T. S. Nagabharana

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T. S. Nagabharana
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Born
Talakadu Srinivasaiah Nagabharana

(1953-01-23) 23 January 1953 (age 69)
Occupation
  • Film director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
  • actor
  • theatre worker
Years active1978–present
SpouseNagini Bharana
ChildrenPannaga Bharana (son)
Shruthabharana (daughter)

Talakadu Srinivasaiah Nagabharana (born 23 January 1953), commonly known as T. S. Nagabharana, is an Indian film director, in the Kannada film industry and a pioneer of parallel cinema. He is one of the few film directors to have straddled the mainstream and parallel cinema worlds.[1] He has made thirty-six films in Kannada which have earned him ten national awards, twenty-three state awards, and eight films have entered into Indian Panorama in International Film Festivals.[citation needed]

Being a student of legendary theatre personality Padmasri B V Karanth, Nagabharana has been active in theatre in capacities as actor, director and writer. He has directed 36 plays. He has been an administrator for several theatre repertories, especially Rangayana, Mysuru and Benaka Theatre Group, Bengaluru.[citation needed] He has produced and directed number of serials and other programs for Doordarshan and other channels.[1]

His movies were noted to be a major inspiration for some of the popular Hindi movies. His movie Mysore Mallige was an inspiration for 1942: A Love Story.[2] The core plot of Chigurida Kanasu was an inspiration for Swades.[3] The movie Nagamandala was an inspiration for Paheli.[4] The core plot of Kallarali Hoovagi was an inspiration for the storyline of Bajrangi Bhaijaan.[5]

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).[6] Currently he is the Chairman of Kannada Development Authority of Govt of Karnataka.[7]

Early life[edit]

T S Nagabharana was born on 23 January 1953 to A Srinivasaiah and Rudramma at Talakadu, Mysuru district, Karnataka. He is the second of the total five siblings. His grandfathers on both paternal and maternal side, Maddale Girigowda and Tippegowda, were agriculturists but also Yakshagana exponents. Their influence on young Nagabharana was immense. His father Srinivasaiah served as deputy director in Agriculture Department, Bengaluru. After primary education in Talakadu, Nagabharana's further education was at Bengaluru. During his college days, Nagabharana came under the indelible influence of the great playwright Adya Rangacharya. As a student he directed two plays Evam Indrajit and Shoka Chakra. He got involved with amateur theatre and initially worked backstage and as a technician and eventually became an actor, singer and director.

During his theatre days he met Nagini, who was also involved with theatre. They fell in love and got married on 10 December 1979. They continue to work together in films, TV and theatre till date. Nagini Bharana has won National Award for Best Children's Film, State award for Best Costume for Kallarali Hoovaagi, directed by Nagabharana. The couple have a son Pannaga Bharana, who is also a film director and a daughter Shrutha Bharana, who takes care of BAPA as faculty.


Career[edit]

By the time he completed his BSc degree, Nagabharana had established himself as a serious actor-director. He directed and acted in plays like Sangya Balya, Kathale Belaku, Shakarana Sarotu, Jokumaraswamy, Oedipus, Sattavara Neralu, Krishna Parijata, Tingara Buddanna, Mundena Sakhi Mundena, Hayavadana, Neegikonda Samsa, Baka and Blood Wedding.[8]

Nagabharana joined an LLB[definition needed] course at Sri Jagadguru Renukacharya College of Law. As a student he worked as assistant director in the films Kaadu, directed by Girish Karnad, which won the national award, and as associate to B V Karanth for Chomana Dudi. As a student he directed his first film, Grahana, which won the National Award 1979 – Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature 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, and Best Cinematographer (B&W) – S. Ramachandra. The film was also selected for Internationales Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Germany.

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

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.[9] He also started Shruthalaya, an organisation for organising, writing, composing, camera work, lighting, art, acting, editing and directing.[10]

Theatre[edit]

  • Worked with Padmashri B. V. Karanth, former Director of NSD and Chairman of Ranga Mandala Bhopal, Rangayana Mysore.
  • Has organised and directed three children's plays yearly
  • Has directed more than 36 plays, of which Jnaanapeeth Sri Girish Karnad, Chandrashekhar Kambar, Sri Shivaram Karanth and Badal Sarkar, etc.[clarification needed]
  • Has acted in more than 100 plays, totalling more than 10,000 shows.
  • Has performed on national and international stages
  • Has regularly conducted theatre workshops for the last 35 years,[as of?] both nationally and internationally.
  • Worked as an administrator for several theatre repertories, especially Rangayana Mysore, Benaka Bengaluru
  • Founder of and actor in Benaka Amateur Troupe for 40 years, founded by B.V. Karanth
  • President of Benaka Children Theatre for 30 years, which was founded by Prema Karanth.
  • Karnataka 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.
  • Directed and acted in a one-man show Ahatha.
  • Conceptualised, directed a musical play on the life of Bengaluru Nagarathnamma.
  • Awarded by the Sangeeth Natak Academy, Karnataka.

