Died on 16th July 2005.

He was born on 20th February 1932 within the Shimoga district of Karnataka. His household was a giant supporter of artwork and artists that too of any and all varieties. Subbanna had proven a robust sense of curiosity in drama since his childhood days. His father, keen on the identical determined to arrange a dramatic society specifically Neelanakantheshwara Natya Sangha in 1949. It was arrange within the Heggodu village that was close to Sagar Taluk. This turned out to be one of many largest institutions by Subbanna later.

He accomplished his commencement from the Maharaja College of Mysore. Post his commencement he got here below the affect of Shantaveri Gopala Gowda, who was a pacesetter of the socialist motion. This impressed him to dive deep into socialist philosophy which he later practiced all through his life. He was additionally made the primary secretary of Lal Bahadur College that’s located in Sagar. However, the need to increase his profession in theatre and drama got here after he joined the Rare Taste Club. Being part of this membership made him recognize the various creative works of artistic personalities. He additionally bought conversant in the works of Satyajit Ray.

After this, Subbanna began working arduous on the society his father established and turned it into the world-renowned theatrical group referred to as Neenasam.

Neenasam was a by-product of neighborhood effort alone and Subbanna’s broad style led him to work extra and create one thing distinctive out of it. All the actions below Neenasam have been an try to revive folklore, forgotten performs, and skits, placing up performances, and enacting many old-time classics. It slowly changed into a cultural motion by Ok.V Subbanna. The members collectively would additionally organize many workshops and seminars associated to theatre now and again, throughout Karnataka.

It was Subbanna’s robust perception within the democracy and neighborhood spirit of India that made him work tirelessly to realize and showcase the true essence of histrionics. All because of Neenasam, Heggodu was all the time full of actions and reveals. People would eagerly look forward to the brand new productions and never as soon as have been they dissatisfied. Subbanna was therefore profitable in rebuilding the forgotten folk-lore and Sanskrit performs.

His constant efforts in making Neenasam a outstanding studying centre for theatre helped him bag many awards one being the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts. (1991)

Apart from that, he was additionally awarded the Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1994. Although he was recognized for his contribution in the direction of Neenasam, Ok.V Subbanna was additionally well-known for his writing, translations, and publishing. He had a publishing home named Akshara Prakasna which used to publish theatrical works of literature well-known in Kannada. One of its best works up till now was the interpretation of the e-book Natyashastra by Bharata.

His numerous works on dramas and performs gained him the Sahitya Academy Award in 2003, and the Padma Shri in 2004. Despite all of the success, Subbanna all the time remained humble and curious when it got here to working. Many writers, playwrights, poets, and dramatists acclaimed him to be an individual who not solely revived cultural strategies of literature but in addition a really gifted man. He sadly handed away on 17th July 2005 however Neenasam nonetheless strikes ahead as a legacy he left behind.

This was story was first printed on This Day.app.

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