Prime News, Karnataka, National, Cinema and Drama, Bengaluru, May 2:- Veteran Kannada actor-theatre artiste Master Hirannaiah (Narasimha Murthy) passed away at a private hospital in Bengaluru at the age of 85 on Wednesday. He was suffering from age-related ailments.
He is survived by his wife and five children. The mortal remains will be kept for public viewing from 11:30 am today at his residence at Banashankari in Bengaluru and the last rites will be performed at 6 pm.
Hirannaiah was born in Mysuru on February 15, 1934. His father K Hirannaiah was considered to be a pioneer in theatre and was a household name in Karnataka and considered one of the best orators. After the death of Master Hirannaiah’s father, he took over the management of the K Hirannaiah Mitra Mandali, and later became an actor, director and administrator of the theatre company.
Some of his popular plays were ‘Lunchavathara,’ ‘Nadu Beedhi Narayana’ and ‘Brushtachara’ among many others. ‘Chor Guru Chandal Shishya,’ ‘Operation Antha,’ ‘Harakeya Kuri’ and ‘Hudgeer Saar Hudgeeru’ were some of the films that he had acted.
Among the plays, it was ‘Lunchavathara’ which made him a household name among Kannadigas as he took on the corruption in his own way. This play alone had over 12,500 shows across the globe.
He preferred theatre to cinema as he could express his views without censorship. He believed in the philosophy that the world is a stage run by God and each one of us should play their roles as per their abilities.
He also won several awards such as Rajyotsava Prashasti, Gubbi Veeranna Award, Karnataka State Award, Drama Academy Award and 18th Anakru Nirman Swarna Award for his works.
Condoling his demise, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy described him as an icon of Kannada professional theatre. “He was a legend, a stalwart. A doyen of Kannada cultural field” he said. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)