Govind Kumar Singh – Bangalore based Indian fashion designer. He has appeared in two series of Let’s Design, a television reality show, on Zoom and won the 2011 series.
Medical and health experts
Sudarshan – Graduated from Bangalore Medical College; won the Right Livelihood Award and Padma Sri for work with the Soliga tribe of Biligirirangan Hills
Devi Prasad Shetty (born 8 May 1953) is an Indian cardiac surgeon. He is chairman and Founder of Narayana Health, a chain of 21 medical centers in India.He has performed over 15,000 heart operations. In 2004 he was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award followed by the Padma Bhushan in 2012, the third highest civilian award by the Government of India for his contribution to the field of affordable healthcare.
Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, KCIE was an Indian engineer, scholar, statesman and the Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918. He is a recipient of the Indian Republic’s highest honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955. He was knighted as a Knight Commander of the British Indian Empire (KCIE) by King George V for his contributions to the public good. 15 September is celebrated as Engineer’s Day in India in his memory. He is held in high regard as a pre-eminent engineer of India. He was the chief engineer responsible for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mysore as well as the chief designer of the flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad.
Bangalore Puttaiya Radhakrishna, was one of the leading geologists of India. He was often referred to as ‘the doyen of Indian geology’.Currently he lives in Bangalore and regularly writes the editorial in the Journal of Geological Society of India published by the Geological Society of India.
Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan is an Indian space scientist who headed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from 1994 to 2003.He is the chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University and the chairman of Karnataka Knowledge Commission.He is a former member of the Rajya Sabha (2003–09) and a former member of the now defunct Planning Commission of India. He was also the Director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, from April 2004 to 2009. He is a recipient of the three major civilian awards from the Government of India: the Padma Shri (1982), Padma Bhushan (1992) and Padma Vibhushan (2000).
Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao FRS, also known as C. N. R. Rao (born 30 June 1934), is an Indian chemist who has worked mainly in solid-state and structural chemistry. He currently serves as the Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. Rao has honorary doctorates from 60 universities from around the world. He has authored around 1,500 research papers and 45 scientific books.
Vedavyas Srinivas Acharya was a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party BJP) in Karnataka. He was the Higher Education Minister in the Government of Karnataka.
Seetharam Koosayya Amin (6 June 1917 – 13 September 1995) was an Indian freedom fighter and politician. He was the ex- vice president of the District Congress Committee, and was elected to Karnataka state legislative assembly (Karnataka legislature) from the Udupi constituency in 1967. He was also the founder of the South Kanara District Co-Operative Fish Marketing Federation, which was pivotal in uplifting the condition of the fisherman community as a whole though various socio-economical programmes. He played a key role in the mechanisation of fisheries in South Kanara. He was felicitated by the state government of Karnataka with the Karnataka Rajyothsava Award (Rajyotsava Prashasthi) in 1991 for servicing co-operative movement and social service in the state of Karnataka.
Bantwal Vaikunta Baliga was a lawyer who played an active role in Indian governance and politics. He was actively involved in India’s struggle for freedom and worked closely with Mahatma Gandhi. He was elected as MLA and subsequently became the Law Minister and Speaker of Mysore State Assembly. He died while he was the Speaker of Mysore State assembly. His term as Speaker spanned from March 1962 to June 1968.As the Speaker he was known to be very strict in conducting the House proceedings.
Sarekoppa Bangarappa (26 October 1933 – 26 December 2011) was an Indian politician who was the 12th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1990 to 1992.He served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Karnataka between 1967 and 1996, before contesting a series of six elections for the Lok Sabha from 1996 to 2009, of which he lost two. He founded both the Karnataka Vikas Party and the Karnataka Congress Party during a 44-year career in which his supporters called him Solillada Saradara (a leader who cannot be defeated). As well as these two parties, Bangarappa was at various times a member of the Indian National Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Samajwadi Party and Janata Dal (Secular), and his critics described him as a party-hopper because of this.
Somappa Rayappa Bommai (6 June 1924 – 10 October 2007) was an Indian Politician who was the 11th Chief Minister of Karnataka . He was also the Human Resource Development Minister in the United Front government from 1996 to 1998.
Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay (3 April 1903 – 29 October 1988) was an Indian social reformer and freedom fighter. She is most remembered for her contribution to the Indian independence movement; for being the driving force behind the renaissance of Indian handicrafts, handlooms, and theatre in independent India; and for upliftment of the socio-economic standard of Indian women by pioneering the co-operative movement.
George Mathew Fernandes (born 3 June 1930) is a former Indian trade unionist, politician, journalist, agriculturist, and member of Rajya Sabha from Bihar.He was a key member of the Janata Dal, and is the founder of the Samata Party. He has held several ministerial portfolios including communications, industry, railways, and defence.
Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda (born 18 May 1933)is an Indian politician who was the Prime Minister of India from June 1996 to April 1997.Previously he was the 14th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1994 to 1996.
Kengal Hanumanthaiah (14 February 1908 – 1 December 1980), also spelt as Kengal Hanumanthaiya, was the second Chief Minister of Karnataka (then, Mysore State) from 30 March 1952 to 19 August 1956. He is best remembered for his vision and contribution to the construction of Vidhana Soudha, the seat of the state legislature.
Ramakrishna Mahabaleshwar Hegde (29 August 1926 – 12 January 2004) was an Indian politician who served as the tenth Chief Minister of Karnataka for three terms between 1983 and 1988. He was elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in 1957, 1962, 1967, 1983, 1985 and 1989, and to the Rajya Sabha for two terms, 1978–83 and 1996–2002. He also served as Minister of Commerce and Industry in the Union government (1998–1999).
Qamar ul Islam (born 27 January 1948), generally referred as Qamar Sab, is an Indian politician who was former Member of Parliament. He served as the Cabinet Minister for Housing and Labour of Karnataka and is currently the MLA from Gulbarga-North constituency for the state of Karnataka.
