Yashavant Sardeshpande (Kannada: ಯಶವಂತ್ ಸರದೇಶ್ಪಾಂಡೆ) is a popular theatre actor, director, playwright, and conducts Kannada plays under the name of his troupe Guru Samsthe, Hubli and Gurubala Entertainers, Bangalore across the State of Karnataka, various parts of India and the world. Sardeshpande was the scriptwriter for Kamal Hassan's dialogues in the North-Karnataka Kannada dialect in the Kannada feature film Rama Shama Bama. He has also acted in many Kannada tele-serials and Kannada films, including Amruthadhare. He played the key role in organising Amerikannadotsava and Bahrain Kannadotsava.
Diploma in Theatre Arts, Ninaasam Theatre Institute, Heggodu. 1985-86, Certificate Course in Cinema and Drama writing, New York University, NY. USA -1996
Rajyotsava Award 2010 – Highest Civilian Award in Karnataka, Sunfeast-Udaya Award 2006 for Best Dialogues - Rama Shama Bhama film, Aryabhatta award in 2003, Mayur Award in 2005, Abhinaya Bharati Award in 2008 Rangadhruva Award in 2008, Globalman International Award in 2008
'Nageya Sardar' by Shimogga theatre lovers. 'Nage Natakagala Badshah' by Udupi Manipal people. 'Nagegadala Navika' by Bellary art lovers 'Rangabhumiya Super Star' by Karnataka press
A popular theatre personality, most of Sirdeshpande's plays have run for over 500 shows, and include the Kannada plays All The Best, Rashichakra, Olave jeevana Shakshatkara, Neenaanaadre Naaneenena, Sahi Ri Sahi,Ondata Bhatraddu,Andhayuga, Sahebaru Baruttare,Miss Point,Dil Mange Moreand Hingadre Dot Comedy.
Sirdeshpande has used his plays for propagating the Bharatiya Janata Party election campaign and manifesto in Karnataka during the State elections. and also recently during the 2008 State Elections.
Sirdeshpande has also directed and produced a movie called Idea Madyara and has also contributed to films like Rama Shama Bhama, Matha,Jootatata,Dhimaku,Shri Danammadevi,Student,Tutturi and Atithi by writing their scripts. He was also the associate director of Atithi. He has also worked for cinemas in different languages such as Shaadi ke After Effects in Hindi and On Duty Chovvistaas in Marathi.
Sirdeshpande is currently based in Bangalore, Karnataka, busy with his latest project—producing a Kannada feature film Haadu Hakki Haadu. He is presently shooting a children's based movie "VERY GOOD" shooting in progress.
- The Hindu - June 6, 2008 Lights, camera, action!
- The Hindu - August 9, 2007: ‘Ranga sambhrama’ back in Hubli
- The Hindu - February 2, 2007: Laughing all the way
- The Hindu - September 23, 2005: Cultural activities shape students' personality
- Deccan Herald - December 12, 2004: Wishing you ‘All the best’
- The Hindu - April 26, 2004: Using the stage to convey a message
- The Indian Express - April 5, 2004: Culture gloss to BJP campaign