter, actor and theatre worker
Years active 1978–present

Talakadu Srinivasaiah Nagabharana (born 1953) is an Indian film director, in the Kannada film industry and a pioneer of the parallel cinema. He is one of the few film directors to have straddled the mainstream and parallel cinema worlds. He achieved success both in television and cinema.

He has been the recipient of international, national, state and other awards for 20 of his 34 Kannada movies in the last 40 years. He was nominated as the chairman of Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy (KCA), Bangalore [Government of Karnataka] (State Film Academy).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Talakadu Srinivasaiah Nagabharana was born in 1953. He is an ardent and avid reader of Indian English literature. He holds a degree in Science and Law.


Nagabharana was interested in filmmaking since his college days; he acted and directed many stage plays. In his teens, he came under the indelible influence of the great playwright Adya Rangacharya. When in college he directed the plays Evam Indrajit and Shoka Chakra.

He worked as a backstage worker, actor, singer and director. He associated with leading theatre personalities like B. V. Karanth, Chandrashekhara Kambara and Girish Karnad.

Plays that Nagabharana has acted in and directed are Sangya Balya, Kathale Belaku, Shakarana Sarotu, Jokumaraswamy, Oedipus, Sattavara Neralu, Krishna Parijata, Tingara Buddanna, Mundena Sakhi Mundena, Hayavadana, Neegikonda Samsa, Baka and Blood Wedding.[2]

He received a gold medal from the Government of India for his achievement in theatre. He is the founder of a theatre organisation called "Benaka".[3] He also started Shruthalaya, an organisation for organising, writing, composing, camera work, lighting, art, acting, editing and directing.[4]

  • Worked with Padmashri B V Karanth, Former Director Of NSD and Chairman of Ranga Mandala Bhopal, Rangayana Mysore.
  • Working as President of Benaka Children Theatre since 30 years
  • Organising and Directing 3 Children plays every year continuously since from start.
  • Directed more than 35 Plays of which Jnaanapeeth Sri Grisish Karnad, Chandrashekhar Kambar, Sri Shivarama Karanath and Badal Sarkar etc.
  • Acted in more than 100 plays, which played more than 10,000 shows.
  • Performed on National and International stages for several times
  • Conducted theatre workshops for the last 35 years regularly both National and International level.
  • Worked as an Administrator for several theatre repertories, specially Rangayana Mysore, Benaka Bengaluru
  • 40 years founder-actor, Benaka Amateur Troupe founded by B.V. Karanth
  • 30 years President, Benaka Children Theatre founded by Prema Karanth.
  • Rajyotsava Awardees for Theatre
  • Represented Government of India Cultural Committees several times.
  • Working as Administrator and teacher in Bharana Academy of Performing Arts (BAPA) school by encouraging and teaching students who are interested in Theatre and Film acting

He is a fan of Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman.[5]


National Network[edit]

  • Serials for Doordarshan since its inception.
  • Tele serial Shasraphan was written by former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao
  • Indo-Mauritius co-production Stone Boy
  • Samsmaran travalogue by Goruru Ramaswamy Iyengar extensively shot in the United States of America
  • Tenali Rama, Aradhana, Ganayogi Panchakshari
  • Bangalore Doordarshan and other Networks
  • A variety of serials and other programs for Doordarshan, Udaya TV, SUN TV and others

TV Serial List[edit]

National Network

  • An Indian in America
  • Sahasrapan
  • Stone Boy
  • Tenali Rama *O Nanna Belake
  • Ganayogi Panchakshari

Regional Network

  • Mussanje
  • Namma Nammali
  • Thiruga Bana
  • Sankranthi
  • Aradhana
  • Gelathi


Nagabharana has won nine National and 14 State awards.[6][7][8]