Basappa Danappa Jatti About this sound pronunciation (10 September 1913 – 7 June 2002) was the fifth Vice-President of India, serving from 1974 to 1979. He was Acting President of India from 11 February 1977 to 25 July 1977.The soft-spoken Jatti rose from a humble beginning as a Municipality member to India’s second-highest office during a five-decade-long chequered political career.
Jayaram Jayalalithaa (24 February 1948 – 5 December 2016) was an Indian actor turned politician who served five terms as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for over fourteen years between 1991 and 2016. From 1989 she was the general secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), a Dravidian party whose cadre revered her as their Amma (mother), Puratchi Thalaivi (revolutionary leader) and Thanga Tharagai (golden maiden). Her critics in the media and the opposition accused her of fostering a personality cult, and of demanding absolute loyalty from AIADMK legislators and ministers who often publicly prostrated themselves before her.
M.N. Jois (1905 – 28 March 2002) was an Indian freedom fighter from Karnataka known as the “Lion of Mysore”. Jois took part in various movements to overthrow the British government as a legislator, politician, administrator, and educationist.
Mapanna Mallikarjun Kharge (born 21 July 1942) is an Indian politician and the leader of the Indian National Congress party in the 16th Lok Sabha. He was the former Minister of Railways in the Government of India. Kharge is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) and has been a Member of Parliament for Gulbarga, Karnataka since 2009. He is a senior Karnataka politician and was the Leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly prior to contesting the 2014 General Elections. Prior to that he was the President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee during the 2008 Karnataka State Assembly Elections.
Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna (born 1 May 1932) is an Indian politician who served as Minister of External Affairs of India from 2009 to October 2012. A member of the Indian Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, Krishna was the 16th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1999 to 2004 and the 19th Governor of Maharashtra from 2004 to 2008.
H. N. Ananth Kumar (born 22 July 1959) is an Indian politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Since 1996 he has represented Bangalore South constituency in the Lok Sabha. Ananth Kumar has served as Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers since May 2014 and as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs since July 2016 in the Narendra Modi government.
Haradanahalli Devegowda Kumaraswamy (born 16 December 1959) is an Indian politician who was the 18th Chief Minister of Karnataka, a state in southern India, from 2006 to 2007. His father is a former Prime Minister of India, H. D. Deve Gowda. Popularly known as “KumarAnna” (Kumar, the name and “anna” in Kannada means “elder brother”) among his friends and followers, he is also film producer, distributor and exhibitor in the Kannada films.He is President of Karnataka State Janata Dal (Secular).
Kadidal Manjappa (1908–1992) was the third Chief Minister of Karnataka (then, Mysore State) for a short period of time in 1956 (August 19, 1956 – October 31, 1956).He hailed from the village of Harogolige in the nature rich Tirthahalli taluk of Shimoga district.He did his graduation from the Maharaja’s College, Mysore and obtained his law degree from the Poona Law college.
Marpadi Veerappa Moily (born 12 January 1940) is an Indian politician from the state of Karnataka. He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha and represents the Chikballapur constituency. He was the former Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister of Corporate Affairs and Minister of Power in the Indian government.Moily was elected as MP of the Chickballapur district by a wide margin in 2009.Moily was the former Chief Minister (and the first ethnic Tuluva CM) of the Indian state of Karnataka (19 Nov 1992 – 11 Dec 1994). He was elected to Karnataka state legislative assembly from Karkala constituency of Udupi district. he has now been selected as member of parliament from chikkabalapur consistency on 16 May 2014.He is also currently serving as the All India Congress Committee General Secretary in charge of Andhra Pradesh. He is regarded as one of the senior members of the Congress Party, and a close adviser for the Congress Leader Sonia Gandhi.
Dr. K.H. Muniyappa (born 7 March 1948) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha of India. He has consecutively represented the Kolar constituency of Karnataka in the Lok Sabha since 1991 and is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. He was the Union Minister of State (Independent charge) of Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
Siddavanahalli Nijalingappa (10 December 1902 – 8 August 2000, Chitradurga) was a senior Congress politician and the Chief Minister of Karnataka (then Mysore State) between 1956 and 1958 and once again, between 1962 and 1968. He played an important role in the Indian freedom movement as well as in the Karnataka Unification movement.
Nandan Nilekani (born 2 June 1955) is an Indian entrepreneur, bureaucrat and politician. He was the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).After a successful career at Infosys, he headed the Government of India’s technology committee, TAGUP.He is a member of Indian National Congress but not active in politics as of 2015.
Jayadevappa Halappa Patel (1 October 1930 – 12 December 2000) was the 15th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 31 May 1996 to 7 October 1999.
Veerandra Patil (1924–1997)was a senior Indian politician and was twice, the Chief Minister of Karnataka. He became Chief Minister for the first time from 1968–1971; and the second time was almost 18 years later, from 1989–1990.
Raja Muttaiya Annamalai Muthiah Ramaswamy, Raja of Chettinad (30 September 1931 – 2 December 2015), a politician from Janata Dal (Secular) party, was a Member of the Parliament of India representing Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha. He was the Co-Founder & Chairman of Chettinad Group of Companies.He is also the Pro-Chancellor for Annamalai University, a prominent industrialist and winner of 600 horse racing classics.
R. Gundu Rao (8 April 1937–22 August 1993) was the Chief Minister of Karnataka state from 1980 to 1983.
Kyasamballi Chengalaraya Reddy (4 May 1902 – 27 February 1976) was the first Chief Minister of Karnataka (then Mysore State)
Siddaramaiah (born 12 August 1948) is an Indian politician who has been the 22nd Chief Minister of Karnataka since 2013. Currently a leader of the Indian National Congress party, Siddaramaiah was a member of various Janata Parivar factions for several years.Earlier, as a Janata Dal (Secular) leader, he was Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka on two occasions. On 13 May 2013 he was sworn in as Chief Minister of Karnataka.S Siddharamaiah, is known for his socialist, secular and anti-caste outlook.
