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Thota Tharani is an Indian film art director and production designer who has predominantly worked in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam cinema and Bollywood. As of 2013, he has won two National Film Awards, two Filmfare Awards South and four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. His work consists of paintings, murals, paper collages, wooden montages, and installations and so on.
|Born||16 December 1949|
|Alma mater||The American College in Madurai|
Thota Tharani has been involved in the art of set design since he was just twelve when he helped his father. His work in the films Nayakan and Indian earned him National Film Awards. His works include construction of a huge set replica of the Madurai Meenakshi Temple for the Telugu movie Arjun, Dasavathaaram, Kanthaswamy and Leader. He has worked in more than 100 feature films as a production designer, including three foreign productions: Pondichéry, dernier comptoir des Indes (French), Hanuman (French) and Branchie (Italian). His expertise in magnificent and larger than life sets has been well appreciated and awarded[according to whom?]. His realistic[according to whom?] sets for Nayagan are awe inspiring[according to whom?] and the grandeur of the sets he created for Thiruda Thiruda and Mudhalvan added to the flavour of the films[according to whom?].
In addition to being an art director, Thota Tharani has worked as a Production designer and in the art department of various films.
Thota Tharani completed his Graduate Diploma in Mural Painting in 1971 and subsequently was offered a Fellowship from the Government of France to study print-making. Additionally, he completed print making courses from the Royal College of Art in London and New Delhi.
Tiltles and honours
- 1991 – Abhimanyu
|2019||Nuvvu Thopu Raa||Telugu|
|2017||Khaidi No. 150||Telugu|
|2012||Life is Beautiful||Telugu|
|2009||Kanthaswamy||Tamil||Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Art Director|
|2008||Dasavathaaram||Tamil||Vijay Award for Best Art Director|
|2007||Sringaram||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director(also for Chandramukhi)|
|2007||Sivaji||Tamil||Filmfare Award for Best Art Director – South|
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director
Vijay Award for Best Art Director
Special appearance in the song Balleilakka
|2005||Kanda Naal Mudhal||Tamil|
|2005||Chandramukhi||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director(also for Sringaram)|
|2001||Nayak: The Real Hero||Hindi|
|1998||Choodalani Vundi||Telugu||Filmfare Award for Best Art Director – South|
|1996||Indian||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Art Direction|
|1994||Kadhalan||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director|
|1993||I Love India||Tamil|
|1991||Thalapathi||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director|
|1990||Raja Kaiya Vacha||Tamil|
|1988||Solla Thudikuthu Manasu||Tamil|
|1987||Nayakan||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Art Direction|
|1987||Pushpaka Vimana||Silent (Kannada)|
|1983||Pallavi Anu Pallavi||Kannada|
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- "Koodankulam project by September". The Hindu. 17 April 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
- "Honoris Causa 2010 - Satyabhama University". Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
- "DAM 999 Official Website". Thotta Tharani in the crew list of DAM 999 Movie