By S.N. Venkatnag Sobers
Namma Mysuru, with a vast cultural diversity, has been contributing to Kannada Film Industry since decades. Many actors, directors and technicians from our city have scaled great heights and are rated among the best in the country. Mysuru is also home for many young talented artistes, who have been making a mark for themselves in the industry. This Weekend Star Supplement introduces the rising stars from the cultural capital of Karnataka.
The Kannada Film Industry or Sandalwood is also referred to as Chandanavana. In 1934, the first Kannada talkie, Sati Sulochana, appeared in theatres followed by Bhakta Dhruva. Karnataka has been home for many directors and actors who have made a mark for themselves in Indian Cinema.
Mysuru, the heritage city, which is also known for its cultural diversity, has to its credit some of the prominent personalities who are considered to be among the greatest. Be it Kanagal Prabhakar Shastry, Puttanna Kanagal, K.S. Ashwath, K.M. Rathnakar, Mysore Lokesh, Vishnuvardhan, Ambarish, Mandya Ramesh, Yash and Dhananjaya — they have all created a fan-base for themselves.
In the past couple of years, young actors, directors, musicians from Mysuru have been making a name for themselves.
Anup Bhandari, who came with a bang with his directorial debut Rangitharanga has been working on his next venture Rajaratha, a bi-lingual movie (Kannada and Telugu) starring his younger brother Nirup Bhandari and Avantika Shetty in the lead role. This pair was a hit in Rangitharanga. Anup’s popularity is such that he would be soon seen directing ‘Power Star’ Puneeth Rajkumar.
Apart from these, there are also other rising stars such as Akshatha Pandavapura, who was recently adjudged as the Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie ‘Pallata’ directed by our city’s own S.P. Raghu. Playback singer Sangeetha Ravindranath was also in the news for winning the Best Female Playback Singer Award this year.
Another talented actor Poornachandra, who hails from Mysuru, has been making slow but steady inroads into the industry. The other talented artistes, who have been making sound in the industry include singers Udith Haritas, Ananya Bhat and Sudhir (Rangavalli). In fact, Sudhir was seen in the recently released Chakravarthy.
Meet city’s young artistes, who have been working towards bringing out the best in them to entertain the mass.
Among the best singers to have emerged from Mysuru is Ananya Bhat. Trained under Vid. K. Guruprasad and Vid. R.S. Nandakumar, this talented singer has stolen the hearts of many through her bold and beautiful voice.
A talented actor as well, Ananya Bhat lent her voice as playback singer when she was just nine-years-old for the Kannada movie ‘Olave Jeevana Lekkachara’ directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekar. But, she was recognised as a true playback singer when she sang for ‘Lucia’. This one big break fetched her many offers which included songs in the movies such as ‘Chaturbhuja,’ ‘Rocket,’ ‘Bhujanga’ and the latest hit being ‘Rama Rama Re.’
Ananya is widely followed on Youtube.com for her melodious cover songs. In fact, the song ‘Nee Thoreda’ on Youtube.com got as many as 3 million hits. She has also sung for movies like ‘Jeer Jimbe’ and ‘Tagaru.’
Having learnt the nuances of acting from Natana Theatre School, Ananya made her acting debut through the recently released movie ‘Urvi.’ Her voice also drew the attention of Music Composer D. Imman, who made her sing for the Tamil movie ‘Karuppan’ starring Vijay Sethupathi and Bobby Simha.
This talented singer attributes her success to her parents for their support and encouragement in all her endeavours. Her father, Vishwanath Bhat, is a renowned astrologer and purohit. Having come from such a traditional background it is always tough for a girl to lead the life of her choice.
“My biggest strength is my parents, who have not stopped me from doing what I wanted. They have trusted me so much that I have been staying in Bengaluru for some time now looking for opportunities. It is my responsibility to maintain their trust and grow up as a good artiste,” said Ananya.
Ananya also aims to start a music school in a few years time to help poor children learn music. Speaking about her acting career, she maintained that her prime focus would be on music but given an opportunity, she would definitely try acting as well.