Dharam Singh Narayan Singh (born 25 December 1936) is an Indian politician who was the 17th Chief Minister of Karnataka, a state in southern India, from 2004 to 2006. He was a Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly for seven consecutive terms and a Member of Parliament representing Bidar in the 14th Lok Sabha.
D. Devaraj Urs (20 August 1915 – 6 June 1982)was an Indian politician who served two terms as the 8th Chief Minister of Karnataka (1972–77, 1978–80), a state in southern India. He entered politics in 1952 and was an MLA for 10 years. When the Indian National Congress split in 1969 as Samstha and Indira Congress, he stood with Indira Gandhi. He became the Chief Minister (fifth Assembly) for the first time from 20.3.1972 to 31.12.1977, later for the second time from 17.3.1978 to 8.6.1980 (sixth Assembly).
Adagooru Huchegowda Vishwanath (born 15 December 1949) is an Indian politician and a former Member of Parliament of India. Vishwanath was member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India and represented the Mysore constituency of Karnataka. He is a member of the Indian National Congress political party.
Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa (born 27 February 1943) is an Indian politician who was the 19th Chief Minister of Karnataka and is currently president of Karnataka BJP . He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha of India and represents the Shimoga constituency. He became the Chief Minister of Karnataka after leading the BJP to a victory in the 2008 Karnataka Assembly election in 2008. He was the first person from the Bharatiya Janata Party to become the Chief Minister of a South Indian state.Owing to alleged ill-treatment meted out to Yeddyurappa by the BJP High Command, he left Bharatiya Janata Party. Later he formed Karnataka Janata Paksha.However, in 2014 he merged it with BJP and joined the party again.
K. S. Nissar Ahmed (born February 5, 1936) is an Indian poet and writer in Kannada language.His full name is Kokkare Hosahalli Shekh Haider Nissar Ahmed. His father, K. S. Haider was a sanitary inspector and a teacher before joining the Revenue Department in Bangalore.
Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy (21 December 1932 – 22 August 2014) was a contemporary writer and critic in the Kannada language born in Thirtahalli Taluk and is considered as one of the pioneers of the Navya movement.He is the sixth writer to be honored with the Jnanpith Award for the Kannada language, the highest literary honour conferred in India.In 1998, he received the Padma Bhushan award from the Government of India.He was the vice-chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala during the late 1980s. He was one of the finalists of Man Booker International Prize for the year 2013.He remained a fervent critic of nationalistic political parties until his death from renal failure and cardiac arrest on 22 August 2014.
Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre (31 January 1896 – 26 October 1981), popularly known as Da. Ra. Bendre, was one of the most notable Kannada poets of the Navodaya Period. He was given the honorific Varakavi (‘gifted poet’). Bendre was awarded the Jnanpith Award for Kannada, the highest literary honor conferred in India.He wrote under the pen-name of Ambikatanayadatta (lit, “Datta, Child of Ambika”). He also held the title Karnataka Kula Thilaka (“The ornament of the Karnataka Family”) conferred by Udupi Adamaru Math. The Padma Shri was conferred on him by Government of India.
Santeshivara Lingannaiah Bhyrappa (born 26 July 1934) is a Kannada novelist whose works are popular with in his home state of Karnataka as well as all over India and in the United States.Bhyrappa is widely regarded as one of modern India’s foremost novelists.His novels are unique in terms of theme, structure, and characterization.He has been among the top selling authors of Kannada language. Books written by him and translated to Hindi and Marathi have also been top sellers in the past.He has been awarded with the 20th Saraswati Samman for 2010.
Vinayaka Krishna Gokak (9 August 1909 – 28 April 1992) was a major writer in the Kannada language and a scholar of English and Kannada literatures. He was the fifth writer to be honoured with the Jnanpith Award in 1990 for Kannada language, for his epic Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi. Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi deals with the Vedic age and is perhaps the longest epic narrative in any language in the 20th Century. In 1961, Gokak was awarded the Padmashree from the Government of India for Dyava Prithvi.
Maasthi Venkatesa Iyengar (6 June 1891 – 6 June 1986) was a well-known writer in Kannada language. He was the fourth among Kannada writers to be honored with the Jnanpith Award,the highest literary honor conferred in India.He was popularly referred to as Maasti Kannadada Aasti which means Maasti is Kannada’s Treasure. He is most renowned for his short stories. He wrote under the pen name Srinivasa. He was honoured with the title Rajasevasakta by then Maharaja of Mysore Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadeyar.
Thanjavur Paramasiva Kailasam (1884–1946), was a playwright and prominent writer of Kannada literature. His contribution to Kannada theatrical comedy earned him the title Prahasana Prapitamaha, “the father of humorous plays” and later he was also called “Kannadakke Obbane Kailasam” meaning “One and Only Kailasam for Kannada”.
Chandrashekhara Kambara (born 2 January 1937) is a prominent Indian poet, playwright, folklorist, film director in Kannada language and the founder-vice-chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi.He is known for effective adaptation of the North Karnataka dialect of the Kannada language in his plays, and poems, in a similar style as in the works of D.R. Bendre.
Kota Shivaram Karanth (10 October 1902 – 9 December 1997) was a Kannada writer, social activist, environmentalist, Yakshagana artist, film maker and thinker. Ramachandra Guha called him the “Rabindranath Tagore of Modern India, who has been one of the finest novelists-activists since independence”.He was the third writer to be decorated with the Jnanpith Award for Kannada, the highest literary honor conferred in India.
