Late Lakshman Rao Mohite was born on June 15, 1931, in Karnataka. His father Ramarao Mohite worked for the cavalry regiment of Mysore State Troops called Mysore Lancers. His mother was Lakshmibhai. Although his mother tongue was Marathi, he was admitted to a Kannada-medium school. He completed CA Intermediate and was involved in small writing assignments.

The poet P.T. Narasimachar lived in the same apartment of Lakshman’s family. He played a major part with his influence in the career of Lakshman Rao. From his school days, he was passionate about writing. He used to write poems and short stories and send them to magazines such as Thaayinaadu and Ramarajya. He worked as a clerk in Cubbon Park restaurant. He had a good friendship with theater artists such as music director Vijaya Bhaskar and film director M.B. Singh. Bhaskar introduced Lakshman into the Cine industry in 1954 as a lyricist. Lakshman Rao penned his name into Geethapriya.

He started with the film Sri Rama Pooja. Then, he moved to Chennai and worked with Y.V Rao for the movie Bhagya Chakra (1956). Sri Ramanjaneya Yuddha (1963) became hit with its famous, pleasant numbers. Some of the other films of Geethapriya’s lyrics include Bettada Huli (1965), Onde Balliya Hoogalu (1967), Mannina Maga (1968), ‘Uyyale’ (1969), Boopathi Ranga (1970), Kalyani (1971), Hrudaya Sangama (1972), Makkala Bhagya (1976), ‘Antha’ (1981), ‘ Asha’ (1983), Mouna Geetha (1986).

He not only excelled in his lyricist role but also made a mark as a director. He made his debut as a director with the film Mannina Maga in 1968. It was awarded the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada. He also won the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay. He has also directed several other successful movies like Yaava Janmaada Maithri (1972), ‘ Besuge’ (1976), ‘Hombisilu’ (1978), Putani Agent (1979), Mouna Geethe (1985), Jodi Jeeva (1982), Durgashtami (1991), Shravana Sambrama (2003).

Some of the other awards bagged by him are Puttana Kanagal Award from Karnataka Government. In 2012, he was awarded the Saroja Devi Award and also the Sandesha Award. He suffered from throat cancer and was admitted in Malleswaram, and a combination of several health complications resulted in a heart attack that forced him to make his last breath on 17th January 2016.

Sarath Khadri Kannada Actor

Sarath Khadri

Sarath Khadri, a former corporate, following his passion, is all set to direct his film Sandalwood Sa Ri Ga Ma - 2013 (Kannada). Sarath, a native of Melkote, Mandya district, is the founder and HR of the Vintage Dreams HR Consultancy. Contrary to the stereotypes, he decided an off-beat career in the film industry. His debut directorial ‘Mareyalaare’ had to be shelved midway in August 2010, following conflict of interest with the movie hero 'Chetan Kumar', when the latter allegedly wanted to take over the script and change the heroine. Both the films were produced by his wife, Gauri Sarath. Mareyalaare movie is an entertainer with a pinch of romance, written and directed by Sarath Khadri. Na Nina Mareyalaare, the theme song of the film, is well-known for its lyrics. In one of the interviews, we heard him saying that his very first movie project ‘Mareyalaare’ had to be shelved after completing 20% of the schedule due to some internal issues”. This Sandalwood movie is based on a real story which happens in the celluloid world. It’s about a man who quits his job as a techie (corporate) to pursue his dream. The character sketch of the protagonist in the directorial revolves around the real life experiences of Sarath himself. After working in the Marketing field for a period, Sarath decided to quit to live his dream- filmmaking. Sheer determination and strong willpower propelled his confidence, and he is all set to land up an autobiographic Sandalwood Sa Ri Ga Ma. Having been bounced to altogether a different scenario, the turf hasn't been too much creamy for him. He has witnessed the harsh truth of the industry and the whimsical trends. Unlike others, who did commence their career on a traditional note, he took up the challenge and had vividly showcased the underbelly of the industry through the seamy side of Sandalwood. There's a saying: "Follow your passion. It will lead you to your dreams". It may be justified, since, within a very short span, Sarath has bought the critics praise for his filmography as well as for his acting in films. For sure, he is talented and brave too, having been excelled among his peers, building his top notch consultancy firm and climbing the steep slopes of success in the industry. The movies did reflect his commitment towards work, and he is sure to flourish in the years to come.

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Dinakar Thoogudeepa

Dinakar Thoogudeepa is an Indian film director predominantly working in Kannada film industry. He was born on 21st September 1978. The director is counted among the ace directors of the Kannada industry. He is a sibling with Darshan Thoogudeepa, and Thoogudeepa is his father. He is also producer under the production house Thoogudeepa Productions. The movie ‘Bulbul’ is produced by the same production house and he was associated with the movie as a producer. His directorial ventures include many movies; among these were Jothe Jotheyali, Navagraha, Sarathi, Onduralli Obba Raja. The director and producer’s latest venture is his distribution company and his other production unit. He and his family are always associated with the film industry in some or the other way. The 37 year old director is a B.sc alumina and sources say he passed it with flying colors. His friends and colleague say a lot of his brilliant and scintillating nature. Dinkar was raised by his mother as he spent most of his time with her. His father because of his busy schedule of films could only visit him once in the week. He says in spite of busy schedule his father raised him and his siblings with love and care. The director with the support from his family debuted in direction under his family production. The director holds the distinction of never seen a failure. All his three directorial movies were big box office success and made him the ace of the industry. Every who and who’s is willing to work with him for his production house. The director is experienced as he was exposed to the film background during his childhood. He says films are his life, and he would never leave it, being associated with it in some or the other way is his often cherished dream.

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Dinakar Thoogudeepa Kannada Actor