K. S. L. Swamy

Kikkeri Shamanna Lakshminarasimha Swamy (21 February 1939 – 20 October 2015), popularly known as K. S. L. Swamy / Lalitha Ravee / Ravee, was an Indian film director, producer, actor and playback singer. He entered cinema at an early age as an assistant to popular directors of the time such as G. V. Iyer and M. R. Vittal.[1] He debuted as an independent film director with the 1966 film, Thoogudeepa. His other films such as Gandhinagara (1968) and Bhagya Jyothi (1975) and Malaya Marutha (1986) proved successful. His 1989 film Jamboo Savari won the National Film Award for Best Children's Film at the 37th National Film Awards.[2]

K. S. L. Swamy
Kikkeri Shamanna Lakshminarasimha Swamy

(1939-02-21)21 February 1939
Died20 October 2015(2015-10-20) (aged 76)
Bangalore, India
Other namesRavi, Ravee, Lalitha Ravi
OccupationFilm director, producer, actor, playback singer
Known forJamboo Savari (1989)
SpouseB. V. Radha (1973–2015; his death)

Swamy was a close associate of director Puttanna Kanagal, and completed two of his films – Masanada Hoovu (1984) and the long delayed Saavira Mettilu that released in 2006, following the latter's death, which also turned out be his own last directorial venture.[3] Recognizing his contribution to cinema, Swamy was awarded the Dr. B. Saroja Devi National Award in 2013.[4] He was married to actress B. V. Radha.

Swamy was also an adept singer well known for the track "Suryangu Chandrangu" for the film Shubhamangala and "Ille Swarga Ille Naraka" for Nagarahole. Swamy died on 20 October 2015 due to breathing complications at Bangalore.


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  1. ^ Khajane, Muralidhara (20 October 2015). "Kannada film-maker K.S.L. Swamy passes away". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  2. ^ "37th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Noted film-maker KSL Swamy passes away". The Economic Times. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Actor Shivaram stresses need for unity in Kannada film industry". The Hindu. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2014.

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