Girish Raghunath Karnad (born 19 May 1938) is an Indian actor, film director, writer playwright and a Rhodes Scholar, who predominantly works in South Indian cinema and Bollywood. his rise as a playwright in 1960s, marked the coming of age of modern Indian playwriting in Kannada, just as Badal Sarkar did in Bengali, Vijay Tendulkar in Marathi, and Mohan Rakesh in Hindi.He is a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India.
Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa (29 December 1904 – 11 November 1994),popularly known by the nickname Kuvempu or by K. V. Puttappa, was a Kannada novelist, poet, playwright, critic and thinker. He is widely regarded as the greatest Kannada poet of the 20th century. He is the first among Kannada writers to be decorated with the prestigious Jnanpith Award.
Sudha Murthy (also spelled Murty; née Kulkarni on 19 August 1950) is an Indian philanthropist and writer in Kannada and English.Murthy began her professional career as a computer scientist and engineer. She is the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation and a member of public health care initiatives of the Gates Foundation.She has founded several orphanages, participated in rural development efforts, supported the movement to provide all Karnataka government schools with computer and library facilities, and established ‘The Murthy Classical Library of India’ at Harvard University.Murthy initiated a bold move to introduce computer and library facilities in all schools in Karnataka & taught computer science. She got “Best Teacher Award” in 1995 from Rotary Club at Bangalore. Murthy is best known for her social work and her contribution to literature in Kannada and English. Dollar Bahu (English: Dollar Daughter-in-Law), a novel originally authored by her in Kannada and later translated into English as Dollar Bahu, was adapted as a televised dramatic series by Zee TV in 2001.Murthy has also acted in Marathi film Pitruroon and Kannada film Prarthana.
Mahesh Dattani (born 7 August 1958) is an Indian director, actor, playwright and writer. He wrote such plays as Final Solutions,Dance Like a Man, Bravely Fought the Queen, On a Muggy Night in Mumbai, Tara,Thirty Days in September and ‘The murder that never was’, starring Dheiraj Kapoor.He is the first playwright in English to be awarded the Sahitya Akademi award.His plays have been directed by eminent directors like Arvind Gaur, Alyque Padamsee and Lillete Dubey.
Mookonda Nitin Kushalappa – author and historian in English
Anita Nair (born 26 January 1966) is an Indian English-language writer.
Malathi Rao is an Indian writer. She won the Central Sahitya Akademi award for her English language novel Disorderly Women in 2007
Ramjee Chandran is an award-winning journalist and author.Ramjee has been the Editor of the Explocity a fortnightly magazine since 1998.According to The Daily Telegraph, Explocity is partly owned by Rupert Murdoch.
Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar Gopinath is an Indian entrepreneur,the founder of Air Deccan, a retired Captain of the Indian Army, an author, and a politician
Vijay Vittal Mallya (born 18 December 1955) is an Indian businessman and politician. The son of businessman Vittal Mallya, he is the ex-chairman of United Spirits Ltd, the largest spirits company in India and continues to serve as Chairman of UB Group, an Indian conglomerate with interests in beverage alcohol, aviation infrastructure, real estate and fertiliser among others. He has been the Chairman of Sanofi India (previously known as Hoechst AG and Aventis) as well as the Chairman of Bayer CropScience in India for over 20 years, in addition to being the Chairman of several other companies.He recently announced that he shall retire from the chairmanship of Sanofi India.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (born 23 March 1953) is an Indian entrepreneur.She is the chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company based in Bangalore (Bengaluru), India and the chairperson of IIM-Bangalore.In 2014, she was awarded the Othmer Gold Medal, for outstanding contributions to the progress of science and chemistry.She is on the Financial Times’ top 50 women in business list.As of 2015, she was listed as the 85th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.At present in 2016, she has been listed one more time in “Forbes” – the most powerful woman in the world at 77th position.
Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy (born 20 August 1946), commonly referred to as Narayana Murthy, is an Indian IT industrialist and the co-founder of Infosys,a multinational corporation providing business consulting, technology, engineering, and outsourcing services. Murthy studied electrical engineering at the National Institute of Engineering, University of Mysore, and MTech at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.
V. G. Siddhartha is an Indian businessman from Karnataka. He is best known as the founder-owner of the chain of Cafe Coffee Day outlets.
Ashwini Nachappa (born October 21, 1967) is an accomplished former athlete and an Indian film, actress from Karnataka, India. Nachappa gained fame around the start of the 1980s, when she outran P.T. Usha on two separate occasions. She has since been referred to as India’s FloJo.In 1988 she received the prestigious Arjuna award.A noted social worker and educationist,she has also built a school. She is currently the president of the Bangalore Urban District Athletics Association.
Prakash Padukone (born 10 June 1955) is a former Indian badminton player from Karnataka who won numerous laurels for his country in the field of badminton. He was awarded the Arjuna award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982 by the government of India. He is one of the co-founders of Olympic Gold Quest, a foundation dedicated to the promotion of Olympic sports in India.
Ashwini Ponnappa (born 18 September 1989) is an Indian badminton player who represents the country at the international badminton circuit in both the women’s and mixed doubles disciplines. She has a successful partnership with Jwala Gutta as the pair have won many medals in international events including a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and a historic bronze at the World Championships. The pair have also been consistently ranked among the top 20 in the BWF World Ranking reaching as high as no. 10. Ponnappa alongside Gutta won the bronze medal at the BWF World Championships in 2011 becoming the first Indian pair and women and only the second overall to win a medal at the worlds.