  • Directed a total of 36 films of which 19 films have received prestigious awards & 4 are Children's films.
  • 1st BRICS Film Festival Chairperson of Jury.
  • Represented India as Jury and his films have been featured in International Film Festivals in Manheim, Milan, Iran, Chicago, Armenia, china and Karlovy Vary
  • Jury member of Dadasaheb phalke Award at 64th National Film Award
  • Executive Committee Member, Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce - 3 years
  • Chairman of Subsidy Committee for Films, Government of Karnataka
  • President of Karnataka Film Directors’ Association
  • ONLY director who has secured ENTRY in both Mainstream and Indian Panorama TWICE in 1993-1994 and 1995-1996 in International Film Festivals of India
  • CIFEJ (‘Centre International de Film pour l’enfance et La Jeunesse’ meaning ‘International Centre of Films for Children and Youth’) Board Member for 13 years.
  • Adarsh Film Institute Principal and Faculty
  • Chairman, Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy 2008-2012
  • Member of the Central Censor Board since 2015
  • Working as Administrator and teacher in Bharana Academy of Performing Arts (BAPA) school by encouraging and teaching students who are interested in Theatre and Film acting.
  • Mean time done Light & Sound for Tourism Department of Govt. of India and Govt. of Created perKarnataka at Mysore, Hampi, Kiuttur, and Srirangapattana.


Of the 34 films he has made so far, 14 have received prestigious awards at the state and national level. Seven of his movies have been selected for the Indian Panorama. He has received the Best Regional Director Award at the national level seven times.

T.S. Nagabharana occupies the crown of a hat trick of national integration award. Three of his films won the best Film on National Integration, and he is the only director in India to have won so.[9]

National Film Award[edit]

Karnataka State Film Awards[edit]

Filmfare Award[edit]


  • Dhwani- Sriranga international Kannada theatre award for 2009 by Dhwani Pratishthana[10]


As Director[edit]

Year Film Notes
1978 Grahana National Film Awards1978- Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration -Best Film on National Integration,

National Film Award for Best Screenplay – T S Nagabharana & T S Ranga

Karnataka State Film Awards 1978-79 - First Best Film, Best Cinematographer (B&W) – S. Ramachandra

1980 Bangarada Jinke
1982 Anveshane Karnataka State Film Awards of 1982-83 - Third best film award
1982 Praya Praya Praya
1983 Banker Margayya National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada
Based on the 1952 novel The Financial Expert by R. K. Narayan
1983 Prema Yuddha
1984 Onti Dwani
1984 Makkaliralavva Mane Thumba
1985 Aahuti
1985 Nethra Pallavi
1986 Nenapina Dhoni
1987 Ravana Rajya
1987 Sedina Sanchu Also screenplay writer
1987 Aasphota Karnataka State Film Award for Best Film
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Kannada
Based on the novel Ayana by Manu (P. N. Rangan)
1989 Santha Shishunala Sharifa Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration
1989 Surasundaranga
1989 Premagni
1991 Mysore Mallige National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada
Inspiration for 1942: A Love Story
1991 Stone Boy TV series & Film
1993 Chinnari Mutha National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada
1993 Aakasmika Based on Ta Ra Su's trilogy Akasmika - Aparadhi - Parinama
Also cameo appearance
1994 Sagara Deepa Based on a novel of the same name by Veerappa Moily
1995 Naviddeve Echarike Karnataka State Film Award for Best Children Film
1995 Janumada Jodi Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada
Based on the Gujarathi novel Malela Jiva by Pannalal Patel
1996 Nagamandala Based on the play of same name by Girish Karnad
Inspiration for Paheli
1997 Vimochane Also actor, screenwriter
1999 Janumadatha
2001 Neela Karnataka State Film Award for Best Film
2002 Singaaravva National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada
Based on the novel Singaravva Mattu Aramane by Chandrashekhara Kambara
2003 Chigurida Kanasu Karnataka State Film Award for Best Film
Based on the novel of same name by K. Shivaram Karanth
Inspiration for Swades
2006 Kallarali Hoovagi Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration
Based on a novel of the same name by B. L. Venu
Inspiration for Bajrangi Bhaijaan
2009 Nam Yajamanru
2012 Kamsaale Kaisaale Karnataka State Film Award for Best Children Film
2014 Vasundhara
2017 Allama 64th National Film Awards -

Best Music Direction (songs) — Bapu Padmanabha, Best Music Direction (background score) — Bapu Padmanabha, Best Make-up Artist — N. K. Ramakrishna

As Actor[edit]

Year Film Notes
1983 Adi Shankaracharya
1985 Accident
2001 Neela
2008 Mr. Garagasa
2011 Kirataka
2012 Kamsaale Kaisaale
2014 Vasundhara
2014 Jai Lalitha
2016 Uppina Kagada


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