He is a fan of Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman.[11]

TV[edit]

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 travelogue by Goruru Ramaswamy Iyengar extensively shot in the United States of America
  • Tenali Rama, Aradhana, Ganayogi Panchakshari

TV serial list[edit]

National Network

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

Regional Network

  • Mussanje
  • Namma Nammalli
  • Tirugu Bana
  • Sankranthi (megaserial)
  • Aradhana
  • Gelathi
  • A variety of serials and other programs for Doordarshan, Udaya TV, SUN TV and others

Filmography[edit]

  • He holds several records for many of his films, like Janumada Jodi, which had a record silver jubilee theatrical run for the highest number of theatres across Karnataka, some more than 365 days. The film is a subject for study in the humanities by an American university.[which?]
  • Directed a total of 36 films, of which 18 films have received prestigious awards.
  • Directed four children's films.
  • Film fare awards seven times as Best Director.
  • Has won ten National Awards (three for National Integration)
  • 23 State Awards (various categories)
  • Eight of his films have secured Indian Panorama Entry in International Film Festivals.
  • Has been on the jury four times of the National Film Awards
  • Represented India on the jury and his films have been featured in International Film Festivals in Manheim, Milan, Iran, Chicago, Armenia and Karlovy Vary.
  • Allama, his film on the 12th century saint, represented India at International U N Gandhi Medal. Also selected to Indian Panorama.
  • Mysuru Mallige, a first of its kind experimental film, completely based on the poems of poet K S Narasimhaswamy.
  • He has made a host of short and documentary films for Films Division, Government of India and the State Govt.
  • He was awarded the Puttanna Kanagal Award for Life Time Achievement by Govt of Karnataka.

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
Indian Panorama Entry in International Film Festivals.

1980 Bangarada Jinke
1982 Anveshane Karnataka State Film Awards of 1982-83 - Third best film award
1982 Praya Praya Praya Karnataka State Film Awards – 1982-83 Best Supporting Actress to Mamtha Rao
1983 Banker Margayya National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada
Based on the 1952 novel The Financial Expert by R. K. Narayan
Karnataka State Film Award – Best Actor – Lokesh.

Indian Panorama Entry in International Film Festivals.

1983 Prema Yuddha
1984 Onti Dwani
1984 Makkaliralavva Mane Thumba
1985 Aahuti
1985 Nethra Pallavi Not released
1986 Nenapina Dhoni
1987 Ravana Rajya
1987 Sedina Sanchu Also screenplay writer
1987 Aasphota Karnataka State Film Award for Best Film, Best Supporting Actor – Dattanna.
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
Karnataka State Film Award – Second Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor
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
Karnataka State Film Award – Second Best Film
Indian Panorama Entry in International Film Festivals.
1991 Stone Boy TV series & Film
1993 Chinnari Mutha National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada
Karnataka State Film Award – Best Children's Film, Best Music Direction, Best Child Artist, Best Playback Singer

Indian Panorama Entry in International Film Festivals.

1993 Aakasmika Based on Ta Ra Su's trilogy Akasmika - Aparadhi - Parinama
Karnataka State Film Award – Second Best Film

Best Kannada Film Filmfare
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
Karnataka State Film Award – Special Jury Award
1996 Nagamandala Based on the play of same name by Girish Karnad
Inspiration for Paheli
Karnataka State Film Award- Second Best Film

Filmfare – Best Director
Indian Panorama Entry in International Film Festivals.

1997 Vimochane Also actor, screenwriter
1999 Janumadatha
2001 Neela Karnataka State Film Award for Best Film
Indian Panorama Entry in International Film Festivals.
2002 Singaaravva National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada
Based on the novel Singaravva Mattu Aramane by Chandrashekhara Kambara
Karnataka State Film Award – Best Art Director to Shashidhar Adapa

Indian Panorama Entry in International Film Festivals.

2003 Chigurida Kanasu Karnataka State Film Award for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Dialogue, Best Music.
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
Karnataka State Film Award – Best Costume, Best Art Direction, Best Editing
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
Filmfare – Best Actor - Critics Award
Indian Panorama Entry in International Film Festivals.