Pankaj Arjan Advani (born 24 July 1985 in Pune) is an Indian professional player of English billiards and former professional snooker player. In recognition of his achievements, the Government of India has bestowed several awards upon Advani—Arjuna Award in 2004, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2006, and Padma Shri in 2009.He has achieved a hat-trick of hat-tricks in English billiards, holding the World, Asian, and Indian National Championship titles simultaneously, in three different years: 2005, 2008 and 2012. He became a snooker professional only in 2012, and his first season on the main tour was the 2012/2013 season. Advani won the 2014 IBSF World 6-Red Snooker Championship, on his debut in that discipline. He is the only player ever to win world titles in both the long and short formats of snooker (15-red standard, and 6-red) and both formats of English billiards (time and point). Advani is also India’s first world champion in 6-red snooker. On 14 August 2014, Advani helped win the first ever World Team Billiards Championship held in Glasgow, Scotland, along with Rupesh Shan, Devendra Joshi and Ashok Shandilya. On 2nd February 2017, Pankaj Advani won his 29th National Championship Title at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana in Pune, India. This gives him a 39 match-winning streak. Overall, this win was Pankaj Advani’s 54th gold, World Titles = 16, Asian Titles = 6, Asian Games = 2 , Australian Open = 1, National Titles = 29.
Raghvendrarao Vijay Bharadwaj is a former Indian cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and right-arm offbreak bowler. He was a key architect of Karnataka’s three Ranji Trophy triumphs in the 1990s.He won the Man of the Series award on his debut one day international series against South Africa in the LG Cup in Kenya in the 1999–2000 season. Bharadwaj currently coaches Karnataka in Ranji Trophy.
Adwai Raghuram Bhat (born April 16, 1958, Puttur, Mysore State) is a former Indian cricketer who played in 2 Tests in 1983.
Roger Michael Humphrey Binny (born 19 July 1955, Bangalore, Karnataka) is an Indian former cricket all-rounder who is best known for his impressive bowling performance in the 1983 Cricket World Cup where he was the highest wicket-taker (18 wickets), and in the 1985 World Series Cricket Championship in Australia where he repeated this feat (17 wickets). He played 27 tests and 72 ODIs for India. Binny started his international career on his home ground, the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore in the first Test of the 1979 home series against Pakistan. Against bowlers of the calibre of Imran Khan and Sarfraz Nawaz, he performed creditably in his debut match scoring 46 runs. He was a useful swing bowler and one of the better fielders in the Indian team of that time. His Test career was not stellar, but he and fellow Pace bowler Karsan Ghavri were helpful in getting the shine off the new ball before India’s famous spin bowlers (Bishen Singh Bedi, Chandrashekhar, Prasanna and Ventatraghavan) could take over. Binny and Ghavri were also credited with saving many test matches for India. When the top batting order collapsed, Binny could be counted to hold the batting down so as to avoid innings defeats or drag the match to a draw. Binny however came into his own in the World Cup.
Stuart Terence Roger Binny, or commonly Stuart Binny, (born 3 June 1984), is an International Indian cricketer, who plays for One Day Internationals, Twenty20 Internationals, and Tests. he plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League.
Bhagwat Subramanya Chandrasekhar is a former Indian cricketer who played as a leg spinner. Considered among the top echelon of leg spinners, Chandrasekhar along with E.A.S. Prasanna, Bishen Singh Bedi and Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan constituted the Indian spin quartet that dominated spin bowling during the 1960s and 1970s.At a very young age, polio left his right arm withered. Chandrasekhar played 58 Test matches, capturing 242 wickets at an average of 29.74 in a career that spanned sixteen years.
Rahul Dravid is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. Born in a Marathi family and brought up in Bangalore, he started playing cricket at the age of 12 and later represented Karnataka at the under-15, under-17 and under-19 levels. Hailed as The Wall, Dravid was named one of the best five cricketers of the year by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 2000 and received the Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year awards at the inaugural ICC awards ceremony in 2004.In December 2011, he became the first non-Australian cricketer to deliver the Bradman Oration in Canberra.
Doddanarasiah Ganesh (born 30 June 1973, Bangalore, Karnataka) is a former Indian cricketer who played in 4 Tests and one ODI in 1997. He was a right-arm seam bowler and useful lower-order batsman.Ganesh failed to make an impression in his limited Test opportunities, picking up just five wickets at an average of 57.40. In first-class cricket, he took 365 wickets from 104 matches, including 299 at 27.09 for his team Karnataka.
Sunil Bandacharya Joshi is a former Indian cricketer. He is an all-rounder who bowls slow left arm spin and bats left-handed.
Syed Mujtaba Hussain Kirmani (born 29 December 1949, in Madras) played cricket for India and Karnataka as a wicket-keeper.
Ranganath Vinay Kumar (born 12 February 1984) is an Indian cricket player who has represented India at Test, One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 levels. He is a right-arm medium fast bowler who plays domestic cricket for Karnataka and also in the Indian Premier League for the Mumbai Indians. He captained Karnataka to two consecutive Ranji Trophy titles in 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons.
Anil Kumble is the current head coach of the Indian cricket team, and a former Indian cricketer and captain. A right-arm leg spin bowler, he took 619 wickets in Test cricket and remains the third-highest wicket taker of all time as of 2015, behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne). Unlike his contemporaries, Kumble was not a big turner of the ball, but relied primarily on pace, bounce, and accuracy. He was nicknamed “Jumbo”.Kumble was selected as the Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year in 1993 and one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year three years later.
Bapu Krishnarao Venkatesh Prasad (born 5 August 1969 in Bangalore, Karnataka) is a former Indian cricketer. He is the bowling coach for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, having formerly performed the same role for the Indian cricket team from 2007 to 2009. He made his debut in 1996. Primarily a right-arm medium-fast bowler, Prasad was noted for his bowling combination with Javagal Srinath.
Erapalli Anantharao Srinivas “E.A.S.” Prasanna is a former cricket player from Bangalore. He was a spin bowler, specializing in off spin and a member of the Indian spin quartet. He is an alumunus of National Institute of Engineering, Mysore.
