Girish Kasaravalli took birth on December 3, 1950. He is a director of the Kannada Cinema World. He is well known as one of the pioneers of Kollywood. His films like Thaayi Saheba, Tabarana Kathe, Ghatashraddha and Dweepa won the ‘National Award for Best Feature Film’ more than three times. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2011 for his contribution to the world of Cinema. Girish is a gold medalist from the Film and Television Institute of India. He directed a film, Avashesh and it was awarded the National Award for Best Short Fiction. Girish has to his credit thirteen
National Film Awards. He was born in Kesalur village in Tirthahalli Taluk of Shimoga District to Lakshmi Devi and Ganesh Rao. The animatic presenter,
Ravi Belagere has come forward and told that Girish’s official name is Girish Karanth. Girish did his schooling from Kammaradi. His family motivated him to read books at a younger age. Belonging to a family of book lovers, Girish was encouraged to pursue his creative aspirations. His father was a patron of the popular folk system of dance, Yakshagana. All this formed a foundation for Girish’s directorial stint in the film world. His initial exposure to the
Touring Talkies that once visited his village got him attracted to the intriguing space of films. K V Subbanna, a relative of Girish supported and stood by him in following his dreams. Subbanna is a Magsaysay award winner.
After completing college from Shimoga, he enrolled for the course of B. Pharma in Manipal College. After graduation, he went for training in Hyderabad. He found it difficult to manage his interest and profession together. He joined the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune after quitting his career in pharmacy. His interest in neo-realist cinema comes from his passion for Ozu, Ray, Antonioni, Fellini and Kurosawa. Girish graduated from Film Television Institute of India in the year 1975. The film, Ghatashraddha (1977) won him many international awards including Golden Lotus. It was one of the masterpieces that he had ever delivered. Girish has also served the post of principal in Bangalore Film Institute. He is married to
Vaishali Kasaravalli, an acclaimed Kannada actress. She died in 2010 as a result of chronic diabetes, liver damage and renal dysfunction. Naayi Neralu is a beautiful concept by Girish Kasaravalli, which dealt with the bizarre and intense idea of re-incarnation. It is inspired from the novel by the same name, written by Bhyrappa. The director has given the film an altogether different meaning. It won the KARA Best Film Award at Karachi, making it the best Kannada movie to win huge fame at an international level.