Karibasavaiah is an Indian actor who worked predominantly in Kannada films. He also tested waters in the theater. Born on 1959, he has around 120 flicks to his credit. His debut film is Undo Hodha, Kondu Hodha during the year 1992. Karibasavaiah is one of the fewest actors of Indian cinema who made a mark in films though he is dark in color. Karibasavaiah’s notable flicks include Janumada Jodi, Kotreshi Kanasu, Mungarina Minchu, Galate Aliyandru, Police Story 2, Yaarige Salute Sambala, Ullasa Utsaha etc.
Hailing from a Kuruba Gowda family, Karibasavaiah imbibed Kuruba Gowda arts such as Dollu Kunitha, Kamsale and Harikathe. He also tested waters as an assistant in a laboratory before venturing into cinema. He had a stint with television serials like Doddamane. Nagathihalli Chandrasekhar, a director, was instrumental in the success of Karibasavaiah in Kannada cinema. He was also very helpful to Karibasavaiah during his final stages of life.
Karibasavaiah never intended to endeavor in the theater. He used to perform at street play. His performance in Kattalanu Trishula Hidida Kathe was very much appreciated. Later there was no looking back. He also has a State Award to his credit. This was given to him for the 1994 flick Kotreshi Kanasu, directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekar.
Karibasavaiah was thrown to depression owing to the suicide of his daughter. Karibasavaiah has tried his luck as a stage, cinema and television performer. He has a spontaneous style of acting. His onscreen chemistry with famous actress Umashree proved successful and they went on to work together in various flicks. His last endeavor in films is the 2013 flick Belakinedege.
Karibasavaiah had expressive eyes and that acted as a favor for him as far acting is concerned. He is called fondly by his friends as Kariya or Karibevu. He used to laugh at himself and that was a glaring proof of his sense of comedy. He even sportively mentioned his name as Black Bull Father to a foreigner. When Karibasavaiah was 50 years old his buddies and fans conducted a show named Kariya we love you. Karibasavaiah was a simple person.