Shantha Rangaswamy, also known as Shanta Rangaswamy, (born 1 January 1954 in Madras) is an Indian cricketer. She played Women’s Test cricket for India in 16 matches from 1976 to 1991, captaining the side in 8 matches in 1976-7 and four in 1983-4. She also played in 19 Women’s One-day Internationals from 1981-2 to 1986, captaining the side in 16 matches from 1981-2 to 1983-4.
Javagal Srinath is an Indian former cricketer and current ICC Match Referee. He is considered among India’s finest fast bowlers and remains the only Indian fast bowler to have taken more than 300 wickets in One Day Internationals.
Robin Venu Uthappa is an Indian cricketer. He plays for Karnataka in domestic cricket and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.Uthappa made his One Day International debut in the seventh and final match of the English tour of India in April 2006. He had a successful debut, making 86 as an opening batsman before being dismissed run out. It was the highest score for an Indian debutant in a limited-overs match.He is nicknamed ‘The Walking Assassin’ for his tactic of charging the bowler. He played an important role in India’s win at the 2007 ICC World Twenty20. He finished the 2014–15 Ranji Trophy season as the highest run scorer that season.
Gundappa Ranganath Viswanath is a former Indian cricketer. He was one of India’s finest batsmen throughout the 1970s. Viswanath played Test cricket for India from 1969 to 1983 making 91 appearances and scoring over 6000 runs. He also played in One Day Internationals from 1974 to 1982 including the World Cups of 1975 and 1979. At state level, he played for Karnataka (formerly Mysore) throughout his career. Viswanath, popularly nicknamed Vishy, had an elegant and wristy batting style which emphasised timing rather than power. Though he had a complete repertoire of shots around the wicket, Viswanath’s favourite was the square cut, a shot he often used to great effect against fast bowlers. He usually fielded at slip position.
Ashish Kumar Ballal (born 8 October 1970) is a former Indian goalkeeper of Field Hockey. He represented India in 275 internationals matches in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the 1990 World cup, 3 Champions Trophy tournaments (1989, 1993, 1996), 2 Asian Games (1994, 1998) and 2 Asia Cups (1989, 1993). Ballal became a household name in India when he saved two tie-breaker goals in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games final against South Korea. India, captained by Ballal, went on to win the Asiad hockey gold at Bangkok after a gap of 32 years.
Arjun Halappa is a professional Indian hockey player and former captain of Indian Hockey Team.
Nisha Millet (born 20 March 1982) is a swimmer from Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Nisha Millet, and the Arjuna Award winner, was the only woman in the 2000 Sydney Olympics swim team for India.
Mahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi (born 7 June 1974) is an Indian professional tennis player. In 1997, he became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament . With his win at the Australian Open mixed doubles in 2006, he joined the elite group of eight tennis players who have achieved a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles. He is also the founder of International Premier Tennis League.
Rohan Bopanna (born 4 March 1980) is an Indian professional tennis player. His singles career high ranking was World No. 213 in 2007 and his career high ranking in doubles was World No. 3 on 22 July 2013. Recently, most of his appearances in professional tournaments have been in doubles matches. He is a member of the Indian Davis Cup team since 2002. In 2010, he finished as a runner-up in doubles at the US Open, partnering with Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.
Entertainers – Kannada and Indian cinema
Malavalli Huchche Gowda Amarnath (born 29 May 1952), known mononymously by screen name Ambareesh, is an Indian film actor, media personality and a politician from the Karnataka state. Born and raised at Doddarasinakere Village of Maddur Talluk in Mandya District of Karnataka, he is fondly referred to as Mandayada Gandu .Following his debut in Puttanna Kanagal’s National Film Award-winning Naagarahaavu (1972), his acting career commenced with a brief phase of portraying antagonistic and supporting characters in Kannada films. After establishing himself as a lead rebellion actor in a number of commercially successful films, he became synonymous with the term “rebel star” and has since continued to hold a matinee idol status in the popular culture of Karnataka state. He is widely revered as “Karunada Karna” for his numerous charity works.
Bungle Shama Rao Dwarakanath, (born August 19, 1942) better known as Dwarakish, is an Indian actor, director and producer in the Kannada film industry. He was given the name Dwarakish by Kannada film maker C. V. Shivashankar.
Hamsalekha (born Govindaraju Gangaraju on 23 June 1951) is an Indian film composer and a songwriter who works in South Indian cinema, predominantly in the Kannada film industry since the late 1980s. He is also a screenplay writer, dialogue writer, instrumentalist and a conductor. Composed and written for over 300 feature films.
Jaggesh is an Indian actor, director, producer and politician who predominantly works in Kannada film industry and is very famous by his screen name as “Navarasanayaka (Master of 9 emotions)” .He made his debut in 1982 from Ibbani Karagithu prior to appearing as a hero in Banda Nanna Ganda. He holds high success rate to his credit starting from his old movies like Banda Nanna Ganda, Tharle Nan Maga, Super Nan Maga, Server Somanna, Bevu Bella to recent movies like Mata, Eddelu Manjunatha, Vaastu Prakaara and Neer Dose.
Puttanna Kanagal fondly called the ‘Chitra Bramha’ (God of Films, Kannada)was an Indian filmmaker and is considered as one of Kannada’s cinema’s greatest filmmakers.
Kashinath is an actor and a director in the Kannada film Industry in India, generally known in the industry as a trend setter. He probably started the trend of acting, directing, music directing and the producing of films. He stunned not just the film industry but also the audience through the success of films, because of his unconventional (some would even tag it ‘weird’) looks, dialogue delivery and style of movie making. Not only did he make popular movies but he also opened doors for other promising directors like Upendra, Manohar and Sunil Kumar Desai. He is known for giving chances to youngsters who have made names in Kannada Film Industry and beyond. He is known to have an exceptional eye for talent, a trait acknowledged by his well established disciples (Upendra, Manohar, Sunil Kumar Desai to name a few).
