Honnappa Bhagavathar

Other names of Honnappa Bhagavathar: Bhagavatar, Ganabhinayachandra,Natacharya, Gaana Kalaabhushana, Gaanakalaa Gandharva
Honnappa Bhagavathar is a multi-faceted personality of South Indian film industry. Born on 14 January 1915, he was theatre artist, producer, singer, actor and musician. His role of singer is very much appreciated. He was working in both Kannada and Tamil films. Bharat Bhagavathar, his son, has also tested waters in acting in Kannada films. Honnappa Bhagavathar has worked in several Tamil films. He was living in Bangalore. He acted in the 1946 flick Sri Murugan, which was supposed to be done by Thyagaraja Bhagavathar. He shared screenspace with MGR in this film. Honnappa and Jeevarathnam gave their support as singers in this movie. Lalithakala Films is the production venture of Honnappa Bhagavathar. This venture produced movies in Tamil and Kannada. Honnappa entered into Kannada film industry with the 1944 flick Subhadra. M K Thyagaraja Bhagavathar was replaced by Honnappa in the flick Valmiki. Later Honnappa emerged as a star in both Kannada and Tamil films. Honnappa imbibed musical skills from his mother who used to sing devotional songs and bhajans, when he was young. He came to Bangalore looking out for a profession and there he became the student of Arunachal Ppa, an harmonium player, and relative Murthy. Honnappa was credited with the title Bhagavathar after the success of a play in Salem. This was at the juncture when Thyagaraja Bhagavathar was exhibiting his venture Ambikapathi. Renowned South Indian actress B Saroja Devi was introduced into the film industry by Honnappa. Nadabrahma Sangeetha Vidyalaya is a music institution founded by Honnappa in 1960. He was associated with Kannada Film Advisory Board and Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy. Honnappa has received various awards including the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award from Indian President (1990) and Best Actor award from Madras Sina Pyans Associations (1956). Honnappa breathed his last on 2nd October 1992 at the age of 77.
H G Dattatreya Kannada Actor

H G Dattatreya

The two times national award winning actor for supporting roles Dattanna alias HG Dattatreya was working in Air Force, but was interested in acting. He is one of the actors, who are highly qualified and also held a position as a principal in the management academy of HAL. Acting was his passion and so, he continued to do films regardless of awards. Although awards are definitely an encouragement for the actor, but to continue his journey in over 90 films that spanned over 26 years is indeed a remarkable feat. Although he chose to take up supporting actor role or even in character roles, he is known for his versatile performances in Kannada film industry.    In many Kannada films, the central plot revolved around him, therefore, giving a greater satisfaction to this actor, who had underplayed his role as per the script always. HG Dattatreya had excelled in many movies, especially in Munnudi (2000) and Bharath Stores (2012) that fetched him a national award. For his effortless and natural performance of a small time grocery retailer in Kannada film Bharath Store, he was given a special jury award. Most of the actors in the tinsel town are not comfortable doing minor roles, but this actor has no qualms about it. He also impressed the Telugu audience with his performance in Thila Danam. His acting wooed audiences with brilliant performance in Kempe Gowda (2011). Many would have raised eyebrows at the decision of Dattanna to move towards tinsel town, but so far, he received applauds for his acting in many films. Known for his magnificent acting prowess in Kannada cinema, he has bagged many State film awards too and won an International award. In the years that followed after his journey from theater to Kannada screen, the actor has carved a niche for himself.  Besides grabbing the National Awards twice in 2003 and 2012, Dattareya had received the Best Actor Award in International Film Festival in Fiji in 2013. Dattareya’s performance in Neer Dose with “Jaggesh,” "Haripriya" and Suman Ranganathan is unforgettable. In 2017, he played in Srinivasa Kalyana, “Jilebi,” a comedy horror thriller, Prathima, “Raajakumara,” Tab, Kempirve and Hombanna. In 2018, he played in more than half a dozen films including a web series titled Joshelay. 2019 started with success for Dattareya through Jaggesh movie Premier Padmini. He played in the high budgeted multi-starrer Bollywood film, Mission Mangal with Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen and Sonakshi Sinha, directed by Jagan Shakti. Thanks to his underrated yet extremely sincere performances in half a dozen films. To sum up his acting ability, he had given strong proof of his acting talents holding his own against the biggest banners of Kannada cinema.

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Diganth

Diganth is one of the sizzling male model-turned-actors, who will melt your heart. He is the chocolate hero in Sandalwood, and his cute expression and dialogue delivery had always impressed the teenage girls very much. His soft look and youthful mannerism has made girls’ meltdown their hearts. He is one of the hunky sandalwood actors, who got his start in the industry as a model! He made his acting debut in Miss California in 2006. Born to Mr. Krishnamurthy, a professor, and Mallika Krishnamurthy, who are his father and mother, Diganth joined the film industry in 2006. He is now an unstoppable force in the Kannada film industry for performance as "Doodhpeda", in Gaalipata (2008) which was a runway hit and established him in Kannada film industry. He made his screen impact even with films such as Pancharangi (2010), Lifeu Ishtne (2011), and Parijatha (2012). All these films clicked very well with audiences and received critical appreciation and he reached the top slot in Kannada film industry. Besides Kannada movies, he acted in other languages too like Telugu, Tulu and even in Hindi. He is currently working in ‘Wedding Pulao’ opposite debutante Anushka Ranjan that stars Rishi Kapoor too in supporting role and will be directed by cinematographer-turned-director Bindo Pradhan. He is also currently working for J P Dutta’s Jee Bhar ke Jee Le. It is said that he is also assigned for a role in titled film ‘Ticket to Bollywood’ opposite Amyra Dastur, and to be directed by Faraz, fame of War Chodd Na Yaar. He also has over five key assignments in Kannada film industry, which will be released in 2018-19. Hence, one can see the actor moving towards to attain a top league position in Sandalwood. With Bollywood offers coming for Diganth, it looks the actor has a long innings to play in Indian cinema.

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