Reknowned stage and film actor Shimoga Venkatesh died in the early hours of Sunday morning at Shimoba. Sixty year old Shimoga Venkatesh was involved in the new theatre movement of the seventies and eighties and had worked in many art ahd commercial films directed by many famous film directors. Sixty year old Shimoga is survived by two sons.
When the Kannada theatre movement was taking a different path, Shimoga Venkatesh did take interest to work in modern plays. He had zealously worked for promoting the modern theatre movement in his native town of Shimoga also. Bhutto, Hamlet, Kattale Belaku, Nammolagobba Najookaiah, Aaspota, Tughalaq, Mooru Kaasina Aata, Mruchakatika, Macbeth, Hayavadana, Oedipas, Uttama Prabhutwa lolalotte were some of his plays. He was associated with the popular theatre groups like Benaka, Rangasampada, and Nataranga of Bangalore.
Venkatesh had also acted in Tele serials like Namma Nammlli, Bhagya, Sankranti, Aaghagata, Kevudana Madaiah Tande, Silli Lallli and Pa.Pa. Pandu.
He had acted in artistic and commercial films which gave him a slot for him as a character artist. Chomanadudi, Kanneshwara Rama, Kittu Puttu, Mysoora Mallige, Beli Hendti, Undu Hoda-Kondu Honda, Kotreshi Kanasu, Chapala Chennigaraya, Gandharva, Sacchi, Munnudi, Shruti, Nee Midida Shruti, Accident and SP Bhargavi were some of his films.
He associated with T.N. Seetharam, T.S. Nagabharana, Girish Karnad, M.S. Satyu and Dwarakish and others.
Noted film producer and director Dwarakish condoled the death of his friend Shimoga Venkatesh whom he described as a good actor and good friend.