T. N. Seetharam
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T N Seetharam or Gouribidanur Seetharam is a prominent Kannada film and TV serial director, actor and writer. He has become a cultural icon in Karnataka, India, through his work in several art mediums. Mr. Seetharam has written, directed, and produced plays, movies, and top-rated television series which have attracted millions of viewers.
T.N. Seetharama was associated with the famous director Puttanna Kanagal and had written scripts for his movies. He also has made appearances as an actor in movies. He is the modern day Mobile Encyclopedia as only he is aware of how to connect a Civil litigation to a murder and robbery, convert it into a criminal case, bring various politicians into the loop, give detailed knowledge which is lacking even in an MBBS student and stretch a serial into 100 years.
He was noticed when he started directing TV serials for Doordarshan. Fame and recognition came when he directed Mayamruga, a daily Kannada serial which stood apart for its take on reality. Mayamruga has seen a DVD avatar, which probably is the first for a Kannada serial. He then went on to direct Kamanabillu which was the first serial on a satellite TV to be widely watched. The most successful phase for him has been his association with ETV Kannada which resulted in famous serials like Manvantara and Muktha. He has acted in most of his serials and he likes to play the character of a lawyer who comes to the rescue of the oppressed. Mr Seetharam is strong in his scripts which makes him quickly change the course of a serial and deliver what the audience demand. Usually the ratings soar when he makes an appearance. The court scenes are elaborate and goes on for weeks together and yet the audience ask for more. That's the power and charm of Seetharam. He developed a concept of Samvada, an organised meeting with the audience of his serials throughout the length and breadth of Karnataka. These became so popular that ETV Kannada telecast these interactions which had an equal ratings as that of the serial.
Due to Mr. Seetharam's association with ETV, all his serials are telecast on ETV Kannada. However, the serial Mayamruga, was aired on Doordarshan Chandana also. His 1st serial, Mukha Mukhi was aired on Doordarshan.
- Nammolagobba Naajukayya
- Baduka Mannisu Prabhuve
- 47th Indian National Film Awards: T.N. Seetharam directed Matadana secured 'Best Regional Film' award.
- Year 2005 Karnataka State Government's 'Aryabhata Awards': 'Best Director' award for the direction of the teleserial Muktha.
- Director of award winning TV Shows - Mayamruga, Muktha, Manvantara
T.N. Seetharam was the president of Karnataka State Film Awards jury for the year 2006.
- Exclusive website for T.N.Seetharam's Muktha Muktha serial available on Chitraranga.com
- About Matadaana - the film
- Deccan Herald Interview: Serial King Seetharam
- Sampada Podcast with T N Seetharam
- Usha Kattemane on TN Seetharam
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