Master Hirannaiah was born in the year 1934 in Kanathur Village in Thumkur District in Karnataka. After his father’s death, Hirannayya led his father’s drama troupe as a playwright, director, and actor. His dramas have not only entertained the people of Karnataka but have also enlightened his audiences with virtues and principles. Laanchavatara, Kapil Mushti, Naadu Beedi Narayana, Bhrashtachaara, and Anaachaara are some of his popular dramas. Some of his acclaimed movies are Mussanje, Hudgeer Saar Hudgeeru, The City, Marma, Chor Guru Chandal Shishya, Operation Antha, Chor Guru Chandal Shishya, Harakeya Kuri, Kalyanothsava, Harakeya Kuri, Sampradaya, Hosa Madam, Runa Mukthalu, Runa Mukthalu, Chintamani, Madhura Sangama, Muttaide Bhagya, Daiva Sankalpa, and Modala Thedi.
Hirannaiah has received awards like Rajyotsava award and Gubbi Veeranna Award for his contribution to movies and drama. For his contribution to plays, he was given the Drama Academy Award. In school days, he used to distribute newspapers and support his education. His play Lanchavatara was a super hit and had more than 9000 shows.
Master Hirannaiah, also known as Narasimha Murthy is a theater legend and an anti-corruption crusader from Karnataka. Hirannaiah has to credit recognitions and awards such as the Gubbi Veeranna Award, Karnataka’s very own Anna Hazare and King of Stage. According to Hirannaiah, the drama is for the public, and from the public. He says that one has to evolve and reach the audience effectively. According to him as an actor, one should try different characters, and the capacity to entertain the public is the best example of succeeding in one’s attempt. Hirannaiah says fine arts have no limitation, boundaries, language, and religion. Art takes one to a completely different world, filled with creative and beautiful feelings. Hirannaiah is also a crusader against corruption and strongly believes that the youth can fight against it. He also advocates unity among youth.
He had been getting treatment for his liver disease at BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital in Kengeri. His body could not recuperate to the medicines and he died on 2nd May 2019.