Feroz Khan was an Indian actor, film editor, producer and director in the Hindi film industry. He was popular for his flamboyant style, with cowboyish swagger. this revolutionised the style quotient of the otherwise conventional “filmi” hero. He is known as the “Clint Eastwood of Bollywood” for introducing Western cowboy & dacoit style films.
Sanjay Khan is an Indian film actor, producer, director known for his works in Hindi cinema, and Television. Abbas Khan made his debut in Chetan Anand’s 1964 film Haqeeqat, followed by the Rajshri film Dosti which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for that year.In the 1960s and 1970s, Khan starred in hit movies like Dus Lakh, Ek Phool Do Mali, Intaqam etc. He co-starred with his elder brother Feroz Khan in the films Upaasna (1971), Mela (1971) and Nagin (1976). He acted in over thirty films from the 1960s through to the mid-1980s with his last film appearance in Kala Dhanda Goray Log in 1986. In 1990 he was starred in and directed the famous historical fiction television series The Sword of Tipu Sultan.
Kiran Kumar is a Mumbai-based Indian actor. He has worked on many Hindi, Rajasthani and Gujarati films.
Nagaraju Shiva Putta Swamy (born 12 July 1962), known by his screen name Shiva Rajkumar, is an Indian film actor, producer, playback singer, and television presenter best known for his work in Kannada cinema.He is the eldest son of actor Rajkumar. In his career spanning more than three decades, Shiva has worked in over 100 films.
Aishwarya Nag is an Indian film actress and a model, who has appeared in South Indian films, primarily in Kannada cinema. After her modelling, she made her acting debut in the film Neene Neene (2008). She rose to fame by acting in the Kannada film Jolly Days (2009) and Kal Manja (2010).
Anant Nagarkatte (born 4 September 1948), popularly known as Anant Nag, is an actor from Karnataka, India. Reputed for his natural, under-playing style of acting, Ananth has carved a niche in Kannada filmdom.Kannada cinema .In addition to Kannada movies, he has acted in Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi movies.
Shankar Nagarakatte (9 November 1954 – 30 September 1990), popularly known as Shankar Nag, was an acclaimed Indian film actor, screenwriter, director, producer and philanthropist who worked primarily in the Kannada film industry. Besides films, he established himself as a writer and actor in Television and theater. Widely acclaimed for his visionary filmmaking , he directed and acted in the most talked-about teleserial, Malgudi Days, based on celebrated novelist R.K.Narayan’s short stories. He co-wrote 22 June 1897, an Indian national award-winning Marathi film. He is the younger brother of actor Anant Nag.
Deepika Padukone is an Indian film actress. One of the highest-paid actresses in the world, Padukone is the recipient of several awards, including three Filmfare Awards. She features in listings of the nation’s most popular and attractive personalities.
Neravanda Chengappa Prema (born 6 January 1977), known popularly as Prema, is an Indian film actress. She has worked as a lead actress in numerous Kannada and Telugu films besides working in a few Tamil and Malayalam films. She has appeared in many commercially successful and critically acclaimed feature films. She received the Karnataka State Film Award and Filmfare Best Actress awards for her performances in Kannada films. She has featured in Om and Yajamana, which are the two major blockbuster and highest grossing films of their time in Kannada Cinema.
Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju (24 April 1929 – 12 April 2006),known mononymously by his stage name Rajkumar, was an Indian actor and singer in the Kannada cinema. Widely acclaimed as one of the finest actors in the history of Indian Cinema, he is considered a cultural icon, and holds a matinée idol status in the Kannada diaspora,among who, he is popularly adulated as Nata Saarvabhouma (Emperor of Actors), Bangarada Manushya (Man of Gold), Vara Nata (Gifted Actor) and Rajanna (Brother Raj).
Puneeth, youngest son of celebrated Kannada film actor Rajkumar, is the brother of actors Shiva and Raghavendra Rajkumar. In 2012 he debuted as a television presenter on the popular the game show Kannadada Kotyadhipati, a Kannada version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Raghavendra Rajkumar is an Indian film producer and former actor in Kannada cinema. He is the second son of actor Rajkumar and film producer Parvathamma. He made his film debut as a lead actor in Chiranjeevi Sudhakara (1988) before appearing the hugely successful 1989 film Nanjundi Kalyana. Following this, he had a largely forgettable career, and retired from acting in 2004. He has since produced three films under Vajreshwari Combines. His son Vinay Rajkumar is an actor.
Shivaji Rao Gaekwad (born 12 December 1950), known by his mononymous stage name Rajinikanth, is an Indian film actor who works primarily in Tamil cinema. He began acting in plays while working in the Bangalore Transport Service as a bus conductor. In 1973, he joined the Madras Film Institute to pursue a diploma in acting. Following his debut in K. Balachander’s Tamil drama Apoorva Raagangal (1975), his acting career commenced with a brief phase of portraying antagonistic characters in Tamil films.
Swetha (born 31 March 1984), popularly known as Rakshita, is an Indian politician and former actress. She has acted in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu language films. Rakshita made her acting debut in the 2002 Kannada-language film Appu, alongside Puneet Rajkumar, following which, she acted in many Kannada and Telugu films.Her political career began in 2012 when she joined the Badavara Shramikara Raitara Congress. After serving as the president of its women’s wing, she joined Janata Dal (Secular) in 2013 before joining the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2014.
Ramya (born as Divya Spandana on 29 November 1982), is an Indian film actress and politician. She predominantly acts in Kannada films and also appears in Tamil and Telugu films.
Kiran Rao is an Indian film producer, screenwriter and director.
