P. Krishnamoorthy was born in Poompuhar town of Tamil Nadu, India.
He is an art director, who has worked in the Kannada, Tamil and Malayalam film industries. He is also a production and costume designer.
The director did his graduation from the Government College of Fine Arts (formerly Madras School of Art) in Chennai. He was a student of the batch from 1980 to 1985.
He is active professionally since 1972. He has contributed in around 55 movies. The director gives credit for his entry in the movie industry to G.V. Iyer, the famous Indian actor and director. They both met for the first time in 1968. Iyer was about to direct a Kannada film titled Hamsa Geethe. The movie was based on a T. R. Rao novel. Iyer also produced the film. The film starred
Rekha Rao, and B. V. Karanth in the lead. It was released in 1975 and became a massive hit. The movie won a National Award for the Best Male Playback singer, National Kannada Film Award, and two
National Film Awards. Unfortunately, Krishna wasn’t given any credits for his work.
After this movie, he worked for Bansi Kaul and B. V. Karanth in their stage plays.
In 1983, he again worked for G. V. Iyer in his film, ‘Shankaracharya’. The film was based on the life of Adi Shankaracharya, who was a Hindu philosopher from the eighth century. He is credited of consolidating the Hindu philosophical doctrine of Non-Dualism (Advaita Vedanta). The movie was in the Sanskrit language. The movie was a great success and was awarded the 31st National Film Award by Indira Gandhi (former Prime Minister of India).
He entered the Malayalam cinema in 1987 with the film Swathi Thirunal, directed by
Lenin Rajendran. After this film, he worked in the Malayalam cinema for fifteen more films, out of which ‘Perumthachan’, and ‘Veeragatha’ became major hits.
Krishnamoorthy was honored five times by the Kerala State Film Awards Association for being the Best Art Director.
He is the recipient of two National Awards for his work as a costume designer and art director in the film Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha.
In 2001, he received two National Awards under the category of the Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design for the movie ‘Bharti’.
He was also awarded the Kerala State Award in 2006 for his work in the film Imsai Arasan 23rd Pulikesi.
He is currently residing in Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu with his wife.