Birthday: 03-12-1975
Age: 43
Star sign: Capricorn

V Nagendra Prasad is a lyricist, music director, director and an actor in the Kannada film industry. He was born on 3rd December 1975 to ‘MV Venkata Ramanappa’ and ‘Chandramma’ in Nagamangala, Karnataka. Prasad completed his schooling in Bangalore. Being passionate about literature, he chose Kannada literature in his under graduation course. To pursue his post graduation, he moved to Mysore. Nagendra is interested in writing poems from his young age. His career in cinema started as a lyric writer in 2000. His first film is “Gajina Mane”, directed by ‘KV Jayaram’. “ Hamsalekha” composed the tunes for the lyrics of Nagendra. He developed his knowledge in cinema gradually. Prasad has penned the lyrics for more than thousand songs.

His lyrics were carried out by 400 movies. As he assisted ‘Hamsalekha’, Nagendra developed his interest in the music field too. He had composed the music for “Ambi” featuring “ Aditya,” “ Shobaraj,” “ Manya,” “ Bullet Prakash” and for “Shishya” starring ‘ Deepak’, ‘ Rangayana Raghu’, ‘ Chaitra’, ‘ Padma Vasanthi’ and ‘Pramila Joshi’. Both these films released in the year 2006. Nagendra has been strict in writing the lyrics. He has not penned lyrics for any remake movies with the same tunes in the original version. He always wants to give a fresh feel to the films with fresh tunes. Most of his songs come with life values such as patriotism, democracy, peace, love and secularism. Besides penning the lyrics and composing music, he had proved himself as a dramatist, dialogue writer and a director.

Nagendra had the experience of directing and acting in stage plays and street plays. He had also played the supporting roles in films like “ Romeo Juliet” in 2002, “Heart Beats” in 2003 and “Dharma” in 2004. He has been gearing up to play the lead role in “Guruji.” The film is supposed to be bilingual in Kannada and Tamil. It is in the pre-production stage. Prasad has penned the dialogues for more than twenty Kannada films and two mega serials in Kannada. Prasad directed the films such as “Nalla” featuring “ Sudeep,” “Sangeetha”, “ Tara” and “Srinath” in 2004. In 2006, he directed and composed music for “Ambi”. In 2009, Prasad directed “Meghave Meghave” with ‘Sudeep’, ‘ Gracy Singh’ and ‘Shobaraj’. In 2011, he directed a film titled “Vinayaka Geleyara Balaga” with ‘ Vijay Raghavendra’ in the lead.

Naveen Krishna’, ‘Rangayana Raghu’ and ‘ Meghana Gaonkar’ were also in the cast. Prasad had won the Karnataka State Awards for the Best Lyricist in 201o for the film “ Sathya” for the song- “Akshara Akshara Eradakshara” and in 2015 for “ Muddu Manase” for the song- “Edeyal yaro Ghazal”. He has also won the Filmfare Award for the Best Lyricist in 2015 in the 62nd Filmfare Awards South for the film, “Ambareesha.” The song –“Kannalli” in “Ambareesha” made him win the award. Besides this, Prasad has been taking classes for the students, who learn Film Direction. He is a guest lecturer in ‘Srushti Film Institute’, ‘Vijaya Film Institute’ and ‘Adarsha Film Institute’.

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Chi Udayashankar

Chitnahalli Udayashankar, fondly known as Chi Udayashankar or Master Udayashankar (18 February 1934 - 3 July 1993) was a renowned lyricist, composer, dialogue writer, screenwriter and film director of the Kannada film industry. He was born in Holenarsipura in the Kingdom of Mysore, Karnataka, British India. He composed 3000+ songs for Kannada films along with numerous other devotional songs. He also wrote heaps of dialogues and tons of screenplays as well for the Kannada film industry. For three decades alongside Rajkumar, he made around 92 movies. Chi Udayashankar and his family were all well known within the Kannada film industry. He was the son of lyricist Chi. Sadashivaiah.Chi. Sadashivaiah was quite interested in theater, but it wasn’t earning him his livelihood. So he had to depend on his teaching career as a mathematics and Kannada teacher. Chi Udayashankar co-wrote dialogues, songs and lyrics along with his father, early in his career for many Kannada movies. His brother Chi Datturaj was also a director. Chi Udayashankar married Sharadamma, his wife and together they had three children, one of which was Chi. Guru Dutt. Chi. Guru Dutt grew up to be a reputed actor and director, known to have worked in more than 100 movies. Yet, he was versatile with Tamil as well as Kannada films, in the industry. Chi Udayashankar’s songs comprised of easily understood words that anyone could relate. He got the name ‘Sahitya Ratna’ for his work in writing songs. He first started off with acting, in the year 1959 with the movie ‘Mahishasura Mardini’. In the year 1963, Chi Udayashankar debuted as a writer by writing dialogues for the picture; ‘Santa Tukaram’ starring Rajkumar. He wrote a voluminous amount of dialogues and lyrics for 85 of Rajkumar’s movies. He worked alongside Rajkumar from 1963 to 1993, during these three decades they made 92 movies. After the death of Chi. Udayashankar, Rajkumar’s cinema output decreased a lot. With the picture ‘Shivarathri Mahatme’ in 1964, he started his work as a lyricist. He started off with screenwriting after writing the screenplay of ‘Mahasati Anasuya’ in 1965. He directed his first movie ‘Manku Dinne in 1968. He received several awards for Best Dialogue Writer and Best Screenplay.

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