In 1977, Sanadi Appanna, the film which had Pandit Bismilla Khan playing his Sahanai for a film for the first time, was released. The same year, Gatashradda, the film that won the Swarna Kamala national award among many international prizes was released. ShankarGuru, which had Rajkumar playing a tirple role and which was shot in Kashmir was released.
Baraguru Ramachandrappa directed Ondu Oorina Kathe. Shankar Nag entered the film industry with Ondanondu Kaaladalli. The same year, Ambarish played the lead role for the first time in the film Amarnath. Dr K Shivaramakanth directed the film Maleya Makkalu which was based on his own novel. Shivamogga Subbanna got the national award for his song in Kaadu Kudure, which was directed by Chandrashekara Kambara.