P. Krishnamoorthy

P. Krishnamoorthy is an Indian film art director, production designer and costume designer who works predominantly in the South Indian cinema. As of 2015, he has worked in over 55 films in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit Malayalam and English,[1] and won five National Film Awards—three for Best Art Direction and two for Best Costume Design. In addition, he is the recipient of five Kerala State Film Awards and four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.

P. Krishnamoorthy
EducationGraduation from Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai
Alma materMadras College of Arts (1980–1985)
OccupationArtist, art director, production designer, costume designer
Years active1965–present
AwardsNational Film Award for Best Production Design
National Film Award for Best Costume Design
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Costume Designer
Kerala State Film Award for Best Art Director


Hailing from Poompuhar, Tamil Nadu, P. Krishnamoorthy graduated from the Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai.[2] Starting his profession as an artist, he got into films through G. V. Iyer. He first met Iyer in 1968 when the latter was about to make Hamsa Geethe, a Kannada film. Krishnamoorthy was immediately signed up despite having no prior experience in art direction. The film eventually released in 1975, but he remained unnoticed.[3] However, he got an opportunity to work in plays for B. V. Karanth and Bansi Kaul.[1]

Over the next years, Kirshnamoorthy continued to mainly work for Iyer in films such as Adi Shankaracharya (1983), Madhvacharya (1986) and Ramanujacharya (1989). Although he entered Tamil cinema through Sreedhar Rajan's Kann Sivanthaal Mann Sivakkum in 1983, he did not work in Tamil films for a brief phase in his career.[3] In 1987, he won his first National Film Award for Madhvacharya. This recognition helped him enter Malayalam cinema, through Lenin Rajendran's Swathi Thirunal (1987). Following that, he continued to work in 15 films in Malayalam including Vaisali (1988), Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989), Perumthachan (1991). He won two National Film Awards for his work in Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha as an art director and costume designer.[4] His involvement with Malayalam cinema in the late 1980s and early 1990s earned him five Kerala State Film Awards for Best Art Director.

In 1991, Kirshnamoorthy made a comeback to Tamil cinema through Bharathiraja's Nadodi Thendral. This was followed by Balu Mahendra's Vanna Vanna Pookkal (1992).[3] In the subsequent years, he would work on more Tamil films including Suhasini Maniratnam's directorial debut Indira (1996), Sangamam (1999) and Bharati (2001). Bharati fetched him two National Film Awards: Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.[1] His other Tamil films include Imsai Arasan 23rd Pulikecei (2006), for which he won a state award, Naan Kadavul (2009) and Ramanujan (2014).[3]

As of 2012, Krishnamoorthy lives in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu.[5]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b c "48th National Film Awards: 2001" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. pp. 62–63. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  2. ^ "34th National Film Awards, 1986" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. p. 38. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d அய்யனார், பவுத்த (8 April 2012). "யதார்த்தமான கலை இயக்கத்தைப் புரிந்துகொள்ளும் தன்மை தமிழ்த்திரைப்பட உலகில் உல்லை..." Dina Mani (in Tamil). Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  4. ^ "37th National Film Festival, 1990". Directorate of Film Festivals. pp. 54–56. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  5. ^ S, Annamalai (11 June 2012). "A writer's passion for a new genre". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 June 2015.