Veeraswamy Ravichandran (born 30 May 1961), known mononymously as Ravichandran is an Indian film actor, director, music director and editor best known for his work in Kannada cinema. He is often considered as “The Show Man” of Kannada cinema for his multi-faceted works in his associated films.
Soundarya Raghu (born Sowmya Satyanarayan) (18 July 1972 – 17 April 2004) was an Indian film actress and producer known for her works in Telugu cinema, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, and Bollywood films in lead roles
Sreenath was a popular Malayalam film and television actor. He acted in many hit films, including Shalini Ente Koottukari, Ithu Njangalude Katha, Oru CBI Diary Kurippu, and Kireedam.
Sudeep Sanjeev (born 2 September 1973), known mononymously as Sudeep, is an Indian actor, filmmaker and television presenter, known primarily for his work in Kannada cinema, in addition to appearances in a handful of Telugu, Hindi and Tamil films.
Darshan (born 16 February 1977), also known as Darshan Thoogudeepa, is an Indian film actor, producer and distributor who works predominantly in the Kannada film industry. He is the son of veteran Kannada actor Thoogudeepa Srinivas. Darshan initially worked in trivial roles in few films and television shows, later made his debut in a lead role in 2001 film, Majestic, and has since then starred in many commercial and critical hit films such as Kariya (2003), Namma Preethiya Ramu (2003), Kalasipalya (2005), Gaja (2008 film) Saarathi (2011), ‘Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (2012), Bulbul (2013) .
Upendra Rao (born 18 September 1968) known mononymously as Upendra, is an Indian film actor, director, producer, screenwriter, lyricist and playback singer who works primarily in Kannada cinema. He started his career under actor and film director Kashinath, as a writer and an assistant director. His first directorial venture was Tharle Nan Maga (1992).
T. N. Venkatesh (born 23 March 1963), better known by his stage name Rockline Venkatesh, is an Indian film actor, producer and distributor known for his works in Kannada, Tamil, and Hindi cinemas. He is the founder and owner of the production and distribution company, Rockline Productions which has produced over twenty five films as of 2012. In 2015 he co-produced Bajrangi Bhaijaan which earned the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment at the 63rd National Film Awards.
Vishnuvardhan (born Sampath Kumar 18 September 1950 – 30 December 2009), was an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Kannada cinema.He has appeared in over 220 films in Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam.He was called ‘The Phoenix of Indian Cinema’. He made his debut in the 1972 film, Vamsha Vriksha, in a supporting role. The same year he played the lead role in Puttanna Kanagal’s Naagarahaavu, and was recognized as the Angry young man of Kannada cinema.He has played a variety of roles in different genres.
Krishnarao Jaisim is an architect and the former chairman of the Indian Institute of Architects, Karnataka Chapter. His work has been featured in the New York Times, The Hindu, The Times of India, The Deccan Herald, and on HGTV.
Kamal Sagar (born July 16, 1969) is an Indian architect, designer, real estate developer, restaurateur, and music enthusiast, based in Bangalore, India. He is the Founder and Chairman of Total Environment Building Systems, Founder and Chairman, Total Environment Hospitality (Windmills Craftworks).
Nataraja Guru (born P. Natarajan, 18 February 1895 – 19 March 1973) was a disciple of Narayana Guru and himself an Indian social reformer.
Ravi Shankar was born on 13 May 1956 in Tamil Nadu, India. He is frequently referred to simply as “Sri Sri” or as Guruji or Gurudev. He is a spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation created in 1981, which aims to relieve individual stress, societal problems, and violence. In 1997, he established a Geneva-based charity, the International Association for Human Values, an NGO that engages in relief work and rural development and aims to foster shared global values. For his service, he has received some of the highest awards of several countries including India, Peru, Colombia, and Paraguay. In January 2016, he was awarded the “Padma Vibhushan” by the Government of India.
Swami Sukhabodhananda is a guru from the Bangalore area of India who is nicknamed “the Corporate Guru.” His talks and workshops combine Vedic tradition with Western management and psychological development perspectives.He is known internationally for representing Hinduism at the 2005 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.His books, which have sold over a million copies,have appeared in many Indian languages, and recordings of his mantra singing and talks have appeared on the Sa Re Ga Ma label.
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is an Indian yogi, mystic, poet and New York Times bestselling author.He founded the Isha Foundation, a not for profit organization which offers yoga programs around the world, including India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Singapore, Canada,Malaysia, Uganda, China, Nepal, and Australia. The foundation is also involved in various social and community development activities, which have resulted in it being granted special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. On 25 January 2017, the Government of India announced that he was being conferred the Padma Vibhushan award for his contribution towards spirituality.
Ram Krishna Baliga (December 29, 1929—October 26, 1988) is regarded as the father of the Electronics City in Bangalore, India.
Shakuntala Devi in was an Indian writer and mental calculator, popularly known as the “human computer”. A child prodigy, her talent earned her a place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.
Lakshmi Menon (born November 4, 1981) is an Indian model.
A. N. Prahlada Rao (born 24 July 1953) is an Indian author and Kannada-language crossword compiler.
Maya Rao (2 May 1928 – 1 September 2014) was an Indian classical dancer, choreographer and educator, in Kathak dance. She is known for her pioneering work in Kathak choreography, especially in dance ballets,and is credited for bringing Kathak, a North Indian-dance style to South India, when she opened her dance school, Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography (NIKC) in Malleswaram, Bangalore in 1987.She was also the founder director of her dance company, “Natya and Stem Dance Kampni”, an amalgam of NIKC and the STEM Dance Kampni ( founded by her daughter Madhu Nataraj) based in Bangalore.After her early training under Guru Sohanlal of Jaipur Gharana, followed by Guru Sunder Prasad also of the Jaipur Gharana, and went to train under Guru Shambhu Maharaj of Lucknow Gharana at National Institute of Kathak Dance in Delhi.
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