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Sri Upadhyaya Srinivasa Vadiraj 77 years one of the popular film maker and actor of ever green era of Kannada cinema died in Bangalore due to heart attack. He was admitted to Mayya Nursing Home near Ashoka Pillar and declared dead at 6 am on Friday.
Vadiraj is the winner of Dr.Rajkumar award for 1998-99. From Nandha Deepa to Sathi Savitri Vadiraj produced many thought provoking films. Films should not be seen for entertainment only. They should have a message Vadiraj believed immensely. Songs of high quality and lyrical strength were the highlight of Vadiraj films. Nandhi, Nava Jeevana, Seetha, Naa Mechchida Huduga, Namma Makkalu, Seetheyalla Savitri, Dangeyedda Makkalu, Premakku Permitte, Nammamman Sose, Adhe Kannu are the examples for containing good quality of songs and messages. Vadiraj always used to give 50 percent of the credit of his work to his brother Jawahar. His sister Harini is also a famous actress of yesteryears. A few years ago Vadiraj produced ‘Innondu Mukha’ a children film based on stage play ‘Yarivalu’. This was shown at the 10th International Indian Film Festival besides appearing in Iran festival.  
‘Nanda Deepa’ of Vadiraj production bagged National award and pocketed eight State awards. It was remade in Gujarati language. Sanjeev Kumar played what Udayakumar played in Gujarati.
Born in Paniyadi at Udupi U.S.Vadiraj on 3rd January 1927 when he was young worked under the guidelines of Rashtrapitha Mahatma Gandhi. Once Gandhiji had blessed Vadiraj by keeping his hand on his head. This has been the unforgettable for Vadiraj.
Vadiraj affection towards acting at a young age when Sunderraj Nadkarni noticed him for a young Krishna role. After this he came to Bombay for earning his livelihood. Vadiraj made his debut from ‘Navajeevana’ as an actor.