2018 Kaanoorayana

As actor[edit]

Nagabharana has also acted in few movies. Some of them are:

Year Film Role Notes
1983 Adi Shankaracharya Mruthyu
1985 Accident Ramanna
2001 Neela Doctor
2008 Mr. Garagasa Sharath
2011 Kirataka Yash's father
2012 Kamsaale Kaisaale As father
2014 Vasundhara As villain
2014 Jai Lalitha Srikantaiah
2016 Uppina Kagada Aachaari
2018 K.G.F: Chapter 1 Srinivas (News Channel Owner) Friend Of Anand Ingalagi
2022 K.G.F: Chapter 2

Achievements[edit]

Nagabharana has won nine National and 14 State awards.[12][11][13]

  • 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.

Awards and nominations[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]

List of movies, showing the year (award ceremony), film(s), award(s)
Year Movie Award Refs.
1978
(26th)
Grahana Best Film on National Integration [14]
1978
(26th)
Grahana Best Screenplay [14]
1983
(31st)
Banker Margayya Best Feature Film in Kannada [15]
1989
(37th)
Santha Shishunala Sharifa Best Film on National Integration [16]
1991
(39th)
Mysore Mallige Best Feature Film in Kannada [17]
1993
(41st)
Chinnari Mutha Best Feature Film in Kannada [18]
2002
(50th)
Singaaravva Best Feature Film in Kannada [19]
2006
(54th)
Kallarali Hoovagi Best Film on National Integration [20]

Karnataka State Awards[edit]

List of movies, showing the year (award ceremony), film(s), award(s)
Year Movie Award Refs.
1978-79 Grahana Best Film (First)
1982-83 Anveshane Best Film (Third)
1987-88 Aasphota Best Film (First)
1987-88 Aasphota Best Screenplay
1989-90 Santha Shishunala Sharifa Best Film (Second)
1991-92 Mysore Mallige Best Film (Second)
1993-94 Aakasmika Best Film (Second)
1993-94 Chinnari Mutha Best Children Film
1995-96 Naaviddivi Echcharike Best Children Film
1996-97 Nagamandala Best Film (Second)
1996-97 Janumada Jodi Special Jury Award
1998-99 N/A Puttanna Kanagal Award
2001-02 Neela Best Film (Third)
2003-04 Chigurida Kanasu Best Film (First)
Best Director
2011 Kamsale Kaisale Best Children Film

Filmfare Awards South[edit]

List of movies, showing the year (award ceremony), film(s), award(s)
Year Movie Award Refs.
1988 Aasphota Best Film – Kannada
1992 Mysore Mallige Best Film – Kannada
1992 Mysore Mallige Best Director – Kannada
1993 Aakasmika Best Film – Kannada
1996 Janumada Jodi Best Film – Kannada
1996 Janumada Jodi Best Director – Kannada
1997 Nagamandala Best Director – Kannada

Others[edit]

  • Dhwani- Sriranga international Kannada theatre award for 2009 by Dhwani Pratishthana[21]
  • 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.[22]
  • He established Shruthalaya, an organisation for organising, writing, composing, camera work, lighting, art, acting, editing and directing.
  • He also established Bharana Academy of Performing Arts (BAPA) and is the Managing Trustee.
  • Directed Light & Sound programmes for Tourism Department of Govt. of India and Govt. of Karnataka at Mysore, Hampi, Kittur, and Srirangapattana.
  • A doctoral thesis on his films was submitted by N K Padmanabha and was awarded.
  • Several commemorative volumes have been dedicated to Nagabharana on various occasions.
  • Nagabharana Film Festivals and Seminars on his works held on several occasions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Grahana". The Times of India. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Contributions of Kannada Cinema to Historical Dramas". 1 July 2018. Archived from the original on 1 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Top ten Kannada films to have been remade". The Times of India.
  4. ^ "Eight Bollywood movies that are actually remakes of South Indian films". Vogue India.
  5. ^ "ಭಜರಂಗಿ ಮತ್ತು ಕಲ್ಲರಳಿ..." Prajavani. 12 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Develop demand for quality films: Nagabharana - Times of India". The Times of India.
  7. ^ "Nagabharana appointed KDA chief". Deccan Herald. 15 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Nagabharana in College days". Archived from the original on 17 October 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  9. ^ "D A I J I W O R L D". Archived from the original on 19 October 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
  10. ^ "ventures".[dead link]
  11. ^ a b Khajane, Muralidhara (13 December 2011). "Art, commercial categories artificial: Nagabharana". The Hindu.
  12. ^ "India club".[dead link]
  13. ^ "D A I J I W O R L D". Archived from the original on 30 June 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  14. ^ a b "26th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  15. ^ "31st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  16. ^ "37th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  17. ^ "39th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  18. ^ "41st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  19. ^ "50th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  20. ^ "54th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  21. ^ "'Dhwani- Sriranga' award for Nagabharna". Archived from the original on 17 October 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  22. ^ "trick for TSN". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2017.

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