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News |  30 Dec 2009 13:05 |  By RnMTeam

Double death whammy for Kannada filmdom in as many days

BANGALORE: Kannada Sugama Sangeeth and theater artiste and film music composer C Ashwath's death on his seventy first birthday yesterday was followed by the demise of Kannada film thespian Vishnuvardhan in the early hours of Wednesday morning of cardiac arrest in Mysore. Vardhan was a film actor and a singer.

Born Sampath Kumar, Sahasa Simha, (A lion in fighting/action) as he was called adopted the name Vishnuvardhan at the instance of Puttanna Kanagal who directed him in the Kannada film �Nagarahavu', a film which gave him recognition and stardom. Vishnuvardhan acted in over 195 films during a 35 year career in films. As a singer, he started singing in movies occasionally and of late, he had started singing devotional songs for albums. Some of his famous songs are: Hegiddharu Neene Chenna – �Sahasa Simha'; Shashiya Kandu Moda Helithu – �Sirithanakke Savaal'; Thuthu Anna Thinnoke – �Jimmi Gallu'; Beda Annoro Unte – �Sididedda Sahodara';Kannadave Nammamma – �Mojugara Sogusugara'.

His body was brought from Mysore to his residence in Bangalore and will be cremated shortly.

Ashwath, who learnt Hindustani classical music from Devagiri Shankarrao Joshi became an exponent of Bhavageete and Janapada Geete. Besides singing for a number of his own compositions, Ashwath composed music for 22 films, including a number of award winning movies. Karnataka Higher Education minister Aravind Limbavali announced that the government would consider beginning a music school for children that Aswath wanted to open under the ambit of the newly established music university in Mysore.

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